Monday, October 5, 2015

Reno Update - Kitchen Demo 1st Phase

Wow! Does our kitchen need help!


This was taken right when we moved in. It's dark, has horrible lighting, it's cramped for one person - two you're constantly bumping into each other. It feels like you're on a boat, every nook and cranny is used - awkwardly - cabinets are cramped and hard to access (mainly the right corner which you can't see in this photo)


In preparation to extend the hardwood into the kitchen - we're removing the tile! First, why we're running the hardwood in .. currently it's cut off on an angle from the rest of the space - I hate hate hate that look .. also, it makes the kitchen feel even smaller. With the open floorplan, it just makes sense. I know hardwood isn't the best choice for areas with moisture, but it really is the best option for the floorplan, so we're willing to take the risk.

Demoing the tile in the entry was not fun, so we were happy that this was MUCH easier. It was just attached with construction adhesive instead of thin set and it popped right off with our new tools (purchased in preparation for super tough tile) regardless (even though it was pretty easy) it made the job super quick and easy. You can see a short video demoing the tile here

Here's what we used.



Dewalt demolition hammer



Bosch tile chisel 

We took our oak floor sample to Exotic Lumbar in Frederick - love this store, drool worthy live edge and the owner really knows wood. He said it was white oak - looking at the rest of the floors, we're thinking that it might be a mix of white and red oak because some of the wood looks pinkish. If we get another sample, we'll take it there to look at. We're also thinking about getting 2" oak stair treads (from Exotic Lumbar) to replaced the pine that is currently on our stairs up.

We're hoping to install the hardwood in the kitchen in the next week or so! After that, our kitchen will be kind of pieced together temporarily until we can do the full remodel. The nice thing is that it will be approximately in the layout that we're planning for the remodel, so we'll get to live with the spacing before making permanent decisions. Hopefully we will get to the full remodel in the next few months!!


Here's my first take at the new layout! Definitely still working on it ..

Also, to keep you updated on our #dorseyreno progress. This weekend in addition to partially demoing the kitchen and removing all the tile floor - we, finished sealing the floors upstairs (hopefully next weekend we will get the MBR painting so we can move back in!) and finished our fall deck, the weather has been so crummy this week! Reveal will be this Friday!

Also, this Wednesday, I'm participating in a new series with a few of my favorite bloggers!! Come back to hear a little about my story :)


See you Wednesday!

8 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see how your kitchen will turn out. It's one of my pet peeves when a floor is cut off on an angle like that. I just don't get it

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  2. We have a hardwood floor in our kitchen and it is actually easier to take care of than I expected. It has lasted 97 years and still looks absolutely beautiful.

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  3. We have hardwood in our kitchen! We're in an 1875 duplex and we have olllllddd wood in the kitchen. I'm not sure if it's original, but it's still in really good shape! I think as long as it's sealed really well there isn't a big problem. It will look a lot better when you get rid of that weird diagonal and make it seamless:)

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  4. Can't wait to see more kitchen photos! It is so much work I am sure! Thank you for sharing!!

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  5. We have hardwood in our kitchen, and it's awesome. Unless you're throwing water everywhere (and not wiping it up) or have a major leak, there's no reason not to do it! It's also easier on you than standing on tile for long periods. You'll love it!

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  6. We have hardwood in our kitchen, and it's awesome. Unless you're throwing water everywhere (and not wiping it up) or have a major leak, there's no reason not to do it! It's also easier on you than standing on tile for long periods. You'll love it!

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  7. Agree with Hollie above, we have hardwood in out kitchen too, absolutely fine unless you have a major leak, and everything gets damaged then. Would do it again especially for the visual continuity

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  8. I actually LOVE hardwood in a kitchen. It's so much more comfortable and shows a lot less mess. :) But with the pool in our new house the hardwood will definitely be going to tile when we reno, which I definitely have mixed feelings about, but I know it will be the best for this situation. Can't wait to see what you all do…I'm sure the transformation will be incredible!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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