Have you ever noticed I only show you select photos of my kitchen? Well, there’s a reason. I’ve always been a somewhat embarrassed to share the space.

Since I bought my house, I’ve only made minor changes, such as painting and decorating. My countertops and backsplash are pink laminate. My appliances are out of date. The room isn’t all that grand or big.

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The other day when I was making my corn chowder, I spotted a somewhat picturesque moment so I snapped a few pictures on my phone and shared one via Instagram.

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To my complete surprise, that photo garnered many kind and wonderful comments. I was shocked. Lots of comments included the words, “adorable” or “vintage love.” One person even wrote, “formica for the win” and “my dream kitchen.”

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Now, to be honest with you, I’ve always liked this little kitchen. Even though there are things I want to change, it’s worked well for me since I moved in. But sharing it with the world was a different matter. After all that Instagram love, however, I’m feeling a little more inclined to give you more than a peak. So here we go. I’ll point out a few of the changes I’ve made, and little tweaks I’d still like to make.

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As I said above, I painted the entire space. (You can find paint color details HERE.) The cabinet colors (gray and pink) were the same when I bought the house. I used custom color matched paint from Sherwin Williams if someone is interested. Let me know and I can add them in somewhere.

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I also replaced the crown molding when I painted. There were four different styles of crown molding in the space before I replaced it. I kid you not.

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You might also remember I installed a new exterior door and double-hung window.

IBC Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

IBC Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Since I know someone will ask, the wine holder is from Pottery Barn. My mom bought it for me when I lived in Philadelphia about 10 years ago, so it might be difficult to find at this point. The white bench is from Target, and the cabinet to the left of the bench is from World Market.

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Speaking of that cabinet, that’s where I keep my microwave. Previously, it was on the counter. As you can tell, I don’t have tons of counter space, so it’s nice to have the microwave tucked away.

IBC Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

IBC Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Back in 2013, I also had a new floor installed. This made a huge difference in the look of the kitchen. You can check out some before pictures HERE.

IBC Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

IBC Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I did remove a few of the upper cabinet doors near the sink to create some open shelving.

IBC Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

My oven is probably 60-years-old. (My guess is that it was new when the kitchen was renovated in the 50s.) Although it is a bit smaller than a standard oven, it still seems to work pretty well. The controls for the stove are located in the panel below the window.

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Unfortunately, my stove top isn’t the best. Each burner has at least one temperature setting that no longer works. It makes cooking pretty interesting.

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You might remember that above the stove is the pegboard storage I created last year. I still love it! It’s amazing how things can stay organized when they have a place.

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While I have no plans to completely redo this kitchen, next year I would like to replace the stove, countertops, sink, and backsplash. This kitchen has so much character that I don’t think I could ever gut it. However, making those small changes would be a true upgrade. Of course, changing the stove will be bittersweet. My old stove has unique features and vintage charm, but I do need fully functioning burners.

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I also hope some of the pictures gave you a sense of the layout of my house. The traffic pattern downstairs is just one big circle.

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Well, friends, that’s my kitchen. Thanks for inspiring me to give you a tour of this space where I find so much pleasure baking, cooking, and creating the savory dishes and sweet treats I share on IBC.

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Comments

  • Debra at

    love that we’ve seen a beautiful kitchen that has issues that we deal with also. You’ve made it lovely and embraced its quirkiness. Congrats!

  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    Love every inch..so happy, bright and cheery. Maybe you can score a new stove with vintage flair that will seamlessly fit the style of your kitchen.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Wouldn’t that be awesome!?
      And thanks Diane! Hope you’re doing well. See you in September!!!

      xo Michael

  • Erika Gibson at

    Oh my goodness, those coffee mugs! Where are those from?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I got them from RedEnvelope last year (they are no longer in business). I actually had the quotes custom printed. You could do the same at a different place.

      Hope that helps.
      xo Michael

      • Erika Gibson at

        Thanks so much for responding! I’m a bit sad – I love the shape and color of those mugs. So pretty!

  • Laurie at

    Those cabinets are spectacular! I’m sure they are solid wood inside too, and with the pull out cutting board! They will last far beyond cheaply made modern cabinets. Renovate the house to the time period it was built is a good rule of
    thumb and you are doing a wonderful job.

  • Sheila at

    i love your vintage kitchen it is adorable I would be proud to show the world listen I have blue counter tops with I would love to replace but not in budget. The exhaust fan brings make memories of my childhood we had one just like it.

