Vintage '40s Fixer Upper for First-Time Homebuyers

Vote for your favorite Fixer Upper renovation from Season Two. Candidate #4: Chip and Jo help a young couple update a modest 1941 single-story, giving it a fresh, clean look and transforming it into a charming home for starting a family.

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November 15, 2017
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An Inviting Home and One Very Large Door

After.  Kelsey and Trip Purks purchased this '40s era home in the Highlands neigborhood of Waco. Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines replaced the original white paint paint with a gray-green exterior accented by white trim and black shutters. They retained the original wide Dutch doors, painted them to mimic the look of dark-stained wood, and added an antique brick-paver walkway to match the chimney.

Bigger, Brighter, Better

After.  The original living-room gets a full configuration makeover with the removal of a wall and header to create a combined living and dining space with a whole new scale and feel.

Dining Almost Alfresco

After.  The new dining room comes with loads of natural light, and Joanna's design evokes a fresh French Country feel with solid wood table, neutral grey walls, blue accents and a showpiece chandelier.

Roomy Transitions

After.  In the redesigned space, the kitchen and dining areas are partially separated by a kitchen peninsula. Additional overhead lighting is provided by two glass globe pendants.

Wide Open Spaces

After.  With the wall separating the kitchen and dining room removed, a natural wood header is added to provide both structural support and visual interest. The kitchen gets a new layout, and added counter space provides a spot for casual dining as well as additional prep area. 

Home Work

After.  What was once a bedroom is converted into a home office, with glass-paned French doors keeping the space connected with the main living area.

Dramatically Different

After.  One of the most impressive updates is the bathroom remodel which turned a narrow, cramped and dated bath into this fresh and inviting space.

Optimizing Utility

After.  Chip and Joanna opted to add a wall to convert an underutilized bonus room into this laundry and mudroom. Creative mudroom designs are one of the more popular trends in new homes and remodels.

A Couple of Gaines, A Couple of Purks

Meet the Homeowners.  Kelsey and Trip Purks (on right) are photographed in their newly completed nursery with Fixer Upper hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines.

Living Room, BEFORE

"Nondescript" is a term that might have been used to characterize the living room before the renovation. The yellow walls and dated pink wallpaper weren't helping.

Living Room, AFTER

This fireplace, previously boarded over and not in use, gets resurrected with the original red brick now painted bright white, and with the interior painted black for a bold contrast. The new mantle is made from a reclaimed wood beam accessorized with antique books, candles and a large medallion wall hanging.

A Keeper: Original Dutch Doors

After.  The extra wide Dutch doors at the front entrance were one of the home's most distinctive original features. The doors were retained, but Joanna took them from their former painted-white to a dark-stained wood finish.

Bathroom, BEFORE

Before the renovation, the bathroom was dated, worn and dirty. There were also tile cracks and foundation issues that needed addressing.

Bathroom, AFTER

The old tile, wall panels, console and vanity have been removed, walls repainted and new beadboard added in bright white finish. An antique dresser, painted in a cool shade of gray, is converted into a new double vanity with twin vessel sinks.

Bathroom Detail, AFTER

The damaged floor tile is replaced by period-accurate hex tile with dark grout. The contrasting theme is carried through in the shower surround surround and bright chrome fixtures.

Laundry Room, AFTER

The new laundry has plenty of drawers, shelves and cabinets, and a desk that also comes in handy for sorting and folding laundry.

Kitchen, BEFORE

The home may date to the '40s, but the kitchen looked as if it hadn't been updated in 50 years or so. This drab mid-century interior was about to see a whole new light.

Kitchen, AFTER

White built-in cabinets with glass fronts, white subway tile and an apron sink are just some of the dramatic enhancements in the renovated kitchen.

Kitchen, BEFORE

Poor layout, cramped work spaces, dated appliances and a food-prep area that doubled as a laundry were among the kitchen issues in need of solution.

Kitchen, AFTER

After fully reconfiguring and updating the kitchenand opening it up to the adjacent dining room, this space is barely recognizable when compared to what was here before.

Dining Room, BEFORE

This former dining room provides an ideal blank canvas for Joanna's distinctive decorating skills.

Dining Room, AFTER

A sturdy wood table with comfortable chairs, bold accessories and trademark Magnolia greenery all combine to help define the look of the new space.

Nursery, AFTER

In the original plan this room, adjacent to the new laundry, was for it to become guest bedroom. Joanna quickly revised the plans for the space when homeowners Trip and Kelsey got some very happy news.

Room for Hospitality

Guests always gather in the kitchen, and here's no exception. Kelsey and Trip Purks entertain freinds in the remodeled kitchen of their newly renovated 1940s-era home.

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