See Inside The Big Fish House – Beth Bryan

What movie was the fish house in

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Want to take a tour of the great fish house after the hometown takeover gave it an epic makeover? Come take a tour of this incredible house in Wetumpka, Alabama, where Tim Burton filmed the 2003 hit movie, Big Fish.

Arriving in downtown Wetumpka, it’s impossible to miss this massive Victorian house towering over downtown. it can be seen from almost every point of view in the city. the view from the second floor is clear across the river! For the past several years, owners Shelly and Wade Whitfield have been renovating it to bring it back to its former glory.

Here I am cheesing it up with Vanessa Price, the Lead Design Producer for Home Town Takeover, before construction began. Vanessa has worked on Extreme Home Makeover and other design shows , so she was very prepared to take on a job this size.

The second story of the home was actually built by the Big Fish movie crew back in 2003, so it definitely needed some love and attention. In 2020, had the honor of being a part of the design team at Home Town Takeover that helped Erin and Ben Napier come up with a plan to make it shine again.

The kitchen had not changed at ALL since the day it was featured in the movie. I took a quick selfie to document the history of the place where Jessica Lange and Albert Finney once stood.

During construction, the dining room wall was taken out to add in french doors with a transom that lets in plenty of light.

The wall between the dining room and kitchen was removed, and the foyer doorway was widened for much better traffic flow.

Josie from Russell Construction gave the house some instant curb appeal with the pressure washer.

From left to right: Josie, Katie, Stephanie, Heather, Cassie and me.

The night before filming the big reveal, the design team gathered around Shelly’s new kitchen island for a quick meal of take-out pizza before putting the finishing touches on the house. I can say from experience that it is the perfect kitchen for gathering with friends, just wish we could have lingered longer!

Katie and Lann taped out that foyer wall for the giant collage of family photos. Wait til you see how it turned out!

Let the big reveal filming begin!

Filming at Big Fish House Home Town Takeover

The film crew in the NEW updated kitchen with Ben and Erin! So exciting!

Big Fish House Home Town Takeover During Filming

Here is the AFTER!

Big Fish House Home Town Takeover-5

Isn’t this the happiest, most welcoming front porch you ever did see?

Big Fish House Home Town Takeover porch

Love this little pop of sunshine yellow on the front door.

Yellow front door

And now, come on in…

As a quick reminder… this is what the lobby looked like before:

The Foyer Before

And here it is NOW!

Big Fish house foyer collage

I am still swooning over this foyer. It is absolutely magnificent!

Big Fish House Home Town stairs

Little reading nook at the end of the foyer.

Behind the stairs

And now head into the dining room and kitchen. It is SO much more open now!

Kitchen and dining room at Big Fish

Check out those new french doors.

Dining room

The dining room nook got a fresh coat of paint.

And here is the new kitchen. SWOON.

Big Fish House Kitchen Home Town Takeover

I am in love with this simple vent hood with vertical V-groove paneling backsplash above the range.

The stove in the Big Fish House

And the chunky open shelving on either side of it! Obsessed.

Open Shelving

And on the right side of the kitchen.

Refrigerator in Big FIsh House

But I think the star of the show is this amazing island with glass cabinet doors and a closed toe.

End of island in Big Fish House

But this beautiful brass faucet in the farmhouse apron sink is a close runner-up.

Farmhouse Sink in Big Fish House

Over in the living room, Erin preserved the history of the Big Fish house by recreating the wallpaper from the movie. Isn’t it fabulous?

Wallpaper in Living room of Big Fish House

After all the film crews rolled out, the Whitfields were able to kick back and enjoy their new living areas! Congratulations, guys!! I’m so happy for you!

Shelly and Wade Whitfield

Click here for a listing of all the finishes and paint colors used in the Big Fish House.

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