This month is remodeling our kitchen. We have decided to gut and start over. We were beginning to think it was a mistake until we got the cabinets pulled and noticed all of the "shortcuts" made by those who previously did a quick remodel job.
We have already learned so much just from getting cabinet quotes. Make sure to talk to several people, we had talked to 3, one kept putting us on hold (8 weeks), next answered right away but was very high and later learned some things about the design that would have had us frustrated with the end result, number 3 fit close to our budget but looked like an updated dated kitchen. We went back to number 1 but talked to another representative with amazing results. It wasn't the design of the second consultant but he took us through every choice personally making sure it would be something we would be happy with in the end. For instance we will have to move the fridge if we want to go with one larger than 30 in wide. This is where we were really confused and doubting because everyone else left it in the same place and said we could do a 36in fridge but he took us and showed an example that if it was in a space that size in that location we would never be able to pull out the fridge drawers without pulling the fridge out every time. That was just one of many things he showed us, it really is important to test out how you will reach in and store things in your cabinets. In the end we ordered our cabinets which should be here in 3 more weeks...EXCITED!
|Next to the wood door and on the soffit you can see some of the paint that I have already Scraped.|
Make sure to cut a hole somewhere hidden yet gives you a great view of what is inside the soffitt. We were very lucky and it was empty all wires were in the wall. It took a little elbow grease but my husband got it down within a few hours.
Tonight we started to really work on pulling up the old tile. We were hoping that we wouldn't have to rip up the tile to get to the underlayment but since it was screwed down (the proper way) we have to pull it all up before trying to find all the screws and hopefully unscrewing them with success. We ended up getting about half the room done with a few cuts here and there but nothing major.
It is pretty much on every site with information of how to rip up ceramic tile but here is another reminder be VERY careful. It does not just pop up it explodes into teeny tiny pieces. The best way to avoid it is to use caution with every blow and keep your work area clear of debree.