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Happy demo day!
After watching nearly every episode of Fixer Upper, I couldn’t wait until it was our turn to smash the kitchen… and what a day it was. With my pink hard hat on, I was so ready to peek inside the walls of our 110 year old house. When we renovated the bedroom, there was a small amount of demo involved, but this is the first time that I’ve ever gotten to rip apart this big of a space. Let’s just say it was extremely therapeutic…!
As a refresher, we’re at the beginning stages of our kitchen renovation.
Plus, we’re extra-lucky with this project because it’s being designed by Sarah from Room For Tuesday! She shared the design plan last week and it is the perfect reminder that all this hard work will be soooo worthwhile. Every time my back is sore from hauling out shiplap or removing hundreds of tiny nails, I look back on Sarah’s design plan and daydream about cooking in my new kitchen.
Can you believe that this is the original Delta Faucet… like the first one ever made?! I learned that when I visited the headquarters last fall and it’s been my personal joke ever since. I cannot wait to upgrade.
As you can see in the video, we still have some stuff to remove, some electrical situations to fixture (hellooooo, knob and tube wiring), and a lot of leveling to do for the floor. And don’t even get me started on the variety of wallpaper, shiplap, and linoleum we’ve found. Soon we can put up new drywall and cement board for the flooring though… it’ll be a good day when we have fresh, smooth walls. It’s almost there!
I’ve also learned so much about our old house during this process.
One of our best discoveries is that the small room off the kitchen was mostly likely an entrance to the house at one point. We have guessed at this because of the wear marks on the threshold! Also, we found a hidden window. You’ll find out more about that in the video. It was a total surprise. Plus, as with most old home renovations, we’ve found some weird stuff in the walls like part of a corncob pipe, a skeleton key, and old utensils.
And I’m not gonna lie… living without a kitchen has been sort of tough. I’m realizing just how much I use an oven. Thankfully Sarah shared these tips with me and they have been invaluable! We got the same wash basin that she recommended for doing dishes and it’s been a total lifesaver. If you are considering a renovation or are in the throes of one yourself, definitely check out Sarah’s post. I really cannot recommend it enough. She also included tips on how to reduce the spread of dust throughout the rest of your home!
We’re digging further into the design materials + choosing our flooring in the next posts here on my blog and on Sarah’s blog. So be sure to stay tuned!
photography & video by Jojotastic.
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