Unglamorous DIY: Dry Wall

Warning: This isn’t fun, exciting, or creative.  It’s the nitty gritty dirty work that has to be done to move forward.  It’s the DIY that no one really likes.

For those of you just joining us, or if you have pregnancy brain, like myself, here’s the scoop:

We have a small, outdated kitchen, with a lack of storage and counter space.

Ikea Kitchen

We tore out a half wall on a whim one night with a lesson on the “Walls of Jericho.”

taking down a wall

Left some holes in the wall and ceiling.

taking down a wall

Then I tore out a pantry and closet while Aaron was at work.

Kitchen Demolition

Then designed an IKEA Kitchen.

Ikea Kitchen

The date is creeping up on us when the installers will be here to put in the cabinets.  There’s quite the checklist of things we need to do before they get here (otherwise they will turn around and walk right out the door.)

-Take out the board and batten in the dining room

-Take out the crown molding

-Remove all baseboards

-Patch all holes and dry wall it up

-Re-route hanging electrical

-Paint ceiling

-Paint walls

-Remove all flooring

-Remove all cabinets

DUE: JULY 20th

Not very glamorous.  But necessary.

So we took out the board and batten and baseboards.  You have to take a step back to move forward.  But the house is giving me serious anxiety in this state.  I can’t handle it.

Kitchen Demo

Missing baseboards make me feel like my whole life is spinning out of control.  AH!

Kitchen Demo

My dad has been so gracious to lend a hand to our hurried efforts in getting this done.  Mostly because I am so exhausted I’m useless to the cause.  I feel good enough to take pictures.  Aaron and my dad make a good team.

Patching Drywall

Patching Drywall

A much better solution than the garbage bag patches.  And far less trashy.

Patching Drywall

Patching Drywall

As much as I hate what the dining room looks like now, I know it just means we’re one step closer.  We’ll be working more this week on finishing other drywall.  Try not to be too excited.  I know I can barely contain myself.

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Hey man, progress is progress!

    • Kenz

      Don’t I know it!

  • Bethany Kline

    jeez, I didn’t know you had so much to do! yikes! Thank God for your dad coming to help, and I guess it’s kind of a good thing that they had to schedule installation so far out! I wish I wasn’t on the other side of the country, I would come and pitch in! 🙁 Hope you’re feeling well! <3 B

    • Kenz

      You’re such a saint! I am seriously so grateful for my dad and Aaron. I wish you didn’t live on the other side of the country just so we could hang out! xoxo

      • Bethany Kline

        I know right, I can’t wait til you are over here!

  • SImply Sarah

    Oh thats awesome that your dad could help! ANddddddddddd you have drywall up now YAY!!…I mean I totally woulda been pulling my hair out and woulda been so stressed from the previous garbage bag solution that baby makin’ wouldn’t have been happenin for me…lol. 3 weeks til installation! Good luck!

    • Kenz

      haha, oh Sarah. You’re hilarious. I actually was kind of numb to the garbage bags. How horrible, right? But I”m definitely not numb to it now! I’m so happy we’re moving in the right direction. 3 weeks!

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    slowly but surely…. also- you get a new kitchen on the day I get married. so I’d say it’s basically going to be the best day ever. I’m almost equally excited to see your kitchen as I am to be married. is that weird? it might be weird. good thing we’re bff’s.

    • Kenz

      YOUR WEDDING IS SO CLOSE! AHHHHHH! I love my internet bffs 🙂 I am still going to be pushy about someone skyping your wedding to me, or google plussing it.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I’m sorry you’re still feeling yuck, but yea for a dad that helps during crunch time! You’ll be so glad the kitchen is done before the baby gets here! Can’t wait to see it all together!

    • Kenz

      I seriously don’t know what I would do without my dad and Aaron. They are amazing. I have SO SO SO much respect for the strong ladies who have to do it alone. I hope you’re feeling well!

  • Heidi Selover

    It’s going to look so great when it’s done! And I promise to help you do WHATEVER you need help with, even though I’m DIY challenged. It will be great. Love you!

    • Kenz

      I love YOU. You are wonderful. You don’t need to help. You just need to keep me company. I’m excited to help you put your room together 🙂

  • Michelle

    Milk that pregnancy for everything you can. I plan to when the day comes!

    I hate non-blogworthy DIY. It’s so annoying. It’s kind of like cleaning my bathroom. Lame.

    • Kenz

      Haha! We come from the same mold. I am definitely milking it a little. But I feel bad. I really am just tired of being sick all the time. So I guess it is legit, and not too milky. Dude… I really need to clean my bathroom. Sometimes the life of a blogger is so un-glamorous.

  • I love that you guys can DIY drywall. That is one thing that I will not tackle. I have no sanding or taping skills. None.

    I have the number of a guy who will do it, though. 😉

    And don’t ever feel bad for being exhausted while preggers. I constantly told my husband that I was in the middle of a parasitic relationship and that I was giving all of my manners and postivity to the baby. You sound upbeat and pretty useful – you’ve got me beat! 🙂

    • Kenz

      hahahahahhaha, Tara. you are fantastic. I’m going to start saying that I’ve given my manner and postivity to little baby crowder. And then no one can be irritated with me any longer!

  • I love seeing people doing their own drywall….I have high hopes that we’ll be able to save money by hanging our own whenever we get to finishing the basement, so I find such posts not boring, but downright inspirational 🙂

    • Kenz

      HAHAHA oh Gretchen. I adore the crap out of you. Dave seems pretty handy. I’m sure it won’t be too bad when you start doing it. It’s more of a pain than anything, but I think a room is MUCH easier to drywall, than little gaps and weird places. That’s where all the cuts come into play, and those are not fun! Luckily this stuff in the kitchen isn’t nearly as bad as the basement nook!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Ohhhh it’s going to look so amazing. Yes, dry-walling is not the most glamorous, but man it does look good when it’s up 🙂 You have an awesome dad… and husband. Lucky you.

    I am so excited for you and the new kitchen.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! I’m sure blessed to have them. I wouldn’t want to be hanging the drywall myself. Mudding and taping is equally as bad. It’s so exciting to just get it done!

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    The kitchen is going to look great. That will be some amazing storage space. It will all come together soon and hopefully right when you feel better and can just relax and enjoy it.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anne! I hope so too. I’m soooo tired for being sick 🙂 They say it passes, and I’ll be so happy to have the new kitchen installed!

  • Christina @ homemade ocean

    Ohhhh I can’t wait to see it in all of it’s finished glory! I have a love-hate relationship with drywall…I love when it is done and hate doing it! Keep up the good work.

    Can’t wait to meet you at Haven!!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks for stopping by Christina! I’m excited to meet you as well! We have the same exact relationship with drywall. I’ve said it a million times. I would rather eat it than hang it.