Can't Move to Waco for Your Own 'Fixer Upper' Reno? This Is the Next Best Thing

Admit it: You've thought about moving cross-country for a chance to get a Chip and Joanna home makeover. Here's another option. 

By: Liz Gray
Show: Fixer Upper

You could stay in a home designed by these two lovebirds. 

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Rachel Whyte

You could stay in a home designed by these two lovebirds. 

After a marathon Fixer Upper sesh, we've all been here:

And this mug basically sums up our collective Joanna obsession.

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Photo by Instagram user carriemauldin

But, if you're not quite ready to pack up the whole family yet, pack a weekend bag instead: You could rent out Joanna's favorite Fixer Upper to date.

Renovated Modern Kitchen

Renovated Modern Kitchen

Walls were removed to expose the formerly enclosed kitchen, freeing up more space and creating an open but elegant floor plan.

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Remember this stunning midcentury modern kitchen? Yep, you could be cooking breakfast there right now. See the listing for more details.

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From Bauhaus to Our House

Jill and Josh Barrett were in search of "something different" in a new home. They found it in this house built in the modern style in 1959. Homes that can genuinely lay claim to the term "modern" — in the strict architectural sense — are a rare find in Waco, Texas. This one presented Joanna with an opportunity to branch into some new creative directions.

Where's Don Draper?

Joanna drew on the home's distinctly mid-century design when selecting furnishings. The living room sofa, coffee table and chairs exhibit the sleek and simple geometry that typified furniture design in the late '50s and '60s.  

Spare and Clean

Eames inspired molded chairs with metal bases, a simple unadorned dining table and visually striking chandelier help define the new dining space.

A Kitchen Revealed

Walls were removed to expose the formerly enclosed kitchen, freeing up more space and creating an open but elegant floor plan.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Nature as Backdrop

In keeping with the principles of mid century style, the home's design is deliberately integrated with its natural surroundings. Chip and Joanna took full advantage creating this inviting outdoor seating space.

Meet the Homeowners

Chip and Joanna visit with Jill and Josh Barrett in their newly updated kitchen. Though the Barretts were initially skeptical about the home and it's quirky, unconventional style, they quickly came to the realization that it possessed unique potential.


Chip and Joanna prepare to pull back the big "before" banner and reveal the home's newly updated exterior.


Exterior improvements include horizontal wood-plank siding, enlarged and updated windows and new landscaping that includes giant Agave cacti known as century plants.

A Truly Blank Canvas

Aside from an awkwardly placed and enclosed kitchen, the home came with a floor plan that was already open and spacious. The visually arresting interiors and ample wall space made for a setting that Joanna was eager to refine and reimagine.

Dining Room, AFTER

To update and brighten the space, brick and wood-paneled walls are painted in pure white. Metal i-beam supports are wrapped in natural wood for a more organic look.

Dining Room, AFTER

In the dining room, Joanna installed a historical map of Waco as wall art, with sections framed and hung individually to create a six-panel design.

Dining Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a decorative candle holder sits on the dining room table in the Barrett home.

Dining Room, Detail

This stylized metal chandelier makes an impressive statement in the dining room.

Living Room, BEFORE

The large living space was stark and had some dated features like folding accordion doors. The large windows and spectacular view, however, were among the home's selling points.

Living Room, AFTER

With the renovation complete, the large center section of the home incorporates this living room on one side and dining room on the other, with the newly opened kitchen dividing to two spaces.

Living Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a design element for the living room's coffee table has a natural feel to it.

Living Room, Detail

This distinctive chandelier suspended above the coffee table is an ideal complement for the living room's modern furnishings.

Living Room, Detail

Vases with iron holders bring a touch of green to the new poured concrete hearth.

Living Room, Detail

Nature is brought indoors with this custom side table fashioned from the cross section of a tree.

Living Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a side table sits in the living room of the Barrett's newly designed modern home.

Living Room, Detail

The Barrett's new living room features a baby blue chair with black and white throw pillow.

Kitchen, BEFORE

Prior to the renovation, the small and enclosed galley kitchen felt more like a pantry. Countertops were white laminate, cabinetry was basic modular and the appliances were dated.

Kitchen, BEFORE

With its box-like enclosure and awkward placement, the kitchen was a visual intrusion within the larger living space.

