Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Removing A Little Wall

We have some walls in our house that are meant to be decorative - they are only about 4 feet tall and have spindles that go up the rest of the way. I like that they are not full walls and so they allow better light and view.....but we are tired of the spindles.

This is one of those walls.....one of 5 in our house. We took the carpet out of the family room and put down ceramic tile, which we LOVE.....it is so much better than the old carpet.

Anyway, as you can see.....the tile is down, but we hadn't yet done the grout work, when...........we talked about that little wall....... and decided to do something about it.

We wouldn't have known how to do this, but my brother does....and he tore into it.  

Pretty soon......the wall was gone. The wall was only a couple of feet long, but it made a HUGE difference in opening up  the entrance to the family room. 

Looks better from both sides..........except for all of that drywall dust which tends to get into and on everything. See it all over the wall?

Since the floor was already down, we had to take up some of the ceramic tiles and replace them. We were able to walk on the flooring since it had already cured enough, but the new tiles had to be avoided, so we put up hazard cones and I marked the tiles with an orange X.  We didn't want to step on them and make them unlevel or dislodged from their position while they dried/cured.

We also had lots of company, along with our own large family, so we wanted to make sure everyone knew where NOT to step. Thankfully, our signs were successful.

Finishing off the little wall that was left .... and adding caulk and paint completed the job.
 What a difference it made.  We love this and if we hadn't already put hardwood flooring in the living room, we would do the same thing in there. However, replacing the hardwood floor under where the walls are would be too big of a job, so we are not going to do it.  

We do really like how this job turned out though and it is surprising what a big difference removing a 2' wall can make.
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  1. What a beautiful transformation! And what a blessing that you have family members who have the "know-how" and muscles to do the job! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today...it was such a boost of encouragement to get your sweet comment. God bless you!

    1. Thank you........yes, it is a blessing........and our homeschool benefits as my kids have learned to put in tile, hardwood floor, build a deck, shed... and so on....in REAL life. Thank you for stopping by.....so nice to have you. :)

  2. Wow! What difference it makes by removing on small wall! It turned out great! Happy Easter! Vanessa

    1. It is surprising what a difference such a little thing can make.... we love it! Thank you for visiting. :)

  3. Ohhhhh, I like it alot! It looks so much better. Thanks for sharing.
    Stopped by from Mama Moment Monday link up!

    1. We do too....makes it more open and inviting. Thank you for visiting. :)

  4. Sometimes it's the little changes that make the biggest difference...What's next?

    1. That's true.... we always seem to have some project going.... your "What's next?" question made me chuckle. :) Thank you for visiting.

  5. That's a wonderful transformation! What a blessing to have a family member with the skills to help you do it, too.

    1. It sure is such a blessing... I have loved having that wall out... and if we had thought of it in time, we would have removed several half-walls in the living room, but since we put hardwood floors down, it would be more work than we want to go to. Thank you for visiting. :)

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    1. Thank you... we sure enjoy it and it has made it so much more accessible. :)

  7. Wow, who would think a small change like that would make such a difference. It looks great.
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing on Throwback Thursday Blog-Style. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

    1. Thank you.... that's what we thought... and it made us start looking around the house and wondering... hmmm... what OTHER walls can we remove? :)