I’m not sure about you guys, but it was a BUSY weekend around these parts. We spent Saturday goofing around at Canada’s Wonderland (my favorite place on earth between the ages of 7-12; seriously, I used to sleep in my clothes the night before). We ate a ton of junk food, rode all of the roller coasters, and enjoyed a full day of beautiful sunshine. The only thing that was missing was my florescent pink fanny-pack; essential theme park wear from the ’90s.
Sunday, we got back to business. Our pre-renovation checklist is pretty substantial, but getting all of this stuff done early will help us maximize our vacation time in June, allowing us to focus on the rebuilding part of the reno. So, item number one on the list has the kitchen looking like this:
With all of our kitchen stuff piled in the dining room and the entire kitchen is wrapped in plastic sheeting, Jeff put on his manliest boots and got to work tearing out the kitchen ceiling. Don’t worry; Ohia didn’t stick around. He cowered on the porch while the sky was falling. While wrecking stuff is definitely kind of fun, the whole reason for this mess is so that we can expose the bathroom plumbing, and have tradesmen over to give us quotes. Plus, the ceiling didn’t have much going for it anyway. We had a drop ceiling (with several patched tiles) covering a crumbling plaster ceiling that was full of holes. It was awful. So, rest assured there is no love lost in seeing it go.
Here is our deceitful, cheap drop ceiling, masquerading as a normal, cheap drop ceiling. See the weird looking tile corner in the top right? That’s where we pulled a few tiles down last April when the bathtub started leaking. Behind them we found this:
Those gaping holes were how the previous owners accessed the pipes to patch the leaky bathtub plumbing (and how we re-patched it in April 2012). This picture is after Jeff pulled down the drop ceiling tiles, leaving just the strapping (attached with ridonkulously long nails) and the crumbling plaster. So pretty, right?
As you can see, we’re about 85% done with the ceiling demo right now. The current challenge is the space above the cabinets. In order to finish removing the plaster and to give us room to re-drywall the ceiling (after the reno), we need to remove the top trim on our cabinets. So that’s the plan for tonight: remove the trim and finish ripping out the lath and plaster. Hopefully we’ll be able to invite some men over this weekend for the old hammer and nail (2:20) aka plumbing quotes.
So… that is where things stand right now. It’s messy and the house looks like a bomb went off (#hardknocklife #roughingit). People are not joking when they say that removing plaster is tremendously dusty/dirty work. But, it’s also pretty exciting to see things starting to happen. The pre-list list is starting to shrink:
Remove the kitchen ceiling
- Get plumbing quotes
- Relocate attic insulation from over the bathroom area
- Install the backend of the new exhaust fan
- Remove, strip, and refinish trim window/door
- Order all supplies/products
- Gut the bathroom!
Stay tuned for more demo updates and keep an eye on our Instagram as we’ll be posting lots of reno photos there; mostly because I am terrible at real photography. Have a wonderful week!
Oh ya! It’s draw day today! The randomizer pulled up lucky number 2 this morning meaning that Dani from Life Over Easy is the winner of the Chapters Indigo gift card. Whoo hoo! Dani, I’ll be shooting you an email to get your address details shortly.