Stone Soup for Five: Removing the 1970's entrance!

Removing the 1970's entrance!

So our home has the true mark of a 1970's house.  Spindles by the entrance. 
(This pic was taken after we took a sledgehammer to the first spindle and whacked it as hard as we could till it was FORCED out! Mr. Measure wasn't liking my sledge hammer idea, but complied reluctantly and whacked away!)

Results of the sledgehammer work revealed that everything was screwed and nailed in good.

After we whacked it out, we thought, hey what if we removed the molding around the bottom and see what's under there?  (This is my usual way of doing things... whacking or hammering, THEN thinking.  It was a whole new way to do things for Mr. Measure. LOL)

 Ahhh... shims are holding it up.  What if we knocked those shims out and then hammered the bottom board DOWN to pop the nails up and then pull them out?  It worked.  The nails popped up and Mr. Measure pulled them out.

 Woody and Tank came to help.

Removing the nails from the bottom board.

Making sure the top is nice and loose.
Yup, it's loose.  The whole thing was assembled as a unit and then put into place, so it's SOLIDLY together.

And it's OUT!!! WHOOO HOOOO!

And this is the base.  It has an electric outlet in it on the other side, so we didn't want to mess with removing it, so instead Mr. Measure will make me a built in bookcase that is only this high.  I'm gonna LOVE it!

Wow, it already feels better!! Now to get some lunch and then head to Home Depot! 


  1. Woo hoo! It's going to be FABULOUS, Kari!!!

  2. Now, take out the half wall and it will feel really amazing! LOL

  3. Boy! do I emphasize with this! I tore out the whole WALL at the top of our stairs---closets shelves and all!! really opened up the landing at the top. Installed a light/fan and installed a railing (purchased at home depot) Then refinished the original hardwood floor. What a huge change!

  4. Awesome! You guys are going great!

  5. heeheehee This is Kristi, BTW - logged in as mike's work.... oops!

  6. I was thinking...were u able to cut the spiindles out and preserve as candle holders for the fireplace? I'm excited bout the bookcase but esp the candleholders..hehe always wanted huge ones can't wait to see what you make of them!!!!!!!!
    Great job guys! Suz

  7. I took out our wall by our front door(it was more than a half wall), it felt so much like a cattle shute coming in the front door it drove me nuts. Can't believe how open it feels. Great job on all your improvements Kari & gang!

  8. I had spindles also in two opening from living room to dining room. My daughter and I took them out and it really opens it up. I just need to sand, fill in holes and stain.

  9. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I'm loving it! When I have more time, I'm going to read more about your bullet journal ideas, salads in jars, etc. I'm a big fan of Dave Ramsey, the Bible, and so much more that you've written about. For today, though, I'm interested in your entry way half wall project. You mention that your husband was going to build a bookcase onto the remaining wall. Do you have pictures of the finished product? I'm trying to figure out how to do something just like that. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comment. You know it's been 4 years since we've done this, and right after we finished, I found a cute hutch at a garage sale that I repainted and it's been there ever since. So no bookshelves. At this point, we've decided once we replace the carpet, we're going to completely tear out this half wall and leave it open. Thanks for your comment!

    2. I love a good garage sale find! I got in way over my head, so for now my spindle dividers will stay in place. I promised my husband that I wouldn't knock any walls down just yet! :)


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