Kitchen Demo: Phase II


I’d say that so far we have been pretty lucky on our home projects.  You know how on EVERY episode of “Love It or List It” there is a major problem uncovered in the midst of demo?  Well that hasn’t happened to us.  (Except for the one time there were extension cords in the ceiling.)

I sort of opened a can of worms over the weekend.  Not in the sense of uncovering issues like termite damage.  More along the lines of “I didn’t realize how much work this was going to be.”

We have established that sometimes I don’t think things though all the way.  Peyote Tent should jog your memory…

For those of you who are new to these parts, we had a Sunday lesson a few weeks ago, where we tore out a half wall between our living room and dining room.  Then I told you all about our plans to make it open concept.

Chapter One: Home Alone & Antsy Are A Bad Combo

It was a Saturday morning.  I had been busting my chops with schoolwork and studying all week long.  Working full time and studying in the remainder of the time was taking a toll on my sanity.  I missed my one true love: DIY.  The hour was 11 o’clock in the morning, and Orchestra Rehearsal was dismissed.  My spouse was away at the office working on a major site redesign.  The voice in my head began to say sweet things to me like “You know enough about demo to do it on your own.”  And, “You deserve a break from studying.”  And of course, “You are the most beautiful girl in the room.”  After agreeing with my subconscious that I was a fierce tiger, it was only a matter of minutes that I had the furniture buttoned up…

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…And the pantry and closet emptied.

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Chapter Two: Girls Can Do Work & Kick Holes In Walls Too

There I was, by myself in leggings, running shoes, and a workout shirt.  I was feeling quite confident in my fitness ability since I have been running daily.  Feats of strength include: losing 26 lbs so far (can I get an amen?!), beating Matt in an Indian Leg Wrestle, and being able to roundhouse kick Aaron’s armpit.  So naturally, the only logical way of knocking out drywall is to karate kick it.  I highly suggest this method.  You will feel better than you have ever felt after putting your foot through a wall.

Unfortunately I was too busy feeling like Jackie Chan to take pictures of my foot holes.  But when my leg was tired, I picked up my kenz-hammer and started regulating.

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Chapter Three: He’s Eventually Going To Come Home

And when he does, he will see this:

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I would hate being married to me.

Good thing he likes demo too.  It was amazing to me how much faster it went once he was home.

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And then Karl came home.  And before I knew it, we were this far:

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Chapter Four: Sweeping Twice Isn’t Enough, and Neither Is Mopping Thrice

12 hours later, and the hour was 11 o’clock in the night.  No matter how much you sweep and mop, there is still the finest layer of dust that is glued to the floor like glitter to the carpet in a kindergarten class making Christmas crafts.

It’s dreadful.

But the sun comes up, and we’re one step closer to our plan.

The vision:

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taking down a wall

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Chapter Five: Where Has All The Food Gone?

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You chumps didn’t know we had cold storage at the bottom of the stairs under the garage, did you?!  Well, we do.  And it’s our new pantry for the time being.

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To Be Continued

I would like to tell you this is the whole story from this weekend, however, it’s not.  There is an entire Part II with an emphasis on the “I would hate being married to me” side.

Make me feel better by telling me of a time you bit off more than you could chew.  🙂

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Holy Crap! IT LOOKS HUGE. I am so excited. I also so wish I lived by you so Aaron would come home to see both of our faces in there.

    • Kenz

      *That’s what she said.

      And, please come visit next time I do some demo!

  • I’m so stoked! I’ve been waiting what seems like forever for y’all to start working on the kitchen! It’s gonna be awesome!

    • Kenz

      Oh Bethany 🙂 You’re so cute. I have been waiting forever too!!! Thanks for being excited with me!

  • i literally laughed out loud in my office at the “oh hai” picture. LOVE IT. work it girl, i’m jealous of your mad wall kicking skillz.

    also, ps, i miss you. hurry up and graduate! 🙂

    • Kenz

      hahaha, I’m so glad you laughed, because that is my current favorite picture. Let’s kick walls together 🙂 Skillz run deep! And I’m just one test away!

  • Hi, Kenz
    This is awesome. I am loving this new floor plan. You two are an amazing couple. Have a great week.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vanessa! We’re having a pretty great time 🙂

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Holy smokes you first get an “Amen” – woot woot – from me my friend and then second: Holy smokes I love a good demo. This is awesome!! Such a transformation. This is super awesome 🙂 LOVE!!!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! Sometimes a little demo is good for the soul

  • I love you more than words can say. So, so, so much. I especially love that you don’t count “our basement was never actually wired for electricity; TPO used extension cords buried in the ceiling instead and we didn’t know about it until after we started working on the basement” as not a big problem.

    • Kenz

      lol, oh man, when you put it that way… you make me sound like a crazy lady! I love YOU Tracie! 🙂

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Wow! I can’t believe you started knocking down a wall by yourself! That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see the next phase!

    • Kenz

      haha thanks Amber! I’m excited for the next phase too!

  • Heidi Selover

    26 pounds?? You’re a rockstar. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • kenz

      Thanks friend!! I suppose that’s what happens when I stop eating all the delicious crap that I love… and miss.

  • Caitlin

    26 pounds?! That is incredible! Amen is right!

    The place looks so much more open and fresh, I love it! You are awesome.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Caitlin! I’m going to need to post some before and after pictures of my body. Seems like a weird thing to do though… Love you!!

  • Amy

    I like the look of the new layout. I fear that your future children are going to drop bowls of food over the bar down the stairway. Maybe this would only be my fear though since I dropped lots of things down the spiral staircase in the Victorian house I lived in. It was mostly blankets on visitor’s heads and hanging teddy bears from ropes to freak people out. Loved that house…

    • Kenz

      lol, oh Amy that’s hilarious. I have thought of this many times! I think throwing things over stairs no matter what is next to them will always be a “thing.” I remember doing the SAME THING at my parents house. We are planning on having a 6″ ledge on the counter so they can’t push their stuff off and down the stairs. But… you know, that’s just not going to stop a kid with will power!

  • Yesssss! This is awesome! You’re awesome! The next phase is going to be awesome!

    Oh, speaking of awesome — Congrats on your 26lb weight loss! I’ve lost 18lbs since the first of the year and feel like Super Woman! Can’t wait to hit the 26 mark so I can kick down walls too 😀

    • Kenz

      Eeee! Thank you! I’m all about awesome! But… not in the way of “house of smiths” awesome. She’s “awesomer” lol. Anyway, congrats on being down 18lbs! That’s a pretty big deal. We should have a celebratory wall-kicking party in honor of us!

  • You are so sneaky; you go away and you’re all, “school, busy, blah, blah” and then you come back and you’ve knocked down a whole wall! I’m very excited to see what comes next 🙂

    • Kenz

      lol Gretchen. I’m too sneaky for my own good. Thanks for being excited with me!

  • Ashlee – I’ll Love You Forever

    HAHA, I loved this. I am excited for the continued post. It looks great!

    • Kenz

      Oh thanks Ash. I am actually dreading the continued post. I STILL feel awful over it! You’ll see. 🙂

  • Dude. You’re an animal. I’m super impressed.

    I also can’t believe how much better it looks already. Holy cow.

    • Kenz

      Rawr 😉 In the words of Miley, “I can’t be tamed.” But thank you!

  • Ashley

    I lol’ed at so much of this. LOVE IT! Hope it goes well, though I am concerned you’ll drop stuff over the ledge and down the stairs…. but that’s just me. Also: I’m right there with you on the working out thing. Hated running when I started but it’s awesome to get in shape and lose weight. Good for you–GO GIRL! Ha.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ashley! We keep having the same concern about things going down the stairs. But we’re thinking we have a plan, and that the pros out weigh the cons. We should be running partners 🙂

  • I loved reading every second of this post. Just thought you’d like to know.

    • Kenz

      Oh Linds. I adore you.

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