We did some demo upstairs this time :) The kitchen overlooks the dining room I guess you'd say with the stove top, range hood and upper cabinets backing into the dining room. Yes, that's a more accurate description. We wanted a more open space, so Turkey Day weekend we tore some cabinets down and gave them a new home.
Jay was ready to jump in (we aren't very patient people) when he came home from work Thursday evening at 11pm. We had decided to take down the cabinets above the stove top in order to open up the space to the dining room. About ten minutes after he was home, we tore into those cabinets and were able to take them down in one piece strategically. The range hood came down too (nasty, dirty thing) which vented through the cabinets out of the side roof eave. Once everything was down, we felt accomplished and exhausted so decided to get some sleep. Given that our kitchen looked like a bomb blew up in it, I gave in to the fact that it would be more clean tomorrow and called it a night.
|Taking down the cabinet fronts (notice the dining room isn't done yet (post timing issue)|
We both had Friday off work (yay!) and we jumped right in where we left off the evening before. Maybe you're wondering where these cabinets now call home?? Our newly white/old ugly blue sponge wall is the perfect place! Jay measured and created a 'third hand', I'm not sure what it's truly called, but was a 2x4 screwed into the wall to set the cabinets on. While he did that, my kitchen OCD kicked in and I was cleaning behind us, straightening tools and throwing away scrap materials - hahaha! I helped hold the cabinets up with all my might while he screwed them into the wall until they were secure enough for my tired arms to take a break. It truly looks like the cabinets belong on that wall. It gives the kitchen a more open feel and is such a better utilization of the space it's ridiculous!
We still had the range hood to figure out, which Jay did excellent handyman work one morning while I was at work. He was able to use leftover materials from other projects and hang the hood by chains over the stove top and created the duct work also! I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive when he told me about the chains, but it turned out great. He is so much better at seeing the picture in his head, whereas I have to literally see it in person (this is our largest difference and biggest challenge probably, but I trust his instincts). Our last piece of the project is to add a counter under the 'new' cabinets. We originally were going to use an old door from the basement, but it's hollow core so won't work very well. My Dad might have some leftover Corian at his shop to help us out, but for now it's still open and Hunter's crate is using the space up nicely.
The kitchen/dining room space has changed immensely in the last month! It's fitting into our lifestyle and our wants...slowly but surely, it's coming together.