9 Design Tricks We Learned From Joanna Gaines

So, you're a 'Fixer Upper' fan? So are we, and we've rounded up the top 9 design tricks from co-host Joanna Gaines.

As Fixer Upper fans, we can only dream of Chip and Joanna Gaines helping us find houses to transform into rustic, modern beauties we can call home. But until we start packing our bags for Waco, Texas, our plan? Channel Joanna's style for a Fixer Upper-inspired interior. 

I've rounded up my favorite 8 design tricks I've learned from Joanna from watching countless episodes (and I mean countless). Try some or all of them to get that farmhouse-chic look Joanna would be proud of!

Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines

Portrait of Fixer Upper co-host Joanna Gaines in the dining/crafting room at the Gulley home.

From: Fixer Upper

Open Up the Space

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

Wood wrapped support beams provide a welcome contrast with the kitchen's white cabinets and light granite countertops

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Joanna's motto: When in doubt, open up the space. Open concept spaces allow one space to flow into the other, making every square foot more usable. To add both form and function, she brings in in elements that serve a purpose that will also add a design punch against a neutral backdrop, such as a pot filler over the stove.

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Under a Green Canopy

Chip and Joanna transformed a bland '70s house in a wooded Waco suburb into this eye-catching and modern styled home. New highlights on the outside include a white exterior with gray accents, a pale blue door, new wood siding, fresh landscaping and an added balcony.

Easy Breezy

This seating area in the remodeled living space mixes modern and rustic elements with an emphasis on comfort.

Flex Functional

The new modern kitchen features white cabinets, exposed wood beams, great views and lots of light. The island with stainless top and casters provides additional prep space and flexibility.

Take a Load Off

The home's redesigned entry includes this handy bench-seat providing a functional space for seating and storage.

Creative Space

This work area, formerly part of the original kitchen, provides an ideal space for kids' craft projects and homework.

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Willing Suspension

In the master bedroom, Chip takes a novel approach to bedside tables, fashioning these hanging nightstands out of the cross-section of a tree.

Spa Amenities

The remodeled master bath comes with a whirlpool tub, new tile floors, glass shower and a large trio of windows.

Meet the Homeowners

Teresa and Steve Fuchs spent years living the life aquatic on an island in the Pacific. When they decided to move to the Waco area, they wanted a home that reminded them of the beach culture life they had grown accustomed to.

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Entryway and Living Space, BEFORE

Among the Fuchs' initial concerns with the home was this entry which opened onto a second-floor landing and which Chip Gaines likened to a catwalk.

Entryway and Living Space, AFTER

Removal of the copious amounts of wood railing, and replacing it with the more spare steel supports and cable, helped update the living room while making the space feel more open.

Living Room, BEFORE

Joanna recommended simplifying the design of the living room, including resurfacing the fireplace. Upon first glance, Teresa Fuchs described the this fireplace's stone pattern as giraffe-like.

Living Room, AFTER

The living room makeover includes a more modern slate tile for the fireplace and a cedar-beam mantle with TV mounted above. A comfy overstuffed sectional in pale blue and woven jute rug help bring beachy accents to the casually modern space.

Living Room, Detail

Yellow floral stems in a glass vase sits on a coffee table in the Fuchs living room.

Living Room, Detail

Yellow floral stems in a glass vase sits on a metal grated end table in the Fuchs' living room.

Living Room, Detail

A close-up of a bookshelf in the Fuchs living room.

Living-Room Seating Area

A secondary seating area just off the main living space, with its modern styled armchairs and industrial table lamp, provides a separate nook for reading or for additional guest seating.

Living-Room Seating Area, Detail

This additional seating area provides extra room for guests in the Fuchs living room.

Living-Room Seating Area, Detail

This additional seating area provides extra room for guests in the Fuchs living room, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Living Room, Detail

Yellow flowers decorate a modern iron accent table.

Entryway, AFTER

This bench window seat with open storage bins helps transform the home's entry into a more functional space.