Kitchen, AFTER

Opened up and dramatically expanded, the new kitchen becomes, as Joanna terms it, "the heart of the home."

Kitchen, AFTER

Breaking from her often preferred white, Joanna turns the tables in this case with all black cabinetry. The black helps delineate the space and provides marked contrast with the white marble countertops surrounding walls.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

As seen on Fixer Upper, lighting in the the kitchen of the Barrett's newly designed modern home.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

The new kitchen includes a wine chiller in addition to other updated and high-end appliances.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

As seen on Fixer Upper, a Bertazzoni oven compliments the Barrett's newly remodeled modern kitchen.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

The modern kitchen in the Barrett home features a gas range stove.

Kitchen, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, this gold sink fixture gives the kitchen of the Barrett home a modern flair.

Kitchen, Detail

Joanna used brass cabinet hardware in keeping with Jill's love of brass. Brass was also incorporated in the support columns for the kitchen's floating glass shelves.

Coffee Nook

New windows and glass doors were added to this corner space adjacent to the kitchen. The floating bar top with bar stool seating is the perfect spot for morning coffee and savoring the view. 

Work Station

Old built-in shelves were removed to make way for this work station just off the kitchen.

Bedroom Suite and Hallway, BEFORE

The master bedroom and bath, as well as other bedrooms, were located in this separate section of the house.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

The master bedroom was dark and drab with worn beige carpeting.

Master Suite Bedroom, AFTER

Joanna brightened up the bedroom but kept the feeliing warm with dark wood floors and painted brick accent wall.

Master Suite, Detail

The framed number "7" represents the seven members of the Barrett family.

Master Suite, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, the master bedroom of the Barrett's newly remodeled modern home featured a message in a bottle.

Master Suite, Detail

The newly renovated master bedroom in the Barrett home features modern wall art and unique lighting fixtures.

Master Bath, BEFORE

The master bath had original tile and generally mid-century styling but was small and confining.

Master Bath, AFTER

Removal of the tub, carefully thought out use of space and a lighter earth-toned palette makes the small master bath feel much larger.

Master Bath, Detail

The new bath gets a wide vanity with dual faucets and poured concrete countertops.

Master Bath, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a detail shot of the shower fixture in the Barrett's newly remodeled master bathroom.

Nursery, BEFORE

Joanna converted this office space adjacent to the master bedroom into a nursery.

Nursery, AFTER

The nursery has dark hardwood floors and the walls are painted in neutral gray.

Nursery, AFTER

Joanna accessorized the nursery with an antique window wall-hanging, green glass vases and mobile with carved birds.

Nursery, Detail

The pendant light with crystal shade casts an ornate pattern on the ceiling.

Nursery, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, the Barrett's new nursery uses an old window pane to hang over the baby's crib.

Nursery, Detail

An antique window turns into a decorative wall hanging with flowers in the Barrett's newly remodeled nursery.

Nursery, Detail

The wooden mobile that hangs over the crib in the Barrett home nursery is made of hand carved wooden birds.

Nursery, Detail

A teddy bear sits in a wire basket turned diaper holder in the newly renovated nursery in the Barrett home.

Front Entry, AFTER

The red-orange door with black hardware offers a bold and colorful accent against the warm gray of the painted brick.

Back Patio, AFTER

Chip and the crew built this new wood pergola for the backyard patio.

Back Patio, Detail

Outdoor string lights add a nice touch to the the patio pergola.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Joanna, Chip and the crew make ready for the big reveal of the Barrett house.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines prepare to show the Barrett's their newly remodeled home.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Jill and Josh Barrett get their first look at their newly updated home.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

The Barrett's are shown their newly remodeled living room space.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

As seen on Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines tells the Barretts a funny story about installing the gold fixtures in the house.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Chip and Joanna Gaines bring the Barrett's in to the kitchen of their newly remodeled modern home for a first look.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines and the Barrett family talk about the functionality of the backyard.

Behind the Scenes

As seen on Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines admires the wooden mobile that hangs over the crib in the nursery of the Barrett's newly remodeled home.

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Chip!

A 40th birthday is one of the big ones. For Chip's, Joanna surprised him with a helicopter escape to a fishing trip. 

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Chip!

The surprises didn't stop with the fishing adventure. A party at the farmhouse with 100 or so friends and family members in attendance would be awaiting Chip upon his return.

