Fixer Upper's Season 3 Premiere Is Here! Tell Us Why You Watch
The wait is finally over: Tonight at 9p | 8c, tune in for the season three premiere of Fixer Upper on HGTV. As we count down the hours, minutes and seconds until everyone's favorite renovation family is back on the air, we want to know, why do you watch?
Do you swoon when Chip and Jo wheel back that giant sign? Do you love covering your face when Chip takes on a gross (yet hilarious) new challenge? We want to know! Print out this sign, write down what you love about Fixer Upper, and share your photo with #FixerUpper and #IWatchFixerUpper on Instagram and Twitter.
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Fixer Upper carpenter extraordinaire Clint Harp is watching for the gutsy remodeling risks.
Meet the Harps
Fixer Upper aficionados will recognize the clients in this project. Clint Harp is the carpenter and furniture designer responsible for many of the one-of-a-kind furniture creations included in Chip and Jo's renovations, and he has appeared frequently throughout the series. He and his wife Kelly were in search of an affordable home in the community of Brook Oaks. The fixer-upper they took on was indicative not only of their creative vision but of their downright bravery.
Before the Renovation: The Vision Thing
Though in an alarming state of disrepair, the house, which was built in 1913, has good bones, lots of room and potential for an impressive restoration. Joanna suggests reconfiguring the front room. "Make it really wide," she says, "so you can look into the breakfast nook. Make this room the grand thing that it once was in 1913."
It's Demo Day!
Once Clint and Kelly took the giant leap with the 1913 house, the real challenge for Chip and Joanna was about to begin. "This place not only needs a demo," said Chip, "it needs an exorcism."
There are more behind-the-scenes pics from this episode. Be sure to also check out the companion gallery: "Tackling the Beast, Pt. 2 - Behind the Scenes."
"The Pit" -- as Clint and Kelly first described the house -- was in need of a radical deep clean and complete overhaul. But it did have a few things going for it: It was spacious, with more than 2700 square feet, five bedrooms and three baths. The asking price was only $15,000 (essentially the value of the lot alone), and the location was close to the Harps' shop and studio.
A complete overhaul was precisely what the exterior received with a new roof, enlarged windows, new paint and fresh landscaping. In the end, Clint and Kelly were able to negotiate a purchase price for the house of only $10,000 and used the remaining $100,000 of their total budget for the renovations.
Living Room and Dining Room, BEFORE
The living room in the Harp's house was not livable. There were holes in the ceiling and it was full of trash and old furniture. The old stairwell was unsafe and the walls and ceiling were painted at unattractive yellow color, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (Before 16) Befores
Kitchen and Dining Room, AFTER
New cabinets are painted bright white and accented with contrasting black cabinet hardware. The kitchen was large enough to accommodate a new island with a three-by-six-foot marble top for additional prep space.
The base of the kitchen island and cloaked vent hood were custom made by Clint. The finished space is highlighted with rustic style sconces and pendants, new recessed lighting and industrial metal barstools.
Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines turned the once disastrous room into a bright, clean kitchen with new cabinets, wood floors, Carrera marble countertops and light gray paint with white trim. The old drop ceiling was removed, adding height to the room, and a wooden support beam was added. A subway tile backsplash, floating wood shelves, and stainless steel appliances were also installed. Client Clint Harper added the finishing touches to the kitchen by making a beautiful island and vent hood out of reclaimed wood , as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (After 7b) Afters
Clint and Kelly Harp called upon Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gains to help transform their home from unlivable to exquisite. The house has a new porch and stairs leading to the beautiful wooden front door that Clint Harp constructed himself. A new roof, modern gray paint, fresh landscaping, and all new windows make this house a jewel on the block, as opposed to the eyesore it once was, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (After 2) Afters
Want to See More Behind-the Scenes from This Project?
Want to see more of Clint, Kelly, Chip and Jo? Check out the companion gallery, Tackling the Beast, Pt.2 - Behind the Scenes, for 40+ on-location snapshots from this episode of Fixer Upper.
Instagram user @worls4 can't get enough of Chip's muscular physique.
On Buying Their Own Fixer Upper
Chip and Joanna's families had complete faith in their renovation skills when they bought their own run-down property. "They have seen some pretty bad homes that we have purchased...this one honestly didn't scare them, mainly because the land was so pretty," the couple says.
On Joanna's Favorite Room at Home
Her favorite space post-renovation? The kitchen. "It's the heart of the home for me," she says. "No matter how much is going on, I don't feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh. I love the farmhouse sink, and I love looking out the window at the animals and cows while I work."
On Their First Design Project
Their first house as a married couple was "all over the map," Joanna says. "The front room had sailboats in it, the kitchen was mustard yellow and French themed, and the back den was rustic with cedar paneled walls, hanging horns and cow hides. I guess I was testing out my style."
On Joanna's First Big Design Mistake
"For our first high-end flip, I chose a tan stucco color," Joanna says. "After it was painted, I pulled up to the house and it looked like a big yellow school bus." Lesson learned? Always buy paint samples.
On Chip's First Big Design Mistake
"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip says. "It took me all day to install this beautiful tumbled-stone backsplash, but when I went to grout it...it soaked up the color and turned maroon. It was horrible, and JoJo was surprised to say the least."
On the Number One Design Mistake People Make
"When people make their house too practical or too pretty," it doesn't work, Joanna says. Great design is a blend of both, like this functional yet chic white kitchen.
On Their Favorite Power Tools
On Favorite Spots to Find Vintage Goodies
Where does Joanna find all the great products she uses in her farmhouse and in her shop? "Off-the-beaten-path antique stores and flea markets," she says. "My favorite thing to do is hunt for really cool pieces to sell or repurpose and use in my home."
Love It or List It contractor Eric Eremita is watching to see the custom metal work creations from Jimmy Don of Stars Over Texas Metal Art.
Rev Run's Renovation stars Rev Run and wife Justine are in it for strong family ties.
And Fixer Upper producer and Instagram user @LindsayWeidhorn loves the adorable farm animals. (Really, who can resist baby goats?)
Print the sign and tell us why you watch, then tune in Tuesdays at 9p | 8c for fresh episodes of Fixer Upper.