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.

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

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!

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

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.

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

The kitchen also has a door to the deck and a door to the basement.

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

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:

Powder Room:
Remove shower stall to create more kitchen storage.

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

Address crumbling and damaged slate floors. Remove built-in closet.

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

Living Room and Family Room:
Refinish hardwood floors.

Dining Room:
Refinish hardwood floors and add more natural light.

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

Kitchen Remodel: The Before #renovation #kitchen #remodel #before #bayberrykitchen

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!

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  • Christine Pollock at

    I would love to hear, as you go through this process, how you feel about the designer and contractor. We are about a year away from being able to redo our kitchen. We know that we would benefit from having someone come in and help us think about the space (multiple doorways, a slider at the back and a window). We renovated one other kitchen, in our first house, but that was more straightforward and we had a good vision for what we wanted. This kitchen renovation, while also a full gut job, just feels more challenging. This is the home we intend to be in long-term and maybe that is causing the angst ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to hearing about your experience.

  • Emma at

    I do not blame you at all for hiring pros to help you. Sounds like you want to do some pretty heavy stuff in multiple rooms, so I think it’s a smart idea to have a team that is more than just you. When you said it would affect a lot of your first floor, I was like but isn’t it just the kitchen, but then I read more and it 100% is not just the kitchen! :O Wow!

    I’m excited to see your process!

  • Cheryl Sousan at

    YAY!! I’m SOOO excited to see what you do with it all!! I know it’s going to be fabulous!

  • Julie at

    I’m looking forward to this whole process. No doubt it will be fabulous!

  • Stephanie at

    We’ve done plenty of our own renovations, too, but when it came to a complete kitchen remodel in a previous home, we went with a designer and contractor, too. They were worth every (extra) penny. I’m envious of your current project! Our current kitchen is large and functional, but has very dated orangey-yellow oak cabinets that I would like to yank out and burn. I’d love to take down the wall between the kitchen and family room and modernize everything. Someday! In the meantime, I’ll enjoy your project.

  • Tone S at

    Your vision for your home is always so uniquely beautiful, I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Thanks so much for always sharing wonderful ideas and inspiration for my home and others! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kathleen at

    The professionals are worth it! The project will get done sooner, they warrantee their work and any problems will Be fixed. Your vision will be perfectly executed! I’m excited for,you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! It’s so true! It’s been a blessing already. There’s enough to worry and think about – they help and take away a lot of the pressures.

      xo Michael

  • laura at

    can’t wait to see the transformation!

  • Janeen Sopata at

    Just remodeled our kitchen three months ago. It is a big project but so worth it in the end. We chose gray rustic cabinets for our modern home. Really wanted white but that would not have have worked in my space. Unfortunately we are having issues with our granite. It is turning green in some spots and and there are tan blotches in areas (rust/iron). Trying to get the fabricator to fix it is not going so well! Your home is so beautiful I canโ€™t wait to see the outcome!

  • Janice at

    I’m so excited for you to begin this journey and thank you for allowing us to tag along! I’m sure I’m not the only one who is living vicariously through you during this project. It sounds like you have made smart decisions already and knowing your DIY limitations and hiring professionals when needed is the best one so far. Good luck and anxiously looking forward to seeing the changes.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Janice! I’m excited to share the journey and process!

      xo Michael

  • Sally Christiansen at

    Can’t wait to see whats coming! We lived without a stove for two years when we remodeled our 1910 farmhouse because we were saving to get a beautiful Elmira antique looking range. It can be a challenge but I love our range.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I think the challenges make the end results even sweeter! (Haha. Ask me if I feel the same in a couple months.)

      xo Michael

  • Sue at

    Woohoo, so excited for you. Lots of pictures, please.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      There will be lots! I’m going to try and get some video along the way too!

      xo Michael

  • Guerrina Hernandez at

    Very excited for you and to journey along! Looking forward to each and every update!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Pamela Smith at

    So exciting! I would love to do this t my kitchen too. Someday! So glad we get to follow along with you on this adventure!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m excited to share! Thanks, Pamela!

      xo Michael

  • Mary at

    We just finished a major kitchen gut and remodel, be prepared to make a thousand and one decisions and plan to have a cleaning crew come in and do a deep clean afterwards. Also cover everything in your basement with painting tarps to protect it from dust and rubble. Good luck!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! so many decisions. Thankfully a lot are made, but I know there’s more to come.

      xo Michael

  • Margot at

    We remodeled our kitchen and powder room 10-12 years ago and our upstairs hallway and master bathrooms 2 years ago. My husband and I are big DIYers (right down to the elegant furniture – no re-purposed pallets here) and are known among our friends and family for the research we do prior to purchases and projects. We used designers and contractors for these large projects. Their expertise in helping us realize what was feasible with our spaces and budgets was invaluable as was their advice about the quality and value of the products used. Details that had never occurred to us were added to the designs and to our quality of life – often at no or small additional expense. After all this time we are still in love with our kitchen (and the bathrooms are lovely too!). Beyond the design assistance though is the amount of time involved in remodeling these parts of the house that are every day essentials. You just canโ€™t be without them for any longer than absolutely necessary!

