Getting Plastered – Kitchen Demo


I’m literally getting plastered here! Not the kind of plastered that will give you a pounding headache the next morning though. We’re talking plaster walls here, a dirty nasty job.

With the floor gone in the kitchen it was time to attack the walls. I don’t know why but I’ve been really looking forward to taking down some walls. I think I just wanted to break stuff.

The last two days I’ve been wielding a hammer and dust mask and making a huge mess of the kitchen. Poor walls didn’t have a chance! It’s all fun and stuff until you look at the floor and see the huge mess that you now have to clean up. Doh!

Plaster and lathe, fun!

Plaster and lathe, fun!


I decided to start on the interior wall. This build out hides the chimney for the furnace and also serves as the closet for the bedroom that is on the other side of the wall. Well, the bedroom is going to either be turned into an office, or the wall is going to be taken out and it’ll become the dining room. Haven’t decided yet. I vote for taking the wall out and enlarging the kitchen but I rarely get my way ;0)


I haven’t discussed this with Barry at all but I think leaving the chimney exposed would be kind of neat, in a rustic kind of way. It would need to be cleaned up and made to look pretty but I think It would look good. I love exposed brick! You can see the chimney starting to peak out in the photos below.

The beginning of demo

The beginning of demo

Exposing the chimney

Exposing the chimney

After taking just that corner wall down, this is the mess I created. Yikes!! I guess I know what I have to look forward to now with the remaining 4 walls.

Oopsie, I made a mess

Oopsie, I made a mess

It's a dirty job

It’s a dirty job

I’m not one that likes to get dirty, or mainly get my hands dirty. I don’t know why but it drives me insane! Like fingernails on a chalk board. My hands are usually really soft but right now they are a dry blistered mess. I may have to wear gloves to bed slathered with lotion.

Hidden Window

Hey! A hidden window!

I also found a hidden window! I finally found something hiding in the walls. Although I would prefer it was a million dollars I’ll take what I can get.

I kind of knew there use to be a window in that location, so it really wasn’t a surprise but it was still interesting seeing the very very old window with the sliding weights and stuff, and for some reason it looks like there is half a door in there too. Strange…


At this point I’m about half done gutting the kitchen. I’m on a little break right now as I’ve run out of garbage cans to fill with plaster. Garbage day isn’t until Tuesday so I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do until then. I’m so close to being done but can’t move forward. Boo hiss!

Almost Done

Almost Done!

Now that I’ve shown you lots of photos full of an ugly messy kitchen I shall leave you with something really beautiful!


Duke Plumeria

This is my Plumeria plant that I ordered from Hawaii this spring. I’ve never grown this flower and truthfully wasn’t aware there was a flower out there so beautiful and awesome smelling.

I do believe I’ll be ordering a bunch more cuttings to plant next summer. There are so many other beautiful specimens that I want them all! I just wish they were winter hardy so I could plant them permanently outside.

If you’d like to add some color to your porch check out all the awesome plants at Maui Plumeria Gardens.

7 comments for “Getting Plastered – Kitchen Demo

  1. Lori Baker
    5 August, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Joe tell Barry a totally agree with you, I love exposed brick also, leave the chimney exposed. Love the plant!

    • Joe
      7 August, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      I’ll do my best to convince him :)

  2. Jill R
    6 August, 2012 at 7:50 am


    I think the idea to keep the chimmney exposed is really good! I know that you 2 will come up with something clever to do with the brick to keep it uncovered. I can’t wait to see it!

    Jill R.

    • Joe
      7 August, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I think we’re going with white cabinets so I’m thinking the brick would look good with it.

  3. Ellen
    6 August, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I’ll have to re-read later because I don’t remember anything before or after you mentioned wearing lotion-ed hands in gloves to bed. hehe

    • Joe
      7 August, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Sorry didn’t mean to distract you lol.

  4. Once Smith
    9 August, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    wo, the spun flower is pretty neat looking

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