Mary’s Home Remodel 2018 – Part 2

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Chip Gaines of TV’s Fixer Upper fame has coined the term Demo Day and filled it with sledgehammers, kickboxing, and way too much fun! I love Chip’s joy and enthusiasm, but his idea of Demo Day isn’t exactly what we encountered. Turns out our remodel would require deconstruction, not demolition.

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During the long planning process, Harold discovered something awesome: In the same way we donate used clothes and household goods to charity, we might be able to donate our kitchen to charity.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

I called to learn more and discovered that an area ReStore would indeed accept such a donation and also send a big truck to pick it up—cabinets, appliances, sinks, countertops for no charge and give us a tax-deductible receipt in exchange (we will be depending heavily on Bill Lewis and Connie Edmunds, authors of the Money for Your Used Clothing valuation guides, which offer IRS-compliant values for charitable donations)b. But there would be a few guidelines we’d have to follow:

  • Appliances must be 15 years or newer, clean and in good working condition with all parts included.
  • Cabinets must be in good condition with all hardware, hinges, doors, and drawers accounted for and attached.

This was great news. We could be in full compliance with those guidelines and forgo the high cost of a having all of it hauled to the landfill.

Demo Day arrived and we hit it the ground hard with power tools, furniture dollies and a good bit of curiosity.

Remember that island with the kitchen sink and narrow shelf? We couldn’t wait to find out if had been installed first and then wood floor around it or if—hopefully—the floor went down first so that we would find the island sitting on top of a fairly intact and contiguous floor.

Are the cabinets attached to withstand a 7.0 earthquake (funny, because we don’t get earthquakes here, so that hearkens back to how we would attach things when we lived in California) or hanging precariously attached with staples?

I was dreading the reveal when we would pull out the stove. I’ve seen what can accumulate on the sides of a freestanding stove that is wedged in between cabinets and counters. This could be disgusting.

This remodel began the evening of March 24 when Harold pried off a piece of the island base, to reveal at least on the back side the flooring stops at one edge of the island. Ugh.

And with that, deconstruction moved into high gear.

Cabinets were not stapled to the walls, but not exactly difficult to remove, either.

In just a few days, all 23 cabinets with drawers, shelves, and doors attached and the 14-year old appliances (the stove wasn’t that bad and super easy to clean up)—all in excellent working condition— headed off to ReStore.

The island, however, turned out to be unsalvageable.









What a relief! And what a great organization, Habitat for Humanity ReStore. These people were as happy to get the kitchen as we were to give it to them.

As for what we found beneath the island, this is going to require the services of a flooring professional. Hopefully, it can be repaired, matched and tied in seamlessly.



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