A Must-See Fixer Upper Reno: Rustic Barn Doors, and a Barn to Go With Them

Call it alternative country: In this new 'Fixer Upper' makeover, Chip and Joanna Gaines take on one of their most unusual and distinctive renovation projects yet: a full-blown barn-to-home conversion.

Start with what was once a horse barn, probably used later as a service building for storing farm equipment. Throw in a beautiful 16-acre piece of land in the rolling hills just outside Waco, Texas. Add some adventuresome homebuyers not afraid to try something outside the mainstream. Now add Chip and Joanna Gaines to the mix and things are likely to get interesting.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines with homeowners Todd and Lexia Meek in their newly renovated dining room. 

Humble Beginnings

Here's the background, Cliff Notes version: Todd and Lexia Meek were looking for a place in the country. Todd had grown up on a ranch, and the couple was eager to put down rural roots where they could raise their three kids in the kind of green, bucolic setting Todd had known growing up. But when Chip and Jo showed them a dingy barn with metal garage doors and a makeshift apartment upstairs, let's just say it was not exactly what they had envisioned.

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BEFORE

But once Joanna and Chip outlined their vision for the place, integrating modern elements in the country setting, wheels started spinning and the Meeks began to see potential. Fast-forward a few weeks. The end result is an idyllic country home with some novel twists.

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Country Banquet

Among other things, the couple had on their wish list a large space for entertaining. When Joanna saw the expansive corridor that ran through the middle of the barn, she imagined a unique dining space.

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BEFORE

After upgrading the downstairs to accommodate new plumbing, wiring and HVAC, the central space was transformed with shiplap walls, crown molding, new hardwood floors, traditional barn doors and a custom wall-art installation. The jewel in the crown is a farm style banquet table that's 17 feet in length and that was custom designed by furniture craftsman Clint Harp.

Barn Home in the Country:  Custom Farm Dining Table

Barn Home in the Country: Custom Farm Dining Table

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Upstairs, Downstairs

The upstairs is no less striking. With the massive dining hall taking up so much of the ground floor, the kitchen is located on the second level. The existing apartment-style kitchen was expanded and opened onto a space that would become a living room and family dining space. The palette in the kitchen is high-contrast and pure Joanna — with bright white cabinets visually offset by black hardware, a black vent hood, brushed stainless appliances and ash gray concrete countertops. 

Barn Home in the Country: Custom Vent Hood and Backsplash

Barn Home in the Country: Custom Vent Hood and Backsplash

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The backsplash is a boldly patterned black-and-white tile that creates a Moroccan-style mosaic pattern. Dark hardwood floors and a rustic kitchen island in unpainted wood add a warming counterbalance to the black and white.

Want to see more of this makeover? Check out this 54-image gallery with highlights of this amazing remodel:

A Very Special House in the Country

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Alternative Country

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Grand Dining

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Grand Dining

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Carefully Blended Ingredients

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Country + Modern

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Family Table

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Simple Open Design

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Book Nook

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Kid Space

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Meet the Meeks

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Artist's Rendering

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First Floor Dining Room, BEFORE

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First Floor Dining Room, AFTER

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First Floor Dining Room, BEFORE

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First Floor Dining Room, AFTER

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First Floor Dining Room, Detail

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First Floor Dining Room, Detail

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Entryway, AFTER

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Entryway, Detail

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Kitchen, BEFORE

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Kitchen, AFTER

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Kitchen, BEFORE

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Kitchen and Upstairs Dining Space, BEFORE

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Kitchen and Upstairs Dining Space, AFTER

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Kitchen, Detail

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Upstairs Dining Space, BEFORE

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Dining Space and Kitchen, BEFORE

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Dining Space and Kitchen, AFTER

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Upstairs Dining Space, Detail

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Upstairs Dining Space, Detail

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Dining Space and Kitchen, AFTER

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Downstairs Den, AFTER

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Downstairs Den and Office Space, AFTER

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Upstairs Living Room, AFTER

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Upstairs Living Room, AFTER

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Upstairs Living Room, Detail

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Boys' Bedroom, AFTER

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Boys' Bedroom, Detail

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Boys' Bedroom, Detail

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Modern Country Living

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Finis

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And if you liked this Fixer Upper project, you might also be interested in this one from Season 1:

Country Farmhouse Goes from Scary to Sensational

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Feeling Expansive

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Welcome Transitions

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Brightened Up But Still Cozy

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Word Play

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Literally Ornate

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At Home in the Country

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Meet the Homeowners

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And the Dream Makers

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Front Porch, BEFORE

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Front Exterior, Detail

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Front Exterior, After

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Living Room, BEFORE

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Living Room, Detail

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Dining Room, BEFORE

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Dining Room, Detail

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Where the Heart Is

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Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

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Kitchen, BEFORE

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Kitchen, BEFORE

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, AFTER

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Warm from the Oven

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Dinner at Eight

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THE REVEAL

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Are You Ready...

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...to See Your Fixer Upper?

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THE REVEAL

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The Completed Renovation

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THE REVEAL

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THE REVEAL

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THE REVEAL

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A Welcome Home

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Behind the Scenes; Behind the Camera

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Behind the Scenes

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Five, Up High

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Finis

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