Life Is Just a Tire Swing in Woodway, Texas

Vote for Your Favorite Fixer Upper renovation from Season Two. Candidate #5: Chip and Joanna take a drab '60s ranch house in the suburbs and turn it into a colorful and comfortable home with a rustic feel and cottage accents.

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November 15, 2017
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Fixer Upper: The Tire Swing House

Chip and Joanna turned a dark and dated '60s ranch into this bright showplace that's a now highlight of the neighborhood. The tire swing is a bonus. 

Rustic by Design

The living room received a thorough makeover with brick pavers for the entry, new wood floors, resurfaced fireplace and a pair of antique arched doors.

Vintage. Because.

Dining room furnishings include a 10-foot farm table, large antique desk repurposed as a sideboard and vintage pendant lights with fire-engine red shades.

Reclaimed Acclaim

Without question, the standout feature in the kitchen is this oversized island with a custom top made from reclaimed and resurfaced wood that was once the flooring in an old rail car. 

Studious Surroundings

An large formal dining room got divided into two separate spaces making way for this new study.

Masterfully Appointed

The bedroom gets lots of bright color, two cozy chairs, a distressed metal chandelier and brick-paver hearth that ties in visually with the living room.

Lighten Up

Chip and Joanna point out some of the new features in the Gulley's renovated kitchen, including glass hurricane pendant lights with vintage style bulbs.

Living Room, AFTER

Multiple ceiling beams got removed from this space and a single raw wood beam added as a visual accent dividing the new living room and kitchen.

Living Room, AFTER

New wood flooring, recessed lighting and comfortable furniture combine to create a warm and inviting living space.

Living Room, Detail

A section of a windmill fan serves as a compelling piece of wall decor above a rustic wood console.

Living Room, Detail

The fireplace is flanked by twin arched wood doors, painted blue-green and distressed. The fireplace is resurfaced in dry stack stone, replacing a standard brick hearth and surround. 

Living Room, Detail

A rough-cut wood beam replaces a dated fireplace mantel and is accessorized with old books and vintage botanical print.

Dining Room, AFTER

Joanna found this 10-foot wooden farm table at the Round Top flea market and paired it with a set of metal industrial chairs, creating a decidedly casual dining space.

Dining Room, AFTER

The antique desk, serving double duty as a sideboard, offers workspace, task lighting and plenty of drawers for storing and organizing craft supplies.

Peace, Love & Cupcakes

Kitchen, AFTER

Walls were removed to open up the kitchen, effectively tripling its size. New recessed lighting and pendants were added as well as new cabinets and wood flooring.

Kitchen, AFTER

The Gulleys wanted a kitchen that makes a bold statement and serves as a focal point for the family. Joanna delivered with a massive island that provides plenty of seating and prep space. The top of the island, fashioned out of reclaimed wood flooring from an old rail car, is the handiwork of carpenter and furniture craftsman Clint Harp.

The Study, AFTER

A formal front room was divided to create the new dining space and this stylized study decorated in modern industrial style.

The Study, AFTER

Antique wooden doors create a visual statement and open onto the adjacent living space. French doors and windows were added here and elsewhere to provide natural light and create a more open feel. 

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Joanna took a plain, ordinary bedroom and reimagined it with lots of color, light and decorative touches drawing on cottage style.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Newly sheetrocked walls are painted in a warm gray which pairs nicely with the colorful accents and black metal bed frame.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

The fireplace in the master got a fresh coat of white paint, beam mantel and a sextet of framed botanical prints.

Master Bath, AFTER

The bathroom has been reconfigured and outfitted with marble floors and countertops, twin vanities and one very tall medicine cabinet.

Guest Bathroom, AFTER

In this second bathroom, an old vanity was removed and replaced with this sink with chrome legs and mirror.

Raise a Glass

Amy and Jonathan Gulley celebrate the completion f their new home with family.

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