Dun Dun Dunnnnnn DEMOLITION!!!!! Needless to say this was one of my super favourite parts of this reno; particularly because I got to help! Let’s just say that this Thanksgiving I was thankful that I got to spend the day wielding a sledgehammer to our kitchen walls, muahahaha….and yes, this was how we spent our Thanksgiving day, although we did go to Charles parents’ place for dinner after which I was also VERY thankful for!
Here’s our naive before picture…or maybe I was just naive, and Charles was just being Charles hahaha….darn demolition is really hard work, fun yes, but hard….
Let the demolition commence! We are slowly phasing out our various styles of ceilings in this house (I swear we have like 5 different kinds) and switching it all to drywall. The sad part is their lath and plaster underneath whatever style it is which makes this one messy job! Also their was one wall in the kitchen that was panelling over top of lath and plaster that had to come down, which we will get to shortly. (That’s where a lot of my sledgehammer fun came in! hehe )
First tile down!!!
The wonder bar was taking to long so we recruited the burke bar and those bad boys didn’t stand a chance!!!
Do you find it odd I want to start playing “Let The Bodies Hit The Floor” by Drowning Pool? Maybe I enjoyed this a touch to much….
Now for round 2! The lath and plaster…yuck. Tearing this stuff down was extremely difficult and made for some very sore arms; just getting started involved some very heavy smashing to finally expose the laths.
Cue the sledge hammer!
Once the laths were exposed we made “fast”, dirty work of the ceiling, using a crowbar to pull down the laths which caused a lot of the plaster to come with it. This was where our respirators were very, very crucial.
Break for lunch! *elevator music plays* then commence some very fun sledgehammer action on the wall!
The next victim to our mass destruction was the dining room ceiling which was some foam board; due to the dining room being an addition there was no lath and plaster there, and all the walls were already drywall that will just need to be patched in some areas. (And yes, we are tearing out that old air conditioner!)
Last of the day was that little island!
And boom! Shocker! Stucco siding….like seriously??? Gotta love old houses! After some thought we came to the conclusion that there must have been a door and a window on the exterior wall of the old house, and they decided to just frame around where the window was and stick the counter on top, and make the doorway the new pass through to the dining room….sigh.
And behind that stucco? Joy of joys! Shingles lol
Time to bust out the reciprocating saw and cut that bad boy down!! Another day Charles completely removed that wall, and then just added in a beam to make sure it was sturdy, although in technicality it was not a load-bearing wall.
Oh what a mess….
Check out our trash piles outside hahahaha. Renting a garbage bin would have been very practical, but because we are doing this in stages and we didn’t want to rent one for more than just a day, we will just rent one at the end of this all…or perhaps come spring lol.
Our beautiful, dusty after shot hahaha.
And after much picking up, shovelling, sweeping, and vacuuming….here is what we were left with! During the clean up phase we also pulled up all the laminate flooring that was in the dining room.
Next week I’ll share with you the rest of the demolition that Charles did later on – involving tearing up the kitchen floor, dealing with the chimney, and the commencement of drywall!
How did all of you spend your Thanksgiving? Have any of you ever wielded a sledgehammer or burke bar? If not you most certainly have to put it on your bucket list ;)
P.S. Did you miss out on phase 1 of our kitchen reno? If so you can check it out here! You can also check out what we plan to do with our kitchen here.