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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

‘Fixer Upper’ cottage has all the farmhouse touches you’d expect for $360K

An exterior view of a small cottage, called the Baker House, in Waco, Texas, featured on Fixer Upper. There is a front porch, long sidewalk, and green grass.  Photos by Carol Embry, Picture it Sold Waco

The Baker House mixes neutrals with warm wood and black accents

Perhaps more than any other TV show, HGTV’s Fixer Upper generated its own category of interior design. From 2013 to 2018—and in the reruns that followed—Chip and Joanna Gaines flipped outdated homes in Waco, Texas, into photogenic iterations that all boast the same “modern farmhouse” look.

Now, a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath cottage remodeled in season five is back on the market. The 1,432-square-foot home was designed for Patti Baker, a client looking for a cozy, family-oriented home in a quiet Waco neighborhood. Baker didn’t stay in the home for long, however, as she soon got married and moved in with her new husband. The property was briefly listed for sale in 2018—just a week after it was featured on the show—and has hit the market again this month.

The 1950s bungalow had good bones, but it was dark and in need of updates, so the Gaineses started by reworking the home’s layout. Relocating the kitchen to the opposite wall provided more space for an open-concept living and dining room, and the living room got neutral walls and clean white bifold shutters on...


An exterior view of a small cottage, called the Baker House, in Waco, Texas, featured on Fixer Upper. There is a front porch, long sidewalk, and green grass.  Photos by Carol Embry, Picture it Sold Waco

The Baker House mixes neutrals with warm wood and black accents

Perhaps more than any other TV show, HGTV’s Fixer Upper generated its own category of interior design. From 2013 to 2018—and in the reruns that followed—Chip and Joanna Gaines flipped outdated homes in Waco, Texas, into photogenic iterations that all boast the same “modern farmhouse” look.

Now, a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath cottage remodeled in season five is back on the market. The 1,432-square-foot home was designed for Patti Baker, a client looking for a cozy, family-oriented home in a quiet Waco neighborhood. Baker didn’t stay in the home for long, however, as she soon got married and moved in with her new husband. The property was briefly listed for sale in 2018—just a week after it was featured on the show—and has hit the market again this month.

The 1950s bungalow had good bones, but it was dark and in need of updates, so the Gaineses started by reworking the home’s layout. Relocating the kitchen to the opposite wall provided more space for an open-concept living and dining room, and the living room got neutral walls and clean white bifold shutters on the windows.

A living room with a thatch rug, gray couch, coffee table, and white shutters on the windows.
The living room features refreshed wood floors, windows with white bifold shutters, and a neutral color palette.

Natural wood touches are contrasted with black accents, most notably in the dining room, where Joanna added a black wood-paneled wall with a top shelf for plants. The kitchen features concrete countertops, an antique cart as an island, open shelving on one wall, a blue patterned backsplash, and of course, a white farmhouse sink.

In the master bedroom, the Gaines couple added an accent wall with floral wallpaper, dark-stained wood floors, and mirrored glass in the closet double doors to make the space feel larger. An enlarged master bath features a custom vanity, gray subway tile, and neutral tones that match the bedroom’s roman shades. The home’s original washer and dryer were in the garage, but the remodel brought them into a mud room with white cabinets plus plenty more open shelving.

Want your own piece of Fixer Upper style? 3829 Herwol Avenue is on the market for $359,500.

A dining room has a wood table with four black chairs and a black accent wall.
An accent wall in the dining room is bold in black, but it stops short of the ceiling to leave a small shelf area.
A kitchen with a cart as island, wood floors, gray cabinets, and light blue tile.
The kitchen features warm wood floors, concrete countertops, and a light blue patterned tile as backsplash.
A mud room has open shelving on one side, white cabinets, and a basket.
The mudroom, which contains the newly relocated washer and dryer, features tile that’s meant to look like whitewashed wood.
A bedroom has a wire framed bed, white comforters, wood floors, and large windows with roman shades.
In the master bedroom, floral wallpaper makes an accent wall, while the black trimmed closet doors and neutral roman shades follow the home’s color scheme.
A bathroom has a wooden vanity, one mirror, and gray shower.
The compact master bath comprises a custom wood and marble vanity and a new shower area with glass doors and gray subway tile.

An exterior view of a small cottage, called the Baker House, in Waco, Texas, featured on Fixer Upper. There is a front porch, long sidewalk, and green grass.  Photos by Carol Embry, Picture it Sold Waco

The Baker House mixes neutrals with warm wood and black accents

Perhaps more than any other TV show, HGTV’s Fixer Upper generated its own category of interior design. From 2013 to 2018—and in the reruns that followed—Chip and Joanna Gaines flipped outdated homes in Waco, Texas, into photogenic iterations that all boast the same “modern farmhouse” look.

Now, a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath cottage remodeled in season five is back on the market. The 1,432-square-foot home was designed for Patti Baker, a client looking for a cozy, family-oriented home in a quiet Waco neighborhood. Baker didn’t stay in the home for long, however, as she soon got married and moved in with her new husband. The property was briefly listed for sale in 2018—just a week after it was featured on the show—and has hit the market again this month.

The 1950s bungalow had good bones, but it was dark and in need of updates, so the Gaineses started by reworking the home’s layout. Relocating the kitchen to the opposite wall provided more space for an open-concept living and dining room, and the living room got neutral walls and clean white bifold shutters on the windows.

A living room with a thatch rug, gray couch, coffee table, and white shutters on the windows.
The living room features refreshed wood floors, windows with white bifold shutters, and a neutral color palette.

Natural wood touches are contrasted with black accents, most notably in the dining room, where Joanna added a black wood-paneled wall with a top shelf for plants. The kitchen features concrete countertops, an antique cart as an island, open shelving on one wall, a blue patterned backsplash, and of course, a white farmhouse sink.

In the master bedroom, the Gaines couple added an accent wall with floral wallpaper, dark-stained wood floors, and mirrored glass in the closet double doors to make the space feel larger. An enlarged master bath features a custom vanity, gray subway tile, and neutral tones that match the bedroom’s roman shades. The home’s original washer and dryer were in the garage, but the remodel brought them into a mud room with white cabinets plus plenty more open shelving.

Want your own piece of Fixer Upper style? 3829 Herwol Avenue is on the market for $359,500.

A dining room has a wood table with four black chairs and a black accent wall.
An accent wall in the dining room is bold in black, but it stops short of the ceiling to leave a small shelf area.
A kitchen with a cart as island, wood floors, gray cabinets, and light blue tile.
The kitchen features warm wood floors, concrete countertops, and a light blue patterned tile as backsplash.
A mud room has open shelving on one side, white cabinets, and a basket.
The mudroom, which contains the newly relocated washer and dryer, features tile that’s meant to look like whitewashed wood.
A bedroom has a wire framed bed, white comforters, wood floors, and large windows with roman shades.
In the master bedroom, floral wallpaper makes an accent wall, while the black trimmed closet doors and neutral roman shades follow the home’s color scheme.
A bathroom has a wooden vanity, one mirror, and gray shower.
The compact master bath comprises a custom wood and marble vanity and a new shower area with glass doors and gray subway tile.


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.