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Fixer Upper: Old-World Charm for Newlyweds

Chip and Joanna Gaines help a newly married couple create their ideal first home, turning a standard suburban '70s house into a romantic retreat that effectively blends styles, influences and textures.
Quintessentially Home

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Quintessentially Home

Chip and Joanna renovated an ordinary looking brick house in the Mountainview neighborhood of Waco to create this beautiful first home for a young couple moving back to Texas after a stint in Tennessee.

Transitional Themes

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Transitional Themes

Several walls were removed to create this open floor plan that combines kitchen, dining area and living room.

Blended Styles, Merged Spaces

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Blended Styles, Merged Spaces

A newly configured foyer with dark columns and wood paneling opens onto the living room to create a visually striking formal entry to the home.

Minimalist and Functional

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Minimalist and Functional

The kitchen is enlarged and remodeled with a simple design and fresh, clean aesthetic.

New and Old

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New and Old

Though the renovation was a thorough update, Joanna incorporated older furnishings and antiques to deliberately avoid the appearance of a new build or simple remodel.

We'll Take Romance

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We'll Take Romance

The new master bedroom is done in soft gray with warming wood tones, ornamental sconces and a few colorful accents. 

Keeping Up With the Joneses

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Keeping Up With the Joneses

Homeowners Jeff and Sara Jones were Baylor sweethearts who moved to Tennessee after college but then decided to return to the Waco area. They were looking for a home where they could one day raise a family, and their wish list included three bedrooms, an open living space and a large backyard. Their budget, including renovations, was $235,000.  

European Flair

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European Flair

Sara's tastes run toward a nouveau classical look with an affinity for ornate furnishings and French antiques. The combination presented a decorating challenge for Joanna who frequently leans more in the direction of farmhouse country and rustic themes. This new foyer – highlighted by black and white marble floors, rich textures and dark gray paneling – offers a mix of contemporary elements and old world touches making for a carefully integrated look that marries comfort and style.

Living Room, AFTER

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Living Room, AFTER

The biggest construction challenge in the renovation was the removal of several walls to merge the first floor spaces. Lam beams were added to provide structural support for the new large space with a bright and open feel.

Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

A close up of the side table and sitting area in the living room of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

A close up of the metal side tables in the living room of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

A close up of the side table and wall art in the dining room of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Dining Room, AFTER

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Dining Room, AFTER

The formerly tiny and closed off dining room is now spacious and inviting. Worn wall-to-wall carpeting is replaced with a new wood-look tile floor.

Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

The existing brick fireplace was retained but updated with black interior, new trim in dark gray and a reclaimed wood mantel.

Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

This antique style fixture was used as a unifying theme in several of the renovated spaces including the dining room, foyer and master suite.

Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

A close up of the succulents on top of the piano in the dining room of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

A close up of the succulents on top of the piano in the dining room of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Dining Room, AFTER

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Dining Room, AFTER

Dark gray paneling around the fireplace provides visual contrast with the light walls. Limitations in the renovation budget precluded adding larger windows, but the existing windows were updated with new trim also painted in gray. 

Dining Room and Kitchen

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Dining Room and Kitchen

The dining room in the newly renovated Jones home was at the front of the home with the living room in its place, but a wall was removed between the living room and dining room creating an open concept. Some key elements are the restored fireplace, piano, dining table, and chandelier, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, AFTER

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Kitchen, AFTER

The new kitchen is almost doubled in size from its original footprint. 

Kitchen, AFTER

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Kitchen, AFTER

New additions in the kitchen include a farmhouse sink, marble countertops, new cabinets, recessed lighting and a custom island with waterfall edge. The doors on the newly added pantry have antiqued glass inserts emulating the look of a vintage mirror.

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

Other new kitchen enhancements include subway tile backsplash and lots of open shelving.

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

A close up of the light fixture in the kitchen of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

A close up of the farm sink in the kitchen of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

A close up of the metal side table in the kitchen area of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

A close up of the counter top and shelving in the kitchen of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

A close up of the counter top and shelving in the kitchen of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

A close up of the cutting board on the island in the kitchen of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Kitchen, AFTER

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Kitchen, AFTER

The marble of the kitchen island creates the focal point for this Fixer Upper kitchen. After Chip and Joanna removed walls and opened up the kitchen space, they had room to add this large kitchen island with extra seating. To accent the gray cabinets, Joanna chose a gray and white marbled tile that provided a durable solution for the family and really made her rustic industrial design pop.