  • Beverly Ebersole at

    I can’t believe you lasted 8 months with out a range. Can’t wait to see the reno when it’s finished.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I have an electric range in my basement. It wasn’t convenient, but it worked! It will be a joy to have a fully functioning kitchen in a few months!

      xo Michael

  • Debbie at

    Michael, I’ve enjoyed your blog and love your style and recipes. This is a big project and looks like it’s well thought out. It’s good to know when to contract work because it’s too big and expensive of a project to make mistakes. It will be interesting to watch this process. I know there are some similarities with your kitchen layout and mine….and probably other readers feel the same. The only thing I question is getting rid of the downstairs shower. In a previous house we only had a powder room downstairs. I would have Loved a shower. When my husband required surgery, it took a lot of help to get him up the stairs to a shower. Thank goodness the stairs had a landing. Even though we didn’t have a bedroom downstairs, we could have made a bed up somewhere but since we only had the powder room, he had to very slowly use the stairs twice a day for several weeks with one or two people assisting. We sold that house a few years later and one of the features we looked for in the next house was a downstairs bathroom!

  • Victoria at

    Wow! Your kitchen is the EXACT same layout as mine and I’m planning on doing our kitchen soon so I’m VERY excited to see what you have in store!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! I’m excited to share!

      xo Michael

  • Julie at

    I can’t wait to see how everything turns out! ๐Ÿ˜€ I know you said you are gutting your kitchen, does that mean you are completely replacing your cabinets? When I redid my kitchen, I did a lot of research and decided to have my cabinets professionally painted instead of replacing them. It saved me a lot of money, but it looked like I had replaced them! Crazy what a fresh coat of paint and new cabinet knobs can do. I’m just all for saving money, so thought I would share ๐Ÿ™‚ I used https://woodworksrefurbishing.com/ and they were great!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Well, I’m changing the layout, so I decided to go with new cabinetry. But I’ve heard of this method. My mom is doing it in her kitchen.

      xo Michael

  • Diane Amick at

    Love your first video. Iโ€™m in the considering stage of a kitchen renovation, and hope your project helps me jump into the full blown go for it stage. Our kitchen was renovated in 2008 before we purchased but Iโ€™m not in love with some choices…mainly countertops and appliance placement. Every time I think….maybe we could ??? I get really nervous about the total disruption to my home (prior mentioned Reno included 11โ€™ opening between LR and kitchen and 11โ€™ opening from LR to DR; hence large totally open living space). I love the open space but canโ€™t imagine having to live in the house through the reno. Inspire me Michael!

  • Brenda Mayer at

    Love hearing it all in your voice! Love the video. Best of luck with your renovation.

  • Larry M at

    I am remodeling my kitchen and thinking about quartz for my countertops. Is there a guide or something that explains what I should be looking for?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You can google information about quartz countertops. I also recommend visiting the HanStone Quartz website. They are the brand I used. You can also visit your local stone / quartz countertop fabricator. They will be a great resource.

      xo Michael

  • Best Access Doors at

    Indeed the heart of a home. It looks great by the way! I’d be energized to prepare something every now and then with that kind of kitchen ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for sharing with us including a video, too!

  • Perfection at

    Remodeling is definitely not something to be taken lightly. Not only does it take an enormous amount of time in planning, but it can also cost thousands. I remember when I remodeled my first living room. It was for my sister who was just getting married. I decided to remodel her whole living room. I put in a fireplace, with a tile background on the wall, 3 nice chandeliers that have smart lights built into them, and a movie projector that expands out to 150 feet. She pretty much had her own little movie theater right there in her living room. The whole project took about 2 weeks. It was all done when they were on their honeymoon. Luckily we finished on time and they were extremely happy with the results. IT was my first remodel, and not my last. The most important thing to take away from my first remodel is, make sure you have all the tools right away. You don’t want to have to go back and forth to the hardware store. Also make sure you plan and lay every little detail out. You don’t want to be all the way done with your project and notice you missed something, and then you have to tear down and start over….. Luckily I haven’t had to do that yet. haha, knock on wood.

    So I guess the whole point of my comment is to stress planning. Always plan. And don’t think you can’t do it. I think anyone can do. You just need to study up on how to do certain things, sharpen up on some skills, and off you go. But if you aren’t comfortable doing it, you could always hire someone like a handyman or a contractor. Of course you will spend more money, but you can rest assure that it will get done right the first time or it’s on the company!

  • Roy Cracia at

    Amazing Video! Thanks for sharing this. I really got inspired by your ideas about renovating the kitchen and you did it beautifully by managing everything in the kitchen that might be required. This will help many general contractors, kitchen remodelers and even people to renovate their kitchen in unique styles. I want to recommend one construction company i.e. Green Apple Construction that aims to provide quality renovations. I am in love with your ideas and waiting for your next blog!

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