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The Boring Kitchen, Pt. 2

Gentle Reader,

A few of you actually looked through “The Boring Kitchen Pt. 1” so for those brave capybaras, I present you with the second thrilling installment. When we last left off, our Brave Hero had decided to undertake the demolition of a hundred-year-old kitchen single-handedly and without proper training or equipment.

This process was to include (1) chipping ceramic tiles off of three walls, (2) ripping out top and bottom cabinets and (3) ripping up the floor tiles. When I told my Australian contractor friend Kris I was doing the demo myself, he said “Who’s gonna do the rest of it?” The rest of it? What rest of it? I was like, “…Me. I’m doing it.” He just looked at me in a sort of Australian contractor way and said “Oh. OK. Good luck with that!”

OH. THE REST OF IT.

CERAMIC TILE REMOVAL PT. 1: In which large chunks of 100-year-old plaster come crashing off the 100-year-old lath and plaster walls as you gently chip away at the edges of each tile, then give up and start banging on them with a chisel and hammer.

CERAMIC TILE REMOVAL PT. 2: In which ever-larger chunks of 100-year-old plaster come crashing down and then you put up some rosin paper so your wife doesn’t freak out on you.

UPPER CABINET REMOVAL: Not terribly difficult so long as you decide it’s OK to make a mess. At least three layers of different kitchens are revealed! Take note of the bare lath showing through and the first layer of Plaster-Weld making it look like the holes are bleeding. Take note of the weird mouse-hole above the window, which goes all the way to the outside, and if you look close you can see it was a electrical line going up the ceiling at some point. Also note electrical burn marks (!!)

LOWER CABINET REMOVAL, PATCHING IT UP, and LIVE ELECTRIC WIRES: See my first attempts at patching large holes with patching plaster! It’s expensive and goes fast! (You can use joint compound for large holes and it’s cheaper I found out).

Removing the left and right cabinets revealed that whoever built these damn monsters didn’t “chase” the electrical lines (put them in the walls properly), but instead sort of draped them through the inside of the cabinets and tacked them in. If we had just brutally ripped out the cabinets we would have also brutally ripped out half the electrical lines. That would have been bad.

But look at that cool old black and white-ish original floor tile! Bonkers! And the giant hole it looks like somebody blew open with a quarter stick of dynamite to get those old galvanized pipes through! Sweet!

More to come. I’m tired just looking at these pictures again, and the fun was only just starting.

Cheers!

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