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Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

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Hey y’all…I think by now, almost every person on the planet has heard of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. When speaking to friends we talk about “Chip and JoJo” like they are our next door neighbors and BFF’s. Their farmhouse style has taken the nation by storm and their charm has wormed their way into our hearts.

I mean, let’s be honest. Each Tuesday evening I tune-in to watch the newest episode and each Tuesday I’m blown away by the remarkable makeover.

My home is definitely not farmhouse style but I do have decorative elements that marry well with this style. Here’s how you can get the Fixer Upper style for your home and it’s budget friendly. Be sure to click on all of the links for the sources and detailed information.

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Here’s the iconic kitchen in the farmhouse of Chip and Joanna’s kitchen. We love the “Super Market” sign.


Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

You can get a similar handmade sign from WoodFairy Signs Etsy shop.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

If you have some DIY skills the next three projects are right up your alley.

Now, show of hands…who even knew what shiplap was before they ever saw an episode of Fixer Upper? I sure didn’t…but now I want it on a feature wall in my home. Lauren of Bless’er House has incredible style and taste. Look at how she created a DIY Faux Shiplap Wall with her husband Robert. A full list of materials and directions are included in her post.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget


Our dear friend CoCo of The Crowned Goat built this fabulous Weathered Wood Cabinet. The finish looks authentically vintage and the chicken wire doors put it over the top. Don’t even get me started on her beautiful ironstone collection!

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

If you’ve been shopping on the internet for vintage decor, you have surely come across blanket ladders. And they usually fetch a hefty price. Debbie of Refresh Restyle decided to make her own and show all of us How To Build a Blanket LadderCan we just talk about how beautiful Debbie’s home is? I see so much that I want…is that bad?

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget


As I stated earlier my home is not farmhouse style, but it is vintage traditional (yes, I made that up). The way that my style and the Fixer Upper style are similar is that they both incorporate vintage, rustic and classic design elements.

Open shelving is a classic farmhouse element. I love the open shelves in my dining room. I gave away the top to my china cabinet, painted the base and added these fabulous shelves. I change around the decor as my mood sees fit. Decorating with items that are white is also a great way to capture the farmhouse style that you are craving.

Dining Room Shelf Refresh


Weathered and aged wood is also a must to achieve the farmhouse look. This antique dough bowl is an absolute favorite of mine. You can find similar ones in antique shops or reproductions can be found online.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

Repurposing items is also another inexpensive way to make something look the way you want. Also be sure to include a bit of green. Jenn created this fabulous DIY Succulent Terrarium from a thrift store find.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

I have collected items over time. These mantel pieces are some of my personal faves. The porch railing pieces are from a late 1800’s Victorian porch. The antique tin piece was repurposed. You won’t believe what it used to look like! You can see the original HERE.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

Old shutters are plentiful at antique shops. This one is part of a pair that I bought from a historic farm in North Carolina.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

Architectural elements are some of my all-time favorite decor items. The history that they could tell. They are beautifully aged and worn.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

Old metal finishes are great for a farmhouse affect. This old sugar bowl was a thrift store find.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget

If you’re lucky enough to find old trophies and loving cups for a decent price – DO NOT hesitate to buy them. They are getting harder and harder to obtain.

Fixer Upper Style on a Budget


I hope you found some farmhouse style ideas that you liked. It really is easier than it looks – you may just need a little patience. Here are some places that we like to shop to get the look:

  • HomeGoods – a great place to buy very affordable demijohn bottles, colored glass and reproductions.
  • Antique Shops –  we love the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes we get really lucky and find a treasure.
  • Thrift stores – a great way to find deals or items to repurpose to get the look we want.
  • Online resources – Etsy shops, Antique Farmhouse, Amazon
  • Craft Fairs – handmade and holiday items

Best wishes on your hunt. Don’t mind me…I’m watching a marathon run of Fixer Upper!

Until tomorrow…



  1. Love how you brought this post together Vicki! I swear I’ve never seen an episode of that show I didn’t like. Hello, obsessed! Thanks so much for including my cabinet. It’s one of my favorite pieces. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Sooo excited! We’ve just gotten ‘Fixer Upper’ show here in Australia. Absolutely loving it!
    I want Jojo and the team to come through and transform our home, what a fabulous job they do!
    I’m positive these shows will take off well here in Aus, there are sooo many avid fans of those shows now. I’m with you girls too. I love to get ideas and do them on a budget, thanks to great blogs like yours, this is possible. Well done team!

  3. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Vicki! So many great ideas! It’s a good thing I don’t have cable, or I’d be glued to the TV watching this show alllllllll the time.

  4. I love WoodFairy Signs!! They do amazing work!! ❤️

  5. I love Woodfairy Signs!!!

  6. I noticed you have a Wood Fairy sign from my sweet friend Lori. We have two of them in our house and love them! You have a great blog.

  7. I love wood fairy designs! And I love the sign here!

    1. I love wood fairy signs!!

  8. I have 3 Woodfairy Signs in my house!! Love them❤️

  9. Lori at WoodFairy signs on Etsy is fantastic! I have a few of her signs and they are beautiful! You’ve found some great ideas here. Thanks!

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