Entryway, AFTER

In the entry way of the home, this window seat provides a functional space for storage and seating near the kitchen.

Kitchen, BEFORE

The original kitchen was functional but felt small and tight given the home's large size and otherwise open design. The homeowners wanted a kitchen that was more conducive to entertaining and spending time together. 

Kitchen, AFTER

Joanna recommended a full kitchen redesign, opening it up and giving it a more central location and better views. The space that is now the kitchen was, in the former layout, a craft room and mechanical closet.

Kitchen, AFTER

Wood wrapped support beams provide a welcome contrast with the kitchen's white cabinets and light granite countertops.

Kitchen, Detail

In keeping with the coastal and beach themed touches, the kitchen backsplash is mosaic tile in oceanic shades of turquoise and green.

Kitchen, Detail

This silverware caddy sits on the new granite countertops in the Fuchsâ™ kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Dining Room, AFTER

The kitchen and dining room are located on the upper level and offer outstanding views with enlarged windows and French doors.

Dining Room, Detail

The dining room features a table custom made by Clint Harp. The table's design features a black metal base that ties in with the new metal railing and combines the modern look of steel with the warmth and earthiness of wood.

Dining Room, Detail

Succulents acts as centerpieces on the dining room table.

Butler's Pantry

A former mudroom was converted into this butler's pantry with sliding barn doors and plenty of kitchen storage.

Butler's Pantry

Canisters of spices sit on open shelving made from industrial piping and wood in natural finish.

Kids' Work Space, AFTER

Adjacent to the butler's pantry, a space that was part of the original kitchen has been converted into a study area for the Fuchs' two boys.

Kids' Work Space, AFTER

The nwe work space features a floating desk anchored to the wall by steel cables.

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Kids' Work Space, Detail

The two metal message boards are the work of metal artist Jimmy Don of JDH Iron Designs.

Game Room, AFTER

On the lower level, a den is updated as a game room with ping-pong table and wet bar.

Game Room, AFTER

The newly metal wrapped wet bar provides a space for happy hour drinks in the Fuchs game room.

Game Room, Detail

The new bar has wrapped metal countertop and industrial style barstools.

Game Room, Detail

An ice bucket and martini shaker sit in a rustic serving tray atop the newly metal-wrapped bartop in the Fuchs game room.

Game Room, Detail

Behind the wet bar, drawbridge styled shelves hold glassware and bar accessories.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

The master bedroom was ideally situated on the upper floor, providing a treehouse-like feel with views through the surrounding treetops.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Joanna freshened up the look of the master with new wood floors, a more modern ceiling fan, white walls and large woven area rug.

Master Bedroom, Detail

The hanging nightstands are made from cross sections from the trunk of a cedar tree.

Master Bath, BEFORE

Though the master bath had been renovated previously, the clients were in search of a different look. Joanna recommended updating and lightening up the space, reconfiguring with separate twin vanities, and adding new storage and a seamless glass shower enclosure.

Master Bath, AFTER

The new master bath has a fresher, brighter look with tile floors and tub surround in light beige, updated chrome fixtures and white cabinets.

Master Bath, AFTER

The fully remodeled master bathroom has a spacious Jacuzzi tub, new tile floors, wood vanities, as well as an enclosed glass shower.

Master Bath, AFTER

The fully remodeled master bathroom has a spacious jacuzzi tub, new tile floors, wood vanities, as well as an enclosed glass shower.

Master Bath, Detail

A close up of a white flower stem in a white ceramic vase on the marble vanity top.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Teresa and Steve Fuchs prepare to get their first look at their newly transformed fixer upper. 

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

The Fuchses anxiously await as Chip and Joanna reveal their newly renovated home to them.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Chip and Joanna prepare to roll away the "before" canvas of the Fuchs' home.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Chip and Joanna reveal the Fuchs' new home to them.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Teresa and Steve Fuchs react to seeing their newly renovated home for the first time.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Teresa and Steve Fuchs laugh as Joanna and Chip give them a tour of the living room in their newly renovated home.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Teresa admires the new kitchen backsplash -- with its turquoise tiles that happen to match the current shade of her nail polish.