  • Ashley at

    Aw, I love it! Our old house had part of that same exhaust fan, not that it worked anymore though. I wonder if you could have the stove repaired instead of replaced? It would be a shame to completely replace, but I can imagine how frustrating it is for it to not work very well!

  • Michele at

    Thank you for sharing your kitchen. These pictures made me smile and reminded me of kitchens from my childhood.

  • Arli at

    I LOVE your kitchen! So light and happy. Too bad you can’t get the burners fixed. thabks do much for sharing the whole picture.

  • Janice at

    Love this! Just proves that you don’t need to gut a space to make it look great and work well. I do agree about the burners, though! My old kitchen had a 1937 Chambers oven. I loved it until my sleeve caught fire due to the odd way the broiler functioned!

  • Emily at

    I love your kitchen! Now I just need you to come to my house and tell me how to make my old kitchen look as cute as this.

  • Andrea at Opulent Cottage at

    I just adore this kitchen! So much character and charm. I love a new, beautiful, marble-adorned kitchen as much as anyone, but they will never have the character that yours does! It’s like you can feel the love that has happened here. I still have my 1970s Formica counters and Sears and Roebuck cabinets, which I painted red, and adore every single day. Thanks for making me feel like I don’t have to be embarrassed by my kitchen, either! **Long live Formica!** xoxo, Andrea

  • Kelly at Endless Acres Farmtiques at

    I love your kitchen Michael! You have inspired me since I first came across your amazing work online!

    Thanks for sharing so many photos , I love the simple clean lines of everything. That is my future goal for my home. Always checking your site to get inspiration! Thanks for sharing your gifts with the world!

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle at

    Yay! Thanks for the kitchen tour, Michael. I have wanted to see more photos of that space for a long time! I’ve notice little peeks of the great character in your kitchen here and there over the years. The things you are embarrassed about in your kitchen are the things that other people love! Lol. I’m going to scroll back up and look at your pics again. :o)

  • gwen at

    Such a beautiful and inspiring space! I love the print above the stove. And the stove. But I totally get the need for functioning burners. Been there and it t’aint pretty. 🙂

  • Chris at

    Michael……I love your kitchen! It’s a beautiful mix that you could never make happen by choice. The open cupboards, the sliding doors, every single little detail that brings it all together! I was a redheaded child who wasn’t allowed to wear pink because they didn’t ‘go together’. Boy, if my mother were alive I’d show her who makes it happen beautifully. I even love the quirky way the stove backsplash was broken down and the control panel moved. Is there any way you can get the burners repaired? This kitchen has the charm mine had when we married and bought our first house in the late 60s. Unfortunately I thought everything had to be up to date and match and now I realize that was such a mistake. Don’t be in such a hurry to redo everything.

    Chris

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    It’s absolutely enchanting! Unexpected details everywhere you look. It’s refreshing to see a room that no one else has. 🙂

  • Debra W at

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this kitchen. Love the pink counter tops and back splash. The cabinets. Michael this kitchen has such vintage charm. It has character that you can not find in today’s style. I am glad that you only tweaked it here and there. The stove is a must keep. Can you get whatever is wrong fixed?! Are there any other treasures that you have hidden from us? 🙂

  • Karin K at

    You have mad, mad skills, my friend. You have an eye for design that just can’t be learned. When I win the lottery, I’m hiring you to design all my homes that I will buy. I’ll be sure to let you know when that happens – in the meantime, I will have to satisfy myself with your blog.

  • Rondell at

    I agree, it’s so nice to see a kitchen that no one else has…charming is the only word that is coming to mind! Never be hesitant to show your kitchen, I only hope you show more!

    Rondell♥

  • Caitlin Wallace Rowland at

    So glad you decided to share! This kitchen is adorable!! Also, remember that the majority of your readers don’t have perfect kitchens/houses either. We’ll accept the imperfections! Don’t be so scared to share! 🙂

    -Caitlin

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    I love it! It feels like a room that’s had a lot of love and memories pass through. And that pink is right on trend!

  • Elle at

    Your kitchen is charming and perfect for your house. I greatly admire all of the tasteful upgrades you’ve made in the last few years. Your love for the space comes through in your design decisions.

  • Sheila at

    Your kitchen is quaint, unique, organized, very appealing to the eye, and full of charm and character. I’m clueless why you would be embarrassed. I can see your need to improve the functionality of this room and from your post realize you have already made excellent design choices. I really like the open cabinets and flooring.

  • Angela at

    Such a charming space! And you really made the best use of what you had. You are quite inspiring. And I love your kindness quote. It’s perfect.

