Chip and Joanna Take On 'Project Flipper Upper'

In a special Fixer Upper, the Gaines go back to their beginnings — buying a small charmer of a house to renovate and flip.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines on the Porch of the Flip House

Chip and Joanna Gaines on the Porch of the Flip House

It's deja vu all over again as Chip and Joanna return to their former avocation as house flippers.

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

It's deja vu all over again as Chip and Joanna return to their former avocation as house flippers.

Memory Lane

When Chip and Joanna decide to go back to their roots and see if they've still got what it takes to be house flippers, they start out with a visit to the first house they ever flipped, comparing the kinds of improvements they did way back when with the kinds of super-renovations they pull off today.

Spoiler alert: You'll probably find their beginner flip-house, even post-renovation, a bit on the underwhelming side. The popcorn ceiling is still where it once was — and so are all of the walls. It was a modest makeover on a beginner budget, and a far-cry from what Fixer Upper viewers have come to expect in more recent endeavors

Before the farm, this is something Chip and I did all the time. We've been doing a lot of renovations for clients lately, but I think every now and then, to change things up, a good flip house will re-energize us.
Joanna

But that was then. This is now. Chip and Jo then embark on a mission to locate a new project home to revive and flip. After an arduous search, and a bit of healthy competition as to who can find the most promising flip house, they settle on a stone cottage with dated features but some genuine potential.

Kitchen accents in the newly renovated flip house

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Kitchen accents in the newly renovated flip house

With a Little Help from Ella

For this project, in lieu of discerning clients to appease, Joanna turns to daughter Ella for creative consultation. At age nine, Ella has already begun to show the beginnings of interest in design, so this makes for a good teaching moment for mom and daughter.

Contemporary Neutral Dining Room with Exposed Wood Ceiling

Contemporary Neutral Dining Room with Exposed Wood Ceiling

As seen on Fixer Upper, this dining room now has the original exposed wood ceiling, hardwood floors and new light fixtures.

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

After receiving some thoughtful design input from Ella, it will come as no surprise that, a Joanna sets about amazing things with the home's kitchen and an upstairs bath, bringing rustic style and textures with wood, brick and stone.

As seen on Fixer Upper, the office in the remodeled Flip house has original shiplap, hardwood floors and a built-in bench for added seating. (After)

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Arched doorways and substantial wood beams play heavily into the design plan. A key upgrade is also added when chip and Jo transform an attic space, previously used just for storage, into a character-filled study with a vaulted ceiling and window seat.

Check out this exclusive ‘Design On Her Mind’ video where Joanna discusses the attic conversion.

From Attic to Study Nook 01:07

Joanna shows how an attic's existing features helped create a study nook.

The Fixer Upper Flip Special premieres on HGTV on March 7, 2017 at 9pm | 8c. Be sure to check back here to take the full photo tour and see web-exclusive “Design on Her Mind” videos featuring Joanna’s design advice and inspiration.

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