The rain has finally arrived, friends! Time for jackets, boots, umbrellas, and dirty doggie feet. And pumpkin, of course! As a matter of fact, pumpkin is all I can think about right now. The drizzle outside and chill in the air just makes me want to bake, bake, bake. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.
Our fixer project has definitely been making some major progress in the past week. Not that I’ve had anything to do with it! One of my dearest friends flew in from Montana on Thursday for a visit, so we ate, shopped, and ate some more until Sunday morning when she finally had to head back home.
In the meantime, though, Mr. Fixer was busy pulling up carpet, removing cabinetry, and smashing down walls. Luckily, we were able to recruit some fantastic helpers to help him tear things down while I played, so a lot was accomplished!
After the chimney came down last weekend, removing the carpet was next on the to-do list. Mr. Fixer shampooed it first, then carefully pulled it up (after letting it dry, of course!) so we can reuse it in the new back bedroom. We intend to rent this back portion of the house (see design here), so reusing this carpet is not only a sustainable option, but we also won’t care if the renter trashes it eventually.
A before shot. Notice the dark stains and obvious traffic patterns.
Post shampoo. Nice job, Mr. Fixer!
Nice linoleum, eh? Too bad they ruined the lovely wood floors beneath it when it was glued down over the top! 🙁
After the carpet came out, Mr. Fixer started removing all the base and wall cabinetry from the kitchen, laundry room, and back bathroom. My mom and I started this process last weekend in between hauling loads of chimney brick by removing all the drawers and doors. Again, we are going to try to reuse this cabinetry if possible, so we tried to use great care in the removal process. We also inconspicuously labeled all the drawers and doors so we would know which cabinets they fit back into when reassembled. A big shout out and thank you to our muscle man Ryan, who helped Mr. Fixer keep everything in one piece!
Power tools aren’t only for boys. Thanks, Mom!
Labeling the drawers and doors helps you fill those empty slots again in the future.
Neatly stacked so they can be reused down the road (Mrs. Fab is secretly hoping for new ones, though… wink, wink).
Post removal. G.R.O.S.S.
Bet you were wondering when the rat poop would show up, huh?
Note to self: do not nail your cabinetry into a plumbing pipe. Luckily, it only leaked 25 years later when the cabinet came down!
Once the cabinets were removed and stowed away, the real fun began! Again, Mr. Fixer had some great help by our exuberant friend, Luke. Luke was not only super excited to knock things down manly-man style, but he is also in the process of buying his own first home, so he was looking forward to getting some hands-on experience for his own future projects.
A before shot. Remember that the kitchen is on the other side of this wall.
Luke, you’re so frame-worthy!
Tip: be conscious of any electrical wires and plumbing in the wall before you get too demo-happy.
Bye-bye ugly kitchen!
Post clean-up. Remember my tip on bearing walls? The large header over the archway indicates that this wall is carrying a structural load (i.e. the roof). Because this wall is eventually being removed, we will have to keep a beam in its place.
Well, friends–to be continued, as always! Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to measure and order replacement windows; but in the meantime, enjoy this cozy day! I am going to go make some muffins. Pumpkin, of course.