Interview With Chip Gaines

*In partnership with KILZ.

How do I say this casually?

I got to interview Chip Gaines! Chip CARTER Gaines! (As Joanna would say.)

A couple of weeks ago, Robert and I flew out to Texas, and while we were visiting Magnolia Market, I basically felt like a little kid at Disney World… ya know, if Disney World were made up of shiplap and rusty silos and #plantlady flowers.

An interview with Chip Gaines including how to paint latex over oil based paint, the most popular Magnolia Home Paint colors, and where homeowners can get the most bang for their buck in their own fixer uppers.
Photo credit: Andrea Vehige

(I want to say that’s an itty bitty baby bump, but it’s very possible I just had a belly full of cupcakes in that picture. Wink wink.)

Shortly before visiting Texas, KILZ offered me the chance to interview Chip. If you don’t already know, Chip and Joanna Gaines are the stars of Fixer Upper on HGTV, and KILZ partnered with them to bring their Magnolia Home paint collection to life as well as share the importance of choosing the right tools for making home improvement visions come to life with their primer line.

An interview with Chip Gaines including how to paint latex over oil based paint, the most popular Magnolia Home Paint colors, and where homeowners can get the most bang for their buck in their own fixer uppers.
Photo credit: Andrea Vehige

So Robert and I brainstormed a few questions to ask him relating to that since paint is one of the biggest tricky components that can make or break a project (Olivia threw in a question of her own too), and Chip is definitely the man to ask.

1. How would you suggest dealing with trim/doors that are painted in oil based paint and you want to paint them with latex? (This is one not-so-fun obstacle we’ve run into in this house.)

That can be tricky, but definitely not impossible. You’ll just want to account for some additional prep time to get the job done right. Make sure the surface is clean, then use sandpaper to remove as much of the oil-based gloss as possible. Once you’ve got everything sanded, I’d also recommend a coat of a latex-based bonding primer, like KILZ 2® Latex, to make sure the surface is in great shape for you to start painting.

An interview with Chip Gaines including how to paint latex over oil based paint, the most popular Magnolia Home Paint colors, and where homeowners can get the most bang for their buck in their own fixer uppers.

2. If homeowners can only makeover 1 room in their fixer upper house, where would you suggest they focus the most attention? (Living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining room?)

We try to encourage our clients to focus on the rooms where they spend most of their time, especially if the homeowner plans to stay in there for years to come. For a lot of people, this is usually the kitchen or the living room. If you think you may be listing your home sometime soon, then you might consider tackling a project that will benefit resale value—like bathrooms or the exterior curb appeal.

An interview with Chip Gaines including how to paint latex over oil based paint, the most popular Magnolia Home Paint colors, and where homeowners can get the most bang for their buck in their own fixer uppers.

3. What 3 paint colors do you think are the biggest crowd pleasers in the Magnolia Home paint line?

I typically leave the color selection to Jo, but I can tell you neutrals are still big favorites for our clients. The color Shiplap is a popular one from the paint line. We’re also starting to get more and more requests for bolder colors, like Blackboard or Weekend.

An interview with Chip Gaines including how to paint latex over oil based paint, the most popular Magnolia Home Paint colors, and where homeowners can get the most bang for their buck in their own fixer uppers.

4. If a homeowner only has $200 to use toward improving their home, how would you suggest they get the most bang for their buck?

You really can’t go wrong with primer and a fresh coat of paint. Don’t underestimate how much this weekend project can transform a space—it’s an easy one to tackle by yourself, it’s fairly inexpensive and it’s a job that could be done in just a few days.

An interview with Chip Gaines including how to paint latex over oil based paint, the most popular Magnolia Home Paint colors, and where homeowners can get the most bang for their buck in their own fixer uppers.

(I updated our guest bathroom with mostly just paint using the color Weekend.)

5. My 5-year-old watches Fixer Upper ALL the time (she chooses it over cartoons… who is this kid?) and wants to know… what is your favorite ice cream flavor?

That’s actually one of the harder interview questions I’ve been asked—there are so many. Tell her that if she twisted my arm, I’d have to say Chocolate Peanut Butter!