Kitchen, AFTER

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Kitchen, AFTER

The kitchen of the newly renovated Jones home has been completely transformed. A wall was removed to increase the size of the kitchen and to add to the open feel of the home. Some key elements are the stainless steel appliances, farm sink, pantry, and subway inspired tile on the backsplash, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Double Duty

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Double Duty

This space serves a dual purpose as a home office and a mudroom The newly partitioned space, which was originally part of the living room, includes new French doors with access to the backyard.

Home Office, Detail

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Home Office, Detail

A close up of the hanging wooden pots in the office of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Home Office, Detail

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Home Office, Detail

The office includes a special housewarming gift from Sara's father: an original wall-art piece with the text of a prayer read at Jeff and Sara's wedding.

Home Office and Mudroom

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Home Office and Mudroom

This multi-use space also inlcudes additional storage, hooks and modern sliding doors opening onto the living room.

Office and Mudroom, Detail

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Office and Mudroom, Detail

A close up of the potted plants and books on top of the storage cabinet in the office of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Master Bedroom, AFTER

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Master Bedroom, AFTER

A statement piece in the remodeled bedroom is a French antique mantel, dating to the turn of the last century, used as a decorative wall feature.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

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Master Bedroom, AFTER

Another defining element in the bedroom is the pair of antique-look wall sconces in the same style as fixtures used in the dining room and foyer.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

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Master Bedroom, AFTER

The master bedroom of the Jones home has new accent pieces, light fixtures, and paint giving the room new life, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Master Bedroom, Detail

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Master Bedroom, Detail

A close up of the light fixture and side table in the master bedroom of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Master Bedroom, Detail

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Master Bedroom, Detail

A close up of the mantle in the master bedroom in the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Master Bedroom, Detail

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Master Bedroom, Detail

A close up of the sitting area in the master bedroom of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

We briefly interrupt this slideshow for a romantic interlude.

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We briefly interrupt this slideshow for a romantic interlude.

...courtesy of Mr. Gaines.

We briefly interrupt this slideshow for a romantic interlude.

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We briefly interrupt this slideshow for a romantic interlude.

...courtesy of Mr. Gaines.

Girls <em>do</em> like flowers.

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Girls do like flowers.

We now return you to the regularly scheduled photo gallery.

The Reveal

The Reveal

Jeff and Sara Jones get ready to see their newly completed fixer upper for the first time.

The Reveal

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The Reveal

Are you ready to see this Fixer Upper?

The Reveal

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The Reveal

Host Chip Gaines prepares to pull back the before image of the Jones home to reveal their renovation, as seen on Fixer Upper. (action)

The Reveal

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The Reveal

Host Joanna Gaines prepares to pull back the before image of the Jones home to reveal their renovation, as seen on Fixer Upper. (action)

The Reveal

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The Reveal

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines pulling back the before image of the Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (action)

The Reveal

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The Reveal

Homeowners Jeff and Sara Jones see their newly renovated home for the first time, as seen on Fixer Upper. (action)

The Reveal

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The Reveal

Homeowners Jeff and Sara Jones see their newly renovated home for the first time, as seen on Fixer Upper. (action)

The Reveal

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The Reveal

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines congratulate homeowners Jeff and Sara Jones as they see their newly renovated home for the first time, as seen on Fixer Upper. (action)

AFTER

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AFTER

The new exterior has new double doors at the front entrance, reworked columns, new landscaping and an updated color scheme.

AFTER

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AFTER

Prior to the renovation, the home exterior was plain brown brick. The distinctive whitewashing effect was achieved through a technique known as German mortar smear.

Behind the Scenes: At the Silos

Behind the Scenes: At the Silos

Whenever Chip finds some time between Fixer Upper projects for clients, he's likely hard at work at Magnolia Silos, Chip and Joanna's new HQ.

Behind the Scenes: At the Silos

Behind the Scenes: At the Silos

Concurrent with the Jones project, work was underway on rebuilding and shoring up the roof on the grain silo. Here Chip does some welding on special i-beams that will help support the additional weight in renovated structure.

Behind the Scenes: At the Silos

Behind the Scenes: At the Silos

Chip and Jo get the call from Jeff and Sara Jones with the news of which of the three Fixer Upper houses they selected. 

Behind the Scenes: Meet the Parents

Behind the Scenes: Meet the Parents

Chip and Joanna meet Sara Jones' parents Max and and Denalyn Lucado. Max Lucado is a well known author and a minister in San Antonio. The prayer he authored and delivered at Jeff and Sara's wedding became the inscription on the original art piece that was a housewarming gift for Sara and Jeff.

<em>Finis</em>

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Finis

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