  • Rhoda J Powers at

    Thank you for sharing your little treasure. There was no need to be embarrassed. What you shared with us is how to make the best of what you have until you have the opportunity and or the means to change it more to your personal preference. As an avid home cook, baker during the week at a bakery and a sous chef at an event space on the weekends….in addition to being a glass artist/sculptor and landscaper……Just call me the Queen…..of FREELANCE dahling, I would be planning the same changes with the same bittersweet attitude toward those changes but we must have a working stove top and oven! It’s beautiful and will be beautiful when you complete your changes.

  • Catherine at

    I have posted about my pink countertops as well and was surprised by how many of my readers loved them! Hoping to replace them at some point. I love your charming kitchen and your stove!

  • Patty at

    I think your kitchen is beautiful. I also removed some cabinet doors in my kitchen but I never thought to put mirrors behind it, but I will now. Pink isn’t exactly my color but I love it in your kitchen. My dream kitchen would be to have a gas range but there is no gas in the house and they want anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 to put it in. I’m trying to convince my husband to sell and get the hell out of Connecticut. Then I might get a gas stove. I am saving your blog to show my husband. Thanks for sharing.

  • Peggy at

    Oh my lovely 50’s goodness! You are genius. We lived in a rental home built in 1952 that was the ultra modern model of the times and it looked very similar to yours except there was an avocado green breakfast booth. I loved that little kitchen with the little island for counter space, but I hated the pink. Your pops of red are brilliant. your kitchen is beautiful.

  • Ann at

    Michael…you were right to share this. Each picture got more charming than the one before. By the end I was smitten. I too have an old kitchen. Original cabinets, tile counters and it’s small. I have the hardest time photographing it. Your pictures will help me so I can do a better job of that. I am saving my money (ha!) and hope to replace my counters next year. Definitely something to look forward to. Happy September…

  • Terri at

    I’m a little disappointed you have been hiding this treasure for so long 😉 It’s absolutely delightful! It has so much personality and charm. I would be proud to show it off!!! That kitchen has helped create a lot of fabulous foods and inspired many of us to do the same! It deserves this special tribute!

  • Kathleen Tweed at

    Michael, I love every single thing about this space! The entrance w/the bench just makes you want to sit down to put shoes off or on. The light in the kitchen is so warm and inviting. Your colors are perfect and all the art and accessories just put me in awe of you! Love how you style the littlest thing. Love the counter tops – I would never change them! Love how you mix pink w/the red stool. Perfect! I could go on and on but I have to say the stove is my absolute favorite thing ever! Everything you do is so tasteful and perfect.

  • Joy at

    Sweet memories! When I was growing up in the 50’s my mom painted the kitchen cabinets pink and gray! It must have been the “in” thing then. We had a step stool like that too! My mother in law passed away last month and we now have a treasure trove of 50’s items as she didn’t throw anything away…a yellow three shelf kitchen cart and numerous small appliances. I can’t believe that your stove /oven still works!

  • Mary at

    Like all the other other comments, I adore this kitchen! It is so so special. I totally understand wanting to redo things, I love all new kitchens too. But boy, they just don’t have what you have. You’ve done an AMAZING job making these features shine, please think long & hard before making it like all the others.

  • Theda at

    Thank you for sharing. Very charming!

  • Terri Gonzalez at

    Everything old is new again. Your kitchen has a certain charm that you don’t see too often. Everyone is in a hurry to remodel, replace, redo. Enjoy your beautiful kitchen! I think it looks great!

  • AnnaLynne at

    Love your pink counters! We lived in a place with bright yellow kitchen counters and white metal cabinets from sometime in the mid 40s. Those colorful kitchen counters were seriously the happiest thing ever. We also lived in a place that had a pink tub and toilet… Let’s just say it didn’t quite have the same effect. 😉

  • Marsha Jones at

    I can’t believe you’ve been hiding this wonderful kitchen from your followers. It’s amazing. The quirkiness of it all makes it Better Homes and Garden worthy. A few things I love: the step stool, the oven panels in the wall( that will be difficult to duplicate) but for now, count yourself as having an original. The pink cabinets, not because I’m a girl, I just love the airy feel they portray. Okay, I could list more but I’m getting wordy. Thank you for sharing and please don’t change too many things just enough to make it you.

