AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

Episode 02 - The Dutch Door House

November 11, 2015

Chip and Jo’s clients first fell in love with the Dutch front door on this cute and quaint 1940’s house. They knew it was a place they could call home, despite its overgrown landscape and tired exterior. Chip and Jo were excited to walk the couple through the process of purchasing their first home together: “The Dutch Door House.”

Chip and Jo first added brick pavers lining the sidewalk in order to highlight the best feature of the house: the front door. The exterior was painted a natural neutral color. In addition, the shutters were repainted and the front door was stained, creating contrast to the soft colored siding. Chip and Jo also added new landscaping, bringing life to the exterior of the home.

Inside the home, Joanna set to creating a whole new layout. The existing floor plan was dated and not ideal for the clients, who preferred open living spaces. Originally the already cramped kitchen housed the washer and dryer, making it hardly accessible or practical. Chip and Jo raised the ceiling in the kitchen and added new cabinets that extended to the ceiling to create a more dramatic look. The cabinets were painted white to accent the new wall color: A neutral gray color was used in all of the living spaces except for the baby nursery. New gray soapstone countertops were installed along with a white beveled subway tile backsplash with gray grout. Joanna also matched the existing oak flooring in the kitchen and added a charming new awning above the new kitchen sink window.

In the dining room, Chip and Jo installed new french doors to add more natural light. Joanna also incorporated a beam to add character and to match the awning in the kitchen. The living room floors were re-sanded and stained with a walnut color, warming up the space with a finished look. Clint from Harp Design Co reconstructed the mantle and added shiplap above for the living room.

Off the living and dining area, Joanna incorporated a set of antique french doors that led into the updated office space. The original back room had blue carpet and didn’t serve much of a purpose. Instead of leaving this dead space, Joanna transformed the room into a laundry room and created a dividing wall with a nursery on the other end. A new window was installed for the laundry room, adding more light and a more cohesive feel to the home. Joanna picked antique pavers on the floor to tie in the front of the house as well as custom cabinets and storage.

In the nursery a new window was installed and they removed the French doors for privacy. Joanna also included the original chandelier from the living room in hopes of preserving original design elements from the home.

The main bathroom in this house needed an entire renovation. The floors were rotted out and the style was very outdated. Chip and Jo installed a white octagon and dot tile with natural gray group and included new subway tile in the kitchen. Joanna found an antique vanity for the bathroom. For the final touch, Joanna added two vessel sinks with wall mount fixtures so that the bathroom contained the same charm as the rest of the home.

Even though this house was small, the new updates with Joanna’s attention to detail turned this once dated house into a cozy home full of character and charm.

Photos by Rachel Whyte Photography


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  • Susan
    7:48 am, April 18, 2017
    Where can one purchase the area rug that sits under the desk in the study?
  • Florence Iverson
    1:16 pm, April 16, 2017
    I would also love to know the name of the paint color for the living room!
  • Kathy Young
    10:03 am, March 23, 2017
    Where do you get your drapes from
  • Bre
    3:58 pm, March 17, 2017
    Can you tell me details of sofa in this show? Inventory number, dimensions and color and fabric, would be helpful. If the fabric has linen in it, is it durable and stain resistant?
  • Jen
    10:35 pm, March 7, 2017
    I also want to know the nursery wall color :) Thanks!!
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