Remodeling a kitchen is no joke, and we aren’t even doing that much of it ourselves. I’d say we are semi-DIY people. We are willing to tackle a lot of projects, but we hired professionals for the heavy lifting on this one. Todd, with the help of my brother, and a tiny bit of help from me, did take on the demolition, the plumbing, and some electrical work.
It’s been quite an adjustment to be without a fully functioning kitchen. I haven’t had a perfectly cheery attitude when I’ve had to keep Davis occupied outside of the house all day long, naps included, and borrow my mom’s kitchen for work. We’ve spent lots of time at my parents’ house, and one day this week we walked 4 miles for a Target/Starbucks trip just to get away from the sheet rock dust overload.
Even with the craziness, I’m so thankful. We’re in the homestretch, and so far we love it! The bar area is knocked down to make one larger, flat counter. The granite and new tile backsplash are installed. The final steps include finishing the cabinets: painting and installing new pulls on the drawers. A new, clean-looking, white and gray kitchen is coming soon!!
I wanted to share our kitchen remodel in a couple posts, so here are the before pictures and the demolition pictures.
We had laminate counter tops that we never really liked. Plus they were starting to fall apart. This remodel is great timing! The tile backsplash was perfectly fine, just not our taste. We would’ve had to fix the tile behind the old bar anyway, so we figured we’d update it during this process. We also were never a huge fan of the stain on the cabinets.
See how the bar was raised up? We had that leveled to make one larger flat counter.
Taking the old counters off and working on plumbing. We removed the laminate, the old sink, and uninstalled the plumbing (faucet, disposal). They also closed up and removed an electrical outlet that was no longer needed.
The contractor ended up having to cut out all of the sheet rock behind the tile. He replaced it, but this is right after they had cut the bar down, and cut out the tile and wall behind the tile.
Stage 2 post, then AFTER pictures coming soon!