Can't Move to Waco for Your Own 'Fixer Upper' Reno? This Is the Next Best Thing
Admit it: You've thought about moving cross-country for a chance to get a Chip and Joanna home makeover. Here's another option.
After a marathon Fixer Upper sesh, we've all been here:
And this mug basically sums up our collective Joanna obsession.
But, if you're not quite ready to pack up the whole family yet, pack a weekend bag instead: You could rent out Joanna's favorite Fixer Upper to date.
Remember this stunning midcentury modern kitchen? Yep, you could be cooking breakfast there right now. See the listing for more details.
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.
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.
Dining Room, AFTER
Dining Room, AFTER
Living Room, 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.
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.
Behind the Scenes
More of a "go out for breakfast" type? Head to the Magnolia Silos' food truck park for some local coffee...
...and a fresh, hot crepe from the cutest food trailer ever.
For the full Fixer Upper experience, time your trip with the next Round Top Antiques Fair. Make the two-hour journey armed with Chip and Joanna's tips for getting the best deals:
Getting a Deal at Round Top 02:28
Plus, check out our handy Fixer Upper style gallery to make your list of have-to-haves.
Church pews are a great addition to the entryway and can be dressed up with seasonal pillows for a fresh look. And with many modern churches switching to theater-style seating, these classic seats are fairly easy to come by. Side note: They are also fairly pricy, so if you find a good deal, you'd better snatch it up.
While finding two armchairs that are identical and in good shape can be a challenge, traditional wingback chairs always seem to be available. Consider buying two that are similar but not matching and recovering the pair in your favorite fabric.
Add an instant cool factor to your shelves or buffet table with a vintage fan. Though not difficult to come by, these fans can be on the pricier end of thrift-store merchandise. Opt for one that hasn't been restored to save a little money and still get a great look.
Usually all metal, bird cages can add interest to any space. The stunning versions you can find antiquing vary in price depending on size and the condition they are in. If you're interested in adding one to your home decor, this is one item you'll want to take your time to find the right price.
Mantels can instantly add depth and architectural interest to your home. Though easy to find, you'll want to consider the style you are looking for rather than buying the first one you see. While the more detailed versions do run a little higher, it may be worth the extra cost in the end. If you plan to paint your mantel, little details and intricate carvings really help it shine.
While it may seem like everything is chalkboard these days, the green classroom chalkboard is actually more of a rarity. You may find one that is still on the rolling display, which would be great for a kid's playroom. To achieve the look seen here, just remove the screws and hang it wherever you hope to add some schoolhouse charm.
Industrial Scrap Pieces
While you may not be lucky enough to find a portion of a windmill, scrap metal and industrial pieces are a dime a dozen. From metal mattress springs to old metal typeset drawers, these pieces are just waiting to be reused as wall art, furniture beginnings and more.
Perfect for a long table, Joanna regularly upcycles wooden tool boxes as charming centerpieces. Whether you find a wooden or metal version, tool boxes are easy to find when thrifting and can be used as planters, to hold towels and to keep toiletries corralled. Really, the options are endless.
Vintage scales look amazing in the kitchen. The most common versions are countertop scales, but hanging scales like the one seen here are not too hard to come by. Side note: If you actually plan to use a kitchen scale for weighing food, you may want to consider a new version with vintage charm.
Books are always a great decor option. And the great part about this design is that the titles don't even matter. Simply pick up a few well-loved books at your local flea market and display proudly for an instant shabby-chic effect.
One of Joanna's favorite pieces to work with, metal baskets are just as useful as they are stylish. They come in all shapes and sizes. Consider buying an old metal locker basket. These little slices of history are often found in thrift stores and work with many different design styles.
Industrial furniture, such as old post office cabinets and hotel mail slots, is easier to come by than you might expect. The downside with these pieces is that if they are in good condition, (and often even when they are not) they fall on the pricier side of the thrift-store scale.
Small, large and in between, old glass windows are an easy flea market find that can be used to add some rustic charm to an empty wall. And if you're really feeling creative, consider painting them or adding a few colorful jars to display flowers as Joanna did here.
Vintage signs are easy wall decor that tell a story, and since perfectly-distressed signs aren't readily available at every store, this is the type of thrift store find you want to grab when you find it. Even if it won't work in your house, chances are you'll find a friend or family member that is dying to get their hands on it.
Rustic, industrial and perfect for storage, wooden crates are one of Joanna's go-to decorations. You can definitely find these used, but it may be cheaper to opt for new in this case. Side note: If you want vintage, old soda crates are easy to find with typically fair prices.
If you have something specific in mind, you'll likely leave the thrift store disappointed, but if interesting furniture is your goal, there are so many fantastic options. And don't get stuck on the original purpose of the piece. Here, this antique cobbler's bench works as a unique side table with tons of character.
While they likely won't be a perfect fit for your front entrance, vintage doors can also be used as a decorative wall hanging like Joanna did here. Old screen doors are a popular thrift store find that can be used as decor or even transformed as a useful spot to hang jewelry, cooking utensils or whatever your heart desires.
A vintage screen door can totally replace your checked bag on the trip home. Hang it on the wall while you binge on your new favorite episode..and every other episode, of course.
