See ya later, 1960

This weekend came and went in a flash. We spent a good chunk of our time over at the “new” house and made some serious progress on our first project. Demo day (err, weekend) was a success and we now have an entire dumpster full of old cabinets, dust and grime. The kitchen already feels lighter in so many ways and it’s incredibly gratifying to finally be able to get our hands on this home and make it ours. I’m happy to report that we made it out of there just before sunset yesterday – ┬ájust in time for contractors to start their respective duties today.

Before demo day…

During demo…

And after demo day…

We only had one minor surprise. The last cabinet we tore out unveiled the ceiling of the basement staircase. Not a big deal though – our cabinet guy can surely work around it and you’ll never know it’s there.

All in all, a good first weekend spent in the new house. Many, many more updates to come this week…stay-tuned!

18 thoughts on “See ya later, 1960

  1. Hilary Said:

    I’m so excited for you guys! That house is just oozing potential and I know the kitchen is gonna be incredible.

  2. Rachael Said:

    It looks awesome Kir – what a fun new chapter!

  3. Maureen Said:

    I just recently found your blog. I’m so excited to watch the progress in your new home. The phone hanging on the wall made me laugh. Best wishes for much health, wealth and happiness in your new home!

  4. Ellen Said:

    That’s so funny ’cause I was laughing at the phone on the wall too! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with this space, the layout, etc. I’m a sucker for watching home renovations! Looks like fun!

  5. Jenna Said:

    Oh man! You should have donated that stuff to the ReStore!

  6. Jenn Said:

    WOW! You guys rocked that demo! Great job :)

  7. Katie Newcomb Said:

    Wonderful progress! Can’t wait to see what you guys do with the kitchen. I’m very jealous of your contractor-hiring ways – I’ve been trying to talk my husband into an electrician. Apparently he’s not a man if he doesn’t do his own electrical? :)

  8. Lyn Said:

    Is it weird that I’m jealous of your sledge hammer swinging? I’d love to have a project to get my hands on! Seeing this gives me the itch!

  9. Skye Said:

    congrats! So excited for you and can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  10. Brianne Pitts Said:

    I have been following you for a while and am excited to watch the renovation. I am sure it will look beautiful!

  11. Aaron Said:

    Looks great! Huge kitchen! Were you able to recycle any of the cabinets? I know The Rebuilding Center takes used kitchen cabinets among other reusable items.

  12. Parvaneh Said:

    Wooooo Hooooo! I cannot WAIT to see it! Finally! :) Exciting, enjoy it and document EVERYTHING! XO

  13. [email protected] Wolfe Den Said:

    Oh wow!! I love demo!!!! Can’t wait to see what you guys will do with such a blank slate! I see the masking tape on the floor, is that your new cabinet outline?

  14. Liz Said:

    wow! so exciting. i can’t wait to see what you do with this house!

  15. Bridget Said:

    I agree with some of the comments in that I wished you would have donated those beautiful solid wood cabinets to re-store! It’s the eco-friendly thing to do! Consider it for your next big project!

    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Bridget! I agree, I wish we could have donated the cabinets too. We actually tried really, really hard to salvage them. Like really hard. But in the end, these babies were attached to the wall/ceiling/floor in an unbelievably strong way. Using force was the only way to get the cabinets outta there (and that’s coming from my husband who’s a personal trainer!). Next time!


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