As a realtor I spend a lot of time in other people’s houses, so my mind does a lot of mental redecorating and remodeling – it’s one of my favorite things about real estate. One house I’ve been trying to sell in particular has been sitting on the market a while which is bad news for houses – they are like the wallflowers at the dance, skimmed over and easily forgotten. This house is like that, like your plain Jane friend that you swear with just a little mascara, a curling iron and a better fitting pair of jeans, would be a total knockout.
Well, houses take a little more work and money than that, but I’d give anything for the budget to buy this baby and pull a “Fixer Upper” on it. Since I don’t, I’ve been having a little fun finding ideas that would work “a la Joanna Gaines” and I’m sharing them in this post! Ready to have a little fun?
Front Door – Before
I would remove the storm door and bring in a beautiful wood door like the one below with new black hardware for a clean classic look. (Welcome decal is by Custom Vinyl By Design on Etsy). Two urns with flowers would add a welcoming pop of color.
Dining Room – Before
This room has “beautiful bones” as they say. The light fixture is really formal, though, as is the wallpaper.
It would just take a simple, soft rug (like this one from Waverly.com), a gorgeous French country dining table and a simplified, yet elegant light fixture – all from the playbook of our home girl Joanna Gaines.
The Kitchen – Before
This kitchen is big with tons of cabinets, a huge island and a window over the sink, but the stain on the cabinets is outdated as is the florescent light.
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.
Before – Sunroom
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 updated the seat seat cushions. Taking down the arbor over the patio would also allow in more light.
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.
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 and the dark hardwood makes a beautiful backdrop.
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 bedding and chairs. A cozy rug, an elegant chandelier and soft drapery would complete the look.
I hope you enjoyed this little mental makeover! It’s fun to play Joanna Gaines and dream a little, get ideas so that maybe one day we’ll have the opportunity to do a real makeover for ourselves. If you like these looks, be sure to check out my Pinterest board A La Fixer Upper for more ideas and inspiration.