Saturday, August 8, 2009

Demo Day!


Ok, I jest! :)

Since I didn't have enough projects I'm working on already (LOL!), I decided that today was the day to demo the soffits above our kitchen cabinets. Our very 1983, very ugly, very short kitchen cabinets. In the tiniest kitchen I've ever had.

Are you starting to get that I really REALLY don't like my new/old kitchen?!
Begin Phase 1 in my kitchen re-do!!

Oh, do I ever have plans for this space!

New cabinets and appliances aren't in our budget for now, so I'm going to give this kitchen a major facelift with lots of DIY elbow grease!!
Paint, new lighting, some pretty fabric, and cute accessories...oh, my!

I seriously could not stand looking at this sad, sorry kitchen for one more day -- Something drastic had to be done!!

Enter Stacey, ready for action:

Hubby and I knocked out the drywall and wooden drywall supports. It took quite a while to get all of the nailed in supports out, along with the insulation above from the attic since our kitchen is on a single-story level.

{*If you are thinking of doing this yourself, just know that it CAN be done! You'll have to be very careful though, because electrical, water lines, vents, etc can be lurking behind those soffits! They say to make a hole or two and peek inside to see what is there before removing the whole thing. Just so ya know!*}

What a mess this made! Whew! Drywall dust was everywhere, and we decided to put safety first and use eye protection and masks to prevent dust & insulation inhalation. Can you say "insulation inhalation" 5 times fast :)??

On side #2 we got smart and taped up a tarp to minimize having to get drywall bits from behind the appliances!

Here's Hubby almost done with this side!!

Phase 1: Demo is complete!!

{ still working on my many projects to show you during this next week :) }

Have a wonderful Day Of Rest tomorrow!


southerninspiration said...

Wow, Stacey, I'm impressed and looking forward to what it's going to look like when you are finished!!!
Thanks for a giggle tonight.


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very cool!!!! So neat that you and hubby can do this project together. :) Thanks for the laugh with the photo. I got my first MEAN comment on my blog tonight, and it was a real downer. Your "Darth Vader" picture made me smile. :)

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Gotta love Stacey with a sledge hammer! :)


Melissa Miller said...

Thanks for showing us the work in progress. I can't wait to see the beautiful results. :)

Dawn said...

Wow! You guys have been working hard! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Margo said...

Wow, you go girl!!!! I've done kitchen cabinet make overs twice.
You'd be amazed what some paint and some trim will do. Can't wait to see your progress.

Leigh Ann said...

Yea Stacey, I have the same short ugly cabinets! I have no one to blame but myself, but in 1983 they were awesome! Can't wait to see what you do. I have been talking about redoing mine forever, so redoing yours may just be the inspiration I need to get going on mine!
Leigh Ann

Jenny said...

very impressive, looking forward to seeing what you do.

LuLu said...

I am totally cheering you both on! Ya for tackling this project, you are going to be so excited when it's completed! keep us posted on the progress,
cute masks!!! :)

june@craftyniche said...

Oh I can't wait to see what you do in the kitchen! I'm like you and have many projects I am working on myself. :)

Cheryl said...

I like your attitude about your new home. It might be small, but you are going to make it wonderful.
In every home we lived in we have always had soffits and I have never liked them either.
Isn't it great doing a DIY job with the hubby? Makes the whole thing in the end more enjoyable.

Angie Randall said...

Hey girl! I just wanted to tell you I have the same exact kitchen cabinets! I painted mine this winter. They came out awesome. I will upload some pictures and link them for you.