Over the weekend I did some damage in the kitchen and besides creating a huge dusty mess, it was kind of fun cutting down the kitchen half wall. Exciting and scary too! I did it all by myself.
I’ve hated this kitchen half wall for way too long and my husband wanted nothing to do with this project. All my pleading went in one ear and out the other. But I knew that cutting the kitchen half wall down would make such a big impact in our small duplex kitchen. An island-type countertop just gets so much more useful than an awkward half wall like this.
How to cut down a kitchen half wall
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I really wish I had this project on video so you could see how I did it. This was all done before I started to make YouTube videos though, so I don’t have any footage of everything.
You’ll have to just look at my photos.
Tools needed to cut down the half-wall:
- circular saw
- wire cutters
- drywall saw
- eye protection
- dust mask/respirator
- pry bar
- extension cord
- new electrical boxes
Below you can see what I started with and what everything looked like before I started to cut the half wall.
Make sure that your power is turned of for that section of the wall and run an extension cord from another area of you home where you can leave the power turned on.
I removed the molding below the top ledge with a pry bar and hammer as you can see below. I wanted to remove the top ledge first so I could see how the wall was constructed and where the electrical cables were running from and to.
Below you can see that the top ledge is removed. I had also opened up all the outlets. My plan was to move them to the lower part of the wall. The phone outlet wasn’t needed anymore and I just removed that wire entirely.
I then started to chip away the dry wall and studs to make sure I didn’t make mistakes with the electrical wiring. I do have so say anything electrical makes me nervous and I don’t want to describe exactly what I did because I’m not an electrician and don’t want people to get hurt. You might be better off hiring an electrician.
On the other side of the wall, I used the pencil and level to draw the line where I wanted to cut the wall off.
And then it was time for the circular saw. When I cut the wall, I made sure that I didn’t cut into the exposed electrical wires while running the saw blade along the marked line on the wall.
That’s where it got really messy, look at all that dust! At this point I could see exactly where the outlet wires were running in the wall and all I needed to do is mark the drywall electrical outlet boxes at the same height as the other one. Then I used the drywall saw and cut out the holes for the electrical boxes. The wiring was pretty easy and I just replicated how they were setup before.
And I also did some cleaning and painting under the sink because it was yucky! Since I’ll be the one installing the faucet again, I didn’t want to be lying in filth while doing so.
When the hubby came home from work, all I got was a dirty look…no comment whatsoever.
I’m still working on relocating some outlets and patching up the hole in the wall that is left from the teardown.
So that’s that. Let’s see how long that will take me.
Since this post, a lot has changed in our kitchen and it went through several color changes and designs. I also added a counter post (HERE) under the island after the new countertops were added.
There is another winter storm on the way? One last big snow storm would be nice. I’m serious! I’m hoping for snow, NOT rain. Especially since we have friends coming in 2 weeks from now to come skiing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Talk to you on Friday, ok?