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Episode 09 - The Royal Oaks Story

November 11, 2015

The Royal Oaks Story

Chip and Joanna were thrilled to complete this Fixer Upper for a young growing family. The clients found a small ranch style house that needed updates and a more open floor plan. Joanna enjoyed personalizing the space for her client with fun pops of color. She also freshened up their old built-ins by using a darker grey; a simple fix to outdated built-ins.

This fireplace surround needed an update so Joanna bought inexpensive brick pavers and had them installed in unique pattern to add interest. She had them painted white and then finished it off with a natural gray grout.
The existing fireplace mantle was seriously dated so Joanna had her carpenter build a cedar mantle to replace the old one. It cost under $250 for this simple update!
Where the existing stove was there used to be cabinets that blocked off the kitchen from the breakfast area. Joanna redesigned the space to have a more open feel and also added an island to really anchor the kitchen. The client wanted a kid friendly space more than she wanted an informal breakfast nook so Joanna put this kids table and bench in the room for the littles.

*We apologize for the lack of photos on this page! Because of the tight schedule for the project and the show, we were unable to have a photographer take photos of the house. We hope to find and post more soon!


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  • Susan K Wineinger
    4:54 pm, February 17, 2018
    I'd like to know the color of the kitchen walls and the turquoise color on the island
  • Peter Kearney
    6:14 pm, October 23, 2017
    Thanks so much for show casing my childhood home. My parents were the ones who had the house built initially when I was very young. I'm guessing around 1959 or 1960 just before I began grade school. I have very fond memories of that home.
  • Liz
    12:35 pm, September 13, 2017
    She posted on her Instagram page that the exterior color is Sherwin Williams Harware and the Door is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.
    • Allie
      8:48 pm, December 6, 2017
      Where did you see that she confirmed that’s the color?! On a recent Instagram post
  • Angela moss
    9:59 am, August 21, 2017
    What is the exterior color??
    • Tom
      12:27 pm, August 23, 2017
      I just painted my porch this same color and I used Oyster Bay from Sherwin-Williams.
  • Brooke
    6:23 am, August 12, 2017
    Oyster bay??
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