We knew the next step for our kitchen remodel was going to be demoing the island. It was taking up a lot of space, and would open the area up to give us more room for the renovations. So that’s how we went from this:
We started by pulling off the laminate trim that was on one edge of the countertop. I used an exacto blade to cut the caulk line on the top and then a small pry bar to pull off the trim.
Then we unscrewed the laminate countertop from the island which was supported underneath by plywood.
This plywood was then screwed in from the top with a couple of screws. I’m so going to use this plywood for some of the cabinets we need to build on the island. Free wood for the win!
Next we removed the 1×6″ wood trim that was on either side of the top of the island.
At this point we realized this wasn’t a true island but what used to be a wall. At some point, previous owners knocked down part of this wall to a half wall and then added a countertop to it. Pretty smart for a quick and dirty fix. I think the kitchen feels small now, I can’t image what it was like with a wall here. Had to feel almost prison-like!
We then removed all the molding around either side of the island. We used a utility knife and then a small pry bar to pull off the molding. At this time we also took off the paneling, which was pretty easy to do with a pry bar or hammer. Also this is the paint color that was cover 90% of the walls in our house when we first bought. I call it Peaches & Crap.
This left us with a whole bunch of drywall. We pulled up the 2×4 that was running along the top of the island, and after that it was pretty easy to pull the drywall off and just cut it down so we could easily throw it away.
The hardest part of the entire process was removing the last 2×4 that ran horizontally across the floor. It was nailed every 8 inches or so which made it pretty tough to rip up.
We were left with such a great view. A large space in the wall and a spot in the floor that would need patching.
Of course Penny didn’t know what to think. She was very confused. It took her a good day to understand that she could walk across the spot that once housed our island. I thought vizslas were supposed to be smart. Good thing she’s got the looks!