Today was a big day. We tore out a wall!

Here’s how it used to look:

Here’s how it looks now:

From inside the kitchen then:

From inside the kitchen now:

Here’s how it went down. First we had to build a plastic wall to contain the dust (that lath and plaster is NASTY). I got some thick blue tape (doesn’t take off paint or leave goo) to put directly on the ceiling, walls, and window where our “wall” would be connected

then we duct taped the plastic to the blue tape

We did the same thing on the other side, and then we started bustin’ through!

There was a light switch and two outlets in that wall, so we had to do something with them. We snipped them off and capped them with wire nuts for now.

But the fun didn’t stop with the wall coming down. We also chiseled the plaster off the brick chimney.

We found a surprise- a giant hole in the chimney!

And the last gem for you today is this line of dust between where the ceiling was taped.

In case you’re concerned with details, here is what we used:

  • Shop vac with Hepa filter
  • Respirators (more comfortable than dust masks)
  • Ear plugs
  • Crow bar (my weapon of choice for wall busting)
  • Hammer (Stan’s weapon of choice for wall busing)
  • Hammer and chisel for brick chimney
  • Painter’s blue tape
  • Painter’s plastic
  • Duct tape
  • Wire nuts
  • Dikes
  • Wire strippers
  • 6 garbage cans worth of debris
  • Truck bed trailer
  • Taco Bell
  • Mop and Pine Sol

Stan was planning on going to work at noon, but at 11am he decided that he was having too much fun. The whole thing including prep and cleanup took us about 7 hours. And now that we’re freshly Shop-Vac-ed (including our hair and Misty) and showered and fed, we’re quite proud of our handywork!