Fixer Upper Past “We made every mistake”
Chip and Joanna Gaines may be pretty darned cute, but they’re far from perfect—and the latest episode of “Fixer Upper” offers proof. The couple boldly take a trip back in time to a home they lived in more than 10 years ago, giving viewers a jaw-dropping peek inside.
We’re not going to lie—it’s a little horrifying. Among their renovation slip-ups? They painted over wallpaper, left the popcorn ceilings intact, spent most of their bathroom renovation budget on double shower heads, and more.
“We made every mistake in the book,” Joanna admits.
Since then, of course, they’ve learned from those mistakes—and are showing off how far they’ve come by flipping a new place. They select a cute little Tudor-style cottage that Chip names the “Giraffe House,” because its startling stone exterior reminds him of the spots on a giraffe.
The three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,800-square-foot house was built in 1937, and is now priced at $79,900. Chip does an admirable job of bargaining and gets it for $65,000, and they estimate $85,000 in renovation costs. Naturally, nothing goes exactly as planned.
Here’s how it all pans out, and the lessons they learn this time around (because there’s always room for improvement, right?).
Lesson No. 1: Save the shiplap
Chip and Joanna suspect that there might be reusable shiplap underneath the sagging, popcorn-covered drywall on the ceiling, and they’re right! The living room shiplap has been eaten by termites, so they have to replace that with drywall, but the ceilings in the rest of the downstairs area can be sanded, stained, and reused.
Lesson No. 2: Don’t overlook cast-offs in the garage
What appeared to be a pile of wood in the garage turns out to be a stack of doors that had been used in the house over the years. After they refinish and replace the glass on a few of them, they’re able to use them on an indoor cabinet and at the front of the house. They even reclaim some of the doorknobs and use them as design elements.
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