It’s hard to imagine that anything Chip and Joanna Gaines touches doesn’t automatically turn into shabby-chic gold. But even the king and queen of shiplap have their bad days.
During a Facebook Live chat Tuesday, the hosts of HGTV’s show “Fixer Upper” answered a series of viewer questions — and that included spilling details on projects that didn’t go quite as planned.
“I’ve got a lot of examples of projects that didn’t go as expected,” Chip said. “But I’m gonna let Jo’ field this one because mine end up with inappropriate thoughts about the homeowners.”
Dish, Chip! Fortunately, his wife came to the rescue with a tale to tell.
“There was one project where I was going to spread my wings. I had a $20,000 budget and it cost $11,000 to paint the house,” she explained. "I painted the house the wrong color.”
Just how off was the color? Allow Chip to elaborate:
“She was looking for ‘Buttercream.’ It turned out ‘School Bus Yellow.’”
Joanna had to spend the rest of her budget repainting the house — and learning a valuable lesson.
“Don’t go buy those little swatches,” she said. “You gotta paint a big section before you make a decision.”
Here’s are four other things we learned from Chip and Joanna’s chat:
1. Family rules all.
“Family is the most important thing in our entire universe," Chip said. "When things do get out of balance, we pull back pretty drastically to make sure the family’s taken care of.”
2. They’re sticking to Waco — for now.
“Until [our kids] are out of the house, Waco is where we’re going to base our renovation business," Joanna said. "But once they’re all gone, off to college, I think it’d be fun to explore some other fun cities that we really love.”
3. The transition to hosting 'Fixer Upper' was tough.
“We had a full-time job when this opportunity presented itself to us. We honestly thought this was a hobby-like activity, but unfortunately, it really is a full-time job," Chip said.
"So now have a full-time job running full-time business, then we have a full-time job basically managing the expectations from the production company…And everybody could argue that raising four kids 11 and under is a full-time job."
But don't feel too bad for Chip: "It’s exactly the way I’d want it.”
4. Call Joanna ‘Chef Jo’!
If Joanna had a show not related to renovations, she’d be in the kitchen. “I want a cooking show," she told the camera. We'd watch!