After several weeks of delay, we finally made progress on our powder room over the weekend! I got tired of waiting so I grabbed my mask and glasses and started tearing down walls.
I tried a few different methods to remove all of the old stuff like our reciprocating saw, jab saw, and my fists of steel but what I found worked best for me was to punch holes with a hammer to kind of carve out a large piece and then use the holes as hand holds to yank the drywall down. I was too in the zone to stop and take pictures so not sure if that makes any sense. One of the walls had been partially replaced before so I already knew what was behind it but I was much more careful with the other walls so that I didn’t damage any plumbing or electric. Speaking of, we turned off the electricity and used our fancy new voltage tester to make sure I wasn’t going to shock myself. Since we are putting in a different light fixture, I also went ahead and took out the sconces and set them aside until we figure out where to put them.
I wouldn’t recommend using the reciprocating saw for anything unless you know what you’re doing and I definitely wouldn’t recommend getting frustrated and trying to punch the wall because you’ll probably just hurt yourself…not that I would know that from personal experience or anything. By the way, I’m not giving you a tutorial on drywall removal so if you want to know the best way to do it, I would suggest consulting the google because I’m not a professional and don’t want to be responsible for anyone breaking anything.
While I did most of the removal, Kyle was able to clean up the edges of the drywall that’s not being removed and he was also a big help with cleaning up. I’m much better at actually making the mess. Side note: contractor grade garbage bags are probably the best purchase we’ve made for this project so far.
We split the demo over two days and by Sunday afternoon, we had a mostly drywall-less bathroom and all of the dust had been cleaned up.
Most importantly, we now have this lovely conversation piece in our foyer.
I’m hoping to have the new drywall hung by the end of the week so we can use the weekend to mud and sand the seams but it’s hard for us to get motivated during the week we’ll see what happens!