Part 13: Kitchen Remodel and Structural Wall Removal 


Hey guys!

Holy moly! I can’t believe I’m writing the last article of our kitchen remodel! How crazy! It’s certainly been a diy learning adventure! As we were getting closer to the end we wanted to wrap it up with something significant. So we saved the beam for last 🙂 The beam is where the wall stood and where my design plans were inspired, so it felt fitting that we should come full circle and end up back there.

Below is what the trim looked like prior to finishing it.

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Trim on the Wall

As you can see we did leave a section of the wall to give our bedroom a bit more privacy and the first thing we had to do was trim our that area. We followed the same process as when we trimmed the door frame, laying the middle board against the wall and then the outer side boards.

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

Faux-real Exposed Beam

I wanted it to look like an exposed beam rather than a support one. So we decided to wrap it in wood while widening its width at the same time to give it a more bulky beam look. The first thing we did was decide how wide we wanted it and then attach the bottom board. Ed cut this board so that the boards that lay on the sides of the beam met up at a 45 degree angle. We attached this bottom board allowing one side to hang past the beam farther on one side than the other.

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top  

Once the bottom board was secure and we were happy with its placement it was time for the chandelier 😀 Yes that’s right! More lighting! Yay! I choose a very simply designed chandelier but that’s what I love about it. I like that classic look, nothing too frilly in this space. So because the we widened the existing beam we we’re able to run the wiring for the chandelier right up the side and into the ceiling then Ed hooked it up in the attic.

I wrote a little message to anyone who may stumble across it (our last names are blurred out) on the side of the beam. It reads, “Ed and Amanda loved this little house and removed this wall in 2016”. 🙂

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

Wrapping It Up

After the lighting was wired in we put up the side boards. The cabinet side of the beam was easy, but Ed had to cut the other side board at an angle so that it would match up to the ceiling since, again, old houses aren’t always square or straight or even lol! But the important thing is he did make it work!

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The Cherry on Top: Finishing the Beam

The beam was the perfect last leg of our kitchen diy journey. It made a huge impact on the room and the chandelier really was the cherry on top of the remodel. One of the biggest decisions I had to make was what to do with that big awesome beam. Stain it? Paint it? Hmmm… 🙂

And so that is where I will leave ya and you’ll find out in the reveal! I can’t wait for you to see how it all turned out! Let the decorating begin!


 

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