‘Fixer to Fabulous’ Is Back With Its Most Kid-Friendly Remodel Yet

On the Season 3 premiere of “Fixer to Fabulous,” Jenny and Dave Marrs build what may be their most kid-friendly, fun feature to date. 

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Jenny and Dave Marrs have returned for Season 3 of “Fixer to Fabulous”—and in the season premiere, they build what may be their most kid-friendly, fun feature to date.

In the episode “Kid-Friendly Lakeside Retreat,” Jenny and Dave meet Lisa and Rick Funderburg, grandparents who have just bought their retirement home in Northwest Arkansas. While they certainly want the 1985 home to reflect their light and airy style, their main priority is to turn this home into a fun and comfortable haven for their three grandkids to visit.

Armed with a $120,000 budget, Dave and Jenny pull out all the stops to create a kid-friendly paradise—including an indoor treehouse! Here’s what they do that might get your gears turning about how to make your own home a fun place, too.

A kid-friendly home should look warm and welcoming

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This house already had a lot of midcentury modern charm.

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With lots of trees in the yard and a lake nearby, Lisa and Rick know their home will be a haven for their energetic grandkids, but Jenny and Dave learn that curb appeal is still important for these grandparents. They want this home to look welcoming.

Lisa likes the exterior stone, but these two aren’t so sure about the paint color. Rick would like to highlight the surrounding greenery, while Lisa would be happy if the home looked more modern.

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The green complements the stone beautifully.

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“An earth tone, maybe a gray, would give you the modern look you want,” Jenny says. “It would coordinate with the stone, and then it will blend in nicely with the surroundings.”

Jenny chooses a light greenish gray that really helps the home blend in with the surroundings.

When the Funderburgs see the finished product, they’re thrilled with the warmer, more welcoming exterior.

Kids art can be incorporated into grown-up decor

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Jenny and Dave Marrs wanted to lighten up this fireplace.

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Inside, Lisa and Rick want a light and airy look. While the white walls and big windows already make the living room look bright and open, Jenny and Dave know the fireplace doesn’t match their clients’ style.

They decide to do a mortar wash on the stone (instead of painting it) so that it has a natural look. Then, to make this living room more family-friendly, the renovators add built-in storage on both sides of the fireplace.

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The fireplace and built-ins look great.

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To finish this feature, the HGTV stars ask Lisa and Rick’s artistically talented son and daughter to paint landscapes to display in the built-ins. Then Jenny picks a light but playful color for the shelves and cabinets.

“I picked a light green for the built-ins,” she explains. “It’ll give a pop of color to the space and create an accent wall to highlight the Funderburgs’ artwork.”

True white isn’t smart for a house full of kids

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This kitchen was a little dated.

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To finish the light and bright theme, Jenny and Dave completely redo the kitchen with a new island, new appliances, and a new color scheme. Jenny chooses a very light, warm gray for the cabinets, which lightens up the space without seeming too perfect. After all, white isn’t ideal for a house full of kids!

“I didn’t want it to be stark white ’cause I wanted it to just feel soft and warm—but I did want it to be neutral,” Jenny says.

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This light kitchen looks elegant.

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Safe stair railings can be stylish

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This stair railing was dated and dangerous.

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One important thing about having a kid-friendly house is making sure that every feature is safe—especially the staircase. Lisa and Rick point out that the original balusters are too far apart, which isn’t safe for young kids.

So Dave creates a custom railing that is both safe and stylish.

“Jenny really wants this modern, clean look,” Dave says. “We’re going to put in a really nice steel handrail and, most importantly, something that’s safe for their grandkids.”

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This railing looks much more modern.

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The new steel handrail looks beautiful. It has a midcentury style, which complements the architecture, while the black color is a great contrast to the white walls and light flooring. It’s certainly a step up.

A treehouse doesn’t have to be outdoors

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This play fort is adorable!

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When it comes time to redesign the spare bedroom, Jenny and Dave build an indoor treehouse on one side of the room, decorating it with cedar shake shingles and a tree they got from the Marrs farm.

On the opposite wall, Jenny and Dave install an artistic feature that will allow the kids to color on the wall.

“Inside this, there are 4-foot rolls of paper, which can be changed out,” Dave says when showing Rick and Lisa the space. “This lid just lifts off. It’s a giant easel.”

Once the Marrs’ renovation is done, the only concern is honestly whether these grandkids will ever want to leave!

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This paper is perfect for coloring on the walls.

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