Tessa’s Remodel Chapter 3: Delivery & Kitchen Tearout
The Transformation Begins
In this series, I am following one of our CliqStudios kitchen designers through her remodel project, from start to finish. This post describes the phase where Tessa and Jake’s cabinets were delivered and the old ones torn out.
An important rule of kitchen remodeling: do not tear out your cabinets until the new ones are delivered, inventoried and inspected, and you have a temporary kitchen in place. It was an exciting day when Tessa took this picture and knew she and Jake were ready for the transformation to begin!
Tessa and Jake kept their temporary kitchen plan to a minimum—a Pizzaz pizza cooker on a small living room c table. They would also leave the sink hooked up until the last minute, and the refrigerator plugged in. We’ll check in with them post-project to see how that worked out. Last word from Tessa was that she is really, really looking forward to having countertops again!
A delightful surprise awaited them behind the cabinetry—tickets to a Boy Scout Jamboree and old family pictures, including some of lovingly cared for Cabbage Patch dolls. Tessa is working on returning those items to the original owners.
A kitchen tear out reverses the building process. First, empty the cabinets (since they had only moved in months before, this process wasn’t as bad as it could have been). Second, remove doors and drawers. Third, disconnect the water and electricity. Finally, remove the cabinet boxes, lower cabinets first.
Used Cabinets on the Way to a New Home
What to do with the old cabinetry? Disposal would require a six-yard dumpster. Not only would that be expensive, but wouldn’t align with Tessa and Jake’s goal of reuse and recycling. Jake’s cousin saw a future for the cabinets in his garage. Off to their new home they went!
And finally, the cleared space, ready for new cabinetry, countertops and flooring. Check in next week to see how the cabinet install process goes with these capable do-it-yourselfers!
Follow the links below to follow Tessa and Jake’s experience and see the finished product.
- Chapter 1: Jake says, “Take your own advice.”
- Chapter 2: Personalizing a Kitchen With Design
- Chapter 4: DIY Cabinet Installation – a Family Affair
- A Designer’s Kitchen: The Final Chapter
Have you found any treasures during a remodel? Let us know how your tearout went.