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Fixer Upper: Welcome Home—Episode 9


Minty Green Flipper Upper

We’re closing out the season of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home with a project like no other! While Chip and I have a long history of taking on unusual properties, ‘Minty Green’ (as Chip affectionately calls it) certainly gave us a run for our money.  This large, 1950s cottage sits on the corner of a beautiful neighborhood in town, but the home has been vacant for 15 years. After over a decade of patiently waiting for an opportunity to buy this property, Chip finally got his hands on it. Even though the home required significant repairs—Chip convinced me that it was worth the investment.

Without a client to design for, I embraced the opportunity to stretch myself with this project. The overall space feels minimal yet collected, and we incorporated some bold elements to draw out the house’s unique characteristics, including patterned carpet, a painted accent ceiling, and an entry room that leads into the primary suite. To make things even more fun, our son Duke and I had some fun surprising Chip with the final reveal.

I can’t wait for you to take a look inside Minty Green!

— Jo

Materials + Design Elements

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Exterior

what we updated:

  • Repositioned and replaced all exterior windows based on the updated layout
  • Relocated the front door to the new entryway
  • Removed existing shingles and installed straight-edge panel Hardie siding to complement custom shutters
  • Installed a new roof and limestone chimneys
  • Landscaped around the perimeter of the home
  • Added an antique, hand-hewn beam on the front porch

Entry

(ceiling + floor) Silos White Interior Paint, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines; magnolia.com

Lenna Rust Charcoal Rug, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines crafted by Loloi, Magnolia; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Converted a small room into the entryway
  • Installed arched cased openings to give the space some charm
  • Installed shiplap paneling, base casing, and crown molding
  • Painted the floors white and the walls a misty grey in a high gloss sheen
  • Updated lighting with a sconce over the piano and a pendant in the center of the room

Living Room

(walls, ceiling, crown molding and floor) Silos White, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines; magnolia.com

James Sand Ocean Rug, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines crafted by Loloi; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Framed and installed new windows based on the updated configuration of the room and fireplace
  • Demoed the existing fireplace and installed a new firebox with antique stone, an arched opening, and vertical plank paneling
  • Installed a new light fixture on the ceiling
  • Painted the floors, walls, and crown molding white, and the baseboards and trim a misty grey

Dining Room

(walls + floor) Silos White, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines; magnolia.com

Annie Grey Rug, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines crafted by Loloi, magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Painted the floors and walls white, and the baseboards and trim a misty grey
  • Added crown molding with a dentil detail and painted the ceiling a deep gold
  • Installed a new chandelier above the dining table
  • Installed new windows

Kitchen

(ceiling + crown molding) Silos White, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Demoed all cabinets, tile, and flooring throughout the kitchen to reconfigure the space
  • Installed tile floors with a black cobblestone look for an aged look
  • Installed new paint-grade, custom cabinets with shaker panels, custom hardware, and black soapstone countertops
  • Added two spice cabinet niches with antique cabinet doors
  • Built a new island with a custom walnut wood countertop
  • Installed 4x4 Carrara marble square tile in a brick pattern behind the range
  • Added black marble crown molding
  • Brought in new appliances and light fixtures

Den

(paint on walls, ceiling + crown molding) Silos White, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines; magnolia.com

James Natural Fog Rug, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines crafted by Loloi, Magnolia; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Rebuilt the foundation
  • Installed new windows
  • Updated the existing fireplace with a concrete hearth, painted brick, and a custom heritage-beam mantel
  • Installed new, dark walnut wood floors, a new ceiling fan, and recessed lighting

Primary Suite

(left) French Ticking Wallpaper in Light Blue, Magnolia; magnolia.com

(paint on walls + floor) Silos White, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines; magnolia.com

Lucca Mist Ivory Rug, Magnolia Home with Joanna Gaines crafted by Loloi; magnolia.com

what we updated—bedroom:

  • Reconfigured this space to be a primary bedroom suite with an entry, closet, large bathroom, and vaulted bedroom
  • Painted the floors and walls white, and the baseboards and trim a misty grey
  • Wallpapered the front entry of the suite with French ticking
  • Installed new windows and french doors that lead to the backyard
  • Raised the ceiling vault and accented it with shiplap in a misty grey color to match the trim

what we updated—bathroom:

  • Added a custom double vanity with a soapstone countertop, arch door paneling finished in a dark green paint
  • Added a large walk-in shower, and toilet room
  • Installed mosaic tile on the floors and walls, paired with subway tile in the shower
  • Installed vertical paneling for added wall texture and character
  • Added new brass light fixtures, warm wood mirrors, plumbing fixtures, and hardware

Library

Texas Storm - Interior Paint, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines; magnolia.com

what we updated:

  • Installed a large, arched cased opening and navy blue board and batten paneling
  • Removed a wall to expose the staircase and custom railing and installed a new bookshelf with a lower set of drawers
  • Replaced the existing fireplace with a new marble surround, hearth, and firebox
  • Installed plaid carpet for a rich and cozy feel
  • Added a custom pendant light above the fireplace and above the seating area

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before + after photography taken by Lisa Petrole

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