Well, friends. It’s official: Operation Kitchen Renovation has begun!
I’ve been talking about the remodel for several months now, and finally, all the pieces have aligned. We are starting my kitchen renovation! (It feels so good to type that!)
Over the next several months I’ll be walking you through the process. I plan to share updates every week or every other week, depending on how things are progressing. If you want a closer, real-time look at how things are coming along, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @inspiredbycharm. I’ll also be using the hashtag #bayberrykitchen
Surprisingly, after 10 years of blogging, this is my first major home renovation. As you can probably imagine, this is a thrilling (albeit nerve-racking) time for me. I’m bursting with excitement to take you along on this adventure!
To kick things off, I thought we’d start at the beginning.
Kitchen Remodel: The Before
Here is my kitchen as it is now.
After using this space for the past 8 months, I can say that it’s not terrible, except for the lack of a range. However, it just doesn’t work for what I do and how I want it to function. (When I purchased this home, my plan was to tackle the kitchen right away. That’s why I don’t have a range.)
I will give you the full plans for the kitchen in the coming weeks, but I will tell you now that this remodel is a full gut job. That means new cabinets, floors, countertops, appliances, windows, doors, and lighting. The works!
Although I shared the kitchen in my “New Home Tour,” here’s another look around. (Official layouts of my space are coming.)
The kitchen is in the middle of the back of my house. When you’re facing the back wall of the house/kitchen, the family room (with its big brick fireplace) and a bathroom are on the left. On the right is the dining room.
The kitchen also has a door to the deck and a door to the basement.
Because the kitchen is the heart of my home, this reno will affect most of the first floor. I could have broken this job into smaller projects, but it just made sense on many levels to tackle it all at once. Here’s what will be done in the other first floor spaces:
Remove shower stall to create more kitchen storage.
Address crumbling and damaged slate floors. Remove built-in closet.
Living Room and Family Room:
Refinish hardwood floors.
Refinish hardwood floors and add more natural light.
For this major remodel, I have hired a designer and a contractor to help me through the entire process. I wish I had the knowledge and ability to do all of this myself, but I don’t. I will talk more about why I made this decision in future posts. I will say, so far, it has been an excellent decision on both fronts.
Of course, there is much more to come, but I think that’s where I’ll leave off for today.
Next week I’d like to share some of the design ideas, inspiration, and images I collected to help me decide on a look and style for my new kitchen. See you then!
Kitchen Remodel Demo Video:
Also, I wanted to try something new this week and share a video along with my post. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this every week, but I thought some videos might provide a different look at the project.
This is the first video I’ve done in which I’m talking to the camera. I appreciate your patience while I learn the ropes of filming and video editing. The video is not terrible, but there’s always room for growth.
The videos will be in my various update posts on the kitchen remodel project and on my YouTube channel. If you use YouTube regularly, I recommend subscribing there on my channel. I will probably upload videos there first, so you’ll get a sneak peek. After subscribing, you can also hit the “bell” notification button if you’d like to be notified when I upload new content.
I hope you enjoyed the video!