Five “Fixer Upper” Tips We Love from Chip and Joanna Gaines

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From their base in Texas, Chip and Joanna Gaines have inspired homeowners across the country to turn their outdated and boring abode into the home of their dreams. While many of us fantasize about living in Waco so Magnolia Homes and HGTV’s Fixer Upper can handle our home transformation, the majority of us are left to tackle renovations on our own.

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How to Use Fixer Upper Tips in Your Own Home

While you may not have the rehab know-how of cable TV royalty, giving your St. Louis home a fresh, Gaines-inspired look is easy and more affordable than you imagine.

We gathered up some simple Fixer Upper tips that can easily be kicked out in a weekend without putting a dent in your wallet. Best of all, each renovation ups your home value along with its appearance.

Make Space a Top Priority

When a room looks cluttered, it can feel overwhelming. Joanna focuses on creating intentional, designated storage spaces that creatively blend with the rest of the room.

Hiding toys, kitchen utensils and dishes, and office supplies frees up visual space and improves the flow of the room. In a playroom, storage may be an old chicken feeder to house toys; in the office, it may be a vintage crate or library card catalog.

Design with Architectural Pieces

Scour flea markets, vintage stores, and architectural salvage yards for castoffs that can be repurposed into home decor. An old church window frame can turn into a headboard as can an old fireplace mantel. Use iron brackets to add interest to an open doorway or spice up your walls with vintage ceiling tins.

Go Vertical to Open a Small Space

When the Gaines family had to revamp a small bathroom into a spa-worthy getaway, they were limited to the space they had.

So, they “layered” the design vertically:

Custom industrial pipe shelves added height, the chair railing added visual interest without taking up room, and a neutral color base made the space look bigger.

Rev Up Your front door

A revamped front door pulls together the inside and outside of a home. Choose an option that fits your home’s style and your personality, whether that’s a rustic found wood door, a bold shade that adds a pop to a gray or white color scheme, or even black for a classic look. A coat of paint and some new accessories can go a long way for little cost.

Pay attention to your exterior

According to the Gaines family, start with easy weekend projects that can kick-start your curb appeal. They recommend simple tasks like updating the landscaping with eye-catching, low-maintenance plants, adding new shutters, and wrapping outdated columns with redwood.

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Crank Your Home Renovation Up a Notch

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