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Hello! I am back today to share the next installment of our kitchen renovation series, we are ripping down the wall. As many of you know, we partnered with Masterbrand and are installing their Diamond Cabinet Line throughout September and October. Oh my, it’s coming along nicely! If you need to get caught up to speed, be sure to check out the before kitchen here and then part 1 and part 2 of the renovation. One of the biggest reasons we decided to renovate our kitchen was the previous size was so small, especially for a family of four generations living under one roof. When my parents bought the house almost 30 years ago, the house was a little over 1800 square feet. Through the years, it has grown to over 5,500 square feet but the kitchen still remained the same size. The goal in this new era is to create an open concept kitchen and tie in the family room.
Here is our kitchen before with painted cabinets. We decided to remove the refrigerator wall along with the tiny half wall. This will add another 280 square feet to the kitchen.
So here we go. The wall is coming down.
Here is another view of the wall from the other side of the wall.
This room was considered a transitional room between the kitchen and our family room. Over 25 years ago, this was the original family room. My dad ended up putting on an addition about 20+ years ago and created a large new family room. This space never changed and we ended up using it as our mudroom space but is was always an awkward, dark room and didn’t really have a purpose.
We determined that this was NOT a load bearing wall so we could easily remove the entire wall without worrying that the house would come crashing down. That wouldn’t be good.
I was kind of nervous about what might be in the wall. You never know what you might find inside walls.
Piece by piece, we removed the sheetrock, insulation and frame.
We left the wire initially until our electrician could safely disconnect them.
The tiny half wall was fairly easy to remove.
Slowly but surely, after a couple hours, the wall was in the dumpster.
It was so strange after living in this tiny kitchen most of my childhood and these last 8 years, to see this room opened up into the other room. Amazing what taking down a wall will do for a space.
Isn’t it crazy?
We ran into a small problem where the two ceilings were different heights. This is common in older homes. It’s usually because once things settle and shift, dimensions change. We were not anticipating that to the extent that it was so hopefully our plasterer can do some magic on the ceiling ;). ha
UPDATE: You can see more of this space here:
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My grandfather was there though in the background supervising and adding his two cents. He couldn’t believe we really took down the wall. Now he said he will get lost in the kitchen. haha. I don’t think so gramp! Stay tuned, we will be sharing our kitchen reveal in a couple weeks! I will be sharing more DIY Kitchen Series posts next week. In the meantime, you can get caught up here:
Disclosure: Our DIY kitchen renovation series is sponsored by MasterBrand Cabinets. I did receive complimentary product however, all opinions and words are 100% my own.
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