Note from the Editor: Sorry for the long gap in posts. This project dragged on a little while, partially due to an interruption by a European vacation. Hopefully the greatness of this project will make up for the delay.
The result is amazing. The space feels much more open and it is actually safer, due to the removal of a head bumping hazard. Best of all, the bang for buck factor is off the chart, given that the bang is huge and the buck was zero.
Here's the process:
|Before view from behind|
|Queue the pry bar|
|End panel removed. That piece bashed many heads over time.|
|Nail puller at work|
|Here's the new view from the kitchen|
|New view from behind|
|End panel re-installed, along with trim|
|The ceiling needed some work|
|A coat of primer|
|A little putty to even out the edges|
|Primer and final coat. The finished product.|