If you watch FIXER UPPER on HGTV, then you’re probably aware this is the last season for Chip and Joanna’s show in its current format. I’m a huge fan who just returned from Fixer Upper’s home base, Waco, Texas, where I visited Magnolia Market at the Silos, the bakery, Magnolia Table (their new restaurant!), and even their farmhouse (we drove by, and I’ll share pics later). My husband and I have been inspired by FIXER UPPER since its debut, and the two of us indeed had the guts to take on our own fixer upper in 2015, when we bought our current fixer of a home in the heartland and in 2016, when we completely made over a second home in the Southwest.
Last year, in season 4 of FIXER UPPER, viewers watched the Ignacio family relocate to Waco from California, and turn to Chip and Joanna to create their dream house by renovating an existing plain Jane country fixer into a showstopping rustic Italian-inspired (I think “European-inspired country house” is more accurate) home. Did you happen to see this episode? This project of theirs is my favorite to date, and I wanted to share the before and after here to spread the reno love.
What makes things extra fun for me (oh, yes, I am this blog-geeky) is when I am watching the show and I recognize furniture and home decor items I can share with readers in case they want to bring Joanna Gaines’ flavor of farmhouse style home. So what you will find weaved into this before and after farmhouse style post are some of the exact items (and a few things that come close) found in this project. (Affiliate links follow and when used for purchases may earn me a small commission.) Did you know the homeowners on the show do not get to keep the furnishings shown at the reveal without purchasing them? Yep. I wonder how many of them bite the bullet and buy the whole kit and caboodle?
A Favorite FIXER UPPER Renovation With European Country Rustic Decor!
My favorite part about the completed renovated home is the kitchen/great room space which was created by converting the garage! I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen too many garage conversions as successful as this! Here’s how the kitchen looks now with its light grey trim and cabinetry, giant island with storage galore, and boxy lanterns:
It looks like Joanna used these popular Bolton lanterns from Pottery Barn.
Here is a another slightly more modern farmhouse style lantern pendant:
This oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet is very similar to the one in Joanna’s design:
And I think I like the following oversized wall clock even more than the one in this space:
Let’s take a look at where the project began when the Gaines couple brought the Ignacio couple to the “hot sauce” house:
What a world of difference the details make!
If you like the rocking chairs Joanna chose for the Ignacio front porch, you may like these similar chairs:
I am nuts for the arched rustic wood door with the little window (below)…what do you think?
It is slightly reminiscent of my own front door with its walnut stain:
Another space in the home I loved was the laundry room with this simple country sink, farmhouse pendant, and stenciled or handpainted design on the white brick:
If you like this look, I found the exact fixtures! Yay! Here’s the country sink…
About this country sink from American Standard…I have been crushing on it since I saw it in Annie Smith’s kitchen in House Beautiful years and years ago! Remember this incredible Beaux Arts beauty of a country home?
It’s hard to beat a big gorgeous country sink in a laundry room!
And the wall mount faucet for the sink in the Ignacio project…
And in case you want instant gratification with a rub-on whimsical design for the wall…
Back to the before and after. The entry started out like THIS…
Get ready for it…
Wow. I remember watching this reveal on the show and having a hard time believing it was the same home. The fireplace makeover alone is a testament to the power of SUBTRACTION.
If you like the look of the mirror, I have you covered.
I have been itching to have my husband sandblast our white painted French doors in our dining room/kitchen, and this is a beautiful example of how they could look.
The garage area was so large that the Gaines’ were able to design a kitchen, family room, game room, and a powder room in the footprint. The powder room bath is soooooo charming, and if you like the look, you can steal it!
The mirror in here is SUPER popular for interior designers – Sarah Richardson uses it over and over, and that’s good enough for me!
Here’s the exact mirror Joanna used for the powder room bathroom;
Buh-bye tomato red walls and transformer-like ceiling fan…
In the family room, Clint of Harp Studio created this incredible custom tall armoire cabinet with mirrored front doors.
Is it even possible that the kitchen in the original house looked like this?
I think the pitcher in the kitchen above is a vintage one Joanna found for the Ignacios, but you can snag something similar like this beauty:
Until I learn the source of the beautiful handpainted tile backsplash behind the range, may I suggest something subdued and tranquil like this…
Do you love the light grey painted cabinetry!?! And the bleached, raw, look of the wood on the island is so pleasing to my eye with the cool grey.
I hope you’ll pin this project to your boards to share with farmhouse style and fixer upper fans on Pinterest!
What do you think of the transformation?
Stay tuned for my pics and review of my visit to Magnolia and Waco!
Peace to you right where you are.