Chip and Joanna GainesThe biggest fixer-bean yet is ready to be revealed!
After renovating a castle home in Waco, Texas, the Magnolia founders show off the fruits of their labor in the sixth and final episode of Fixer Upper: The Castle.
“This project was the fixer-upper of all fixer-uppers. I mean, these historic restorations are a whole different ballgame,” Chip says in an exclusive clip shared with Parade.com. “If you think about the outside, we redid the stone and I would say it was like a brand new, fresh version of the castle, but that was quite the debate.”
Joanna adds: “Any other house, I just feel like I know what I want and I’m really straightforward. I’m quick. Pretty much every time I got to the castle I just kind of felt paralyzed like I would just freeze and I wouldn’t know what decision to make.”
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The Stories we tell author admitted in the exclusive clip that the castle’s rock had “kind of bumped” her. “Chip will have to step in and just make the decision for me because I didn’t want to mess up and now every time I pull up I think it was a good decision,” says Joanna.
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The Fixer upper stars bought the more than 100-year-old castle, known as “Cottonland Castle,” in 2019. “Chip never stopped dreaming out loud about how fun it would be to restore the house to its former glory,” Joanna wrote in the Winter 2019 issue of Magnolia Journal.
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The Magnolia table star revealed in her note that Chip saw the “beauty and potential” in the property years before she did. “No question about it, this is a fixer-upper unlike any we’ve ever tackled,” Joanna wrote. “Even though we didn’t have the slightest clue of what it was going to be, what Chip did know all along, deep in his bones, and what I also learned to see, is this: If you look past the cracks in the masonry, beyond the rotten floorboards, beyond the wilderness that takes over the backyard, there is much beauty to be found in this old castle.”
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While at the time it was “not known exactly how” their adventure would turn out, Joanna wrote that “the dream — Chip’s dream from so many years ago, the dream of what this wonderful old house could become — that dream is still very much alive . Mostly because Chip and I learned to be true to the process. We knew intimately the reward waiting for us on the other side, the payoff that comes with a willingness to dig in, to go for something within a project or within ourselves that we may not even be able to identify. And to trust with surrender that there is beauty to be found in everything.”
Look at the Fixer Upper: The Castle finale November 18 at 9pm EST on Magnolia Network, Discovery+, HBO Max and the Magnolia app
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