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Chip!

The surprises didn't stop with the fishing adventure. A party at the farmhouse with 100 or so friends and family members in attendance would be awaiting Chip upon his return.

More of a "go out for breakfast" type? Head to the Magnolia Silos' food truck park for some local coffee...

Photo by Instagram user ashmichelle

Photo by Instagram user ashmichelle

...and a fresh, hot crepe from the cutest food trailer ever.

Image courtesy Co-Town Crepes

Image courtesy Co-Town Crepes

For the full Fixer Upper experience, time your trip with the next Round Top Antiques Fair. Make the two-hour journey armed with Chip and Joanna's tips for getting the best deals:

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Chip and Joanna wheel and deal for bargains at the Round Top antiques show.

Plus, check out our handy Fixer Upper style gallery to make your list of have-to-haves.

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Hit the flea market for Fixer Upper -inspired finds. 

Church Pews

Church pews are a great addition to the entryway and can be dressed up with seasonal pillows for a fresh look. And with many modern churches switching to theater-style seating, these classic seats are fairly easy to come by. Side note: They are also fairly pricy, so if you find a good deal, you'd better snatch it up.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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Classic Chairs

While finding two armchairs that are identical and in good shape can be a challenge, traditional wingback chairs always seem to be available. Consider buying two that are similar but not matching and recovering the pair in your favorite fabric. 

Wooden Ladders

Wooden ladders are super versatile, and lucky for us, they are also readily available. Great for hanging blankets, magazines and even high heels, these ladders are a cute accessory with major functionality.

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Galvanized Everything

From watering cans to buckets to troughs, galvanized containers are a huge flea market staple. And since they are so plentiful, it shouldn't be too hard to find one for the right price. 

Glass Jars

Glass jars are plentiful at flea markets, and the best thing about them is you can always be adding unique looks to your collection. Like the shelves of green jars and gorgeous glassware seen here, more is definitely better.

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Vintage Fans

Add an instant cool factor to your shelves or buffet table with a vintage fan. Though not difficult to come by, these fans can be on the pricier end of thrift-store merchandise. Opt for one that hasn't been restored to save a little money and still get a great look. 

Soda Bottles

Pay homage to the past with a fun collection of vintage soda bottles. But be careful with this one —many stores will sell bottle reproductions that aren't actually worth anything. But if you're just going for the look, new might be a cheaper option. 

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Bird Cages

Usually all metal, bird cages can add interest to any space. The stunning versions you can find antiquing vary in price depending on size and the condition they are in. If you're interested in adding one to your home decor, this is one item you'll want to take your time to find the right price. 

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Mantels can instantly add depth and architectural interest to your home. Though easy to find, you'll want to consider the style you are looking for rather than buying the first one you see. While the more detailed versions do run a little higher, it may be worth the extra cost in the end. If you plan to paint your mantel, little details and intricate carvings really help it shine. 

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School-Style Chalkboards

While it may seem like everything is chalkboard these days, the green classroom chalkboard is actually more of a rarity. You may find one that is still on the rolling display, which would be great for a kid's playroom. To achieve the look seen here, just remove the screws and hang it wherever you hope to add some schoolhouse charm. 

Industrial Scrap Pieces

While you may not be lucky enough to find a portion of a windmill, scrap metal and industrial pieces are a dime a dozen. From metal mattress springs to old metal typeset drawers, these pieces are just waiting to be reused as wall art, furniture beginnings and more. 

Tool Boxes

Perfect for a long table, Joanna regularly upcycles wooden tool boxes as charming centerpieces. Whether you find a wooden or metal version, tool boxes are easy to find when thrifting and can be used as planters, to hold towels and to keep toiletries corralled. Really, the options are endless.

Vintage Scales

Vintage scales look amazing in the kitchen. The most common versions are countertop scales, but hanging scales like the one seen here are not too hard to come by. Side note: If you actually plan to use a kitchen scale for weighing food, you may want to consider a new version with vintage charm. 

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Weathered Books

Books are always a great decor option. And the great part about this design is that the titles don't even matter. Simply pick up a few well-loved books at your local flea market and display proudly for an instant shabby-chic effect.

