Deconstruction

Deconstruction is lots of work, but it’s so much more satisfying in the moment than construction! The kitchen in one of our rentals was original to the structure in about the Korean War era and while it could be cleaned, it never really looked very good. The upper cabinets were metal and showing signs of rust and dents. The lower cabinets were stick built in place with sticking drawers and doors that either stuck or wouldn’t close easily, so we decided while the house was empty anyway, we might as well replace that kitchen.

demo day 1

LeRoy and our grandson Ben worked for a couple of hours removing the uppers to take back to the shop and then demolishing the lower cabinets while I started pulling up the vinyl tile planks that had been laid in one of the bedrooms. Ben helped me with that and removed the shutters from the windows. It’s nice to have someone tall to tackle those jobs when LeRoy is involved elsewhere. We got a lot accomplished before lunch and it sure looks different now even though we haven’t begun the new kitchen. Hail the conquering heroes!

demo day 2

Now about those metal cabinets. I’ve said through many moves that nature abhors a vacuum and if LeRoy has a bigger garage or an additional shed, he will think he has to have something to fill it. When we first began the full time journey, everything we owned went with us. If it was essential, we made a place for it. I was a little hesitant about building a 30′ x 50′ metal building for obvious reasons! First we bought a shelving unit or two so we’d have a place to store the seasonal decorations and things we really didn’t need to have with us all the time. It seems, though, that each time we come back, we fill another set of shelves or two and now we’re adding three more. See what I mean?

The new cabinets we purchased are unfinished so I’m sure there will be many more stories before they are finished and the rental is ready for occupants again. I’ll let you know!

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