  • SammaMichelle at

    I COMPLETELY understand your feelings on the cook top and don’t blame you one bit and yes, nice vintage-y looking oven would be awesome but also keeping that control panel!!! I die…that is so cool!!! I’m even a fan of the pink formica 🙂 Beautiful perfectly happy kitchen and thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Sherry at

    Oh how I love your kitchen……….I love the stove, and even though I do understand about burners, that is one cool stove…..does it come in red I wonder! I like your blog, is that what it is called? And I am going to make that Shepard’s Pie with Sweet Potatoes and top it with coconut flakes.

    Thank You Michael for a wonderful time viewing your kitchen and food.
    Sherry

  • Sandra L. at

    Love your kitchen and I don’t think I would want to change anything not even the stove. I had the same issue with my burners and thought the whole range had to be replaced but you can purchase replacement burners at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Love the pink and grey.

  • Lolly at

    I absolutely love your kitchen. We survived a remodel that was entirely due to lack of function– cabinets that were literally falling apart and a “bar height” counter top that was near chest height on my (and I’m 5’5″). While I’ve done my best to give our new kitchen some zest with decorative finishes, etc., there is just something so powerful about a vintage kitchen, reinvented as you have done it so that it is functional and still retains its charm. Good for you for keeping it as you have, and for not being afraid to update it when you must.

  • Roslyn at

    I love the pink bench tops & splashback

  • Tonya at

    I’ve followed your blog for sometime and not sure how I missed this post. My heart is thumping just looking at your amazing space. Those pink counters and back splash are to die for. Wish I was close by to buy them from you when you remodel.

  • Terri at

    I’m so glad your pretty kitchen decided to show off for us! She’s adorable (one of my fav kitchens to date) and I’d be happy to have her in my house any day! I do agree that the new floor helps her to shine even more!

  • Karen at

    I LOVE your kitchen and your house. When I go to my parents house they have a stove/oven that is also very challenging to cook with. I have to literally check the oven temperature and adjust every couple of minutes. Very labor intensive and I have to limit recipes to those that don’t require long baking times and require lower temperatures. I managed to make your skillet cookie and the peanut butter cup cookies with success, but it was tough! Love your blog!

  • Julie Briggs at

    Adorable kitchen that is anything but cookie cutter, a perfect blend of vintage and modern – I absolutely LOVE it.

  • Barb Feidler at

    I have always loved that kitchen…it was the way I entered into Dolly’s gift shop. We also had a Realtor breakfast meeting there once. That house has been filled with good taste and good food for a long time. I love your changes…subtle plus bold…the subtle background makes the accents really pop! I have always loved the contrast of pink and red…so refreshing! I absolutely love the area rug by the back door and the microwave cabinet! Great job marrying the old and new!

  • Bonnie at

    Your kitchen really is cute and it’s an original! Thanks so much for sharing pictures of it. I think the changes you’re planning to make will make it even better but not take away it’s charm!

  • Rebecca at

    LOVE your kitchen, so fun and reminds me of my grandma’s kitchen in the best possible way! Just a word of caution about new counters on older cabinets- the current trend for granite/marble/soapstone is gorgeous but HEAVY. A really good friend put marble counters on her 50’s cabinets and now there are doors that won’t shut, drawers that don’t glide, etc. because things have settled from the additional weight. So, if you keep your awesome vintage cabinets, just keep that in mind when making countertop selections. You have such great taste, can’t wait to see what you do!

    • Leslie at

      I appreciate what you posted as our kitchen still has it’s original 1956 metal cabinets—with wooden doors! The only other cabinets I’ve seen exactly like them is in President and Mrs. Eisenhower’s home in Gettysburg, PA; I think they built it in 1959 or ’60. I’ve wanted to gut our kitchen for years and replace the cabinets but after my hubby saw them in the Eisenhower home, he said, “If they were good enough for Ike and Mamie, then they’ll be good enough for you.” (sigh) Since the cost associated with new cabinets (we have 32 cabinet doors) was astronomical, a friend suggested I might consider new countertops but I realized that what I would want would be heavy, and I suspected that the metal base cabinets probably wouldn’t support it—-glad to see your post and know that I was right!! Thx

  • Sarah at

    Any other kitchen would be a loss. Think making it function (stove) is important but you are wise not to gut. Has character that is correct to the house. Thank you for sharing!

  • Pat at

    It’s fabulous! You definitely made (pink) lemonade out of it. 🙂

  • jillian at

    Can you tell me where you got the short squaty lamp on the cabinet? Its adorable.

    Thank you.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It was from HomeGoods several years ago.

      xo Michael

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