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Message in a Bottle

Teresa and Steve read a note that was left in a bottle and sealed within the home's walls when the house was originally constructed in the 1970s.

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Message in a Bottle

Chip and Joanna were actually able to track down and meet the author of the hidden note who had placed it there during the home's construction.

Hosts and Homeowners

Steve and Teresa Fuchs pose with Chip and Joanna Gaines in their living room.

Bring in Dramatic Lighting

Industrial Light Fixtures

Industrial Light Fixtures

The kitchen in the King home has been completely transformed and repositioned. Some of the key elements of the kitchen are the open shelves, the black granite countertops, the brick backsplash, a vent hood, stainless steel appliances, industrial light fixtures and a custom island, as seen on Fixer Upper.

From: Fixer Upper

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If you have it in your budget, incorporate layers of lighting. In this kitchen, subtle can lighting adds a base level of light, while copper pendants add task lighting that doubles as a focal point. 

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Country Charmer Fit for the Kings

Chip and Joanna turned a no-frills ranch house in the tiny town of Hubbard, Texas into this welcoming retreat for Paul and Deanna King, a couple who prefer a life away from the bright city lights.

Naturally Rustic

The remodeled kitchen is warm and rich with plenty of natural wood, exposed brick and and large windows for a striking view of the surrounding land.

Grand Entrance

Several walls were removed, and structural support beams added, transforming the interior and creating a more open foyer and living area.

Value Added

The master suite is a totally new addition to the home and is highlighted by vaulted ceilings, pine wood floors and a luxe master bath.

Earthy and Modern

The dining area, which now opens directly onto the kitchen, is furnished for a semi-formal yet accessible feel.

Meet the Homeowners

Paul and Deanna King love the small-town life in Hubbard but, with a large combined family, were looking for a bigger home and a nice piece of land. Finding something suitable in a town with a population of around 1500 presented Chip and Jo with quite the house-hunting challenge.

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Dining Room, BEFORE

In the home's original configuration, the dining room was just off the foyer, separated by a wall and pass-through.

Dining Room, AFTER

Removing several walls opened up opportunities for reimagining some key spaces. In the more open floorplan, the dining room is now contiguous with both the kitchen and living room.

Kitchen and Dining Room, AFTER

The kitchen in the King home has been completely transformed and repositioned. Some of the key elements of the kitchen are the open shelves, the black granite countertops, the brick backsplash, a vent hood, stainless steel appliances, industrial light fixtures and a custom island, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Dining Room, AFTER

A large farm table, mix-and-match chairs and an impressive chandelier combine the rustic and the elegant to define the new dining space.

Kitchen, BEFORE

The old kitchen was dated and had dark cabinets, countertops and appliances that seemed to soak up what little light made its way into the room.

Kitchen, AFTER

The new kitchen makes use of earth tones and natural materials, but is brightened and transformed with an enlarged window, white lower cabinets, layered lighting and new stainless appliances.

Kitchen, BEFORE

The King's outdated kitchen before renovations, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Kitchen, AFTER

Features in the new kitchen include open shelving, farm sink, industrial style pendant lights and honed granite countertops that contrast smartly with the white cabinets.

Kitchen, AFTER

The top surface of the kitchen island was custom made by furniture artisan Clint Harp and is fashioned out of shiplap salvaged from one of the home's original walls.

Kitchen, Detail

The kitchen in the King home has been completely transformed and repositioned. Some of the key elements of the kitchen are the open shelves, the black granite countertops, the brick backsplash, a vent hood, stainless steel appliances, industrial light fixtures and a custom island, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Kitchen, Detail

A close-up of the farm sink in the King kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, Detail

A close up of the granite countertops in the King kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Kitchen, Detail

Joanna used antique pavers from Chicago for the kitchen backsplash and walls. The natural variation in the bricks and dark gray grout are a nice touch that augment the kitchen's rustic theme.

