Well... the contractor said it had to go. As avid watchers of "Sweat Equity," we knew that with a screw driver, pry bar and a hammer, we could save ourselves some money so we decided to do all the kitchen demo ourselves.
We started by taking down all the cabinets. We tried to do this as neatly as possible, and were advised by everyone (especially my father, thanks Dad!) not to go crazy with sledge hammers. Apparently, despite how cool that looks on the home improvement shows, it makes a huge mess and usually leads to problems like inadvertently taking out plumbing and electical lines.
So, we played it safe and did it the not so flashy way and were surprised at how quickly the job went. It took a total of about 4 hours, split up over two days.
Unfortunately, the action shots of us removing the drywall got lost in cyberspace, but insert cute photos of us wearing dust masks and goggles while lugging large chunks of moldy drywall off HERE