Well friends, we have officially started phase one of our kitchen remodel. Whoot whoot! I’m seriously doing a little dance over here as I type those words, because I’m just so darn excited. If you’ve been around for a while you probably know that I don’t particularly like our kitchen. I rarely share it here on the blog or over on Instagram, because it’s just…blah. (You can see photos of it in this rare post.) Now it’s not awful by any means, but I think the best way to describe it is mismatched. The backsplash doesn’t even come close to matching the awful tile countertops and the whole thing feels tiny thanks to a very low ceiling. Apparently the low ceiling is nearly impossible to change unless we undergo a very expensive renovation, so we’re kind of stuck with that. BUT we can change out all the other things so that’s what we’re going to do. This past weekend we started the first phase, which I like to call “operation smash the wall”. Here’s what the kitchen looked like before we started the smashing:
My problem has always been this darn wall. I’ve wanted it gone from the first moment I laid eyes on it. But apparently it’s pretty important…you know, holding the house up or some malarkey like that.
My vision for this space has always been to have it nice and open from the kitchen into the living room. I think this will make the kitchen feel so much bigger and I’ll finally be able to see what my little people are up to when I’m cooking dinner. This was our focus last weekend–start smashing into that wall!
We started by removing the cabinets and microwave, which was surprisingly easy.
Then we (I use that term loosely, I should say my husband) cut out the drywall in between the studs. This is just the starting point, we wanted to get the wall opened up to see what we’re dealing with and how much we can do. It’s actually been like this for a few days now and I don’t even mind it. I can now see my kids fighting in the living room instead of just hearing them. It’s awesome!
Everything was going along swimmingly when we ran into a problem, just because every big project of my life has to be complicated. So once the drywall was off this back side of the wall, we discovered this wall is full of vent piping and an HVAC fresh air return, which was not good news at all. It basically means this wall has to stay in place. That is unless we want to shell out some major cash to move all of that, because let’s face it that is not within our DIY skillset. Uggggggh.
We had an HVAC guy come take a look and it’s a big mess now. Basically we have two options: we can put everything back like it was before or we find a way to re-route the fresh air return (on the right side of the wall) and settle on a small pass-through. Obviously there’s no going back for me, so we’re just going to do the best we can and figure it out. We’re still trying to sort out our options, but that’s where we are with phase one of our 1980’s kitchen remodel. Hopefully we’ll get a plan and have this first part completed in the next few weeks, then it will be on to the countertops. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on all the fun we’re having with this project along the way, so stay tuned!