Kitchen, Detail

An galvanized metal chicken feeder is upcycled to live a second life as an indoor herb planter.

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Kitchen, Detail

These custom open shelves in the King kitchen are accentuated by the brick backsplash, which goes all the way to the celiing, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Butler's Pantry, AFTER

Reallocating the space left room to add a butler's pantry for additional kitchen storage and a small work desk.

Living Room, BEFORE

In the renovation, this original living room would be completely reworked and incorporated into a new and more open layout.

Living Room, AFTER

The King's new living area is brighter, more spacious and offers enhanced views of the surrounding landscape.

Living Room, AFTER

The new living room in the King home is open and spacious. Walls have been removed, creating a much more open feel. Shiplap has been put in and new wood floors have been installed, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Living Room, AFTER

The living room features new recessed lighting, painted shiplap and pine wood floors.

Living Room, Detail

A close-up of potted white floral stems on the coffee table in the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Living Room, Detail

A close up of books and a candle on an end table in the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Living Room, Detail

Custom shelves in the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Living Room, Detail

A close-up of one of the custom shelves in the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Living Room, Detail

Country standard time

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Foyer, AFTER

The entrance to the home is now a spacious foyer furnished with an antique sideboard and vintage accessories.

Foyer, Detail

An antique piece in the entry way of the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Bedroom and Bath, BEFORE

This original bedroom and bath will be reworked into a new beautiful space.

Bathroom, BEFORE

The bathroom before it is reworked into a spa retreat.

Master Bath, AFTER

The newly added master bath has black granite countertops, soft gray walls, white cabinets and double vanity.

Master Bath, AFTER

The Kings' antique clawfoot tub was restored and incorporated into the new master bath.

Master Bath, Detail

The master bathroom has black granite countertops with double vanity sinks, and a special bathtub given to the homeowner, Deanna King, by her brother, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

The master suite in the King home has been completely added on. The wood floors and vaulted ceilings are just some of it's features, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

For the master bedroom, the Kings selected vaulted ceilings from three possible design options that Joanna presented.

Master Bedroom, Detail

A close up of a magnolia stem in a white pot in the master suite, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Master Suite, AFTER

Chip installed a sliding barn door for the entrance from the bedroom to the master bath.

Master Suite, Detail

The dresser in the King's master bedroom, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Master Suite, Detail

A close-up of a bedside table in the King's master bedroom, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines lead the homeowners, Paul and Deanna King, to see their newly renovated home revealed, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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BEFORE

The Kings prepare to see what the "Overgrown Ranch" has been turned into.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Homeowners Deanna and Paul King anxiously await the reveal of their newly renovated home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Roll Away: Before

Host Joanna Gaines works to roll away the "before" canvas of the King's home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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AFTER

The exterior has been dressed up with new siding painted in a warm neutral tone, exterior sconces, wood porch posts and a metal roof specially requested by the Kings.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Deanna and Paul get a first look at their newly completed fixer upper.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines congratulate homeowners Deanna and Paul King on their newly renovated home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Homeowners Deanna and Paul King are all smiles as hosts Joanna and Chip show them their newly renovated home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Homeowners Deanna and Paul King see their new master suite for the first time, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

A behind-the-scenes look at homeowners Paul and Deanna King as they enjoy their new kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Home Remakers

Chip and Joanna Gaines in the Kings' newly remodeled kitchen

Add Subtle Color

Traditional Tile Bathroom

Traditional Tile Bathroom

The bathroom walls were painted light yellow with white beaded board wainscoting. New tile floors in a traditional pattern adds to the character of the room and a subway tile bathtub and shower were installed. A gray and white patterned towel hangs on a rustic hook.

From: Fixer Upper

We all know by now that Chip and Joanna's staple colors are whites and other neutrals — but these spaces are by no means boring! Joanna loves to bring in color in unexpected ways, like gray grout against white subway tiles in this bathroom.

