Kitchen wall to possible bar help!!


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Old 10-20-15, 09:11 AM
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Kitchen wall to possible bar help!!

Hello all!

There was a 3/4 wall in the kitchen that spoiled the openness we wanted, so I busted it down to the height you see in the pictures. I cut the studs and broke out the dry wall and busted out the cabinets.

So, now I'm thinking I'll get a piece of wood to create a small bar before we go further with a "real" renovation down the road.

My guess is that I need to try and level those studs as best I can and then find a piece of wood to attach... I also need to move the electric.

Any advice about how to pull this off? I've never done anything like it.

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Old 10-20-15, 09:25 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

I see a double top plate but you're saying this wall never went to the ceiling at all? Looks like there might be a gap in your first picture but can't say for sure.
 
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Old 10-20-15, 10:28 AM
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No it didn't go to the ceiling. It seems the partial wall was just build to support cabinets.
 
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I recommend you cut the wall high enough to keep the receptacles in the backsplash area, around 43" finished height with counter, but verify the height. You can remove the existing boxes and replace them with plastic boxes, turned sideways.

The way I cut down a wall level:

- Mark a level line on drywall and cut that out first
- Use a short block of 2 x 4 to mark cut lines on both sides of each stud
- Use these marks to cut each stud as square as possible. If cuts are not perfect, some shimming can be done

The tool I prefer most for this is a Bosch Jigsaw with an extra long blade.
Next is a multi-tool, but takes awhile.
Last is a reciprocating saw, although this makes quick work of it.
 
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The tool I prefer most for this is a Bosch Jigsaw with an extra long blade.
Next is a multi-tool, but takes awhile.
Last is a reciprocating saw, although this makes quick work of it.
A sharp handsaw will also do the job.
 
 

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