Metal Baskets

One of Joanna's favorite pieces to work with, metal baskets are just as useful as they are stylish. They come in all shapes and sizes. Consider buying an old metal locker basket. These little slices of history are often found in thrift stores and work with many different design styles.

Industrial Furniture

Industrial furniture, such as old post office cabinets and hotel mail slots, is easier to come by than you might expect. The downside with these pieces is that if they are in good condition, (and often even when they are not) they fall on the pricier side of the thrift-store scale. 


Small, large and in between, old glass windows are an easy flea market find that can be used to add some rustic charm to an empty wall. And if you're really feeling creative, consider painting them or adding a few colorful jars to display flowers as Joanna did here. 


Vintage signs are easy wall decor that tell a story, and since perfectly-distressed signs aren't readily available at every store, this is the type of thrift store find you want to grab when you find it. Even if it won't work in your house, chances are you'll find a friend or family member that is dying to get their hands on it. 

Wooden Crates

Rustic, industrial and perfect for storage, wooden crates are one of Joanna's go-to decorations. You can definitely find these used, but it may be cheaper to opt for new in this case. Side note: If you want vintage, old soda crates are easy to find with typically fair prices. 

Unique Furniture

If you have something specific in mind, you'll likely leave the thrift store disappointed, but if interesting furniture is your goal, there are so many fantastic options. And don't get stuck on the original purpose of the piece. Here, this antique cobbler's bench works as a unique side table with tons of character.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

School Desks

Though double desks aren't around every corner, wooden school desks are pretty common. If you like this look, consider buying two and placing them together for a similar effect. 

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines


While they likely won't be a perfect fit for your front entrance, vintage doors can also be used as a decorative wall hanging like Joanna did here. Old screen doors are a popular thrift store find that can be used as decor or even transformed as a useful spot to hang jewelry, cooking utensils or whatever your heart desires. 

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A vintage screen door can totally replace your checked bag on the trip home. Hang it on the wall while you binge on your new favorite episode..and every other episode, of course.

28 Signs You're Fixer Upper-Obsessed

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It's okay, so are we. 

You refer to the Gaines couple as JoJo and Chip when discussing the show, like they are your close friends.
-Facebook fan Mindy

Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper with her husband Chip (seen here also) loves the color green, but isn't a fan of purple.

You find yourself looking at old bikes, rusty signs and scrap wood and think..."Yeah, that would look good on my wall."
-Facebook fan Katherine

As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna have updated the dining room with a new redwood mantel, farm table, dark metal chandelier and black accents that offer a contrast against the white brick.

You make a big printed picture on wheels to reveal all surprises to your family.
-Facebook fan Laurie B.

Homeowners Jonathan and Amy Gulley cheer as Fixer Upper hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines pull back a large photographic banner of their home in its original state, to reveal the newly renovated home.

You want every room in you house painted gray.
-Facebook fan Natalie

With one wall removed, the old dining room was absorbed into the new kitchen, creating an open feel and making room for a long kitchen island. The old tile floors were replaced with wood flooring. New cabinets, appliances, marble countertops, tile backsplash, stainless fixtures and paint give the kitchen a modern look, yet the wooden vent hood and pendant light fixtures are complimentary to the Sanders' French Country style, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (After 14)

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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You not only know the names of all the Gaines' children, you know the names of their goats and chickens, too!
-Facebook fan Erin

The 40-acre farm owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, co-hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, is also home to 60 animals, including chickens, cows and goats.

"If you want to buy the worst house on the best street so you can either hire them or say "Now, what would Chip & Joanna do???"
-Facebook fan Melissa F.

Before renovation, the landscaping was so overgrown that it obscured most of the house, so Chip and Joanna cleared out the unkempt trees and shrubs. Charmaine said, “It was a shame to see such a sturdy, well-built home going to waste.”

You do your best to recreate a design you saw. The chalkboard paint wall with reclaimed wood shelves and buffet? Did it!!!
-Facebook fan Maria M.

HGTV Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed this casual dining space into a family coffee bar – a place for family and friends to gather for eating and entertaining. Chalkboard paint on the wall creates a cafe-like atmosphere, while the floating shelves add a hint of rustic style.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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Your birthday wish is that Chip and Joanna knock on your door and yell "We are here to fix up your home!"
-Facebook fan Sheryl

"We didn't buy a TV when we first got married, and we have yet to buy one," says Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, of the home she shares with husband (and co-host) Chip.

