Kitchen Remodel: Before and After

sally in the kitchen with dogs jude and franklin

Welcome to the new Sally’s Baking Addiction 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, matching 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 behind updated appliances. I’ve never had a kitchen island before!!

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

wide angle of kitchen after remodel

If you look at the photo above, you can see our little beverage/wine refrigerator section. If you look at it in the photo below, you can see where our actual kitchen ends (the ceiling is white) and the dining room begins (the ceiling is the original).

  wet bar with wine refrigerator in kitchen

Here are some shots of the dining room. It’s still a work in progress. We’ll get a pretty rug for under the table and some curtains too. Once our pockets are full again, we may have a custom china cabinet built!

dining room table with fall decorations


flowers on table runner on dining room table

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. MAN that is overwhelming!

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 and blog content. 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. And Franklin looking confused.

By the way, this baking pan storage is my favorite!! Consider this if you ever do a remodel. ↓ ↓

storage for baking pans above oven

lights over the island in the kitchen

sprinkles in a glass container on the counter

skillet clock hanging in kitchen

wine corks in a decorative box

wood star kitchen decor

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. HIGHLY recommended!

Pendant lights: Lamps Plus

Sink: Copper Farmhouse Sink

Sink fixtures: Delta faucet

Dining table: Arhaus

Dining chairs: Restoration Hardware (color: brown oak drifted, fabric: navy)

Kitchen stools: these are about 6 years old and I can’t find them online. They were from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Chandelier: Pottery Barn

Other gizmos and gadgets: wooden star is from Target (last year though!), teal skillet clock is from an antique store, sprinkles chalk note canister is from Pier 1, hanging cast iron spoons/utensils were Kevin’s grandmother’s, whip it good towel from etsy.

Thank you to Owings Brothers Contracting for making this come to life! And our friend Stacy for helping with the design. Let me know if you have any questions about the process, would be happy to chat!

Some photography by me, others by Jessica Eastburn photography. A couple of these links are affiliate links.


  1. Hi Sally.
    Love the kitchen!
    Sally maybe it’s just me, but I can’t find your pies & desert recipes listeded anymore!? 

    Lulu from France

    1. If you click on the recipe tab in the menu at the top of the page, you will find the pies, crisps, & tarts recipe category 🙂 5th row down!

    2. Michelle Petty says:

      I made your soft & chewy ostmeal cookies for Santa this year…. oh my!! They were a hit!!
      Everyone ( including Santa) loved them!!! Needless to say not one was left!!!! Im so happy yo find your recipes & your blog!!! 
      Happy New Year!!! 

  2. Love it! you guys make wonderful choices!!

  3. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says:

    What a makeover! Your new kitchen looks amazing! I’m totally jealous now!

  4. Kitchen is a beauty. Love your dogs.

    1. Thank you so much, Mary!!

  5. 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! 

  6. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge for small kitchen design. The points you have shared is very informative and knowledgeable. But I would like to add one more small kitchen design idea that is Single-Line Layout. It is very effective kitchen design ideas for small house. With this type of layout, you have all your kitchen equipment and appliances lined at one side of the room.

  7. Beautiful transformation!

  8. Owings Brothers Contracting says:

    Glad you like the kitchen. We at Owings Brothers Contracting aim to please and look to make Raving Fans! We are excited to be a part of making this world a “Sweeter” place by aiding you in creating your delectable treats! Enjoy your new kitchen.

  9. Sally, so happy for the new baby and also love your new kitchen!!!
    Love the new chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  10. Oh, I love the kitchen. Heck, it was beautiful before the remodel. But I guess it would not be very photography-friendly. btw I really enjoy your blog!


  11. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge about small kitchen. It’s beneficial information for us. Thanks for sharing this kind of information.

  12. Incredible transformation! I especially love the wood beams on the ceiling. Thanks for sharing.

  13. 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.

  14. Sally, I love all your recipes and have learned so much from your baking tips. Now I am finally able to remodel my kitchen and though I am four years behind you, I have picked up some good ideas from your remodel. Would you share some info about your kitchen island? I would LOVE one like yours – long, with a bumped-out wider area at the end. How wide is your island (both the narrow section and the wider end section) and how wide are the walkways between the island and two countertops/cabinet areas?
    Thank you!!

  15. Hii Sally!!! I recently purchased an in-built oven like this. Do you bake your cakes with top and bottom heating on with fan??

  16. 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?

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