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Tessa’s Remodel Chapter 3: Delivery & Kitchen Tearout

August 21, 2014No comments

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!

Cabinets in boxes stacked in garage

Temporary Kitchen

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!

Kitchen Archeology

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.

two men removing cabinet doors and disconnecting sink plumbing in kitchen with white cabinets and black countertops

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!

used white cabinets in back of van and kitchen with cabinets torn out ready for new cabinets and appliances
Follow the links below to follow Tessa and Jake’s experience and see the finished product.

Have you found any treasures during a remodel? Let us know how your tearout went.

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