In the words of Chip Gaines…it’s demo day!!!!!!!!! Okay so maybe demo “day” is putting it mildly. So far the hubs and I have spent 5 solid weekend days ripping apart our living space and a handful of week nights.
We moved into our 1972 split level in August. We’ve both been busy with our current jobs (he’s an electrician which is going to come in handy in about 5 more photos…) and I’m a special ed teacher (which is going to come in handy absolutely never throughout this home remodel process). Then three weeks ago on a Sunday we both decided to rip out the carpet…which led to the wall between the entryway and the living room…which led to the drywall on the living room side of the kitchen… which led to…you get the drift. At this point we are down to studs and plywood in our living area.
This is as much as I could get in one panoramic shot.
Things we have done:
- Removed trim.
- Pulled up carpet and padding in the dining and living rooms, down the hallway, halfway into the bathroom (yuck!), and the front bedroom. I refuse to give up my bedroom until the last possible minute! It will remain my sanctuary, free of as much dust as is humanly possible!
You can see all those staples.
If you look closely in the bottom right corner you can see remnants of gold shag carpet. Blek!
- Pulled out LOTS of staples.
- Took out all unnecessary cabinets and all upper cabinets, we have two parts left, the part that is attached to the sink (<— duh) and the one attached to the stove (<—hubs likes to eat good food).
You can see the sink area on the right and stove on the left by the fridge.
- Pulled down all drywall that needed to go, including the ceiling in the kitchen.
- Did I mention the soffits? Yeah, those had to GO! Who thought these things were a good idea??
- This meant rewiring things
- Took out the framing between the kitchen and dining room and other minor framing in doorways and hallways and between the living room and entryway.
- We ripped up the subfloor. And by “we” I mean “he” because there is NO WAY I could have done that…ever…
You can see the hideous 70’s fireplace and yellow windows I talk about below.
- Pulled out more staples, bigger staples, lots and lots of staples and nails!
- Oh my gosh! I almost forgot. We took out the HIDEOUS hearth from our fireplace. Other than the 45 degree corners in all the doorways and the two 1×6 foot yellow windows adorning the sides of our fireplace nothing screamed 1970’s more than the fireplace. The bricks are terrible. They are not flat. No one but me seems to notice this, but I can’t stand them. I don’t have a solid plan for what to do with it yet, but this thing HAS GOT TO CHANGE!!! I’m thinking…shiplap!!! Kind of like this from Fixer Upper.
We are getting closer to having to make some big decisions about cabinets and flooring. Which, frankly, scares the you know what out of me. I’m so afraid I’m going to pick the wrong thing. We’ve gotten one cabinet quote and want a few more before anything is set in stone.
These are a few of my favorite cabinet ideas:
And these are a few of my favorite floor ideas:
Let me know what you think!