We Love Chip and Jo

We can’t wait for season 5, so we’re looking back at some of our favorite things.

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As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines outside the Hardy's remodeled home. (Portrait)

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We've all been on an incredible journey with Chip and Joanna for five years.  It takes a huge amount of time and creative energy to make a phenomenal series like Fixer Upper.

We understand their decision to spend more time with their family.  Like all of their fans, we want only the best for them and they know they will always have a home at Prefit.

Fans can expect that the upcoming season of Fixer Upper will be the best season ever and we can't wait for it to hit the air later this year.

And in the meantime, enjoy this Chip and Jo love fest.

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(let us count the ways)

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Chip and Joanna Gaines during the reveal of the Morgan home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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(and so do Chip and Jo, check out their latest project)

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(when Joanna took on houseboat)

Anchors Aweigh

Getting their feet wet? Dipping a toe in the water? In over their heads? Without a paddle? The puns just keep coming. Bottom line: For this project, Chip and Joanna take on a new niche in home renovation when they help a friend find and build a home on the water — literally. They help a young father of four find a used houseboat he can afford, and then (as is their forte) transform it into something well beyond his expectations.

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BEFORE

Chip's long-time friend Brett Swartz is a Waco native who had a yearning for the lake life. He was looking to downsize and provide a simpler and more nature-driven life for his four beautiful kids. After looking at a few houseboat options, Brett settled on this (temporarily, at least) landlocked craft. "The Double Decker", as Chip dubbed it, was 43 feet from stem to stern. It was built in 1970 and had an asking price of $27,000. Brett's all-in budget was $85,000, leaving a renovation budget of $58,000.

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AFTER

A key question for Chip was whether the boat was structurally sound and, after all the additions and improvements, would it still float? Cutting to the chase, it did. Chip and Joanna transformed the boat that homeowner Brett initially described as "big and pretty ugly" into this visually stunning and contemporary home on the water.

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Living Room, BEFORE

 

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Living Room, AFTER

The main living area was reconfigured, with the stairs relocated to the rear of the boat and the first floor ceiling raised by about a foot. A sizable cut-out was created to open up the transition between the downstairs and upstairs, giving the space a loft-like feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows — on both levels — also help serve to give the entire area a dramatically open feel while providing tons of natural light and amazing views.

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Living Room, AFTER

Homeowner Brett's renovation wish list included a home environment with modern flair, a good flow, family friendly living area and some spaces that afforded privacy. The main living room was updated with dark paneling replaced with new wood surfaces painted in bright white. The old floor was removed and replaced with vinyl-plank flooring that's water resistant but still has a natural wood look.

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Living Room, Detail

Joanna incorporated a lot of natural wood accents, both inside and out, to provide warmth and provide a soft balance with the modern and industrial touches.

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Living Room, Detail

A modern styled sofa and arm chair placed under the stairs create a cozy sitting area.

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Living Room, Detail

Simple metal railings and open stairs, both in black finish, provide visual contrast and help imbue the space with a decidedly modern feel. 

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Bathroom, BEFORE

 

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Bathroom, AFTER

The bathroom was essentially gutted and made over in grays, black and natural wood tones. A sliding door on rollers was installed both as a stylistic touch and to save space. Other new features include gray concrete top for the vanity and dark gray subway tile for the shower.

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Kitchen, BEFORE

 

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Kitchen, AFTER

Like the bathroom, the kitchen was entirely made over, with the old cabinets removed and replaced with modern black cabinetry and lots of open shelving. Wall-to-wall windows spanning the entire length of the kitchen bring in lots of natural light and afford wraparound views.

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Before

This former breakfast nook was incorporated into the enlarged kitchen and living space. The original stairs seen here were removed and replaced by the new metal stairs at the rear of the space.

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Kitchen, AFTER

A serving bar with barstools is incorporated into the kitchen floorplan to serve as informal dining space. In a last-minute addition, and to provide more kitchen work surface, Joanna commissioned this small custom island with welded metal base and natural wood top.

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Kitchen, Detail

The kitchen features a miniature apron-front sink that's ideally suited to the small space.

