Sandra & Justin's Kitchen: A Smashing Time

Renovation Diary

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Name: Sandra & Justin
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Arlington, Texas
Type of building: Single-family home, 2,450 square feet

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We signed the paperwork to have our new cabinets built by a great custom cabinet shop (C&S Cabinets) in Fort Worth. So we called in our friends to kick off the remodel with a "before" open house. We even put out hammers and invited everyone to take a whack at the old tile floors. Our friends and their kids happily obliged- the party was a smash. As everyone crowded into our cramped kitchen, Justin and I were reminded why we can't wait to get this remodel going: everyone always ends up in the kitchen anyway, so it might as well be a place you can fit everyone and enjoy being. 

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Emptying the kitchen. Pulling out drawers and final items so we could carry out each piece of cabinetry.

With the fuel of the party and encouragement of friends we got going. Justin eagerly put his new crowbar to work prying out the old oak cabinetry and laminate countertops. We hauled it all to our unfurnished sunroom, which will serve as a staging area for this remodel. Most of it, thankfully, disappeared as fast as we could post it to the free section of Craigslist. 

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Pulling out the countertops and cabinets. 

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Opening the soffits to figure out how to break them down.

We also pulled out the soffits this week. Justin was worried about damaging hidden electrical cords or air ducts, so he carefully cut a little exploratory hole in so we could peer in with flashlight to know where it was safe to continue cutting and prying. We were shocked to find out the soffits were not a simple sheet rock construction like we thought (and everyone on the DIY blogs promised they would be): they were constructed with double thick headers and lots of support beams. It made removal a challenge, but provided a fair amount of good free wood that we will probably need as we go along, and the scraps will be reclaimed to make a tree house for the kids in when we have a chance (but one project at a time). 

Let the dust storm begin!

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

(Images and diary text: Sandra Jergensen)

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