Sunday, January 17, 2016

Remodeling the Kitchen - tearing it out

When we bought our house in  Murray, KY, we knew we wanted to do some remodeling and updating. The kitchen was very dark and the cabinets were very dated plus too dark for my taste. Take a look at what we started with:

I started looking on Pinterest and Houzz for ideas. Oh my goodness, I didn't realize I was going to have so much trouble deciding on the type of doors I wanted on my cabinets. I struggled with that for several weeks. Thank goodness my cabinet maker let me put off my choice until after he had the kitchen designs drawn up. We can talk about door choices more later. Here are the cabinet maker's drawings we approved.

Let's get to the really dusty and dirty job at hand. Tearing Out the Kitchen. It was such a nasty job. In order to save some money, we decided we could tear it out. Truthfully it was mostly my husband and a friend doing all the work and wow, was it a job!

He started on the wall opposite the kitchen sink. Here's a before shot.

There were two full length cabinets and a piece of countertop installed for a desk. They needed to come out so this was his area to experiment on. The cabinets and countertop piece came out easy and the two cabinets were moved to his shop behind our house for a later installation to hold some of his hunting and fishing clothes and equipment.

Next the backsplash tile in this area needed to be removed. Again, he experimented in this area just to see how difficult it was to remove. Yes, it was just awful to remove. He used a small chisel and a hammer; some pieces of the tile came off fairly easy but other were much more stubborn and tore hunks of the drywall. Here's an aftershot.

Once the sheetrock started to weaken and holes were torn, we knew we would end up cutting out the sheetrock and replacing it with new pieces. There was additional wiring to add on this wall so the electrician told us he needed the sheetrock cut out to get to the old wiring. Oh well, guess we could have just cut out the sheetrock in the first place but my husband didn't want to take a chance of damaging the wiring. So another trip to the hardware store and he bought  a Dremel Saw Max (seen below) to cut out the sheetrock. This dandy saw came with three cutting wheels for cutting wood, plastic, metal, masonry tile and more. 

Here is a pic after the sheetrock was cut out by my husband and the electrician completed the new wiring. This area had to get done first so the wiring would be complete before a sheetrocking guy came to install new sheetrock on parts of three walls. 

That wall was the easy one. Now on to the other two walls on the sink and the stove sides. 

The upper cabinets came down pretty easy with lots of screws to remove. But then there was the soffit over the upper cabinets to remove and the hard work began. 

The soffits were covered in paneling with sheet rock underneath and it all had to come down; dust was flying everywhere. The paneling was taken down and the sheetrock beneath had been painted red. He punched holes in the red sheetrock so he could check for wiring. 

Here's a look at the soffit after the sheetrock was removed. Notice the 2x4 framing for the soffit. Yuck!!

Are you thinking "why did they want to take the soffits down and make the job so much tougher?" Well, here's my best answer. Because our ceilings are only 8 foot, I wanted to maximize my cabinet space by having cabinets all the way to the ceiling, plus I didn't realize how hard the job was going to be! 

My husband borrowed a reciprocating saw from his brother which you can see on the left edge of the picture above and the pic on the right. It does have blades to insert in the end. He used this saw to cut some of the sheetrock on the soffit plus the 2x4s that framed the soffit. There were also huge nails to be removed from the framing.  I felt bad for him and our friend, Bill, that helped 

They finished the soffit and began removing the lower cabinets which went fairly easy except for being on the floor a lot removing more screws which joined the cabinets together. My husband said he hurt all over the next couple of days. 

The old backsplash was also removed and much of the sheetrock tore and was too soft and weak to patch. New sheetrock will be installed by an installer next week.

Here's a before and after shot. 

This weekend we will take out the sink and adjoining cabinets. All the cabinet are being moved to the shop and repurposed so no sledge hammers were used to beat the cabinets apart. 

The sheetrock guy will be here Tuesday to replace sheetrock where the backsplash was previously. The new sheetrock won't have to be mudded and all that stuff because the new cabinets and backsplash will cover it. It was just too weak to adhere new backsplash tiles. 

Stay tuned for another post on our kitchen remodel. BTW, we are eating on paper plates and using the microwave, which is now located in the dining room. 

Thanks for stopping by another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

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Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
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Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Fall into Fall @ DIY by Design

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
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Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista


  1. just found you over at The Lavender Cottage...great start to your makeover! We just finished our kitchen as well...I can't wait to see what's next!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  2. Hi Judy, popping over from Mosaic Monday. It was very interesting reading about your kitchen makeover and see all the photos. I took note as our kitchen needs to be done sometime in the future. I'd love to see your finished shots and will be back. Have a great week :)

  3. Judy,
    Oh, my goodness, dear friend!!!
    I can't even begin to imagine all the work involved in this Kitchen Make~Over!!!
    Bless your heart!!!
    I will bet it's going to just be gorgeous when complete!!!
    I'll be watching for progress reports along the way!!!

  4. Wow that is a big job....can't wait to see the finished job!

    Donna Donabella@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

  5. Dear friend, oh my goodness, wow wow wow - you really have a lot going on over there! I am SO excited for you - it will all sooooo be worth it!

    I am so excited for you, your kitchen will be AWESOME - hang in there.

    Whoo hoo hooo! Good luck, can't wait for more! Hugs! ♥♥♥

  6. I lived through a kitchen remodel once....and it was only a tiny NYC kitchen! It felt like it took FOREVER and the dirt and dust was insane. However, the end result was incredible and that's what it's all about! I can't wait to see what you do. Thanks for stopping by my little blog - nice to find new friends out in blogland!!

  7. Awesome Judy! I can't wait to see the finished product. We really want to do this at our house too...but it will have to wait a while. We're still working on clearing out mom's stuff before we can move our stuff in.
    I do hope you'll post pics of your scrap room too. :) Hugs!

  8. We totally remodeled our kitchen four years ago or almost five and we are so happy we made that decision. I know it's gonna look awesome with a clean canvas to work your imagination.
    I can't wait to see it all finished dear friend.


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  10. I know Judy, cause we did the same thing with our kitchen almost five years ago and right now you're going thru the ugly part.
    I can't wait to see it finished, it's gonna look gorgeous, you'll be tickled pink every time you go there, as I still do!
    Have a nice weekend.

  11. That looks like a lot of work went in to that make-over. You have given my wife and I the inspiration to go out and finally re-model our kitchen. Its bin many years and it is in serious need of some TLC. We wish you all the best with all the renovations to come. Thank you again for the post.

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

  12. I can only imagine how hard it was to tear the kitchen out yourselves, but your husband and friend did an awesome job with it. I think it was a great idea to hire a professional electrician and sheetrock guy to help with some of the tasks. I cannot wait to see what your kitchen looks like after you are finished with the project.