A kitchen full of studs

Could there be anything better than that, in any interpretation :)

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A couple of weeks ago we punched several small holes in the kitchen ceiling to see what was up there. Last weekend we removed the countertops, cabinets, and appliances and then gutted the room to the studs (with the exception of the back wall, which holds the only vertical surface on which to place hammers). This weekend was spent altering the support structure in preparation to raise the ceiling 12 inches and remove a load bearing wall – that’s the first of two temporary stud walls that you see in the mid-ground of the picture. Yaaaay for higher ceilings, handy husbands, and father-in-law architects!

Sadly, we found no piles of money or jewels hidden in the walls or ceiling. We decided against creating our own little spoof of HGTV’s “If These Walls Could Talk” because who wants to learn about a cigarette butt, a metal electrical outlet wall plate, two X-rated trading cards, and an empty box of prescription Paxil? I didn’t realize that stuff was made that long ago… must have been a more recent repair.

Our busy Saturday was highlighted by a terrible scare first thing Saturday morning. When we woke up, it was 80 degrees. Inside. The air condition appeared to be kaput. It was 88 degrees inside by noon and Seventh-Cirlce-of-Hell hot outside. But to make a long story short… Yaaaay for a $7 part (because it’s much cheaper than a $3000 new AC), my dad, and a family AC/Heating installation/repair business! Sometimes it is about who you know :)

We’re hoping to be back to semi normal by the end of the month!

10 comments… add one

  • I am forever grateful for my handy husband! It’s especially nice when, half way through a project, I decide to have a wall moved…. 😉

  • Oh Boy!
    Keep your chin up! It will be over soon!

  • I so know what your going through as we did a total kitchen renovation a few months ago. It was a lot of work, but so worth the rewards!

  • I can’t imagine going through a kitchen remodel. Yikes! You’ll be so excited when you are done, I’m sure!

  • Deborah

    You want to send your family AC/Heating guys over my direction? Our central air is not working correctly…..

    Exciting changes are coming, I can tell!!!

  • Remodeling is so dusty… but SO exciting! Looks like great fun! Congratulations!

    (Blogging Chicks)

  • so now your kitchen looks alot like mine… 😉

  • Wow – what a project! Best of luck with the rest…I’m sure you can’t wait to have it done so you can come home from work and put your feet up with a glass of wine!

  • How exciting. Can’t wait to see the final results.

  • I am in the process of setting up an RSS reader page (yeah, I’m waaayyyyy behind the times) and I saw this title.

    I got all excited.

    Then I read the posting. Oops. Anyway, it’s exciting business to raise some dust because once it’s all done you’ll be so happy.

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