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An Inviting Home and One Very Large Door

After.  Kelsey and Trip Purks purchased this '40s era home in the Highlands neigborhood of Waco. Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines replaced the original white paint paint with a gray-green exterior accented by white trim and black shutters. They retained the original wide Dutch doors, painted them to mimic the look of dark-stained wood, and added an antique brick-paver walkway to match the chimney.

Bigger, Brighter, Better

After.  The original living-room gets a full configuration makeover with the removal of a wall and header to create a combined living and dining space with a whole new scale and feel.

Dining Almost Alfresco

After.  The new dining room comes with loads of natural light, and Joanna's design evokes a fresh French Country feel with solid wood table, neutral grey walls, blue accents and a showpiece chandelier.

Roomy Transitions

After.  In the redesigned space, the kitchen and dining areas are partially separated by a kitchen peninsula. Additional overhead lighting is provided by two glass globe pendants.

Wide Open Spaces

After.  With the wall separating the kitchen and dining room removed, a natural wood header is added to provide both structural support and visual interest. The kitchen gets a new layout, and added counter space provides a spot for casual dining as well as additional prep area. 

Comfort and Versatility

After.  New white cabinets with black marble countertops and black hardware provide a sharp, clean look. White subway tile with dark gray grout and new stainless appliances pick up on the contrasting theme.

Home Work

After.  What was once a bedroom is converted into a home office, with glass-paned French doors keeping the space connected with the main living area.

Dramatically Different

After.  One of the most impressive updates is the bathroom remodel which turned a narrow, cramped and dated bath into this fresh and inviting space.

Optimizing Utility

After.  Chip and Joanna opted to add a wall to convert an underutilized bonus room into this laundry and mudroom. Creative mudroom designs are one of the more popular trends in new homes and remodels.

Feathering a Nest

After.  With a new baby in the future, a formerly drab space gets transformed into this bright and cheerful nursery.

A Couple of Gaines, A Couple of Purks

Meet the Homeowners.  Kelsey and Trip Purks (on right) are photographed in their newly completed nursery with Fixer Upper hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines.

Living Room, BEFORE

"Nondescript" is a term that might have been used to characterize the living room before the renovation. The yellow walls and dated pink wallpaper weren't helping.

Living Room, AFTER

The room gets a much needed update with a brightened up gray and white palette and dark accent pieces providing a visually crisp and striking new look.

Living Room Detail, AFTER

Architectural pieces like these arched window frames and galvanized metal planters are among the decorative enhancements Joanna brings to the new decor.

Living Room Detail, AFTER

Topiaries and lanterns as accessories on a rustic wood coffee table lend to a French Country design theme.

Living Room Detail, AFTER

Substantial wood-and-metal shelving, with an antique look and industrial design, provides an eye-pleasing display.

Living Room, AFTER

The brick fireplace gets an update with bright white paint for the hearth and surround, and a new mantle made from a reclaimed wood beam.

Living Room, AFTER

For this project, Joanna's intent with the  decorating scheme was to keep things simple, streamlined and clean. The living room gets freshened up with new linen drapes, neutral gray walls, and bright white for the trim and ceiling. 

Living Room Detail, AFTER

The mantle gets accessorized with antique books, candles and a large medallion wall hanging.

Fireplace Facelift

This fireplace, previously boarded over and not in use, gets resurrected with the original red brick now painted bright white, and with the interior painted black for a bold contrast.

A Keeper: Original Dutch Doors

After.  The extra wide Dutch doors at the front entrance were one of the home's most distinctive original features. The doors were retained, but Joanna took them from their former painted-white to a dark-stained wood finish.

Bathroom, BEFORE

Before the renovation, the bathroom was dated, worn and dirty. There were also tile cracks and foundation issues that needed addressing.

Bathroom, AFTER

The old tile, wall panels, console and vanity have been removed, walls repainted and new beadboard added in bright white finish.

Bathroom, AFTER

The bath gets further brightened up with white subway tile and dark gray grout. Coordinating bath linens and antique wall hooks help complete the look.

