Sunday, August 12, 2007

Kitchen: Demolition

Early Sunday morning, Johnny and I started on the demolition of our kitchen to prepare for the new countertops.

Johnny removes desk

Johnny tore out the desk at the end of the countertops to make room for the additional cabinet and drawers he will install shortly.

John and Maggie removes sink and plumbing

Soon after we started working on the kitchen, John and Maggie arrived to help. Within minutes they removed the old porcelain sink and disconnected the plumbing including the sink disposal and dishwasher hoses.

John and Johnny saw cabinets

Then the guys sawed 1/4" off the bottom of the new cabinet and drawers. Because these units would be installed on top of the floor tiles, they would sit higher than the existing cabinets where the tiling was done around the base.

Shortly after John and Maggie left, my husband chipped and smashed away the cream colored 6" x 6" tiles. Good riddance (those tiles and grout were such a pain to keep clean)!

Then he installed and leveled the new cabinet and drawers. With the new countertops extended over the additional storage space, we will also have more surface area to work with.

Everything looks very bare but all is ready for the template to be taken and the new countertop, sink, faucet, dishwasher, and range to be installed. (Then we will need to redo the plumbing, paint the cabinets, install new hardware on the drawers and cabinets, and paint the walls!)

Now with the sink removed, the dishwasher and gas range disconnected we no longer have a functioning kitchen. (It's amazing how much we depended on having a kitchen sink to wash our hands and drain liquids.) So after we cleaned up the sawdust and tile fragments, Johnny and I went to the Oyster Bar at Sunset Station for lunch.

We're taking a short nap before we head to a friend's housewarming party this evening. How funny it will be when we are in her new house with a kitchen intact while ours is all torn up!

[5:43 p.m.] Well...seems like someone also likes the idea of a new kitchen and found a new place to nap. (She also likes to jump from atop the bar counter into the gaping hole where the sink use to be.)

Thank you, John and Maggie, for your help this morning! We appreciate all you did and would not have gotten this far without you.

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