Fixer Upper Season 4 Premiere

Eek!! Who watched Fixer Upper Season 4 premiere last night?? It would be plain sinful if I didn’t completely dedicate a post to my beloved Fixer Upper. The premiere gives me the perfect opportunity to do so. If you aren’t familiar with HGTV’s Fixer Upper (omg, go watch Season 1 on Netflix right now), Chip and Joanna Gaines are admired for transforming the most helpless homes into a dream oasis.

If you missed last night’s episode, here is a quick recap:

The Couple:

  • The Chapman’s – husband and wife with 2 dogs
  • Looking for a house in the Mountain View area
  • All-in budget = $450,000

The House:

“Cargo Ship House”

  • 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom 2340 ft2 listed at $285,000
  • Purchased for $266,500 leaving $183,500 for a renovation budget

Demolition aka #demoday:

  • Remove awkward utility closet
  • Knock out railing
  • Gut kitchen and bathroom (cabinets, appliances, and sinks/shower)
  • Remove limbs from the live oak tree that are hovering over the roof

At one point, Chip comes busting through the wall—why is that so funny to me?

Reno Plan:


  • Re-pitch the roof—The 2nd story master bedroom add-on made the house to look off-balance. Pitching the roof allows the home to take on a more uniform shape
  • Add a large front porch with corbles—A porch gives curb appeal while adding to the symmetry
  • New shutters and windows
  • Update paint


Living room

  • All new railing (made custom by welder friend, Lonny)
  • Add a tall, double-sided fireplace between living room and sun room
  • Use faux beams on the new vaulted ceiling. While not authentic, the beams are significantly lighter and only a fraction of the price!



  • Complete reno with white cabinets, blue island, and new appliances. Enough said.


Master Bedroom/Bathroom

  • Add sliding barn door for privacy
  • New windows
  • Complete bathroom reno
  • Freshen up



The Reveal:

The new porch is so gorgeous. Amazing what a little paint and some shutters can do to an exterior, too!
Living Room: the pitched roof opened up the space significantly and the double-sided fireplace fits so well there!
Kitchen: white is just so heavenly. Sigh. Look at those gorgeous sconces!!
The blue/charcoal accent paint really pops and I’m swooning over those pendants.
Master Bedroom: the new windows add a lot of natural light. So relaxing!
Master Bathroom: a typical reno by Joanna, but those wooden framed mirrors never get old. Check out how the vanity lights are attched to the mirros. Neat!
Laundry Room: my favorite part is the herringbone floors!
Mud Room: all you need is a little storage and a couple of hooks. Remember my post on mud rooms?
Last, but not least, the “doggy spa”…so conveinent! At the end of the epsiode, Chip says that the doggy spa trigged an impulse to buy the kids two more puppies. How sweet!

(all photos by: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images from

Gosh, Fixer Upper never disappoints, does it? I already can’t wait for the next episode! Stay tuned for a post about Joanna’s design style and where to buy her new Magnolia line! What was your favorite part about last night’s episode?

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