When we bought this house, we really liked that it was so open; the kitchen and living room were basically one room. Among other things, i.e. - outdated and dark cabinets, many walls painted mint green and Pepto Bismol pink, after living in our house for a while, we discovered a few other things:
- When anyone sat on the couch, they would usually find themselves sliding right into the kitchen.
- As we ate any meals at the kitchen table, crumbs would inevitably find their way under the couch - only to be discovered weeks, if not months later in disastrous states
- And most importantly, we found that without a wall between the kitchen and living room, our ceiling was sagging a little. The wall down the center of the house is, in our case, a load bearing wall.
My husband, father-in-law, brother and myself all spent time on this project. We bought two wooden pillars from our home-improvement store, wood enough for shelving, Sheetroc for the one side of the wall, and lots of caulk and paint. We borrowed a router from my brother-in-law.
After assembling the wall, which I wanted for additional kitchen storage, I had family hunt for antique canning jars (this was before they came out with the remake of the pretty blue ones).
Here's the kitchen side of the finished project:
The living room side: