Joanna Gaines Shared a Peek Inside the Set of Her Upcoming Cooking Show, And It’s Even More Beautiful Than You’d Expect

Who knew an old flour mill could look so good?

April 08, 2020

If you miss seeing Joanna Gaines working her renovation magic on your television screen, we've got some great news for you. Joanna and her husband, Chip have an all-new renovation project: the set of Joanna's upcoming cooking show airing on Magnolia network at launch. The former “Fixer Upper” star even gave fans a taste of what's in store with a cooking special that aired on Food Network April 5. (Catch it again on-demand!)

And to celebrate the release of her latest cookbook, Magnolia Table, Volume 2, Joanna took fans on a tour of the set of her upcoming cooking show on an Instagram Live Tuesday afternoon.

The Gaines’ gristmill, a rustic old flour mill, is currently undergoing renovations for the show, which is slated to premiere in late 2020 or early 2021. The tour included a bit of background and history of the gristmill, details on the Gaines’ future renovation plans and, of course, a few hilarious guest appearances from Chip.

According to Joanna, the gristmill was built in the 1800s and was previously used as a flour mill. She explained that she and Chip would often drive by the gristmill and marvel at the three-story building’s limestone exterior. “It just felt like a piece of art,” Joanna said.

The Gaines’ eventually purchased the gristmill and had planned to renovate it and turn it into a quaint Bed and Breakfast. However, that plan changed when Joanna decided she wanted to host a cooking show.

Not wanting to use her own home as the set of the cooking show and potentially disrupt her family’s day-to-day lives, she and Chip scouted out a new location and realized that the gristmill was the perfect spot, and we couldn’t agree more.

Keeping with the Gaines’ signature modern farmhouse style, the kitchen highlights the gristmill’s rustic architecture. Joanna noted that she and Chip cleaned up the building’s stone but left it exposed. They then added brass hardware throughout the room, white marble countertops, an apron sink and some of Joanna’s antiques, including her “favorite” dresser from an old hardware store.

The kitchen also boasts plenty of cookware: we spotted cutting boards, ceramic mixing bowls and pots and pans of all shapes and sizes. But what really took our breath away was Joanna’s gorgeous, well-stocked pantry. Her wooden shelves are stacked with glass jars filled with beans, nuts, baking chips, dried fruit and just about every spice imaginable!

Moving on from the kitchen, we were treated to a tour of the gristmill’s basement, where the “Fixer Upper” couple transformed what was supposed to be a guest bedroom into a prep kitchen for Joanna’s show.

Joanna walked down the stairs and through a sliding barn door to reveal an entire wall of restaurant-quality refrigerators, plus what she refers to as an “appliance hall.” This room contains nearly every appliance her team will need to prep food while the show is filming, from convection ovens to an industrial-sized sink.

However, Chip was most excited about one particular appliance: the ice maker! “We don’t have an ice maker, so he gets really excited about those kinds of things,” said Joanna.

For the rest of the tour of the gristmill, Joanna showed off the upstairs sitting room, complete with plush white couches and a floor-to-ceiling steel and glass structure. She then moved on to yet another bedroom that was converted into a greenroom for the guests on her show.

Joanna even let us get a peek inside her bathrooms and trust us when we say that even the bathrooms are beautiful. She and Chip designed the upstairs bathroom with white oak and a copper bathtub!

The tour finished outside behind the gristmill, where Joanna let us in on her most recent project: building a greenhouse and a chicken coop in the backyard. The cookbook author plans to grow fruit and veggies in the greenhouse so she can film her show with the freshest food.

Chip and Joanna finished the tour by thanking fans for their support, and while this 20-minute tour felt like it flew by, we couldn’t be more excited to have the Gaines’ grace our screens once again.

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