Friday was crazy awesome!!!!!
We removed the appliances, turned off electricity and cut off the water from under the sink, etc. ( I didn’t, so i actually have no idea how to do that stuff :)…… just being real)
But what I did do was hit those cupboards and tile with hammers!!!! It was really really fun!
Here’s a little slow-mo action of the guys destroying the counter!!!!
Notes: (If you are looking at a project like this, these are just observations)
Prepare for a mess… I know, I know, I was prepared for a mess.. but it was a pretty big one 🙂 And it has extended far beyond the kitchen area… there are boxes piled in our spare room and our Master bedroom.. but even the living room, pictures had to be removed from the wall that shares the kitchen, because our attic entrance is in the closet we currently use as a pantry, that’s sort of a mess too! 🙂 But all worth it, I’m sure.
We didn’t think about things like dust pans for picking up all the scraps. So, a big dust pan would have been nice, We did use a big tub to throw all the random little pieces into and then tossed into the back of the truck. a wheelbarrow would have worked great for that as well. (the men are taking it all to the dump this morning.) The Shop Vac we purchased was wonderful. Once we picked up all the bigger pieces, the vacuum took care of the rest very easily! The boys even had fun helping with that job!
Also I would suggest plenty of protective equipment. glasses, gloves, wear the right shoes (in our first videos we do not have proper shoes on for this kind of work.. but I went and changed shortly after)
We had a lot of fun once we brought the boys home from Papa and Grandma’s house (what would we do without Grandparents???) Daddy asked William to take his cup from the car and put it in the sink… haha. William’s huge smile was awesome when he opened the door and realized there was no sink. Check out the video.
So, we accomplished a lot in the first day! removed all of the old kitchen, removed the side wall. Began opening the doorway, removing the pocket door and moving the outlets and light switches. We also pulled up all the carpet in the dining room!! YAY!
There were quite a few “little” things that had to be addressed. We ended up putting extra support up in the attack just to be sure everything that needs to be supported is. Deciding how far to cut back the doorway, how large of a column we will need to keep for the other side, a pipe needs to be relocated so that we don’t have to have a giant column.
We are so thankful for our friend Jonathan, who knows more than we do about all this stuff and the stuff he doesn’t know? He’s willing to figure out with us, so, that’s awesome!
Next up.. dump run, finishing the door way, box out the column, wall repair, prep for flooring…. and it’s only day 2!
Here’s a video of day number 1!
Day #2 has gone well so far! The guys are continuing to work while I work on getting two very excited, tired boys to bed!
Today the guys got all the trash to the dump. We finished up the new wider doorway into the dining room, set up the column, took off all base boards, Finished up the outlets and switches, patched up some drywall. We cut out the rest of the carpet that needed to be removed. I’m sure a few other things….. We’ve just finished smoothing out the wholes in the dry wall so we’ll have a smooth surface to lay the tile, wallpaper and a couple places we’ll even be painting.
making sure our guys are eating, and then doing dishes in the bathtub! haha
Day 3 ( a little lighter day today so we all can have some church/family time)
But the guys still got a lot accomplished today…. Boxed in the column, and door frame, finished patching up walls, and more floor prep… oh and another run to Lowes 🙂
Tomorrow Day 4!