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Our DIY Kitchen Renovation Series {ripping down the wall}

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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.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

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.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

So here we go. The wall is coming down.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

Here is another view of the wall from the other side of the wall.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

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.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

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.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

I was kind of nervous about what might be in the wall. You never know what you might find inside walls.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

Piece by piece, we removed the sheetrock, insulation and frame.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

We left the wire initially until our electrician could safely disconnect them.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

The tiny half wall was fairly easy to remove.

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Slowly but surely, after a couple hours, the wall was in the dumpster.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

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.

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

Isn’t it crazy?

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

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

DIY Kitchen Renovation {ripping down wall}. Bye Bye 1960's kitchen

UPDATE: You can see more of this space here:

Kitchen Series Posts:

Kitchen Before

Delivery of Cabinets

Ripping out old Cabinets

How to choose kitchen cabinets

Installing the hood vent

Installing new cabinets

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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14 Comments

  1. What a dramatic change! Looking forward to the big reveal!! 🙂

  2. Antonella says:

    Wow this is so cool! Can’t wait to see the reveal!

  3. Wow, taking out those walls made a world of difference! You’re going to have an amazing new kitchen!

  4. Wow that really opens it up! I’ve never heard about the ceiling height thing, hopefully they can fix it easily 🙂

  5. WOW… looks great… but I do have to laugh that you called your kitchen tiny…. hahahahahahaha… please come see mine… it is TINY!!!!!
    I cant wait to see the finished result!!

  6. Wowt this is amazing! I love following along in this kitchen series, so interesting!