Fixer Upper Style Home Remodeling Plan

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan
Come along with me on my dream Fixer Upper style remodeling plan for a beautiful house in desperate need of a refresh!

When working as a realtor I spent a lot of time in other people’s houses and my mind did a lot of mental redecorating and remodeling. One house in particular had been sitting on the market a while which is bad news for houses. The ones that sit are like the wallflowers at the dance, skimmed over and easily forgotten.

This house was like that. It was like your plain Jane friend that you swear would be a total knockout with a little hair and makeup.

Well, houses take a little more work and money than that, but I would love to do real “Fixer Upper” on this one. I can’t (it finally sold), but I did have a little fun finding ideas “a la Joanna Gaines” that I think would look great and I’m sharing them in this post! Ready to have a little fun?

Front Door – Before

The current front door had beautiful windows all around it, but the door itself was covered by an etched glass storm door. The actual door was just a basic black. My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Front Door


In my dream fixer upper style remodeling plan I would remove the storm door and bring in a beautiful wood door like the one below. New black hardware would complete the clean classic look. (Welcome decal is by Custom Vinyl By Design on Etsy). Add two urns with flowers for a welcoming pop of color.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Front Door After

Dining Room – Before 

The dining room had “beautiful bones” as they say. The light fixture was really formal, though, as was the wallpaper.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Dining Room Before


It would just take a simple soft rug, a gorgeous French country dining table and a simplified, yet elegant light fixture from the playbook of our home girl Joanna Gaines to get this dining room up-to-date.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Dining After

The Kitchen – Before

This kitchen was big with tons of cabinets, a huge island and a window over the sink. But the stain on the cabinets was outdated as was the florescent light. Also, the island was an awkward, sort of octagonal shape. My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Kitchen Before


Pulling more inspiration from Joanna Gaines, you could enlarge the island either using butcher block or change all the granite to a pretty gray marble if you had the budget. It would be easy to replace the florescent light with glass pendant lights, as well as add subway tile and paint the cabinets a creamy white.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Kitchen After

 Before – Sunroom

The sunroom is a bonus space the owners added on. It’s bright and light and only needs a little refreshing.
My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Sunroom Before


I would remove the shelving around the top of the windows as well as the window treatments and paint a neutral taupe or gray. I think you could even reuse the furnishings, but just update the seat seat cushions. Taking down the arbor over the patio would also allow in more light.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Sunroom After

And if I had a pie in the sky budget I would replace the tile with beautiful brick in a herringbone pattern just like this.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Sunroom Floor

Before – Master Bedroom

The last thing I would tackle would be the master bedroom. It’s a clean slate, so you could really do anything with this space. The dark hardwood flooring makes a beautiful backdrop.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Master Before


The picture above doesn’t show it but there are two windows on the far left wall, so the bed could fit in between like the one below. I love the soft, luxe look of the headboardbedding and chairs. A cozy rug, an elegant chandelier and soft drapery would complete the look.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Master After

I hope you enjoyed this little mental makeover! It’s fun to play Joanna Gaines and dream a little. 🙂 If you like these looks, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, A La Fixer Upper, for more Gaines-esque ideas and inspiration.



Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farm Review

Christmas Tree Farms
A fun tradition of ours is hunting down the perfect Christmas tree at a North Carolina tree farm. Since our budget is tighter than usual this year, we decided to forgo the trip and shop at Lowes. But there is nothing quite like being out in the crisp mountain air amid the rows and rows of Christmas trees and coming upon the perfect one (like Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation).

Most farms we’ve visited offer basically the same services – you hunt down your tree on your own and either cut it down yourself or wait for a helper to come cut it for you. They then haul it away, wrap it and tie it to your car. There are many within a few hours’ drive of Atlanta (our home base). Some are bare bones where you just find your tree and go, but others offer food, visits with Santa and more. Here are a few of the farms that my family has tried and enjoyed.

Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
Boyd Mountain Tree Farm offers a nice selection of trees and a fairly straight-forward operation. Though it was a long wait from cutting down our tree to being able to pick it up, our kiddos enjoyed the hot chocolate and visiting with Santa. Since it’s close to Waynesville, you can make a day of it by enjoying lunch in town before heading home.

Sandy Hollar Tree Farm
Sandy Hollar is a laid back operation and a little more rustic. You take a wagon ride through the farm up to the orchard and while they have some helpers to assist you in cutting your tree, most people use one of the provided hacksaws to avoid having to wait. They offer hot chocolate and snacks along with a small gift shop.

Tom Sawyer Tree Farm
Tom Sawyer has been our go-to for several years because it offers one of the most picturesque settings, as well as many activities. While the prices have increased in recent years, the kids have enjoyed the “Elf Village” where they can dress up as elves and enjoy face painting, crafts, stories, roasting marshmallows and a scavenger hunt ending with a personal visit with Santa. There is also a gift shop, snacks, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

There are, of course, many more tree farms out there to try – visit for a comprehensive list. Some friends we know like to stick with the same one year after year while others bounce from place to place. It’s an adventure no matter where you go, and where there are adventures, there are always memories to be made. Happy Christmas tree hunting!