Bathroom Detail, AFTER

The damaged floor tile is replaced by period-accurate hex tile with dark grout. The contrasting theme is carried through in the shower surround surround and bright chrome fixtures.

Bathroom Detail, AFTER

An antique dresser, painted in a cool shade of gray, is converted into a new double vanity with twin vessel sinks.

Bathroom Detail, AFTER

New fixtures in retro design help reinforce the bathroom's period theme.

Laundry Room, BEFORE

Joanna's plan for this room, likely an add-on to the original home, is to convert it to a multi-use laundry room/mudroom.

Laundry Room, AFTER

A new wall added to partition off the space allows for the creation of a versatile new utility area. Mudrooms provide a functional transition between outside and indoors, and a convenient venue for storage. 

Laundry Room, AFTER

The laundry has plenty of drawers, shelves and cabinets, and a desk that also comes in handy for sorting and folding laundry.

Laundry Room Detail, AFTER

Metal baskets with blackboard tile labels help with organizing laundry, towels and supplies. 

Laundry Room Detail - Brick Floors, AFTER

The wall-to-wall shag carpet that was here before has been replaced with brick floors to provide a durable surface for new the laundry/mudroom.

Laundry Room, AFTER

Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines created a new laundry and mudroom for the homeowners, complete with plenty of storage cabinets and shelving as well as a desk that double as a folding surface. A chalkboard backsplash will come in handy for taking notes and brick floors were installed for a durable yet attractive look.

Kitchen, BEFORE

The home may date to the '40s, but the kitchen looked as if it hadn't been updated in 50 years or so. This drab mid-century interior was about to see a whole new light.

Kitchen, AFTER

White built-in cabinets with glass fronts, white subway tile and an apron sink are just some of the dramatic enhancements in the renovated kitchen.

Kitchen, BEFORE

Poor layout, cramped work spaces, dated appliances and a food-prep area that doubled as a laundry were among the kitchen issues in need of solution.

Kitchen, AFTER

After fully reconfiguring and updating the kitchenand opening it up to the adjacent dining room, this space is barely recognizable when compared to what was here before.

Kitchen, AFTER

Vintage meets modern with period accents sharing space with up-to-date appliances. A state-of-the-art stainless gas range and hood are suitably matched with subway tile, white cabinets and traditional apron sink.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Globe pendant lights with antique bulbs and the dark metal chandelier are show-stoppers in the redesigned kitchen.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

The stylized globe fixtures with incandescent bulbs provide soft illumination above the breakfast bar.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

A beautiful, healthy snack is offered on the breakfast bar with a black marble countertop in the kitchen.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Beveled subway tile backsplash is installed behind the black marble countertops and traditional apron sink.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Black metal pulls provide a nice contrast against the white drawers and cabinets.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Dining Room, BEFORE

This former dining room provides an ideal blank canvas for Joanna's distinctive decorating skills.

Dining Room, AFTER

A sturdy wood table with comfortable chairs, bold accessories and trademark Magnolia greenery all combine to help define the look of the new space.

Dining Room, AFTER

The dining room is illuminated with a dark metal chandelier and staged with bright, comfortable chairs and a dining table set with blue plates and French Country accessories and greenery. The new French doors open to the backyard and offer additional natural light.

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

A vintage style clock hangs in the corner and a magnolia wreath is framed above a sideboard displaying two lamps and white serving dishes in the dining room.

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

The dining room is illuminated with a dark metal chandelier and the table is set with blue plates and French Country accessories and greenery.

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

The dining table is set with blue plates and French Country accessories and greenery.

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

An inviting plate of cookies on the sideboard in the dining room.

Nursery, AFTER

In the original plan this room, adjacent to the new laundry, was for it to become guest bedroom. Joanna quickly revised the plans for the space when homeowners Trip and Kelsey got some very happy news.

