Lust for Bust…ing down walls.

27 Nov

Oh today was a great day.

Today, Mike took down the wall between our living room and our kitchen. A.k.a. Mood killer. A.k.a Mommy can’t get mad when she’s doing the dishes because she can’t see us. A.k.a. Willow humps the couch pillows while I prepare dinner. (That would be our dog, not a human. Fear not!)

So, it started with this:

As you all know from this post, we’ve been slowly trying to finish up the wood stove…BUT, wanted to wait to do the back splash portion until we had taken down a large majority of the wall next to it.


  • It always feels really dark in the living room, even though we have a gigantic window in there.
  • The small door way into the kitchen is closed in by our oven (which you can see the corner of from the above picture) and fridge on the opposite side.
  • I can’t watch the kids while I’m doing dishes or anything else for that matter.
  • Making dinner feels so very isolated. 😦
  • For some strange reason, (even though our house is a mere 800 sq feet) the wood stove has issues circulating heat around the house. It stays trapped in our little living room and feels like LAVA after a while, even with the ceiling fan on.

So off Mike went to grab his tools from the garage and away he went.

First he penciled out where we wanted our new opening to go. Then removed the molding away from the door frame.

And then the scored the pencil marks with a razor blade.

At this point, my heart is jumping around a million times a minute. I wish I could explain the excitement, knowing that soon. our living room would be more open.

We decided to leave that little ledge you see above of cement board, almost making a step up and then going straight up to the wall. It’ll give us a little texture to the wall and two different levels of counter, along with a more “fireplace look” once we install the white washed brick on the wood stove back splash.

Once the living room side drywall was removed, it was time for the kitchen wall side to be removed. Piece of cake.

THE FIRST BREAK THROUGH HAPPENED!!! Mason was laughing because Mike was sticking his eye through the drywall and saying “hello there” to him. Pretty cute dudes if you ask me. 🙂

At this point, I am officially the designated drywall cleaner. Dusty job, but someone’s gotta do it! Immediately the sunshine started pouring into both rooms….amazing what a little wall being ripped down can do!

And then we got to this ^ little diddy. Mike spent the majority of the time trying to remove it. Apparently they don’t make houses like they use to, because it must have had a zillion nails sticking every which way in it.  Maybe that’s why they say to stand under a door way during an earthquake?  Luckily there are no load bearing walls in our house, as all of the tresses hold up our house instead of walls. This make projects like this MUCH easier…and fun. 😛

This would be the view in the corner.  Giving you a rough idea of where we’re putting the brick and where we plan on going all the way up with it.

There you have it folks! Our Saturday project, brought to you by the Santerres.

  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Total Cost: Zero Dollars
  • Total Injury: None during construction, one splinter while taking wood to the garage and one gash on the finger while opening a drawer.

We’re saving a lot of the studs Mike pulled out to move around on the wall, we’ll need one on the corner next to the wood stove for sure. The rest, shall be upcycled. We’re hoping we have enough time to finish drywall and mud before x-mas, but with two kids and presents that still need attention…time will only tell.

Stay tuned!!

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