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Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse—Part 1

by Magnolia
Published on June 17, 2024

The kitchen inside the home featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.

Welcome to the lake house! We’re sharing how to watch the finale of Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse—plus a room-by-room look at how Chip and Jo helped uncover the home’s original design. After you’re done exploring here, take a look at more dreamy details throughout the space:

Behind the Design of the Lakehouse

Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse—Part 2

HOW TO WATCH
Jo's notebook from Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
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Exterior: Before + After

The exterior of Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The exterior of the home featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.

(siding, corbels, and trim) Wooded Acres Exterior Paint in Satin Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Cleaned exterior brick and painted siding, corbels, and trim green to reflect mid-century style
  • Replaced the roof with new composite shingles to match the original
  • Installed a custom metal window unit
  • Kept original sconces
  • Installed new asphalt and landscape throughout the front

Courtyard: Before + After

The courtyard featured on Fixer Upper: The Castle before renovations.
The courtyard after renovations, as seen on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.

(siding and and trim) Wooded Acres Exterior Paint in Satin Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Cleared out existing garden bed to create pond
  • Cleaned exterior brick and painted siding, trim, and columns green
  • Installed wall-mounted water feature for pond
  • Kept all existing light fixtures Added new landscaping
  • Installed pond liner, sealed pond, and filled it with water
  • Added water lilies and other aquatic plants, Koi fish, and a new filtration system to pond

Entry: Before + After

The entry before renovations, as seen on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The renovated entry on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
An entryway features a rug, bench seat, warm woodwork, and more.

(walls) Blanched Interior Paint in Eggshell Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(three-step trim) Blanched Trim, Door + Cabinetry Paint in Satin Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(ceiling) Blanched Interior Paint in Matte Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Removed decorative glass on front wall
  • Replaced flooring with pre-poured terrazzo tiles and brass inlays
  • Installed custom floating staircase made of cherry wood, detailed with green carpet treads and brass rods
  • Painted walls, ceiling, and original three-step trim
  • Added wooden baseboards and trim around windows and door
  • Installed green tile along the staircase wall
  • Added a new chandelier and flush mount
  • Installed a custom wooden door
  • Removed pony wall and added custom lattice screens at the top of the stairs

Library: Before + After

An empty room with grey walls and white shelving.
The library featured in Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The library in Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.

(walls) Wooded Acres Interior Paint in Eggshell Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(trim) Wooded Acres Trim, Door + Cabinetry Paint in Satin Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(ceiling) Wooded Acres Interior Paint in Matte Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Stained, sanded, and sealed original wooden floors
  • Painted walls, ceiling, and original trim
  • Added wooden baseboards and trim around windows and doors
  • Installed custom cherry wood sliding doors with reeded glass
  • Added built-in wood shelving, storage, and two fold-down desks along the side wall
  • Installed a new light fixture
  • Added gridded display wall to highlight art, photos, books, or vinyl records

Living Room: Before + After

A white living room wall with shelving and a hearth.
An empty room in the home featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
A line of windows inside the home featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The living room featured in Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
A living room with large windows, as seen on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The living room inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' lake house fixer upper.
White shelving is topped with decor and abstract artwork inside the living room featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
A living room wall featuring shelving and a fireplace.

(walls) Blanched Interior Paint in Eggshell Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(ceiling) Blanched Interior Paint in Matte Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(beams) Blanched Interior Paint in Satin Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Raised and bumped out cased opening from entry into living room
  • Lengthened the windows for a floor-to-ceiling look
  • Refinished hearth top
  • Accentuated original fireplace with textured plaster
  • Rebuilt shelving flanking original center fireplace with rounded edges
  • Added custom floating wooden credenza
  • Stained, sanded, and sealed original wooden floors
  • Added a new chandelier, wall sconces, and can lights
  • Painted ceilings, walls, and original beams
  • Added wood stain baseboards and trim around windows and cased openings

Kitchen + Pantry: Before + After

An empty room before renovations. as seen on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
An empty laundry area and kitchen in the home featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The renovated kitchen featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The renovated kitchen on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
The renovated pantry featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse.
A pantry with green tiling, a microwave, open shelving, and more.

(pantry walls) Blanched Interior Paint in Eggshell Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(kitchen and pantry ceiling) Blanched Interior Paint in Matte Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Returned kitchen to its original location in the house and removed wall to open up the space
  • Removed doors and enlarged cased opening with walnut trim
  • Added wood stain trim around windows and doors
  • Added plaster finish to the back wall and vent hood
  • Installed new millwork and cabinetry throughout
  • Installed custom metal island powder coated in a mid-century green, topped with a double bullnose edge marble
  • Installed Spanish-style terracotta and marble star tile flooring
  • Installed chandelier over island, new can lights, and sconce
  • Added a marble countertop and backsplash
  • Installed green gridded tile and wooden shelving in the coffee nook
  • Added custom wooden table with reeded fluting
  • Added vent hood with brass cage
  • Installed new range and appliances
  • Installed working wall with wooden millwork and a paneled fridge and freezer
  • Added a hidden pantry, including custom shelving/cabinetry, a green tile backsplash, marble countertop, and built-in microwave

Dining Room: Before + After

The dining room featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse before renovations.
An empty room with light walls, tiled flooring, and a white cabinet.
A dining room with an oval table, decor, green wall tile, and more.
The renovated dining room featured on Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse—with an oval table, decor, artwork, green tile, and more.
A dining room wall dressed with millwork and wallpaper is behind a custom credenza topped with decor.

(walls) Blanched Interior Paint in Eggshell Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(ceiling) Blanched Interior Paint in Matte Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

(three-step trim) Blanched Trim, Door + Cabinetry Paint in Satin Finish, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Crafted with KILZ; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Carried through terrazzo tile from the entry
  • Painted walls, ceiling, and original three-step ceiling trim
  • Closed former door and moved doorway closer to the kitchen for a better flow
  • Added custom cherry wood with reeded glass pocket doors
  • Demoed original arched top windows and installed a new large picture window and a door for courtyard access
  • Added skylights for natural light
  • Furred out the wall to create a nook for the custom-built credenza cabinet
  • Installed wood trim detail and backed it with wallpaper, connecting back to the design elements in the library
  • Installed sconces and a custom-made credenza
  • Added wooden baseboards and trim around the windows, door, and cased opening
  • Added new light fixture
  • Added accent mirror

Throughout the home, Chip, Jo, and the team also installed new HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems.


...continued in Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse—Part 2.

Thanks for exploring this beautiful home with us! To see the transformation unfold, watch the full series now streaming on discovery+ and Max. If this sparked ideas for creating your own retreat-worthy space, explore our collection of pieces inspired by Chip and Jo’s lake house renovation.

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