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Kitchen, Detail

The open metal shelving provides a modern touch and ties in with the black metal window frames. 

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Kitchen, Detail

The open shelves incorporate a lip to help guard against items falling off during the rocking of the boat.

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Bedroom, BEFORE

 

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Bedroom, BEFORE

This upstairs bedroom would become a bunk bedroom for Brett's kids.

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Bunk Room, AFTER

The updated bunk room offers plenty of sleeping space for the kids or guests. Joanna incorporated natural wood elements, iron railings and fixed metal ladders in black finish.

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Bunk Room, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, BEFORE

 

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Master Bedroom, AFTER

The master bedroom was enlarged by removing an exterior wall and framing in and enclosing what had previously been an upper deck. The space is not only expanded, but given a whole new look with white paneling, black interior awnings and an accent wall in natural wood "skinnylap" — one of Joanna's new favorite wall treatments.

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Master Bedroom, AFTER

The master features new windows and French doors that open onto a private balcony.

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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BEFORE: Drab Dwelling on Pontoons

Brett (and Chip) had some misgivings about whether this sad looking boat could be made seaworthy, much less turned into a modern, stylish home. Ultimately they decided to take the plunge. (Sorry.)

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AFTER: Curb Appeal Without the Curb

The new exterior offers a beautiful visual balance between the modern black siding and the natural wood of the trim and planter boxes. The wood siding is, in fact, not painted but instead treated using a natural preservation process called Shou Sugi Ban. The traditional Japanese technique involves burning the surface of the wood to create a protective seal as well as a visually distinctive finish.

"Chip and Joanna really captured just the simple, subtle, modern design that I wanted. I didn't want anything flashy. I didn't want anything shiny. I just wanted it simple and I feel like they really got it perfect." —homeowner Brett Swartz

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Finis

If you enjoyed seeing what Chip and Joanna could do with tiny spaces and on a tight budget, we bet you'll also like this  project: Fixer Upper Takes on a Vintage Tiny House.

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(the Barndominium)

Alternative Country

What was once a service building and working barn in the countryside near Waco has been transformed into this unique, spacious and stylized home – dubbed by Chip Gaines "The Barn-dominium."  

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Grand Dining

The barn's center breezeway has been converted into this elongated dining space with a massive farm table that can accommodate up to 16 guests. 

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Grand Dining

Mix-and-match wooden chairs, lantern lights and rustic country accents help provide the dining space a welcoming and casual vibe. 

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Carefully Blended Ingredients

The recipe for this visually balanced kitchen includes plenty of natural wood to help soften the bold visual impact of the black-and-white patterned tile and the contrasting cabinets and countertops.

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Country + Modern

The kitchen, located on the second floor, effectively marries contemporary elements like stainless appliances and black metal railing with more rustic and utilitarian basics such as concrete countertops and a custom island in unpainted wood finish.

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Family Table

In addition to the grand dining hall downstairs, this second-floor dining area adjacent to the kitchen is ideal for casual dining and family meals.

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Simple Open Design

Walls were removed on the second floor to create a mixed use space that incorporates kitchen, dining and living areas.

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Book Nook

A work desk and integrated bookshelves are tucked neatly under the newly reconfigured stairs.

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Kid Space

This downstairs boys' bedroom comes with a great view and some special kid features a la Joanna.

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Meet the Meeks

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines with homeowners Todd and Lexia Meek in their new dining room. The Meeks were looking for a place with character in a country setting with some acreage and ample space for a family of five. Their wish list included 4 bedrooms, a large kitchen and a space for entertaining. They were working with an all-in budget of $359,000 and were willing to consider something a little outside the mainstream.

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BEFORE

"Outside the mainstream" is exactly what the Meeks got when they opted for this former horse-barn with concrete slab floors and absolutely no frills. It sits on a 16-acre tract, was built in 1980 and had been partially renovated to added a modest upstairs apartment. Prior to the renovation, the entrance was via outside stairs and this second story porch. List price for the land and barn was $180,000.