You refer to the Gaines couple as JoJo and Chip when discussing the show, like they are your close friends.
-Facebook fan Mindy
You find yourself looking at old bikes, rusty signs and scrap wood and think..."Yeah, that would look good on my wall."
-Facebook fan Katherine
As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna have updated the dining room with a new redwood mantel, farm table, dark metal chandelier and black accents that offer a contrast against the white brick.
You make a big printed picture on wheels to reveal all surprises to your family.
-Facebook fan Laurie B.
Homeowners Jonathan and Amy Gulley cheer as Fixer Upper hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines pull back a large photographic banner of their home in its original state, to reveal the newly renovated home.
You want every room in you house painted gray.
-Facebook fan Natalie
With one wall removed, the old dining room was absorbed into the new kitchen, creating an open feel and making room for a long kitchen island. The old tile floors were replaced with wood flooring. New cabinets, appliances, marble countertops, tile backsplash, stainless fixtures and paint give the kitchen a modern look, yet the wooden vent hood and pendant light fixtures are complimentary to the Sanders' French Country style, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (After 14)
"If you want to buy the worst house on the best street so you can either hire them or say "Now, what would Chip & Joanna do???"
-Facebook fan Melissa F.
Before renovation, the landscaping was so overgrown that it obscured most of the house, so Chip and Joanna cleared out the unkempt trees and shrubs. Charmaine said, “It was a shame to see such a sturdy, well-built home going to waste.”
You do your best to recreate a design you saw. The chalkboard paint wall with reclaimed wood shelves and buffet? Did it!!!
-Facebook fan Maria M.
HGTV Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed this casual dining space into a family coffee bar – a place for family and friends to gather for eating and entertaining. Chalkboard paint on the wall creates a cafe-like atmosphere, while the floating shelves add a hint of rustic style.
Your birthday wish is that Chip and Joanna knock on your door and yell "We are here to fix up your home!"
-Facebook fan Sheryl
You consider moving to Waco just so you can hire them to find you a fixer upper!
- Facebook fan Cindy R.
"I started a local boutique and partnered with Chip to implement the Magnolia style in the homes he was flipping," Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of her husband. "We later branched out and started renovations in the central Texas area."
You have used the term "shiplap" in the last 24 hours!
-Facebook fan Amy P.
You check every mirror to see how your hair looks.
-Facebook fan Nell S.
A mirror hangs above a wooden end table providing light, color, and the illusion of more space in an otherwise dark corner of the living room, as seen on Fixer Upper.
You have more paint samples than shoes.
-Facebook fan Terri
The new fireplace blends into the built-ins with white paint providing a neutral palette for decor to pop, as seen on Fixer Upper.
You like old, distressed furniture better than brand new stuff.
-Facebook fan Heather R.
After removing a built-in in the living room new bar seating is added space between the family room and kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper.
You can't pass up an old dresser with a "free" sign on the side of the road, because you want your house to look like an episode of Fixer Upper.
-Facebook fan Michele S.
This living space is open concept and connects the entryway, kitchen and dining room. White distressed furniture, slipcovered chairs and a soft color palette all lend a shabby chic style to the rooms.
You use the quote "Today is a good day for a good day."
-Facebook fan Tiffany
A custom black metal sign with a positive message greets guests in this entry space. A small black wood bench and floor lamp provide a cozy sitting area before entering the adjacent dining room and kitchen.
You brake for all garage sales and flea markets.
-Facebook fan Joseph Z.
This backroom was transformed into a play space for a young boy with light gray paint that contrasts with the new wood floors and corrugated metal awnings over the windows that bring a masculine element to this cottage-style room.
You wish every night was Tuesday night.
-Facebook fan Sue
A new large kitchen island with a countertop made from the wood of an old train car offers additional counter space and a casual dining area.
You see the potential in almost all old stuff.
-Facebook fan Julie D.
You possibly "considered" eating a "small" roach just to see if Chip is on to something.
-Facebook fan Grace U.
The 40-acre farm owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, is also home to 60 animals, including chickens, cows, goats......and horses! (Here, Chip takes a late-afternoon ride.)
You've filled every vase in the house with white flowers.
-Facebook fan Kim
You plan a trip to Waco hoping to bump into them at the Magnolia store!
-Facebook fan Melissa R.
Where does Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, find all the great pieces she uses in her farmhouse and in her shop? "Off-the-beaten-path antique stores and flea markets," she says. "My favorite thing to do is hunt for really cool pieces to sell or repurpose and use in my home."
You have pulled up the corners of your carpet looking for hardwoods.
-Facebook fan Debbie C.
Interiors spaces that were once segmented and closed off are now more open, giving a new sense of unity and breadth to the home's interior.
You envy and appreciate the rapport between JoJo and Chip, the love they have for each other and their children, and the amazing transformations they create for deserving families.
-Facebook fan Laurence B.
"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip Haines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of his wife and co-host Joanna. "It took me all day to install this beautiful tumbled-stone backsplash, but when I went to grout it...it soaked up the color and turned maroon. It was horrible, and JoJo was surprised to say the least."