March 12, 2014
Now that all the wallpaper is off, it’s demolition time in the kitchen. Those gray plastic stick-on tiles in the kitchen… they have got to go! I used a small crowbar, and a flathead screwdriver to pop these right off. Please make sure to wear safety glasses if you are doing anything similar to this because sharp plastic pieces tend to break off.

Onto the green kitchen cabinets, first I thought about reusing them, just a little paint to freshen them up and some new hardware. Well… I was wrong. The inside of the cabinet on every shelf including the bottom was covered with VCT tiles that I thought would come right up. WRONG AGAIN. Some pieces did, but others were a challenge and left a glue residue that would have taken forever to remove. Basically to narrow it down, I would have had to replace all the shelves, paint the inside and outside, repair the plaster walls behind the backless cabinetry, and lots of caulking! The time and the labor did not add up, so I decided to replace them and start from scratch. Soooo.. green kitchen cabinets are outta here! I had to call in one of my brothers to help me with this one. After 3 hours of hammering, unscrewing, and sawing, the kitchen cabinets are gone (except for the kitchen sink.)

Now what to do with that soffit??? To keep it or take it out?

After designing and redesigning the kitchen cabinet layout multiple times, the final decision came down to remove the soffit. With the 9 foot ceilings, the soffit made the ceiling look lower. I wanted to emphasize the ceiling height and actually make the room look larger than what it is. So I called in my hefty defty (other) big brother who has a secret passion for demolishing things. (I mean who doesn’t, Right?...It’s like on the movie Office Space when the guy takes a baseball bat to the printer.) :) Anyways….. After 3 hours and only using a sledge hammer, the soffit is gone! Ta da!

 The deep red color near the ceiling shows the interior color of the original kitchen cabinets. 

If you are wondering…the two openings at the top of the adjacent walls appears to have been a pantry back then in 1930. It also shows that the original kitchen did not have a soffit and was put in later.

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