Nursery, AFTER

Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed a depressing room into a bright and festive nursery for the Purks' baby on the way. The old French Doors were removed to create a solid wall for a crib or bed placed against. The old wall paneling was removed and replaced with light blue painted drywall with white trim. Soft carpeting will be perfect for a child's room and metal crates hang on the wall and serve as storage for stuffed animals. A comfortable side chair is an inviting place to sit with the baby, and a crystal chandelier was removed from the original dining room and installed here in the nursery.

Nursery Detail, AFTER

A metal basket on top of a small rustic dresser holds diapers and supplies and a wood, framed mirror offers hooks for storage in the newlt renovated nursery.

Nursery Detail, AFTER

A child's prayer as framed art hangs above the crib in the new nursery.

Nursery Detail, AFTER

Not knowing whether the new family addition was a girl or boy, Joanna kept the nursery decor gender-neutral.

Nursery Detail, AFTER

Metal baskets serve as handy storage for stuffed animals, books and toys.

Behind the Scenes: The Homeowners

Trip and Kelsey are interviewed on camera during the production of this episode of Fixer Upper.

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

The camera crew stands ready as Chip and Joanna prepare to pull back a very large "before" picture and reveal for the homeowners the real-life "after" -- the newly renovated home.

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Joanna Gaines pulls back a large photographic banner of the Purks' home in its original state, in order to reveal the newly renovated home.

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Fixer Upper host Chip Gaines pulls back a large photographic banner of the Purks' home in its original state in order to reveal the newly renovated home.

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines pull back a large photographic banner of the Purks' home in its original state to reveal their newly renovated home.

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Homeowners Kelsey and Trip Purks see their newly renovated home, for the first time, in its finished state.

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Homeowners Kelsey and Trip Purks are surprised and ecstatic when the banners are moved and they see their renovated home for the first time.

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Chip and Joanna show Kelsey and Trip Purks their new living room for the first time. 

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Kelsey and Trip check out their newly renovated kitchen with Chip and Joanna.

Room for Hospitality

Guests always gather in the kitchen, and here's no exception. Kelsey and Trip Purks entertain freinds in the remodeled kitchen of their newly renovated 1940s-era home.

Outline Doors and Windows

Coffee Nook in Barrett Home

Coffee Nook in Barrett Home

As seen on Fixer Upper, a coffee nook sits in the Barrett's newly designed modern home.

From: Fixer Upper

Many of the homes Chip and Joanna renovate are surrounded with beautiful scenery. To take advantage of these surroundings, they highlight doors and windows with natural wood trim. Copy the look at home to embrace your view. 

Midcentury Meets Fixer Upper

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From Bauhaus to Our House

Jill and Josh Barrett were in search of "something different" in a new home. They found it in this house built in the modern style in 1959. Homes that can genuinely lay claim to the term "modern" — in the strict architectural sense — are a rare find in Waco, Texas. This one presented Joanna with an opportunity to branch into some new creative directions.

Where's Don Draper?

Joanna drew on the home's distinctly mid-century design when selecting furnishings. The living room sofa, coffee table and chairs exhibit the sleek and simple geometry that typified furniture design in the late '50s and '60s.  

Spare and Clean

Eames inspired molded chairs with metal bases, a simple unadorned dining table and visually striking chandelier help define the new dining space.

A Kitchen Revealed

Walls were removed to expose the formerly enclosed kitchen, freeing up more space and creating an open but elegant floor plan.

Nature as Backdrop

In keeping with the principles of mid century style, the home's design is deliberately integrated with its natural surroundings. Chip and Joanna took full advantage creating this inviting outdoor seating space.

Meet the Homeowners

Chip and Joanna visit with Jill and Josh Barrett in their newly updated kitchen. Though the Barretts were initially skeptical about the home and it's quirky, unconventional style, they quickly came to the realization that it possessed unique potential.

BEFORE

Chip and Joanna prepare to pull back the big "before" banner and reveal the home's newly updated exterior.

AFTER

Exterior improvements include horizontal wood-plank siding, enlarged and updated windows and new landscaping that includes giant Agave cacti known as century plants.

