Claire & Jeffrey's Kitchen: The Wall Comes Down

Renovation Diary

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Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Type of building: Single-family bungalow, 950 square feet

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Well, the biggest, most daunting task is nearly complete. A week later than planned. Full-time jobs leave hardly enough mental capacity for part-time kitchen remodels. And we lost a weekend to a series of unexpected family affairs, but made good progress considering. We had to tear down a wall and redirect a staircase. Note to potential DIYers: make friends with contractors. Keep them in your inner circle.

Tearing down plaster and lath walls: a MESS. Every surface in the house currently has a thin layer of dust on it. FUN. But now the wall is down. Light is flooding into the space! Also, I am overzealous and encouraged us to start before all the packing was done.

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We've removed the old stairs...

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And replaced them with new ones. Grace is kinda wary of them. She'll get used to it. :-)

No major hang-ups. We're hoping to be on to installing repurposed hardwood this week to patch areas that need it. I think I found a hot lead on Craigslist offering the correct size for $1.35 sq/ft. If that works out, golden. If not? We'll need to visit a salvage yard with all our free time. HA! 

Once the floors are patched, we'll be renting the floor sander, refinishing, staining, and sealing. We are both noobs in that department, so we're hoping some experienced and talented buddies' time can be bought for the cost of a few craft brews. *Fingers crossed* for finished floors by the end of the week.

Estimated time for project: 4-6 weeks
Time remaining: 3-6 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #5 of Claire & Jeffrey's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Claire Moyle)