Step 1: Decide at about 5:30 pm to work on cleaning the kitchen in your old house. There’s a good layer of grime from 75 years of people living there on the ceiling that can be washed, some of the paint needs to be scraped. Notice that the lovely peaches wallpaper on the bulkhead is also coming off. Decide to attempt to pull it off. Discover there is plywood underneath.
Step 2: Yell for hubby to find you a crow bar. Jump on the counter with said crow bar. Start wedging it into the bulkhead.
Step 3: Yank really hard. Find a hammer to help if needed.
Step 4: Get a screwdriver and keep hammer handy. Unscrew the wooden frame behind the plywood. Pull out any nails that you can. If the frame doesn’t come willingly, get husband to pull really hard. Try not to get pieces of drywall and plaster in one’s eyes.
Step 5: Discover over ONE INCH of dust accumulated behind the bulkhead. Cringe at how gross that is. Ask hubby to bring the shop vac up from the basement. Perch it on the counter and try not to let you or the shop vac fall off. Shop vac falls off anyway and gets dust everywhere. Run upstairs for the new air purifier you just bought. Have husband hold the shop vac on the counter and continue vacuuming up all that dirt. Be a little disappointed that Daphne doesn’t have opposable thumbs and can’t continue to take photos during this part.
Step 6: Once the wood has been hauled outside and the dust has been cleaned up, enjoy an ice cold beer. It will taste like the best thing you’ve ever had to drink in your life.
Step 7: Shower. Know that the Property Brothers would be proud.