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Kitchen Demolition: “…and the fridge stands alone….”

November 25, 2013

We are in full-on demolition mode! Here is what has been happening the last week:

  • Cabinets: Cabinets aka mouse motel. I think there was 80 years of mouse poop under the cabinets, in the cabinets, in the wall, in the stove, in the dishwasher etc…. Along with poop was a nice assortment of nuts and birdseed. We are going to have to get Nutcracker on this mouse situation!



  • Stainless steel countertops and back splash: What a bear this was! The backsplash was installed with a thick mastic that pulled off the finish plaster coat. I see skim-coating in my near future.
  • Bamboo floor: I had never removed a floor before, it was pretty straightforward EXCEPT that they glued down all the boards in the transition areas (doorways) with the same mastic they used behind the backsplash. The subfloor in these areas was destroyed because there was no clean way to separate the mastic from the boards.


  • Subfloor: The destroyed subfloor had to be removed anyway, because we discovered a few issued once the bamboo floor came up:
    • It was only 3/8″ thick – not at all suitable for a tile installation. Very suitable for a trampoline. Let’s just say the floor gave a new meaning to “bounce in your step”!
    • It was not flat or level
    • It was laid on top of sleepers that were shimmed in different places in an attempt to level the floor.
    • Once the plywood was up, and the sleepers were removed, we were back to the original subfloor – tongue and groove oak boards.


  • Pantry carefully removed: So sad to see the pantry go! It didn’t make sense to keep it, at least in the original location. It was very awkward coming in through the back door and side stepping the pantry to take off our shoes in the middle of the floor. This area will be mini-mudroom with hooks and a bench. The pantry was disassembled piece -by-piece so it can be reassembled in a new location. May I just say, this pantry was the definition of a masterfully built custom cabinetry. Holy Cow! It took hours to remove each nail and board but it was worth it.


  • Wall between fridge and pantry: To open up the kitchen and make a new location for the fridge, we removed this wall. Even with our planning, we didn’t count on the plumbing and duct work that had to be relocated …wah…wah…


  • Soffits: good news – all the soffits were empty. Also they were made of cardboard…which was surprising, but it made for easy removal.


To see pictures of the kitchen before the demolition, click here.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2013 4:44 PM

    Mouse poop. Nice. Give me flashbacks to my fraternity days. The space looks much better in its gutted shape.

  2. November 25, 2013 4:09 PM

    All of the mouse poop made me shudder, because I’ve experienced it for real at our old place. So gross.

    Too bad that the pantry couldn’t be left where it was, but I’m so glad to hear you’ve salvaged it and reinstalling somewhere more suitable!

  3. erineeb permalink
    November 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    Looks like a lot of hard work, but I’m sure it will be BEAUTIFUL once the ugly is gone.

  4. November 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    It’s looking great. Can’t wait to see the progress.


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