It was demo day here at the Anderson house last Friday night and all day Saturday (and of course, I’m saying this in my best Chip and Joanna Gaines voice). Thanks to Ryan and my dad and their many hours of hard labor, our kitchen and first level flooring are gone!
Disclaimer: I don’t normally like using all iPhone photos for blog photos, but that was the easiest way to capture everything going on with the demo.
The decision to demo a kitchen yourself is no joke, my friends. I was laughing with Ryan a little bit ago about how I thought I could do it with him in the event that we couldn’t get help from family or friends. Ha. Haha. Hahaha. That’s me now laughing at my stupidity. I’m not saying that I’m not strong, but holy moly – what these guys did was some serious business.
Even though the kitchen cabinets weren’t our style, that doesn’t mean that they weren’t quality-made cabinets. They all were custom-made, solid oak cabinets that the architect built into place 20 years ago when the previous owners built this house. My dad joked that if we ever had a tornado we could’ve crawled into one of the huge corner cabinets and been safe – that’s how heavy they were! Not to mention the endless amounts of screws … it was obvious that the previous owners never had any intention of making updates to the house based on how many and the types of screws that were used to anchor these cabinets down.
But, piece by piece, Ryan and my dad dismantled everything into a pile that’s still sitting in the garage (Habitat for Humanity is picking it all up Friday!). They started by getting the peninsula out Friday night, which helped them keep things moving Saturday morning. It only took a few hours to get the kitchen to its current state – empty!
Then came the fun part – the flooring. Ryan already had pulled up all the carpet in the living/dining room, and it’s a good thing that he did because this part of the demo took a lot longer than anticipated. While Ryan worked his way through prying up the hardwood in the entryway – thank goodness that it wasn’t glued down – my dad tackled the lovely salmon-colored tile in the half bath. Well, come to find out, there wasn’t subfloor under the tile like we anticipated but rather a whole slab of concrete!
According to my dad, this is the correct way to lay tile, but it’s awful difficult to tear up. I’m still not exactly sure how he managed to get all that concrete up, but my dad has his Superman ways!
Meanwhile, I was grateful to have my mom there to help out with Finley. He is not a fan of loud noises, so this was a bit of a rough day for him.
Many hours later when the guys finished, I had to snap a picture of them in their #DemoDay shirts from Magnolia Market. I had bought Ryan his as a birthday present back in April, and my mom thought it would be cute for my dad to match. Eat your heart out, Chip!
So, until the end of the week, we essentially are living in a construction zone! It’s not too bad really – we just always have to have something on our feet since there’s no flooring, and we have to go in the basement anytime we want food or something out the fridge. Oh, and the microwave is hooked up in the garage. It’s high class living over here at the moment!
Yesterday, all the tradesmen were at the house to get things going on that end – we sadly (not) said goodbye to the box light and now have new recessed lighting, the plumber got everything hooked up for the farm sink, and our gas line for the new stove was put in. And, as you read this, the flooring people probably are downstairs working on getting that new flooring installed before the cabinets are installed Friday!
It might be a little quiet around here for the remainder of the week – we constantly have people coming and going, and since Ryan couldn’t get any time off work I’m managing most of this on my own (plus, making sure Finn doesn’t bark his head off!). As always, tune in to Snapchat (msinthemidwest) for progress updates, and I hope to have more photos to share next week!
Have you lived through any home renovations? Any tips on how to manage the (inevitable) high stress levels?