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AFTER

Large windows and traditional barn doors add a dramatic flourish to the new entrance for the beautifully remodeled ground floor. The outside stairs and upper porch were removed and an impressive set of doors added to replace the metal garage door that was there previously. 

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Artist's Rendering

In the boys' bedroom, Joanna used LEGO blocks to fashion this replica of the Meeks' newly converted barn home.

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First Floor Dining Room, BEFORE

Joanna's recommendations for this first floor space included replacing the existing garage door with a new entry package, adding hardwood floors, new walls and French doors leading into an informal den.

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First Floor Dining Room, AFTER

The statement piece in the dining room is the 17-foot farm table custom designed and built by furniture artisan Clint Harp.

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First Floor Dining Room, BEFORE

The first-floor design plan also called for two bedrooms and additional bath.

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First Floor Dining Room, AFTER

Other key elements in the dining space include new French doors, lantern style pendant lights, a custom designed wall feature and rustic coat rack.

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First Floor Dining Room, Detail

On Prefit's Fixer Upper, the barn home's formal dining room's custom wall art is simple and welcoming. Potted plants in rustic containers add greenery as well as a fun centerpiece to the dining table.

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First Floor Dining Room, Detail

A place setting on the dining room table in the newly renovated Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Entryway, AFTER

Dark hardwood floors in the downstairs dining room and entryway help give the space a classic look and and provide a warm balance with the white shiplap walls.

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Entryway, Detail

The hutch and decor in the entryway of the newly renovated Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Kitchen, BEFORE

The kitchen in the second story of the Meek home before renovations, as seen on Fixer Upper. (Before #7)

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Kitchen, AFTER

As seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper, the kitchen in the second story of the country barn home features a custom island, coffee bar, new stainless steel appliances, and shiplap walls.

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Kitchen, BEFORE

The second story kitchen of the Meek home before renovations, as seen on Fixer Upper. (Before #10)

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Kitchen and Upstairs Dining Space, BEFORE

The second story dining area of the Meek home before renovations, as seen on Fixer Upper. (Before #12)

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Kitchen and Upstairs Dining Space, AFTER

As seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper, the home's kitchen features a custom vent hood over the stainless steel stove. The black and white backslash adds color and interest to the space. The custom kitchen island is a perfect blend of rustic and contemporary style that's carried throughout the kitchen.

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Kitchen, Detail

The island and light fixture in the second story kitchen of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Kitchen, Detail

The centerpiece on the island in the second story kitchen of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Kitchen, Detail

A cutting board by the farm sink in the second story kitchen of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Upstairs Dining Space, BEFORE

The plan for the upstairs apartment included removal of some existing walls to create a large living area and adding large windows on the front side of the barn.

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Upstairs Dining Space, AFTER

The old popcorn ceiling was removed and shiplap walls, baseboards and molding added as well as new recessed lighting and chandelier.

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Dining Space and Kitchen, BEFORE

The renovation budget for the barn conversion was $180,000. A large portion of that went to infrastructure and utility upgrades such as adding HVAC and upgrading plumbing and electrical for the downstairs portion of the structure. The estimate for the upstairs kitchen upgrade was $30,000.

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Dining Space and Kitchen, AFTER

As seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper, the barn home's second story was completely transformed into a spacious eat in kitchen. The walls were removed to open the space and a new kitchen and dining room were added to allow for more hosting.

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Upstairs Dining Space, Detail

The chandelier in the dining room of the renovated barn home is the perfect blend of rustic and contemporary, as seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper.

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Upstairs Dining Space, Detail

The place setting on the table in the second story dining room of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Dining Space and Kitchen, AFTER

The second story of the Meek home has been completely transformed. Walls were removed to open the space and a new kitchen and dining room were added to allow for more hosting, as seen on Fixer Upper. (After #8)

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Downstairs Den, AFTER

This informal den, adjacent to the main dining room on the main floor, blends modern styled chairs and sofa with traditional elements like classic styled ceiling fans and dark hardwoods.

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Downstairs Den, AFTER

Leather seating, french doors, custom wall art, and shiplap walls are featured in the newly renovated living space, as seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper.

