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Destruction in the Dining Room

If you hate grotty home renovation posts, close this window now. A pretty home, this is not. I promise I'll have some pretty photos and nice blog posts soon, I swear!

Our kitchen renovation is underway and actually combines three different rooms which we're bringing together by removing two walls. It's quite a large space, which means the renovation is going to be quite a long one. We're working room-by-room in demolition so that we can (attempt to) keep dust confined to each room without taking over the whole house. We'd already carried out a demolition in the shower room, so next on the list was the "dining room". I use that terminology loosely because so far, we've just been using this room as a walkway to the kitchen. We don't even have a dining room table. One day, one day....

Here's the room prior to destruction. We already removed the carpet a few months back since it was pretty icky from puppy training. Need I say more?

70s decor living room
retro back boiler
opening up walls to create a bigger space
dining room renovation

You can see this room hasn't been given any amount of love from us since we've moved in! It's a great space and has heaps of potential, but currently it's cold, lacks furniture, has no purpose and it's just a bit too dated and blah to feel satisfied spending much time in. I think the lack of carpet really hasn't helped either.

(Oh and if you're wondering what the big red object is - it's a homemade arcade cabinet - something Grant's working on for his man cave, something I use to pile junk upon...oops)

To begin the renovations in here, it was another day of wallpaper removing. I'm loving our new wallpaper steamer that makes serious quick work of this job, BUT I've discovered it's something of a crazy money pit to run. So, I have to admit I'll be damn happy to put this new toy away soon. Bare plaster is quickly becoming the new decor state in this house. How freaking ugly is it?

removing wallpaper in the dining room
removing old 70s decor

Here's a little discovery of some seriously old wallpaper which had bound itself to the wall in a protest that it would never be removed. I won in the end.

vintage wallpaper

A few bags of wallpaper later and the room was looking decidedly 'progressed' but not exactly any better than before. It was already a cold boring space, now it's a beyond depressing, dark grotty space. Not a pretty sight.

wallpaper destruction
bare lime plaster

But of course, it still had to get a little worse. I then began removing the fire-hazardous polystyrene tiles. I may do a separate post on removing these tiles at some point - the tiles themselves werent too difficult to remove, it was the adhesive that was the killer. It was a serious arm-aching affair that I spread out over a couple of weeks to save myself the pain/back ache, but the ceiling does now look miles better than it did before and the house is now at least much safer should a fire ever break out (TOUCH WOOD, BLOODY HOPE NOT).

removing polystyrene ceiling tiles
how to remove polystyrene ceiling tiles
adhesive from ceiling tiles

In the future we hope to have a log burner in this room, so the radiator was no longer required (not that it's ever been used, or that we have a working useable boiler) so we decided to remove it completely. Unlike the bathroom, this radiator didn't have isolation valves which meant we had to drain the whole system. Simple right? Well, it is when you don't forget to to turn the valve off in the airing cupboard.

draining a radiator

We had this radiator "draining" for around THREE hours before I pointed out Grant must have forgotten something. He was adamant it was taking so long as he had it draining "slowly" so not to flood the house. Nope, he just forgot to turn the valve, so as it was emptying, it was also filling back up. How not to remove a radiator.

We then removed part of the hideous fireplace with our new SDS beastly drill. I even had a go on it and I must admit, despite its scary appearance it's actually really easy to use. We can't remove the whole brickwork just yet (although I damn wish we could) as the gas fireplace/boiler is still connected, so the ugly 70s decor remains intact a little longer.

removing 70s brickwork around fireplace
girl using SDS drill

Another discovery about this room was around the door. From a poorly patch-plastering job we could determine the outline of another door. On further inspection we also realised there was a 15cm thick line going straight across the ceiling in-between these two doors- suggesting perhaps this room was once two rooms? Our neighbours door is actually in the position of our now bricked-up door, which was something I always thought slightly weird that our homes didn't match on. Whether this was originally two rooms or perhaps turned into two rooms at a later date, I guess we'll never know.

old bricked up door

I'd love to actually open up the area around both doors and have a nice big opening from the hallway, but alas, our budget doesn't go this far. I know there might be a wooden lintel above, but something tells me we'd still need it replacing with a proper steel RSJ to do so.

We also removed the door into the kitchen and the door to the small larder cupboard. This wall is going to be removed soon(ish) and we wanted to keep these original features intact and away from heavy handed builders so we can use them elsewhere in the house. We also salvaged the old architraves too.... just 'cause you never know when they might come in handy!

removing victorian architrave
victorian architrave removal

And there we have it - 2/3 rooms completely demolished to their bare-bones.. Just one room left. This stage of renovation is always the most depressing - you don't see any real forward-moving progress, any work at this stage feels like a step in the wrong direction. But it's also the most essential stage - prepping walls, repairing ceilings (urrrrrghhhh) and getting all the grotty dusty work out of the way so that the pretty work can begin. But it's also the stage that takes so much time and leaves you feeling little motivation towards the job. And I'm definitely lacking some motivation right now.

Come on new kitchen, I'm ready for you!

Total Costs

(rounded to the nearest pound)

New Tools Purchased:
Scraper Blades (2pack) £2

Materials Used:
Pipe Caps £3

Total Costs: £3


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