(Olivia immediately requested Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream after I told her his answer. Of course.)

An interview with Chip Gaines including how to paint latex over oil based paint, the most popular Magnolia Home Paint colors, and where homeowners can get the most bang for their buck in their own fixer uppers.
Photo credit: Andrea Vehige

Can we get a tiny violin moment over the fact that Fixer Upper is officially done filming? I mean… what are we going to do now?!!!

I can’t wait to see what Chip and Jo will undoubtedly share with the world in other ways though. You can see more about Chip’s work with KILZ here.

Got any questions you would have asked him? I could have come up with 100 more easily. Do you have any favorite paint colors from their line you’ve used? We’re not even close to having all of our walls painted yet.

 

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28 Comments

  1. OOOH my gosh I’m so jelly!!! LOL! I love Fixer Upper! Man I would have loved to just be in the room during that interview.
    I also love the banter between Chip and Jo. He is a lot like me so….hahaha
    I read that they don’t own a tv. Great for the kids! (But I don’t think I would survive. HA!)
    You are really movin on up! I am so happy for you getting this experience and SHARING it with us!

  2. I would love to ask Chip what creative use did Jo do with his grandpa’s old saddle that he found in their storage area? I would ask him myself but i did not see him when i vidited Magnolia Farms last summer.

  3. Lauren, excellent!! You two had some great questions. What a thrill that must have been.

    The only thing I would ask, other than what you asked, is how it is working with your spouse. I love my husband but I don’t think we could work together on a regular basis.
    LOL

    Thanks,
    Carol Hake
    Lakeside, CA

  4. AAAHHHH!!! How exciting for you! Glad you had the opportunity. I’m suffering from lack of Fixer Upper but your blog helps immensely!

  5. Awwww – you are so humble about interviewing Chip! I feel the same way you felt when you answer one of the replies I leave on your blog. It’s true! How exciting (and I love Olivia’s question.) Enjoy following you on your journey.

    1. I am also looking forward to Lauren Liess’s new show which is filming its first season right now – the sneak peaks of the pilot I saw were wonderful! I think it’s called Best House on the Block.

  6. Whoohoo!! What a fun interview!! So glad you got to do that! We don’t live too far from Waco and plan to take my daughter there soon on a mother-daughter getaway (our second time there…so fun!).
    Love your baby bump!

    Blessings,
    Julie

  7. I am sure you were super excited to be chosen to do that interview but I would be more excited meeting you.

    The world loves Chip & Jo but there’s a whole world out there that feels the same about you, Lauren. ???

  8. That’s awesome you got to interview Chip!!! I’m jealous you got to visit the Silos, it is the top of the vacation list for me and my husband! Congrats!!

  9. Did you notice that Olivia picked out a paint color pretty close to “the weekend” for the bathroom redo? She knows her paint. 😉

  10. How fun! I got to meet Chip and Joanna completely by accident a few years back when I was in Texas for work. They were as friendly and genuine as they appear to be on tv! I’d like to get back to the silos now that they’ve come such a long way. What a great opportunity for you!

    1. Don’t you love when that happens?! It’s so great when people turn out to be exactly as they seem on TV. We need more authenticity in the world these days.

  11. So cool!!! So, so cool.

    We made the mistake of not realizing our trim was painted with oil (who does that?!) thinking it was glossy latex. The peeling…oh, the peeling! It’s pretty bad. I know it will have to be redone, but we did it all before moving in and it still seemed to take forever. Now that we are living in the house, work full time, and have two very busy kids and a large dog, I just have NO IDEA how it will ever be accomplished. :/

    1. I feel your pain! The struggle is so real. We had oil base in our playroom, used primer first thinking that would do the job, and it still peeled in places. So I’m glad to know now that sanding and THEN priming is the best way to do it. Trying that next time. I hate oil base soooo much. Ugh!

    1. It definitely is! I wish we could have stayed longer than half a day. There’s a place nearby called The Findery too that I’ve heard is amazing! If there’s ever a next time, we plan to check it out.

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