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Downstairs Den, AFTER

As seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper, the french doors let in plenty of natural light as well as provide structural interest to the space. The leather seating, wood floors and coffee tables add warm richness to the living room.

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Downstairs Den, Detail

The potted plants and coffee table in the living room of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Downstairs Den and Office Space, AFTER

The newly configured stairs wrap around to create a handy work space.

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Office Space, AFTER

The office nook includes a custom-made floating desk and built-in bookshelves.

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Upstairs Living Room, AFTER

Contemporary and rustic elements are once again integrated to create a relaxed and comfortable setting in the upstairs living space.

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Upstairs Living Room, AFTER

As seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper, the living room on the second story of the barn home features large wall decor, new furniture, and shiplap walls. The space also features rustic elements that complement the contemporary style of the interior decor.

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Upstairs Living Room, Detail

The coffee table and wooden trays in the second story living room of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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BEFORE

This space on the first floor would be converted into a boys' bedroom.  

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Boys' Bedroom, AFTER

The boys' bedroom features a LEGO wall complete with metal baskets and a library ladder on rollers for those hard-to-reach spots.

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Boys' Bedroom, AFTER

On Prefit's Fixer Upper. the custom Lego walls in this boy's bedroom is a Lego lover's dream. The large wall features a library style rolling ladder for easy access to the top of the wall, as well as, clever storage baskets for extra bricks at the bottom of the wall.

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Boys' Bedroom, AFTER

The bed in the boy's bedroom of the Meek home features a custom headboard, bench, and side table, as seen on Fixer Upper. (After #3)

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Boys' Bedroom, Detail

The custom wood shelf and a LEGO display in the boy's bedroom of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Boys' Bedroom, Detail

A custom LEGO board over the desk in the boy's bedroom of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Metal storage baskets for LEGO's in the boy's bedroom of the Meek home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Modern Country Living

The barn conversion is one of the more distinctive and unusual Fixer Uppers that Chip and Joanna have undertaken, and it offers a taste of the types of elements that might be incorporated into their new headquarters at Magnolia Silos. Distinguishing exterior features seen here include a classic metal roof, extra large windows, sliding barn doors and exterior gooseneck lamps.

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Finis

If you enjoyed this particularly imaginative Fixer Upper project, you might also enjoy this ambitious makeover from Season One: Country Farmhouse Goes from Scary to Sensational.

Or head over to the Fixer Upper main page for lots more projects, galleries, videos and behind-the-scenes features.

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Are You Ready to See the New Bakery?

In a different sort of Fixer Upper reveal, the Gaines kids get to play the role of the "clients" and be the first to see Chip and Joanna's newly completed bakery at Magnolia Silos. Then they get to be the first customers served.

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BEFORE

The Flower Shop. The 1500-square-foot brick building, with peeling white paint, had once been home to Rosewood Floral Design Studio, a flower shop where Chip actually used to buy roses for Joanna while they were dating. 

AFTER

The Bakery. Though it required some upgrades and repairs, the quaint little building had a lot of history and had secretly been Joanna's favorite part of the Silos property. It was a place where she had envisioned setting up shop for yet another bold endeavor: an old fashioned bakery.

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AFTER

"I really want this to feel like this old-world bakery with a lot of charm," said Joanna. The building, which dated to 1890, took about four months to renovate. 

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AFTER

Joanna first considered sandblasting the brick exterior but ultimately settled on giving it a fresh, bright white exterior with contrasting accents like the black window frames, shutters, ironwork and metal awnings with alternating black and white stripes.

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The Courtyard and Patio

One small window toward the rear of the building was relocated to the back wall to make way for the wall mural and shelf for bar seating.

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The Courtyard and Patio

The courtyard features a paver patio and bistro tables and chairs for outdoor seating.

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Magnolia Market and Bakery

The bakery is situated on the corner of the property, just across from the Magnolia Market home store, and is dramatically framed by the backdrop of the silos.

