Check Out the Stunning Before-and-After Photos From the First Episode of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home
It's been three long years since the last Fixer Upper reveal aired on HGTV, and now the wait for the highly anticipated return of the hit show is finally over! The premiere episode of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home debuted on Discovery+ as part of an overall preview for Chip and Joanna Gaines's new Magnolia Network, and the farmhouse chic vibes are even stronger than we remember.
Chip and Joanna started off the season with one of their most challenging projects to date. The original home of newlywed couple Lucas and Laney was "nothing like we'd ever seen before," Joanna commented in the episode. More than just a fixer upper, it was literally a trashed, abandoned home shrouded in overgrown trees and held up by eroding walls. With serious updates like brand-new flooring, windows, and ceiling beams throughout the entire home, Chip and Joanna made sure to provide a strong foundation for the first chapter of this couple's married life. By the time they finished working their signature shiplap magic, Chip and Joanna had managed to turn the 1990s architectural disaster into a beautiful midcentury-modern dream home. Keep scrolling to check out the stunning transformation of Lucas and Laney's practically unrecognizable fixer upper.
Lucas and Laney's previously neglected and outdated brick home was nowhere near ready to be moved into.
Chip and Joanna first redid the landscape by replacing the overgrown trees with a concrete walkway and wooden planters. They then squared off the windows and entryway, and painted the brick with a fresh coat of white paint. To establish the color contrast that Lucas and Laney envisioned for their home, Chip and Joanna offset the white brick façade with black roof shingles.
Chip and Joanna loved the window-framed door, but decided the entire entryway still needed some major updates.
Chip and Joanna turned a lackluster entry into a dramatic one filled with black panelling and fully wallpapered walls and ceilings. To accentuate the moody mid-century vibe, Chip and Joanna installed a window-framed white oak door and a brass-detailed light fixture.
Before: Living Room
With its beautiful vaulted ceiling and oversized fireplace, Chip and Joanna saw tons of potential in the living room redesign.
After: Living Room
During the reveal, Lucas and Laney could hardly believe this was the same living room. The eyesore fireplace turned into the focal point of the whole room, as Chip and Joanna had resurfaced it in dark plaster to modernize the space and create a contrast with the white walls.
After: Living Room
For architectural purposes, Chip and Joanna installed a white oak beam on the ceiling to match the white oak furnishings, then replaced the unnecessary ceiling fan with a geometric light fixture.
Though Lucas and Laney envisioned hosting dinner parties in their dream home, this mess of a kitchen seemed like a less than ideal setting before Chip and Joanna took over.
With its waterfall edge quartz countertops and built-in breakfast nook, Lucas and Laney's kitchen looks like it came straight out of an episode of deVOL Kitchens (another show on Chip and Joanna's new network). Chip and Joanna created a warm and inviting open concept space, removing the original wall separating the kitchen and living room and installing a tongue-and-groove ceiling. They also added dark green flat panel cabinets and installed open shelving backed with white porcelain mosaic tile.
Before: Primary Bedroom
For the primary bedroom, Chip and Joanna had a fairly clean slate.
After: Primary Bedroom
To create warmth and dimension, Chip and Joanna covered the back wall with vertical white oak slats and mounted sconces on each side of the bed.
Before: Primary Bathroom
One look at the primary bathroom, and Chip and Joanna decided to gut everything out from floor to ceiling.
After: Primary Bathroom
Chip and Joanna replaced the closets with two single-sink vanities, painted both the walls and ceilings with the same dark green they used in the kitchen, added a bathtub, and installed white-marbled porcelain flooring.
Before: Home Office
An important room in Lucas and Laney's dream home, this home office needed some serious renovation.
After: Home Office
Lucas and Laney requested a home office with lots of natural light, and Chip and Joanna certainly came through. Not only did they replace the existing arched windows with rectangular windows, they opened up the wall to add French doors, and they added an additional antique warehouse window.
Before: Laundry Room
Chip and Joanna converted this half bathroom, half utility room into a versatile laundry room and storage space for Lucas and Laney.
After: Laundry Room
Lucas and Laney's new laundry room has tons of storage space from floating shelves to pantry cabinetry. Chip and Joanna also gave the room a relaxed feel by using puppy patterned wallpaper in honor of the couple's dachshunds.