A Little Insulation and a Little Drywall (Kitchen Renovation – Part V)

After Jim moved the fridge, it was time to tidy up the walls in that area.


He also removed the drywall along the back wall. Then he studded in the last pantry wall, which was the front wall with the door opening – here’s a nice view of that:

Pantry wall and door

Before he could put up the new drywall, he needed to insulate a little section which was exposed to the outside. We decided to go fancy schmancy with some denim insulation we found online at Home Depot. (picture source: Home Depot Online)

denim insulation

We just wanted to get some and rub it against our faces like the kid in the picture. Not really, but the non-itch factor was appealing, and we needed such a little bit for our project that we decided to order 2 rolls and give it a try.

It’s actually made of 100% recycled denim. It looks like they just throw the jeans into some kind of shredder – the finished product is full of colorful bits of thread.

denim insulation 2

denim insulation 3

It was easy to cut and install.

denim insulation 4

denim insulation 5

denim insulation 6

After the insulation was installed, Jim covered the area with a vapor barrier. Yes, the vapor barrier belongs on the inside surface of the insulation, not between the insulation and the outer wall. Jimbo knows these things.

denim insulation 7

Then Jim started on the drywall. First, he finished off the family room side of the pantry wall.

Drywall 1

Then he did the kitchen side of the pantry wall – that’s not really a tiny doorway that we have to crawl through…I just caught that piece of drywall before he cut out the upper half of the door opening.

Drywall 2

Last he took care of the fridge wall. After he put up the dry wall, he reinstalled some cabinets which used to be in a different spot on that wall.  Stay tuned for more kitchen renovation progress!

Dry wall 3Dry wall 4


About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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