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Magnolia Market and Bakery

 

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Sweet Things Await Within

Joanna decided to retain the ironwork columns at the entrance which, though old, add character and a distinctive accent. Painted black, they tie in visually with the black shutters, exterior sconces, and gooseneck lamps.

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Storefront, BEFORE

The building's interior required considerable upgrades including new framing, drywall, insulation and upgrades to the electrical, plumbing and HVAC.

Storefront, AFTER

Joanna opted to retain the exposed brick, beams and raw wood ceilings. The old flooring was removed and replaced with new hardwood floor laid in a distinctive herringbone pattern.

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"I really want this bakery to have a lot of white and black and some older wood...I want it to feel like it's been around for 100 years."
—Joanna

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AFTER

"You know, I think the more and more we peel back the layers, the more and more I'm loving the space because I'm seeing the history of it...I really want this to feel like this old-world bakery with a lot of charm."
—Joanna

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Storefront, AFTER

Customers and visitors are greeted by massive open metal shelves behind the counter displaying rows and rows of freshly made cupcakes. 

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Storefront, AFTER

 

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Storefront, AFTER

Astute Fixer Upper fans will appreciate the significance of some of Joanna's cupcake names — like The Classic, The Shiplap, White On White, Nuts & Bolts and The Cup o' Jo.

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Storefront, Detail

Furnishings like the counters, built-in shelf unit and this dresser are new, but painted and distressed to give them a vintage look.

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Storefront, Detail

Joanna sought out antique doors and recruited the help of woodworking pro Clint Harp to strip them down to bare wood. The wood was left raw and unfinished, highlighting the natural texture and grain.

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Bathroom, BEFORE

 

Bathroom, AFTER

The bathroom was updated to tie in visually with the rest of the space. White subway tiles for the walls, patterned floor tiles and natural wood keep the look clean and classic. Custom pressed-tin ceiling tiles were created for the bathroom by a friend in Hillsboro, TX. Old, reclaimed corrugated tin is flattened then pressed with a decorative pattern and painted.

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Bathroom, Detail

 

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Bathroom, Detail

An antique wall-mounted bathroom sink gets dressed up with contrasting black hardware.

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The Tao of Cupcakes

A sign in the bakery offers a philosophical view on the soul of the cupcake.

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Test Kitchen

Back in the kitchen at Magnolia Farms, Joanna tries out numerous recipes and combinations in an effort to hone the selection of cupcakes and pastries to be offered at the new bakery. Chip generously offers to assist.

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Test Kitchen

 

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Test Kitchen

"So not only am I trying to figure out the design and finalize that so we stay on schedule, [but] there's a whole other element — the menu. It's taking some time and some thought and some trial and error... I think I've tasted more cupcakes in the last month than I have in my entire life."
—Joanna

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The Classic

One of Joanna's signature cupcakes is "The Classic" — with chocolate cake topped with buttercream icing and a tiny mangolia leaf.

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The Classic

 

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The Almond Carre

 

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Decisions, Decisions

 

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The Finished Space

"I think, for me, the inspiration was, I wanted this thing to feel like it had been here all along. I didn't want the renovations to take away from the history of that building. And I feel like, when you walk in, it really feels like this place has been here for 100 years." 
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The Finished Space

 

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The Finished Space

 

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Lovin' Spoonfuls

 

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The Proprietors

 

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The Proprietors

 

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Cupcake Aftermath

 

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Patio and Courtyard

Joanna particularly wanted to define the courtyard space and give it its own character. "It's going to be the little shining star," she said.

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Patio and Courtyard

A brick paver patio and outdoor furnishings in black and white stand out proudly against the patina of the silos behind.

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Magnolia Skyline

 

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Magnolia Skyline

  

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Touch of Color

 

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The Bakery at The Silos

"It's the dream I had in my mind 15 years ago and so, when I'm in that space, I really feel like it really is a dream come true."
—Joanna

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Home Goods. Baked Goods. All Good.

If you enjoyed this extra-special Fixer Upper project, we think you'd also like this one: The Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast.

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Prefit Dream Home

A gorgeous remodel on St. Simons Island, Georgia