Clint Harp Reveals His Favorite Episode Of Fixer Upper - Exclusive

For those of us who have been with Chip and Joanna Gaines since their early days on "Fixer Upper," well, we haven't been alone. Clint Harp, the talented carpenter who joined the couple during their early days on screen, has been with Chip and Jo throughout the years of growth, change, and, of course, throughout the development of the new Magnolia Network. Harp's handiwork has allowed for "Fixer Upper" projects to really reach the next level, and he's certainly not slowing down any time soon.

Fans know Harp for his craftsmanship and appearances alongside Chip and Jo, but what if we told you that he is now the star of his very own show on the Magnolia Network? That's right, Harp is now the star of "Restoration Road," a series that follows the carpenter turned renovation guru across the country as he lends his expertise to historic buildings in need of some care. While so many of us have been thrilled to see Harp star in his own show and really come out of the woodwork (see what we did there?), we can't help but reminisce about his early days on screen. When The List got the chance to sit down with Harp for an exclusive interview, we had so many questions that it was difficult to know where to start. What we absolutely had to know, however, was what episode from the old-school "Fixer Upper" stood out to him the most. 

Clint Harp has fond memories of his favorite Fixer Upper episode

When we asked Clint Harp about his favorite episode of Chip and Joanna Gaines' claim to fame, "Fixer Upper," his answer was pretty simple. "Well, yeah, it had to be mine," he said. Let's backtrack, for those of us who need a recap. 

In the early days of "Fixer Upper," when Chip and Jo had yet to become the powerhouse couple we know today, getting their hands on projects was a bit of a challenge. It just so happened that while Season 1 was being filmed, Clint had bought a house that was in dire need of help, and Chip and Jo needed a client. "People were still trying to figure out what this whole thing was and there's camera crews all around town ... they were a few episodes short because they didn't have the projects," Clint told The List. 

So how did his "dumpster fire of a house" get a slot on "Fixer Upper"? His wife, Kelly Harp, ran into Jo in the parking lot of Target (let's be honest, all good things happen at Target) and the two got chatting about the "crack house" that needed a lot of work. "We had just bought it from the owners for $10,000 ... and Joanna was like, 'What are you all going to do?' She was like, 'Well, we're going to clean it up because our shop's right next door to it, and we just want to make it presentable so that it cleans the neighborhood up and people aren't afraid to come to our shop,'" Clint shared. "Joanna was like, 'Let's do it for the show.' Then the rest is history." 

Joanna Gaines trusts Clint Harp's intuitive carpentry skills during every collaboration

While the renovation of his own home stands out among the "Fixer Upper" episodes, Clint Harp shared with The List that it was Joanna Gaines' trust in his abilities that really made his time on the show memorable. Harp told us it was Jo's unwavering confidence in his carpentry designs that made his time on the show so successful, and he told us about another project that he would never forget. 

"There was one that really stood out where I had this old wood behind the shop and I said, 'I don't want to put any stain, varnish, poly, anything on it, and it's going to be really cool.' She was like, 'All right. Do your thing,'" Harp shared. "She's Joanna Gaines. She's freaking designer extraordinaire. She's one of the best in the entire world. She is incredible, and for her to look at me and go, 'I trust you. Do it. You do your thing.' Like, wow." 

We can't even imagine what it'd be like to have someone like Jo in our design corner, let alone sharing such amazing experiences with her, but it was clear from the very beginning that their collaboration would be fruitful. Saying that the "special memories" are only continuing, Harp just about gushed about the couple with whom he's shared such significant milestones.

Magnolia Network's slate of original programming launched July 15 on discovery+ and inside the Magnolia app.