A Truly Blank Canvas

Aside from an awkwardly placed and enclosed kitchen, the home came with a floor plan that was already open and spacious. The visually arresting interiors and ample wall space made for a setting that Joanna was eager to refine and reimagine.

Dining Room, AFTER

To update and brighten the space, brick and wood-paneled walls are painted in pure white. Metal i-beam supports are wrapped in natural wood for a more organic look.

Dining Room, AFTER

In the dining room, Joanna installed a historical map of Waco as wall art, with sections framed and hung individually to create a six-panel design.

Dining Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a decorative candle holder sits on the dining room table in the Barrett home.

Dining Room, Detail

This stylized metal chandelier makes an impressive statement in the dining room.

Living Room, BEFORE

The large living space was stark and had some dated features like folding accordion doors. The large windows and spectacular view, however, were among the home's selling points.

Living Room, AFTER

With the renovation complete, the large center section of the home incorporates this living room on one side and dining room on the other, with the newly opened kitchen dividing to two spaces.

Living Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a design element for the living room's coffee table has a natural feel to it.

Living Room, Detail

This distinctive chandelier suspended above the coffee table is an ideal complement for the living room's modern furnishings.

Living Room, Detail

Vases with iron holders bring a touch of green to the new poured concrete hearth.

Living Room, Detail

Nature is brought indoors with this custom side table fashioned from the cross section of a tree.

Living Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a side table sits in the living room of the Barrett's newly designed modern home.

Living Room, Detail

The Barrett's new living room features a baby blue chair with black and white throw pillow.

Kitchen, BEFORE

Prior to the renovation, the small and enclosed galley kitchen felt more like a pantry. Countertops were white laminate, cabinetry was basic modular and the appliances were dated.

Kitchen, BEFORE

With its box-like enclosure and awkward placement, the kitchen was a visual intrusion within the larger living space.

Kitchen, AFTER

Opened up and dramatically expanded, the new kitchen becomes, as Joanna terms it, "the heart of the home."

Kitchen, AFTER

Breaking from her often preferred white, Joanna turns the tables in this case with all black cabinetry. The black helps delineate the space and provides marked contrast with the white marble countertops surrounding walls.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

As seen on Fixer Upper, lighting in the the kitchen of the Barrett's newly designed modern home.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

The new kitchen includes a wine chiller in addition to other updated and high-end appliances.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

As seen on Fixer Upper, a Bertazzoni oven compliments the Barrett's newly remodeled modern kitchen.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

The modern kitchen in the Barrett home features a gas range stove.

Kitchen, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, this gold sink fixture gives the kitchen of the Barrett home a modern flair.

Kitchen, Detail

Joanna used brass cabinet hardware in keeping with Jill's love of brass. Brass was also incorporated in the support columns for the kitchen's floating glass shelves.

Coffee Nook

New windows and glass doors were added to this corner space adjacent to the kitchen. The floating bar top with bar stool seating is the perfect spot for morning coffee and savoring the view. 

Work Station

Old built-in shelves were removed to make way for this work station just off the kitchen.

Bedroom Suite and Hallway, BEFORE

The master bedroom and bath, as well as other bedrooms, were located in this separate section of the house.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

The master bedroom was dark and drab with worn beige carpeting.

Master Suite Bedroom, AFTER

Joanna brightened up the bedroom but kept the feeliing warm with dark wood floors and painted brick accent wall.

Master Suite, Detail

The framed number "7" represents the seven members of the Barrett family.

Master Suite, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, the master bedroom of the Barrett's newly remodeled modern home featured a message in a bottle.

Master Suite, Detail

The newly renovated master bedroom in the Barrett home features modern wall art and unique lighting fixtures.

Master Bath, BEFORE

The master bath had original tile and generally mid-century styling but was small and confining.

Master Bath, AFTER

Removal of the tub, carefully thought out use of space and a lighter earth-toned palette makes the small master bath feel much larger.

Master Bath, Detail

The new bath gets a wide vanity with dual faucets and poured concrete countertops.

Master Bath, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a detail shot of the shower fixture in the Barrett's newly remodeled master bathroom.

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