We love Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you are a fan of the HGTV show, “Fixer Upper”, they need no introduction. If you aren’t, then know that they are a talented husband wife team who help families buy fixer upper homes, and turn them into dream homes, on budget. And dream homes they are, especially if you are a fan of their farmhouse flavored, warm yet modern approach to design.
The thing I like best about them is they aren’t doing this in New York, or L.A. They do all their homes (and run an expanding empire, and raise their 4 kids!) in Waco, Texas. Yep, Waco. So rather than a Hollywood attitude, they are relatable to the majority of us. Mom and Dad first, hardworking, caring and down to earth. Chip and Joanna’s signature style includes shiplap walls, (learn more about DIY shiplap) vintage signs and oversized clocks. (Look for an HGTV link at the end of this post for a complete guide on how to decorate like Chip and Joanna.)
So for all you DIY’ers who aren’t in the market for a home in Waco, Texas, we decided to pick some of our favorites (so hard to pick!) from “Fixer Upper” remodels and show you how easy it is for a decorator on a budget to add elements of their style to your home. Below, Chip and Joanna Gaines, photo by Zach DeSart for ‘HGTV‘. All before and after photos are from Chip and Joanna’s site, ‘Magnolia Market‘, by ‘Rachel Whyte‘. Be sure to spend some time on their site, and check out that amazing shop they have!
Our first fav pick is from Season One of “Fixer Upper”, The West Story. We love this remodel because it’s done with a small and modest home, that happens to have some history come along with it. This before and after is of the West living room. Pretty boring before, huh?
The “after” is about one thing… that fireplace. They were able to remove drywall and reveal some shiplap just above the fireplace to make it a focal point in the room, but you could add your own DIY shiplap. After that, it’s just paint and moldings! If you don’t have these crown moldings in your home, or want a farmhouse style window, check out our post on DIY baseboards, moldings and trim while you are at it. Note that this fireplace is not a working one… you could build a faux fireplace as well for the same look.
Next, also from Season One, The Robinson House. This is a gorgeous farmhouse that was stuck in the ’80’s. Check out this kitchen before… Look like yours, maybe?
Love this after! Think you can’t recreate this kitchen as a DIY’er? Think again. We found tutorials for you for every part of this remodel.
Don’t forget new cabinet hardware, and a couple of plants or flowers! Voila!
From Season Two, The Unstately Manor. This before and after is another one that is an easy DIY makeover.
New paint and removing the popcorn ceiling, paint on the fireplace, and a new mantel transforms this room. The extra wall moldings make this room feel custom.
From Season Three, Chip and Joanna’s own vacation rental, The Magnolia House! This place is drop dead gorgeous from front door to the floorboards, but take a look at this kitchen. They removed the upper cabinets for a fresher look, then added shiplap wood walls. Open shelving and new wood floors (you could do laminate too!), paint the cabinets, and new counters. (Or paint the old ones!) A new light fixture, cabinet hardware and kitchen faucet complete this kitchen.
Before and After
Last, we have a bathroom remodel from Season Two, The Raggedy Ranch.
In the after photo we do see that the tub was changed into a walk in shower… but it’s the tiling, new mirror and sink that make the most impact. And of course, paint! And you can’t see it, but they did tile the floors. Learn how to tile a floor!
Still need ideas? Check out 17 ways to decorate like Chip and Joanna from ‘HGTV’! Also, make sure you take a look at our post, DIY modern farmhouse projects for those home accents that really pull the look together. (Those cool sliding barn doors you see in their homes? It’s in there!) Remember, you don’t have to do this all overnight. Make a plan, then tackle each project as time and budget allows. Even home bloggers can’t get it all done overnight! (Unless Chip and Joanna want to lend us their team?:))
Image Credits: HGTV, Magnolia Market