Kitchen Renovation | Demo Day!

It was demo day here at the Anderson house last Friday night and all day Saturday (and of course, I’m saying this in my best Chip and Joanna Gaines voice). Thanks to Ryan and my dad and their many hours of hard labor, our kitchen and first level flooring are gone!

Kitchen Renovation Demo Day

Disclaimer: I don’t normally like using all iPhone photos for blog photos, but that was the easiest way to capture everything going on with the demo.

The decision to demo a kitchen yourself is no joke, my friends. I was laughing with Ryan a little bit ago about how I thought I could do it with him in the event that we couldn’t get help from family or friends. Ha. Haha. Hahaha. That’s me now laughing at my stupidity. I’m not saying that I’m not strong, but holy moly – what these guys did was some serious business.

Even though the kitchen cabinets weren’t our style, that doesn’t mean that they weren’t quality-made cabinets. They all were custom-made, solid oak cabinets that the architect built into place 20 years ago when the previous owners built this house. My dad joked that if we ever had a tornado we could’ve crawled into one of the huge corner cabinets and been safe – that’s how heavy they were! Not to mention the endless amounts of screws … it was obvious that the previous owners never had any intention of making updates to the house based on how many and the types of screws that were used to anchor these cabinets down.

Kitchen Renovation Demo Day

But, piece by piece, Ryan and my dad dismantled everything into a pile that’s still sitting in the garage (Habitat for Humanity is picking it all up Friday!). They started by getting the peninsula out Friday night, which helped them keep things moving Saturday morning. It only took a few hours to get the kitchen to its current state – empty!

Kitchen Renovation Demo Day

Then came the fun part – the flooring. Ryan already had pulled up all the carpet in the living/dining room, and it’s a good thing that he did because this part of the demo took a lot longer than anticipated. While Ryan worked his way through prying up the hardwood in the entryway – thank goodness that it wasn’t glued down – my dad tackled the lovely salmon-colored tile in the half bath. Well, come to find out, there wasn’t subfloor under the tile like we anticipated but rather a whole slab of concrete!

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According to my dad, this is the correct way to lay tile, but it’s awful difficult to tear up. I’m still not exactly sure how he managed to get all that concrete up, but my dad has his Superman ways!

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Meanwhile, I was grateful to have my mom there to help out with Finley. He is not a fan of loud noises, so this was a bit of a rough day for him.

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Many hours later when the guys finished, I had to snap a picture of them in their #DemoDay shirts from Magnolia Market. I had bought Ryan his as a birthday present back in April, and my mom thought it would be cute for my dad to match. Eat your heart out, Chip!

Kitchen Renovation Demo Day

So, until the end of the week, we essentially are living in a construction zone! It’s not too bad really – we just always have to have something on our feet since there’s no flooring, and we have to go in the basement anytime we want food or something out the fridge. Oh, and the microwave is hooked up in the garage. It’s high class living over here at the moment!

Yesterday, all the tradesmen were at the house to get things going on that end – we sadly (not) said goodbye to the box light and now have new recessed lighting, the plumber got everything hooked up for the farm sink, and our gas line for the new stove was put in. And, as you read this, the flooring people probably are downstairs working on getting that new flooring installed before the cabinets are installed Friday!

It might be a little quiet around here for the remainder of the week – we constantly have people coming and going, and since Ryan couldn’t get any time off work I’m managing most of this on my own (plus, making sure Finn doesn’t bark his head off!). As always, tune in to Snapchat (msinthemidwest) for progress updates, and I hope to have more photos to share next week!

Have you lived through any home renovations? Any tips on how to manage the (inevitable) high stress levels?


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  1. 6.29.16
    Kristy Simon said:

    Those pics of Finny thou…#ican’teven

  2. 6.16.16
    mdb0112 said:

    Woo hoo! Demo Day looks like a success! Poor Findley! Winston was visiting my in-laws during some home improvement and has forever been scarred from those noises! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  3. 6.3.16
    thefashionfolks said:

    Sure it’ll turn out lovely! Xx

  4. 6.2.16

    hahaha the matching tshirts are the best! and iphone photos really aren’t that bad, especially compared to how they used to be. i have never lived through renovations that other people have done, we’ve done a few things ourselves, so i can’t imagine the stress relying on other people!

    • 6.4.16

      I think that’s one of the hardest parts for me/us right now! Ryan has been able to do everything himself up to this point, so I only had him to be annoyed with. Lol 🙂 And aren’t those shirts so cute? I couldn’t help myself.

  5. 6.2.16

    Yay for demo day! 🙂 I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. 6.2.16

    Woooo, so exciting! And I’m loving the Demo Day shirts! Saw your Snapchat last night about the flooring – hope it all got worked out!

