Bold kitchen demolition leads to a modern and stylish kitchen.Bold kitchen demolition leads to a modern and stylish kitchen.

Demolishing your kitchen is an essential step to any remodel, but it isn’t the first one. If you’ve decided on a DIY demolition and will handle the kitchen demolishing work yourself, there are several steps to follow before you start swinging a hammer.

1. Your Remodeling Timeline Before Demolishing Your Kitchen

Demolishing your own kitchen is made safe and easy with the right tools.Demolishing your own kitchen is made safe and easy with the right tools.

Before you break out the sledgehammer and start knocking down walls, stop to consider your remodeling timeline. The length of your project can vary greatly depending on the amount of work and your schedule, so make sure you understand when it’s best to start the demolition process.

Setting a timeline for your project will give you a solid foundation for your remodel. It all begins with setting goals for your project. Maybe you want your remodel complete in time for a holiday party. Perhaps you’re looking to create a more functional space before you retire next year. Whatever your goal, make sure you take time to reflect on it.

Next you will want to set the budget for your project and evaluate all of the costs. Common expenses include the products you will be using, who you will hire to do work, such as installation. Assembling your expenses and team will also give you estimates of when you will be receiving products and when contractors are available for working on your space. You will also want to apply for any necessary building permits needed to complete your project.

You will also need to consider product arrival times for your kitchen. It’s best to wait until all of your kitchen materials arrive before beginning your kitchen demolition. Know when you can expect everything to arrive, from appliances to cabinetry. CliqStudios’ cabinetry takes four to six weeks to build and arrive at your doorstep.

Lastly, you will want to get familiar with your space and how you want to change it. Measuring your space and ordering cabinet samples are critical to creating your full vision. Another key asset is speaking with a professional designer to help you envision your finished project.

2. Preparing for Life Without a Kitchen

Demolishing your kitchen is all about preparation. Make sure you have the correct tools and knowledge.Demolishing your kitchen is all about preparation. Make sure you have the correct tools and knowledge.

Is your timeline ready? Don’t start swinging the hammer just yet.

Once you have all of your products and you’ve confirmed that everything is in good condition, you’ll want to establish your temporary kitchen. This will be your center for preparing meals and storing kitchen supplies until your remodel is done. It’s important you have this space ready to go before the demo because once you begin, there’s no turning back.

There are many items that will help your temporary kitchen be a success. For indoor cooking, consider a microwave or hot plate. Or, if the weather is nice during your remodel, consider outdoor grilling. A small refrigerator is another smart choice for easy storage or perishables and leftovers. Alternatively, you can budget for dining out more often during your remodel. Other good items include paper plates, cups and eating utensils to cut down on clean up time.

3. Gathering Your Demolishing Tools

Use the correct tools to demo your kitchen.Use the correct tools to demo your kitchen.

Finally, you’ve established your timeline. Everything is prepped to your remodel. In other words, that means it is hammer time, right? Wait one more moment. Do you have the proper tools for demolishing your kitchen? Gathering your supplies in advance will save you from repeated visits to the hardware store.

Essential tools for a DIY project include:

  • Hammer
  • Crowbar
  • Pry Bar
  • Screwdriver
  • Sledgehammer
  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife
  • Pliers
  • Ladder
  • Drop cloth
  • Dust masks
  • Closed toed shoes or work boots
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Dumpster (make sure to reserve this in advance)

Start Your Kitchen Demolition

Two-tone cabinetry using wood stain and white paint.Two-tone cabinetry using wood stain and white paint.

Before Demolishing Your Kitchen – A Checklist

Before you run off to start your project, take a final moment to reflect on the tasks you need to complete. The following checklist is a quick reminder of what you need before beginning your kitchen demolition.

  • Create Timeline

    Mastermind the schedule of your project from start to finish.

  • Get to Know the Cost

    Evaluate your project expenses, including place to save and splurge.

  • Understand your Space

    Familiarize yourself with what you want to change and keep the same about your current room.

  • Prepare for Products

    Clear room to store all the items you will use or install for the project.

  • Establish a Temporary Kitchen

    Create a space for safe cooking and storing kitchen items.

  • Gather Tools

    Find all the items needed to demo kitchen safely and efficiently.

  • Confirm Materials Received

    Make sure that all materials, such as kitchen cabinets, have arrived safely.

  • Check Your Utilities

    Make sure utilities like gas, water and electrical lines are off in demo area.

A mid-century design with two-tone cabinetry in cherry stain and whiteA mid-century design with two-tone cabinetry in cherry stain and white

Do you feel like you need further assistance? After completing over 30,000 projects, CliqStudios is ready to help you have a successful kitchen renovation. Take the first step towards your dream kitchen today.