Chip and Joanna Create a Second-Chance Country Home
Chip and Joanna help a couple with visions of the country life create a dream home with a European farmhouse feel.
As seen on FIxer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines in front of the the Barker's newly remodeled home. (Portrait)
Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images
After years of living the downtown lifestyle (well, downtown Waco, that is), homebuyers Jordan and Rachel want to get back to a greener, simpler life and move to the country with their three kids. After an initial contract on a country home falls through, Chip and Jo are determined to give them a second shot at their dreams, helping them find the land, home and lifestyle that they’re in search of. The search proves interesting, and the home the clients eventually select comes with some, um, “eccentricities” — but our intrepid renovation pros have big ideas and a few tricks up their sleeves.
In the kitchen redesign it’s all about country charm and warmth — while still staying true to the clean-and-simple aesthetic that’s Joanna’s forte. Exposed wood, a custom island (courtesy of furniture artisan Clint Harp), frosted glass and a non-standard combo of backsplash tile all come into play in creating a new kitchen with style and originality.
Our clients really wanted a European farmhouse feel. One of the elements I really wanted to draw out was the backsplash. You can see the distress on [the tiles] … It really has a fresh style about it, but it has that aged look that adds to the character of this kitchen.Joanna Gaines
In a breach from Chip and Jo’s familiar merging-of-spaces protocol, this project ultimately involves closing off a portion of an existing great room to create a private, customized office space for the clients. A massive antique cabinet and pair of vintage doors help define the character of the newly created space.
The Cabinetry Dilemma
When it comes to kitchen cabinetry — whether to go glass-front or closed-design; that is the question. In a web-exclusive clip that you’ll only see here, Joanna shares tips for choosing among cabinet styles and details based on the specific needs and aesthetic of the space.