  7. 6.1.16
    Ashley said:

    Stop it, these shirts are amazing! Cannot wait to see the kitchen all finished!

  8. 6.1.16

    It was crazy looking at all of your snaps of the demo this weekend! Way to go for doing all of that yourselves, and I love that your dad and husband wore their #demoday shirts! I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like!

  9. 6.1.16

    So exciting!!!!!! Kitchen remodels are my absolute favorite projects to watch/follow. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • 6.2.16

      Mine, too! Probably because the kitchen is basically the hub of the house, you know? Stay tuned for lots more updates! 🙂

  10. 6.1.16
    Christina Sotherden said:

    They are the cutest in their shirts! And Finn is too cute cuddling up with your mom! Everything they did looks so good and clean already – can’t wait to continue following the project!

    • 6.2.16

      The guys did such a great job with not making a mess of everything – unlike on all the shows we watch, it’s not necessary to just knock everything out with no thought!

  11. 6.1.16
    Emily Dunham said:

    Totally thinking of Chip saying Demo Day! They did such a great job and I love the matching shirts. Also, I think it’s so awesome you guys are saving your cabinets – so many times you just see them trashed even though they don’t look that bad!

    • 6.2.16

      That was our whole thought process, too! I’m happy we are able to donate to such a good cause like Habitat – plus, we also will get the tax write-off which always is a bonus.

  12. 6.1.16

    What an exciting project! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. You are so lucky to have the parents there to help! I always have my mom on doggy duty for times like that! Love the #demoday t shirts!

    • 6.2.16

      We were so happy they were able to come up for a couple days to help us! Finn loves his “nana”, so he did a lot better with all of it than I initially anticipated!

  13. 6.1.16
    Pamela said:

    Eekk! So exciting! I can’t believe you guys are doing all of this! SO much work but it’s going to look amazing! I can’t wait to see the finished project. <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • 6.2.16

      I still can’t believe that the guys managed to do all that demo on their own – SO much work! But, the end result will be worth it, hopefully!

  14. 6.1.16
    Darcy from A Memory of Us said:

    YAY! Cannot wait to see the final product! The most renovating we have done is tearing up carpet, so I don’t have any tips other than to not take your stress out on each other as that will only make each of you more grumpy! : )

    • 6.2.16

      Haha, well – we’ve already been bickering quite a bit, but I think that’s just part of the fun of a major renovation. I know when it’s all finished we will look back and laugh at each other. 🙂

  15. 6.1.16

    Wow! What a lot of hard work, but it will be so worth it in the end! Love the #demoday tee shirts! I’m obsessed with watching Fixer Upper right now. I would love to update our kitchen someday. Love watching your snaps of the renovation process!

    • 6.2.16

      My mom and I thought the tees were a nice touch! I know you want to renovate your kitchen eventually, but it looks like you have such a beautiful home already!

  16. 6.1.16

    Yay! Way to go. I can’t wait to see the final product!


  17. 6.1.16

    Looove their shirts! And WOW, so much progress! They did such an amazing job– I can only imagine how hard it was to get up all of that tile. I just watched the Friends episode where Joey shows Monica how dirty her tile is, so she wants him to redo it, but when he tries to take out the tile it’s too hard so he just leaves it with a missing tile, haha. << sorry for the Friends tangent…. but I can't wait to see the next steps!

  18. 6.1.16

    Looks like they made so much progress! Cannot wait to see the final product. Our dogs always hide too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  19. 6.1.16
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Our guys did some pretty amazing work! Now it will be fun to see the new kitchen come together! If you can survive a major home renovation, you can tackle just about anything – take it from someone who knows!

  20. 6.1.16

    Yay for progress!! Looks like your guys were hard at work. Good luck this week. Can’t wait to see it all come together! So excited for you!

  21. 6.1.16
    Jenn said:

    I’m glad that it went well overall, minus the semi debacle with the salmon tiles not coming up as easily. So nice that your mom was there to take care of Finley. I’m a little nervous about Cooper being home today with us getting our windows re-done. He deifnitely stresses out a bit and I almost took him to school with me today but my principal wasn’t jumping for joy with the idea so I just left him there.
    Hoping the next phase of everything goes well!

  22. 6.1.16
    Biana Perez said:

    So awesome of your parents to come by and help with this – it’s going to be amazing once complete!! I’m sure Chip and Joanna will get a kick out of those shirts! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 6.2.16

      Yes, we were so thankful that they came up for a couple days to help us out – Ryan definitely couldn’t have done all that labor by himself!

  23. 6.1.16
    Mónica Sors said:

    Nice working 😉


    Mónica Sors