See Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Most Memorable Fixer Uppers
Grab a piece of shiplap to dry your tears because season five of HGTV‘s popular reno show Fixer Upper is going to be the last, revealed stars Chip & Joanna Gaines in a recent video. The couple have decided to focus on their family and other businesses, which include a real estate company, bakery, retail shop, two bed and breakfasts — Hillcrest Estate and the Magnolia House — as well as a paint line and home decor line among others. To commemorate all their beautiful home transformations, we’ve compiled some of our favorites here. See some of Chip and Jo’s most memorable TV makeovers below.
“For years I’ve drawn design inspiration from old world European mercantile-style bakeries,” says Joanna of their newly opened bakery in Waco, Texas. “I wanted this whole place to feel like you’d stepped back in time to a little bake shop in France.”
“The simple black and white of the Letterfolk Boards is such a fun addition to the wall,” says Joanna. “Our employees voted and ‘Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles’ was the winning phrase.”
“From the herringbone floors to the custom cabinetry made to look worn, it was all a part of the plan to make this place look and feel like you stepped back in time,” says Joanna.
“Since the bakery sits on the corner of Sixth and Webster Avenue, we created a patio on the left side of the building for guests to sit and enjoy,” says Joanna.
“[This] was one of our most unique, and maybe even favorite Fixer Upper renovations to date,” admits Joanna. Originally a horse barn, this project certainly underwent a dramatic transformation.
In the Barndominium’s living room, Joanna incorporated a jute rug, white linen sofa and rich brown leather chairs. “Something I love to incorporate into rooms is a perfect mix of new and old, so I added in layered frames, an old galvanized planter and an antique faceless metal clock,” says Joanna.
“Our biggest challenge by far was reworking the entire footprint of the house,” says Joanna. A new hallway with a series of plants in terracotta pots blurs the lines between indoors and out.
“This family wanted a bunk room that sleeps eight, so their kids would have a comfortable space to stay when they come to visit for holidays,” says Joanna.
“The space needed to be large enough for family to spread out, but also open so that everyone could gather in these separate areas and still be together,” says Joanna.
“Building a pergola made for a fun space for the Eberle family to gather together outside for morning coffee or even family meals,” says Joanna.
Designing a doggie spa in this house was a first for Joanna. “When the Chapmans requested it we all had a good laugh, but this is definitley one of my favorite things about the whole house,” says Joanna. “The built-in shelving unit made this area a practical place to store jackets, laundry supplies and odds and ends.”
“[The homeowner] Brittany loves the color navy, so painting the vent hood and the island was a detail I knew she’d appreciate,” says Joanna of this daring kitchen color choice.
“Knowing that the exposed beams would warm up the space, I went with white cabinetry, white countertops and a white backsplash,” says Joanna. “Accents like black iron pendants, navy details and wooden beams finish this room up perfectly.”
“The beams we added throughout the living spaces and master bedroom were actually faux beams, meaning they were hollow,” explains Joanna. “Brittany loved the look of beams, and this was an inexpensive way to achieve the exact same look.”
“Chip and I fell in love with this house immediately and knew we wanted to renovate and flip this home,” says Joanna. “The house already had a cottage feel to it, so our goal was to update it by adding modern touches without removing that cottage vibe we loved so much.”
“This room upstairs was the perfect spot to add a home office,” says Joanna. “If I lived here, this would be where I spent all my time.”
“The antiqued finish of the mirror on the built-in cabinets was a fun design detail that really makes this living space unique,” says Joanna. “The cabinets were custom built to look antique and without a fireplace, they’re the main focal point in this space.”
“The laundry room was a fun one to get creative and design this mural,” says Joanna. “I love the look of it painted on brick.”
“This houseboat was for Brett Swartz, a friend of ours who loves being outside and experiencing the outdoors with his four kids,” says Joanna. “We wanted it to have a modern and masculine feel, so we utilized raw design materials, like metal and wood.”
“We really wanted Brett to feel like he had his own space here, no matter how small the houseboat was, so we made sure to make the master suite a priority,” says Joanna. “A skinny shiplap feature wall, two new windows with black awnings, and floating side tables were the touches that made this space feel like a real master suite.”
“This [bed and breakfast] project was definitely unique for the show in that Chip and I were our own clients, says Joanna. “This was special for us because in the end, we got to reveal it to our parents followed by dinner with the family.”
“Chip and the girls came up with this idea of a scalloped wall,” says Joanna. It was essentially put together with cedar shingles cut into a scalloped pattern, nailed to the wall and painted white.”
“Our boys and I had a blast designing the Morgan’s son’s room,” says Joanna. “My boys thought he’d want a space for his friends to stay when they had sleepovers, so we did a custom bunk bed/day bed combination.”
“To save on space, I designed this fun booth-style dining table and bar surround in the Morgan’s kitchen,” says Joanna. “It ended up working perfectly after our carpenter friend, Clint Harp, brought the table to life.”
“These clients were looking to settle into a family home that matched their modern style, but wasn’t too far from the natural elements they both loved about Colorado,” explains Joanna. A concrete-look wall and tan leather sofa achieves just that.
“In this living room, both the mantle and the unique bay windows were original to the home,” says Joanna. “The arched doorways and shiplap over the mantle were added to continue the traditional character throughout the home.”
“A spacious custom vanity with concrete countertops and two custom mirrors gives the Wixom family their own individual areas to get dressed in the mornings,” says Joanna.
“A few brass accents added throughout the kitchen made for a fun, modern addition to the space,” says Joanna.
“This is a modern twist on the old school galley kitchen a lot of us grew up with,” explains Joanna. “By elongating the kitchen, adding the oversized island and the columns, the Phipps family will have more than enough prep space and bar seating.”
“The awning makes this playroom feel truly playful,” says Joanna. “We built similar ones in my first son’s nursery, and I’ve loved them ever since.”
“We did vertical ‘skinnylap’ and dark-stained floating shelves to update this space and provide a spot to add a TV later on if the family decides,” says Joanna.
“The double barn doors bring texture to the living room and warm up the space,” says Joanna.
“The Matsumotos love the clean lines of shiplap, so we went with that in the main spaces to provide a clean backdrop for the rest of the design,” says Joanna.
“Subway tile and a black clawfoot tub made this master bathroom feel like a true modern farmhouse,” says Joanna.
“We built this custom bunk bed to look like a little treehouse,” explains Joanna. “The Matsumotos’ son loved it which made it so much fun for us.”
“Black iron planters, a black iron light fixture and a custom metal sign personalized the outdoor patio and made it a perfect space for family dinners together,” says Joanna.
“The Bufton’s playroom was a must for this growing family,” says Joanna. “I loved that it was a comfortable space for their kids to spread out and play on the first floor of their home, so they’re never too far from mom and dad.”
“Rather than using a traditional-style vent hood, I opted for this mantel to warm up the soft neutrals and bring a rustic touch to this traditional kitchen,” explains Joanna.
“Rather than classic built-ins, I opted to use the antique doors I found at an antiques fair to warm up the space and tie in the character the homeowner loves,” says Joanna.
“The fireplace was definitely the anchor of this entire main living space,” says Joanna. “It was out of date and needed something to freshen up its look, so we decided to keep the original shape and character of it, but cover the brick in white stucco to give it a more modern feel.”
“The island was made by our carpenter and friend, clint harp,” says Joanna. “We designed it to be a primitive farm table for bar seating, but also to serve as a storage space.”