Kitchen Remodel: Before and After

sally in the kitchen with dogs jude and franklin

Welcome to my new kitchen. It’s been one heck of a ride since February when we first began dreaming up a new design.

Before I take you into the new kitchen, I want to show you what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house. It was beautiful with dark features and a rustic cabin-like vibe that matches the rest of the home. We love this style, which is why we bought the home in the first place– it’s a timber frame structure with exposed beams throughout. But I knew this kitchen wouldn’t necessarily be the gourmet, bright white photography-ready kitchen my business requires, so we looked into remodeling options right away.


kitchen before renovation

kitchen before remodel


wide angle view of kitchen

kitchen after remodel

Here’s what happened from March to August. The entire kitchen was gutted.

kitchen taken down to the studs

kitchen remodel with drywall up

The bulkhead was removed to make room for larger cabinets. Due to the timber frame construction, we had to drywall the ceiling to obtain recessed lighting and an overall brighter kitchen. A large island was my top priority along with updated appliances.

kitchen remodel with dogs jude and franklin laying on the floor

kitchen remodel with new cabinets and island

And here we are today. This is my dream.

new kitchen showing island and stools

And the rest of the kitchen details!!

The copper farmhouse sink makes me actually WANT to do dishes.

copper farm house sink

copper farm house sink

kitchen towel hanging on dishwasher handle

hanging decor on the wall in the kitchen

We picked everything out from every appliance to the backsplash, countertops, and cabinets.

new kitchen after remodel

kitchen remodel with range, cabinets, and counters installed

kitchen remodel with double ovens and refrigerator installed

Double ovens are a necessity as I pump out my future cookbooks. They are Thermador conventional ovens with a convection option. (All my recipes will continue to be written for conventional ovens.) Oversized refrigerator and freezer, separated by the home’s wood beam, for lots of food storage.

By the way, this baking pan storage is my favorite! Consider this if you ever do a remodel and want smart storage for baking pans.

storage for baking pans above oven

lights over the island in the kitchen

Countertop: Cambria. Color: Windermere.

Cabinets: Koch. Door Style: Ridgegate, Wood: Birch, Finish: Pearl with Ginger Highlight

Cabinet hardware: pulls and knobs.

Backsplash: Daltile. Color: Tremiti sand.

Appliances: Thermador.

Pendant lights: Purchased from Lamps Plus. This exact model is no longer available.

Sink: Purchased from Copper Sinks Online. This exact model is no longer available.

Sink fixtures: Delta faucet

Kitchen stools: these are several years old and I can’t find them online. They were from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Other gizmos and gadgets: Hanging cast iron spoons/utensils were my husband’s grandmother’s.

Thank you to Owings Brothers Contracting for making this come to life!

Some photography by me, others by Jessica Eastburn photography.


  1. Wow wow wow! Absolutely stunning, Sally. **excited squeals** I’m sure you’re embracing it and loving it!! Woohoo!

  2. So beautiful!!!! All the heart eyed faces right now! 😉

  3. Gorgeous, Sally! I’m still dreaming of the day when I’ll have my own kitchen island. It’s a baker’s necessity!

  4. What an amazing transformation, Sally! The finished product is absolutely stunning. I’m happy that you have the kitchen of your dreams. Mazel tov!

  5. Wow! I love how light everything is in there now! The colors make everything crisp, yet cozy. I especially love the shine and slight texture of the back splash with the wooden beams. Can’t wait to see what you create in your new kitchen!

  6. Congratulations Sally!!!!
    I wish you thousands of baking/happy moments in that amazing kitchen!

  7. Kathleen Colarusso says:

    Thanks for the tour! Your new kitchen is as classy as your recipe site is! Love it!!!! Kathy

  8. Austria Azaceta says:

    Sally your kitchen is stunning!! Such a difference between the before & after pics. I love how bright & airy it looks (& feels I’m sure) & all the little details. And I just adore the dining room!

  9. Congratulations on your new kitchen! Even I’d be happy to do the dishes in that sink 😛 I hope mine can someday look at least half as beautiful as yours!! 

  10. Beautiful remodel! It’s bright and light yet still has some rustic features mixed in. Well done!

  11. Sally, this looks just beautiful – you have a lovely home, and I do believe the kitchen is its heart. I wish you many happy years in it :). I love everything about it!

  12. what a reno! amazing. the chandelier in the dining room is awesome.

  13. Absolutely beautiful remodel!! I love how you updated it but still managed to keep the rustic charm.

  14. Beautiful kitchen. Enjoy it for many years to come.

  15. Barbara Rothman says:

    Sally, I’m so happy for you for your dream kitchen & getting it at such an early age. Congratulations. We redid our kitchen a few years ago & it’s my dream kitchen as well. It’s not as big as yours but we entertain quite a bit & I love it. I do have an island as well & the storage dividers for the cookie sheets. I had roll out cabinets also installed under my stove also Thermador which I love and a couple spice racks that also roll out. I can’t remember where you live but thinking it’s Midwest. I live in Paso Robles CA, more country here.
    Lord bless you in your new home & kitchen! Love your recipes!

  16. I absolutely LOVE your kitchen, Sally. Talk about gorgeous!!! 🙂

  17. wow! your kitchen is absolutley incredible!  

  18. Oh my goodness, your kitchen is GORGEOUS!!!! I love all the details, especially the copper farm house sink! I don’t think I have ever seen a farm house sink that wasn’t white or stainless. Thank you so much for sharing this renovation with us! It is so beautiful and I hope you love cooking and baking in this beautiful new space!

    1. Thank you so much Alison. Baking in this kitchen has been an absolute dream so far. The recipe fails and all!

  19. Sally, so happy for you. You deserve to have your dream kitchen, with all the cooking and baking you do. You’re going to enjoy working in such a pretty kitchen. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

    1. Thank you for the sweetest comment Ellie!

  20. Absolutely beautiful! Congrats on the new space 🙂

  21. Allyson Vickers says:

    Hey Sally! The new kitchen is gorgeous! I am in love with that countertop – I’m thinking of buying it when we do our kitchen. We tend to like more greys and wood tones, but I think the beige-y color will warm up the space. Do you happen to remember the edge you chose? There are so many to choose from, and I’d love to hear how you like the one you chose. Thanks! 

  22. Beautiful transformation!

  23. In your baking equipment storage there seems to be a fair amount of storage above the Muffin tins, etc. Would it be reasonable to add a shelf in the middle and store cake pans and stuff like that above them? I like to utilize all the space available as I have a limited amount of area for cabinets and storage.

    1. Hi Kris, If your cabinets are tall enough I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to do that (provided you have a way to reach a shelf that high!). Your kitchen designer/cabinet maker will be able to tell you what is possible for your exact space.

  24. Hey Sally! I just found your blog and love your recipes! I want to ask about your microwave in the kitchen island. I’m designing an island for my kitchen and have thought about putting the microwave there. It currently sits on my countertop. Are you happy with it there?

  25. I’m curious, what is that appliance in the cabinets across from the dishwasher and sink?

    1. Hi Erika, that’s a built-in microwave.

  26. Ruben Anderson says:

    Renovating a kitchen is a big project, and you need to make sure that you are hiring the best company to do the job. During the interview process, take the opportunity to discuss the project, get an estimate, talk about timelines, budget, and potential setbacks.

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