Whew! We were in overdrive mode this past Sunday with the kitchen demo and renovation. But we are finally nearing the finish line with this part of the process. My parents came over to lend a hand and we worked the whole day removing tiles and plywood from the ceiling, saving molding, removing old plaster, and unearthing the room’s old brick chimney. Check out our progress below!
Catch up on all our kitchen demo and renovation updates here: Part 1, Part 2
Sunday: Family Day Demolition!
Neil worked on removing a layer of plaster and concrete from the chimney. Using a hammer and crowbar he chiseled away very carefully to avoid chipping the bricks. We will clean and repoint the bricks then seal everything. My dad worked on capping off the electrical and removing plywood panels from the walls and ceiling.
Neil is removing plaster while my dad caps off an outlet
When the previous owner’s upgraded the original windows, all the window weights were left behind. We found them all after removing the molding and are planning to use two on our new fence as weights for each gate.
“Reclaimed” window weights…because you know…
After the dust settled and everything was bagged, we dragged everything to the road for pickup. I realize it was kind of messed up to leave 20 contractor bags, 2 thousand-pound trashcans, and a stack of plywood for the trash guys. But, we have yet to put anything out for them that they won’t take and you don’t even have to call ahead. Try THAT in Norfolk!
Almost all of the old plaster will need to be replaced because it was pulling away from the lathe
An earlier version of the kitchen had a sage green beadboard ceiling, green and yellow laminate, and dark gold walls (of course there were W&M references made). Paired with an exterior that had yellow siding, forest green porch floors and baby blue ceilings this house was probably the most colorful on the block.
We still need to remove the old subfloor to get to those gorgeous heart of pine boards. Then a few sheets of plywood on the ceiling need to be removed VERY carefully because they are installed over the cabinets.