Opening Up the Wall

This is the “move all this crap” post. I thought about calling it that, but it seemed too vague. By “crap,” I mean gas lines, electrical lines, phone lines, cable lines, speaker wires, even a water line for the ice maker and a European outlet. Also, the drop-down ceiling falls into the category of “crap that needs moving.”

Pretty much every type of wire/pipe/line/cable that could be in a wall was in the wall. All of that needed to be relocated before we could knock down the wall.

Also before we knocked down the wall, we had to remove the upper kitchen cabinets and the framing for the drop-down ceiling because it was attached to that wall, as was the florescent lighting that was inside the ceiling frame.

It was a lot of demo and it pretty much happens just like on tv. Lots of hammering and smashing. Except not really because we have children roaming around and we want to reuse as much of the lumber as we can, as well as the cabinet doors.

Completely destroying everything and starting with an empty room is most time-efficient, and therefore what they always do on tv, but it’s never the most cost-efficient. And it’s not what people who are legit concerned about landfills (I’m not, but it annoys me when people say they are and then throw 5 perfectly good appliances in one) or their budget do.

It irks me when they totally smash perfectly good cabinets that could be gently taken down and donated to Habitat for Humanity (or even repurposed in the homeowner’s garage or shed). But this blog isn’t about all the things that annoy me, so anyway…

So here’s what the kitchen looked like from the living room.


And here’s what it looked like from the kitchen side.


And then we (my little 5 year-old helper and I) started taking down drywall and it looked like this.

gas line hole


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Then we (the hubs and I) started the serious demo.


hammer demo

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You know how they spray the stain onto cabinets when they’re already in place in a brand new house? Well, they do the same thing with these ceiling frames, apparently. So what looks like we’ve had some sort of fire damage is just the stain overspray from the drop-down frame.


So once we had all the cabinets and the ceiling framing gone, we removed the rest of the drywall that my little guy couldn’t get to.


That’s the back of our tv in the living room. It’s not usually on that wall, but was during Christmas time because we put our tree where the tv normally resides. It was so pretty in the window!



See all that stuff that still needed to be moved? You can’t see the water line in that pic because it was to the right (where the refrigerator was, of course). Also, the phone line was to the right of this shot. Everything was run through the drop-down ceiling, so it was more difficult to relocate than my tiny little mention will make it sound, but in a nutshell: the hubs moved the gas and electrical to the area to the right side of the double ovens. There will be a “column” (from the living room side) left there that will house all that stuff.

relocated ovens

I also had him run me an electrical line below counter level that will be in the end of a new portion of cabinets that we’ll be building where the refrigerator used to be.


He pulled the water line through the ceiling and back over to the other side of the kitchen where it originated. The refrigerator will be on the same wall as the sink, so it was already in a good spot for the ice maker/water-in-door.

To be completely honest, I don’t care anything about surround sound and we haven’t been using it. I also don’t care about a (tv)cable line here or a land-line phone anywhere. The hubs pulled all of that stuff into the attic and left it to where any future owners could easily drop the lines wherever they might want them.

Once everything was removed and/or relocated out of the dividing wall, we could actually take it down. That’ll be the next post.

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