1937 Craftsman Gets a Fixer-Upper Makeover

Vote for your favorite Fixer Upper renovation from Season One. Candidate #2: Chip and Jo Gaines create the perfect new abode for a Texas mom after her former West Texas home was destroyed by a fertilizer-plant explosion.

By: Trevor Lane
Show: Fixer Upper

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

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Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

© 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

© 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

© 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

© 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

© 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

© 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

Spacious Living Area

This living room has been repainted in modern blue to unify the newly reconfigured spaces. Joanna combined modern and French style furniture to make the living room both comfortable and stylish.

Meet the Homeowner

After losing ome, Carolyn Muska (left) needed a new start. Carolyn enlisted the help of daughter Jennifer as well as Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna to find the perfect new home.

Bland Brick

Before. This 1937 craftsmen style home had been well taking care of but was starting to show its age. Carolyn immediately fell in love with the home's character and details.

A Refreshing Facelift

After. Once it was determined that a pricey roof replacement wasn't needed, it was clear that this was meant to be Carolyn's new beginning. She purchased the home for only $133,000, leaving room to make plenty of great improvements.

Separated Spaces, Before

French doors originally separated the dining room from the living room and made each room seem smaller than they really were.

Creating an Open Space

The French doors were removed to open the dining room up to the living room, creating an open concept feel. The dining room has been repainted a light, modern blue. The original wood floors have been refinished in a rich, warm tone.

Living Room, Before

While the original fireplace could no longer provide warmth, it did provide all of the quaint charm Carolyn was looking for. The 10 foot ceilings and large windows kept the small space from feeling crowded.

Focal Fire Place

To emphasize the fireplace and mantel that Carolyn loved so much, Joanna left a portion of the home's original shiplap exposed and painted it white, creating a focal point that lends respect to the home's history.

Natural Accents

In the living room, natural accents like this wreath were used to create a warm, organic feeling. The distressed candle holders complete the mantle and bring attention to the exposed shiplap.

Cramped Kitchen

The kitchen was cramped and deprived of sunlight, unlike the living and dining rooms. Chip and Joanna knew that blowing out the wall between the kitchen and dining room would transform the entire space.

Grand Kitchen and Dining Room

The newly opened up kitchen and dining room have a grand, open feel. The large window is now able to give light to the entire space while the new sight-line continues from one side of the home to the other.

Practical Flow

Initially, Carolyn was concerned with the original kitchen's awkward layout. In the redesigned kitchen, the oven and fridge are adjacent and the stove is incorporated into the island, creating a more efficient and practical flow.

Elegant Lighting Throughout

Joanna installed ornate light fixtures throughout the kitchen and dining space, continuing with the French design and also highlighting the improved flow created by removing the walls.

Bright Finishes

The kitchen has been transformed from a dated disaster into a lustrous, lovely space. With bright white countertops and polished metal hardware, the kitchen is now functional and stylish. The vintage-inspired white tile backsplash is another testament to the home's historical charm.

Breezeway Before

Before Chip and Joanna renovated the home, the breezeway addition was dreary and dark despite the large windows.

Keep it Light

The new breezeway takes full advantage of the large windows on both walls, allowing light to fill the area. Lighter, more natural flooring and a calming paint color make the space large and airy. Two chairs create a beautiful place for Carolyn or guests to relax and read.

Master Bath, Before

Before renovations began, severe black tiles lined the shower making the bathroom look small and dated. However, the layout was perfect for the master bath that Carolyn had been dreaming of.

Master Bath, After

Now, glossy white tiles give the shower an updated look that is both sophisticated and light. Wainscoting now lines the walls and a new white storage cabinet gives the bathroom a quaint, charming looking.

Clean Lines

A sleek, modern vanity is offset by a traditional mirror and wainscoting. By combining the minimalist and classic styles, the new bathroom keeps its 1930's charm but still provides modern day luxury.

Nostalgic Hardware

Throughout the home, Joanna used polished metal hardware that fit the style and time period during which the home was built. These clean, traditional fixtures are functional and add the charm Carolyn had envisioned for her dream home.

Master Bedroom, Before

Once again, windows lined the walls of the master bedroom. However, exterior awnings blocked out natural light that would make the bedroom cheerful and inviting.

Master Bedroom, After

The cold tile was removed and replaced by soft, durable carpet. By removing the awnings, natural light was able to fill the bedroom. Joanna made the space a relaxing retreat with a tranquil, blue color scheme and casual, romantic textiles.

Custom Headboard

Fixer Upper host Joanna decided to give this custom-made Magnolia Farms headboard to Carolyn as a gift. The distressed, white headboard is now the focal point of the master bedroom and accentuates the romantic textures of the bedding.

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