Monday, June 13, 2011

The Kitchen: A week's worth of demo

Last week was... somethin'. Crazy busy, exhausting, amazing.

Vacation Bible School wore me out every single day, and I fought a bad attitude for much of the week (and eventually realized I was PMSing). But I knew it would be worth it in the end, and it was. I got to be a blessing to some sweet, rowdy, special little kids, and they blessed me right back. I was so glad to see most of them at church again on Sunday!

We also celebrate several birthdays this week, including that our of very own Littlest boy, who turned five on Friday. My baby turned FIVE years old! He deserves his own post, don't you think?

The kitchen... well, let's just say that if demolition is supposed to be the fast and easy part of a remodel, this is going to be a really loooong project.

It took us most of the week just to get the cabinets out, between waiting for the plumber to come back twice, and having parties to plan and attend.

But on Saturday we could finally start knocking out some walls. The big boys were very excited to show off their kung fu strength.

And then... well, we found a little surprise...

A chimney, hidden in the wall above the old broom closet, and hanging a foot below the ceiling right above where I want to put the new bar. So very inconvenient.

It reaches through two ceilings (the newer 10-foot and the original 12-foot) through the attic just under the roof. That's a lot of bricks.

Removing it, brick by brick, is going to add a few more days to the project (and we're already behind), but we're keeping our spirits up! The electrician made some good progress today, so we'll just keep at it.

And when I say "we," I mostly mean Scott. I'm pretty good at sweeping up, carrying out trash, and staying on top of meals and laundry. But the physical labor is all his. Thanks, Love!


mandi said...

Gotta love old houses. Surprises around every turn!

This is so exciting! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Jocelyn said...

Oh my goodness, it is starting to sound like a typical remodel already!! You must reward yourself next summer with a visit. Or just come for Christmas. :)

chaz said...

Makes me tired just looking at it! :)

Diane Gauthier said...

I am so excited for you and this remodel!!!!!! hang in there and be kind to yourself!!! and book a massage for Scott on a weekly basis!

ZZ's Garden said...

Looks like things are coming along nicely.

MamaTea said...

Ah, the surprises of an old house. :) Life would be so boring if projects went from point A to point B in a straight line, right?

Love to see your guys helping with the demo. My guys always loved that part of remodel. :)

Shanda said...

Oh my.....just looking at these photos exhausts me. We bought an older house and are finally getting close to refinishing it but never had to completely tear out the kitchen. can't wait to see the finished result

Anonymous said...

I am at the tail end of our remdol and I am soooo glad! Take lots of pictures of your new kitchen!

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