The first thing we tackled in the house, (well, after giving it a thorough cleaning) was smashing the kitchen cabinets to bits…. But wait, let me rewind a second. Initially, our plan was to salvage the cabinets and reuse them in the garage or give them to anyone who would take them. (Someone would want nasty particle board cabinets…right?) Anyway, so we started with nicely unscrewing the doors.
The next day: We discovered that the cabinets weren’t coming down without a fight.
10:40 am – 2:40 pm – The nails holding the cabinets to the walls were not letting loose. We tried to finagle the cabinets off without damaging them or the drywall – but we weren’t getting anywhere. Because parts the cabinets were made of particle board, the nails holding them to the studs were stronger than the cabinets themselves – so some parts would just rip apart. We quickly discovered that we couldn’t do much without a saws-all – to the store! (…and also, lunch.) Additionally, we had to unload & remove the fridge doors to get it out of the kitchen – which was a big pain & took more time than it should have.
Demo tools already owned:
hammers, electric & manual screw drivers, shop vac, broom, step ladder, respirator (x2).
Demo tools shopping list:
pry bars (x2), double ended nail puller, sledge hammer, reciprocating saw + blades, appliance dolly, wrench, eye and ear protection, & gloves (x2), & heavy duty garbage bags.
(3:10 pm) Oh, btw, a hammer on a metal pry bar is very loud – hence the ear protection.
(3:27 pm) chopping up the cabinet for disposal.
Total time to demo cabinets and clean up: ~ 10:11am – 5:31pm (~ 7 1/2 hours, with lunch).
Next up for kitchen demo:
1) ripping off the drywall on the “sink wall”
2) removing the backsplash from the “fridge wall”, while keeping the drywall intact
3) assessing and removing the flooring
4) removing the light fixtures and shelves
5) the door (from the foyer to the kitchen) & entire pantry demo
6) discovering that the room has secretly painted-over wall paper & removing it
7) scraping the stippled plaster points off of the ceiling
8) cutting a hole for the new vent
No need to move any water pipes or gas lines!
As a reminder, here’s the Before and After: