After the initial demo work was complete, as mentioned in a previous post DEMO DAY IS HERE!, which included removing carpet from the rooms and linoleum flooring, we focused our attention to the kitchen. The existing bar is bulky and we wanted more of an open concept in the kitchen and dining room. We removed the entire section of the bar counter, including cabinets, and the counter doors from the cabinets that are staying. The tile back splash was taken out along with the appliances. Check out the before and after-demo pictures of the kitchen:
While removing the back splash, we damaged the existing drywall in several places. Be prepared that in any demo there will be some repair work that will need to be done to the walls. Drywall is a panel made of a mineral called gypsum compacted between two very thick sheets of paper and is used to create the interior walls and ceilings of a home. The brand name for drywall is Sheetrock, which are interchangeable words in the construction industry. Drywall is preferred over the traditional method of plaster which was the primary method for wall construction until the 1950’s.
For any repair work done with drywall, it is critical to create clean edges to work with. Consider this a very large puzzle that you get to cut out the puzzle pieces that fit into the existing puzzle. It is much easier to cut out a square than a circle, so prepare the wall by cutting away any excess parts of the existing wall that will interfere with the piece you are preparing to place for repair. Using a tape measure, identify the height and width of the repair spot and cut that out of your replacement drywall board with a box cutter. It should cut and break off fairly easily. Where your replacement board lines up with the wall stud, hammer in a drywall nail. You may need some drywall tape to cover the space between the drywall boards as well as some compound mixture to smooth over the tape and nail indentions. After the compound is dry, just sand down any rough spots and no one will ever know the difference (after you paint).
The cabinet doors have all been removed and are awaiting cleaning, sanding and repainting. That will require a trip to our wood working shop and is sure to be an interesting project.
April Holtzclaw is a Real Estate Agent and 30 year resident of Metro Atlanta. When not working, she enjoys camping, traveling with her family and mountain biking with her husband on the trails in the Atlanta area. Her favorite way to finish the day is with an “al fresco” dinner at one of the many great restaurants in town.