ORC Week Two Demo! It’s Getting Ugly


We are in full “sledgehammer” swing here! It’s ORC week two Demo and we have made some serious progress. Definitely gonna get uglier – we are just beginning the demo!

Have you ever had a favorite shirt? It’s worn and comfortable, it’s the first thing you want to throw on after a long day and no matter what anyone says… you will never ever let it go. Well, that doesn’t apply to outdoor spaces. This week the worn and uncomfortable has got to go! It’s ORC week two demo time!

Week 1 // You are here // Week 3 // Week 4 // Week 5 // Week 6

Here’s the Week two Demo details:

My list is growing, y’all. So much so that I had to separate out the projects that are DIYs and those that are better left to the experts!

Outdoor Kitchen

The “L” section of the outdoor kitchen is GONE! Pile of rubble, baby! The space instantly looks bigger, even with a pile of cinder blocks in the middle and grill parts stacked. Seeing how it opened up the room made me feel more comfortable with the design plan.

ORC week two demo

The grill… as we took apart the grill we noticed the burners began to crumble, yikes!

Originally we thought they were failing due to blockage. Sigh, nope.

Just replace them, right?!? WRONG.  Kitchenaid has made the decision to discontinue this model. My 4ft grill just became obsolete.

Talk about a kick in the pants moment. A quest began and it is not going to be easy but it looks like we may have found replacement parts. Yes, I said parts… dismantling the grill began the proverbial domino effect.

Granite and backsplash tile decisions were made. I am going with a long subway tile in taupe and the granite color is Aspen White.

We went with prefab counters to save coinage. Eventually, we will replace the interior kitchen counters and will save the slab expense for that project.

By the way, this was about the size of the sample granite… I’ve got high hopes it is the right one!

The condiment center sink is on the way out and next week you will see the beautiful farmhouse stainless steel sink I ordered!… I hope.

orc week two demo


I am knee-deep in the fabric around here, I have been wanting to change the outdoor cushions for a long time and actually bought the outdoor fabric last year.  One bottom cushion left to sew and ALL of the back cushions to create. After, looking at replacement costs… it just made sense (dollars and cents) to sew new covers but it is time-consuming.

Pool Area

By the time you read this post, the demo will have begun in the pool!

Follow me on Instagram (@aspiringhome) if you want to see the nitty-gritty in real-time!

I was able to make a Home Goods run and it did not disappoint! Look what “jumped” into my basket. I promised them a good home and a makeover – they went for it. HA!

orc week two demo

I have been perusing my fellow challengers’ rooms over at www.oneroomchallenge.com and the designs are awesome! Please go check out all the inspiration!

‘Til Later,

ORC Week two Demo The Aspiring Home

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  1. LOL…Joy! Love your sense of humor, but bummed about your grill… “These are the days that try men’s souls”.. AmIrite? But you got this…just keep slinging that sledge hammer. 🙂 ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thank you! We have found a company that has a little bit of stock! After weighing costs- it would be cheaper to buy parts than replace. Who would have thought it would be discontinued so soon? You and me both on the cushions- I have run into a little complication with them… what’s new? Right?

  2. DEMO DAY!!! That is awesome I love me some demo, although I do not get to do much of it anymore since our home is new, but man I miss swinging a sledge hammer through walls. Sorry about your grill, it just means a better one is headed your way.

    1. YES! Busting through walls is the best! I am in the same position- I think the hubs would be a unhappy camper if I started taking down some walls… although in this house, I want to put some up! LOL Looks like we may have found some parts for the grill!

    1. Thankfully all good here! I am very grateful for the opportunity to have a yard and to get to update it a bit. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I so agree! Bring on the ugly… ha! Much more ugly to come. Your project is coming along nicely, btw. 🙂

  3. Wow, that is a lot of demo! Glad you have found parts of your grill. An outdoor kitchen is on our wish list this summer, so I am eager to see how it all turns out! Will be following on Instagram 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the follow! We left quite a bit to the experts I have to say, granite is tricky and retro fitting certain parts of the kitchen required levels of skill beyond our pay grade. LOL

    1. Thank you! The fish were a happy find to be certain! I was worried a tiny bit when we bit the bullet and put in but I literally cook on it all the time. I love not heating the house up in summer!

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