Copy Joanna's Farmhouse Style: 30 Things to Paint White Now

White may be the most definitive neutral color, but Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper understands the design power of this seemingly basic hue. Check out all of the ways she uses white paint to create a classic farmhouse look.

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June 14, 2016

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Photo By: Rachel Whyte

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Sunny Deck

By combining light gray paint with a crisp white trim, Joanna gave this veranda a fresh and updated look. Plus, the chic white outdoor dining table makes this entertaining space look perfectly polished.

Striped Floor

Who said white paint is just for the walls? Here, Joanna kept this sunroom extra sunny with a unique white and blue striped floor. This color combo helps reflect sunlight, making the space even brighter.

Rustic Headboard

A coat of white paint with a weathered look makes this unique vintage headboard truly shine. The finish gives the bedroom a vintage look, without feeling over-designed.

Built-In Bookshelves

These antique, detailed bookshelves seamlessly blend with their white-painted surroundings. This monochromatic design allows the books and accessories to tastefully stand out.

Alcove and Accessories

The combination of this white shelf alcove and white ceramic pitchers allows the vintage cutting board and bright tulips to truly pop.

Display Case

This old headboard was painted bright white and repurposed as the perfect display for vintage dishes and accessories.

Kitchen Island

Choosing to make the base of this kitchen island white keeps it from feeling too weighed down or cumbersome. Paired with the white lower cabinets, it also opens up the entire room.

Kitchen Cabinets

In this renovation, Joanna decided to keep the kitchen’s original cabinets. But thanks to the power of a fresh coat of white paint along with stainless steel hardware, they look as good as new.

Porch and Pillars

Crisp white pillars and shutters add the perfect pop to the porch and gray-brick exterior of this home.

Tiny Bathroom

This petite bathroom feels less cramped thanks to the bright, all-white, shiplap walls. But details like a black diamond-patterned floor and vibrant towels keep the room from being totally monochromatic.

Built-In Shelves

Joanna strategically contrasted this warm brick fireplace with built-in white bookshelves outfitted with rustic accessories. 

Floating Shelf

Weathered white paint on this vintage floating shelf gives this piece the perfect cottage look, and lets the subtle carved detail continue to shine through.


This antique bookshelf was covered in white paint to provide a neutral display space for books, plants and accessories.


To highlight the rough-hewn redwood mantel, Joanna completely whitewashed the classic brick fireplace.

Farmhouse Table and Bench

A white coat of paint on this 16-foot table and bench crafted from salvaged wood creates a classic farmhouse aesthetic. 

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

By opting for white cabinets, walls and a tile backsplash, Joanna created a sleek and streamlined kitchen.

Double-Sided Fireplace

Choosing to paint this double-sided brick fireplace white lets it serve as a unique room divider. 

Floor to Ceiling

All-white paint works for modern spaces, too! Here, the sophisticated simplicity of this modern dining room's white walls and floors let the natural wood accents shine. 


This room is the definition of comfortable cottage style. Nearly every element of this charming room is bright white — allowing the space to feel light, airy and inviting.  

Wood-Paneled Walls

The white-washed shiplap walls of this coffee bar and seating area give off a cool farmhouse vibe.

Display Case

Here, Joanna painted not only the display case white, but also some accessories on display. This design choice adds a touch of modern cool, and also especially highlights the books on the shelves. 

Framed Mirror

The white-painted, wood-framed mirror in this dining room adds an extra dose of vintage charm to this rustic dining room.

Personalized Details

This metal letter sign adds a personal touch to the space. Joanna made sure to keep the wall hanging understated by painting it entirely white, which blends beautifully with the neutral wall.

Crisp Cabinets

Previously disastrous, Joanna transformed this kitchen into a bright, clean room -- with the help of crisp new cabinets in her signature white.

Wall to Wall

Wood paneling adds a unique touch to this stylish bathroom, and Joanna's choice to keep everything white makes this bathroom look cute yet boldly modern.

Wood Backsplash

The whitewashed wood panel backsplash of this kitchen provides the perfect contrast to the industrial counter and shelves, along with a balanced boost of farmhouse charm.

Full Bath

The all-white color scheme of this master bathroom creates a sophisticated, tranquil vibe.

Coordinated Cabinets

The predominately white color palette of this kitchen helps it feel airy and flow seamlessly to the next room.

Charming Details

White paint is a quick and simple tool for giving any piece a rustic transformation,  like the charming railroad crossing sign in this reading corner.


The bright white paint on the walls of this entryway let the renovated space feel open and welcoming.

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