You consider moving to Waco just so you can hire them to find you a fixer upper!
- Facebook fan Cindy R.

"I started a local boutique and partnered with Chip to implement the Magnolia style in the homes he was flipping," Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of her husband. "We later branched out and started renovations in the central Texas area."

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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You have used the term "shiplap" in the last 24 hours!
-Facebook fan Amy P.

Chip and Joanna Gaines had the homeowners' favorite quote etched in sheet metal and hung as an art piece in their master bathroom for them to reflect on everyday, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper

You check every mirror to see how your hair looks.
-Facebook fan Nell S.

A mirror hangs above a wooden end table providing light, color, and the illusion of more space in an otherwise dark corner of the living room, as seen on Fixer Upper.

You have more paint samples than shoes.
-Facebook fan Terri

The new fireplace blends into the built-ins with white paint providing a neutral palette for decor to pop, as seen on Fixer Upper.

You like old, distressed furniture better than brand new stuff.
-Facebook fan Heather R.

After removing a built-in in the living room new bar seating is added space between the family room and kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper.

You cry at some point during each episode.
-Facebook fan Jennifer M.

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines stand with homeowners Denitia and Norris Blount as they talk about their home before the renovation, as seen on Fixer Upper.

You can't pass up an old dresser with a "free" sign on the side of the road, because you want your house to look like an episode of Fixer Upper.
-Facebook fan Michele S.

This living space is open concept and connects the entryway, kitchen and dining room. White distressed furniture, slipcovered chairs and a soft color palette all lend a shabby chic style to the rooms.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You use the quote "Today is a good day for a good day."
-Facebook fan Tiffany

A custom black metal sign with a positive message greets guests in this entry space. A small black wood bench and floor lamp provide a cozy sitting area before entering the adjacent dining room and kitchen.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You laugh at all of Chip's jokes.
-Facebook fan Lisa

Chip and Joanna Gaines, co-hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, have four kiddos who range in age from four to nine.

Everywhere you go, you're looking around envisioning how you could remodel the place.
-Facebook fan Shirley

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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You brake for all garage sales and flea markets.
-Facebook fan Joseph Z.

This backroom was transformed into a play space for a young boy with light gray paint that contrasts with the new wood floors and corrugated metal awnings over the windows that bring a masculine element to this cottage-style room.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

You wish every night was Tuesday night.
-Facebook fan Sue

A new large kitchen island with a countertop made from the wood of an old train car offers additional counter space and a casual dining area.

You see the potential in almost all old stuff.
-Facebook fan Julie D.

A section of a windmill fan serves as a compelling piece of wall decor above a rustic wood console.

You find yourself buying big clocks...

The study is staged with industrial shelving, antique furnishings and decorations.

...and metal letters.
-Facebook fan Bernie

A metal letter sign displays "g" for Gulley and serves as an art piece in the living room at the Gulley house.

You possibly "considered" eating a "small" roach just to see if Chip is on to something.
-Facebook fan Grace U.

The 40-acre farm owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, is also home to 60 animals, including chickens, cows, goats......and horses! (Here, Chip takes a late-afternoon ride.)

Your eyes don't see the dump...

The Baston family home before renovation on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

...but instead, the dream.
-Facebook fan Pam R.

Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed and updated this farmhome with new paint and warm natural wood support beams, porch railings and fencing.

You've filled every vase in the house with white flowers.
-Facebook fan Kim

A large glass vase with elegant white flowers serves as a centerpiece for the table in the dining room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

You plan a trip to Waco hoping to bump into them at the Magnolia store!
-Facebook fan Melissa R.

Where does Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, find all the great pieces 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."

You have pulled up the corners of your carpet looking for hardwoods.
-Facebook fan Debbie C.

Interiors spaces that were once segmented and closed off are now more open, giving a new sense of unity and breadth to the home's interior.

You envy and appreciate the rapport between JoJo and Chip, the love they have for each other and their children, and the amazing transformations they create for deserving families.
-Facebook fan Laurence B.

"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip Haines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of his wife and co-host Joanna. "It took me all day to install this beautiful tumbled-stone backsplash, but when I went to grout soaked up the color and turned maroon. It was horrible, and JoJo was surprised to say the least."

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