This weekend, we got a babysitter for a couple hours and demo’d the kitchen. It was so therapeutic and fun! We haven’t done any hardcore demo in awhile and we have been waiting anxiously since we moved in to renovate the kitchen, it felt like “we’re finally doing it!” And although we ripped all the cabinets and countertops and backsplash out of this kitchen whose cabinets we painted last year:
We really are renovating the original kitchen we were greeted with when we moved in:
And this kitchen, post-new floors, where we reconfigured the island to fit the pantry cabinets into the kitchen from the dining area.
I really don’t know what before photo to use when all this is said and done, but either way, it looks like this now:
We started by pulling up all the tile countertops. They were very heavy so we had to try to remove the tile before lifting the countertop piece. In the process, we discovered at some point the tile countertops were added on top of pink laminate countertops with wood trim.
And behind the tile backsplash, we found a piece of mauve-ish laminate backsplash, too:
It was fun seeing into our home’s pink and purple past. And as much as those tile countertops weren’t for us, I am also for anybody improving their home the way they want to. After the counters came off, we had to remove the cabinetry, which required unscrewing the boxes from the wall and each other. We put them on our neighborhood’s garage sale page and someone bought the whole kitchen for $200 within minutes.
While removing the backsplash, we weren’t planning on tearing down the whole wall with it, but those tiles were on there good! While the kitchen is empty, the study got a few new additions.
We scooted our fridge in here (moved the couch, art, rug, lamp, etc. temporarily downstairs), two cheap plastic shelves and a table to kind of serve as our make-shift kitchen during all of this. It’s a little chaotic, but we’re just grateful we have the room to not be completely without during this remodel. We’ve been using the new laundry sink to wash dishes.
Later this week, we’ll be tearing down that wall on the right and start framing out the recessed fridge, walk-in pantry and new doorway leading to the pantry. We reconfigured a few of the plans and measured everything 6 times to make sure this is all really going to work–I owe you an update there! We have another week or so of demo and patching floors and moving lines and then we’ll be ready to start putting it together again.