15 Fixer Upper DIY Projects

With the ever expanding Magnolia Market at the Silos and a book set to debut this October, HGTV Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are hard at work building their shiplap empire. I never thought Waco, TX would be a destination at the top of my wishlist. However, like so many other Fixer Upper fans, I’m enamored by the rustic yet modern farmhouse aesthetic Chip and Joanna embody. I even told my fiance it’s a dream of mine to stay at the Magnolia House (anniversary trip, hint, hint). Although I may not be going to Magnolia Market anytime soon, there are plenty of Fixer Upper DIY projects out there to keep me busy.

If you love the look of the FIXER UPPER style, channel your inner Joanna with these 15 Fixer Upper DIY Projects that are perfect for the farmhouse featured on Remodelaholic.com

Looking to add a bit of Fixer Upper style to your current home decor? Channel your inner Joanna Gaines with these 15 Fixer Upper DIY projects–no trip to Waco, TX required.

15 Fixer Upper DIY Projects

1. DIY Typography Signs

Joanna relies on artist Jimmy Don to create beautiful signs to adorn walls in many Fixer Upper homes. Try your hand at creating your own DIY typography signs with this tutorial from Bless’er House.

Fixer Upper DIY Typography Sign_Bless'er House

or follow this tutorial that Lauren shared here on Remodelaholic to make a painted farmhouse sign:


2. DIY Shiplap Wall for under $40

A shiplap wall for under $40?! Chip has to be doing a jig somewhere right now. Follow these step-by-step instructions from Hoosier Homemade to make all of your shiplap dreams come true.

Fixer Upper DIY Shiplap Wall for Under $40_Hoosier Homemade

3. 5-Step Window Box Tutorial

Window boxes instantly add charm to a home–a truth universally acknowledged by Joanna Gaines. Build your own window boxes with our easy 5-step tutorial on Remodelaholic.

Fixer Upper DIY Window Box Planter_Remodelaholic

4. DIY Floating Shelves

You’ll be hard pressed to find a Fixer Upper renovation that doesn’t include the addition of floating shelves, particularly when it comes to the kitchen. Try this easy DIY project from Shanty 2 Chic to achieve instant farmhouse chic style.

Fixer Upper DIY Floating Shelves_Shanty2Chic

5. DIY Farmhouse Table for under $100

Clint Harper has made a name for himself designing tables and kitchen islands for Chip and Joanna’s home renovations. Build your own farmhouse table for under $100 with this tutorial from Honeybear Lane.

Fixer Upper DIY Farmhouse Table_Honeybear Lane

6. Distressed Wood Headboard

Many episodes you often see Joanna using a hand sander to achieve the perfect, worn-in look iconic with her Fixer Upper style. Learn how to make your own distressed wood headboard with these tips from Creative Savings.

Fixer Upper DIY Distressed Wood Headboard_Creative Savings

7. Rustic Wood Storage Ladder

This rustic wood storage ladder is both practical and stylish, two requirements. In the same post from Jenna Sue Design you can also learn how to to create a rustic wood valance and bath caddy.

Fixer Upper DIY Rustic Wood Storage Ladder_Jenna Sue Designs

8. Easy Wood Mantel For Brick Fireplace

My favorite Fixer Upper homes have fireplaces. Here on Remodelaholic we show you to create an easy wood mantel to add pizazz to a brick fireplace.

Fixer Upper DIY Easy Wood Manetl for Brick Fireplace_Remodelaholic

9. DIY Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom Sign

Incorporating metal signs into her decor is another technique Joanna frequently uses when designing a home. This DIY industrial farmhouse bathroom sign from Cherished Bliss is both cheeky and charming.

Fixer Upper DIY Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom Sign

10. Farmhouse Window Trim

You only need $10 worth of materials to add this stunning farmhouse trim to a window. I think Chip and Joanna would definitely approve of this little project from Loves Grows Wild.

Fixer Upper DIY Farmhouse Window Trim_Love Grows Wild

11. DIY Rustic Chalkboard Herb Drying Rack

Fixer Upper fans will never forget the amazing herb garden Joanna created in the house with the atrium in Season 1. Bring your herbs indoors with this DIY rustic herb drying rack from Houseful of Handmade.

Fixer Upper DIY Rustic Chalkboard Herb Drying Rack_Houseful of Homemade

12. DIY Farmhouse Bench

Natalie from The Creative Mom built this sturdy farmhouse bench using only $20 worth of lumber from The Home Depot. Use the bench anywhere from your entryway to dining table.

Fixer Upper DIY Farmhouse Bench_The Creative Mom

13. Fixer Upper DIY Magnolia Wreath

Bring the Magnolia Market aesthetic into your home! This tutorial from Jolly & Happy shows you how to make a less expensive version of Joanna’s signature magnolia wreath.

Fixer Upper DIY Magnolia Wreath_Jolly & Happy

14. DIY Tobacco Basket

Put your basket weaving skills to the test with this tobacco basket DIY from Craftberry Bush. Use the basket to corral items on your coffee table or hang it on the wall for unexpected visual appeal.

Fixer Upper DIY Tobacco Basket_Craftberry Bush

15. Simple DIY Barn Door Tutorial

Sliding barn doors are a staple in Fixer Upper designed homes. Learn how to build your own barn door using siding plywood. Use these free plans to build this beautiful barn door by House Seven

Fixer Upper DIY Sliding Barn Door_Remodelaholic


More great Fixer Upper style ideas:

DIY tutorial and plans to build your own farmhouse style planked X console for a TV or dining room sideboard @Remodelaholic

Farmhouse Console Building Plans

DIY Primitive Farmhouse bench plans

Farmhouse Bench Building Plans

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  1. Great list! Could you please update the links to point to the actual projects instead of just the homepage of each of these sites? That would be especially helpful to keep this list handy. TY!

    1. The numbered headings were the links, but that’s not as intuitive so I just switched them for you 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

  2. Oh! I like a lot of these and most of them are actually do-able for my limited skill set. Thanks for posting!