Joanna and Chip Gaines aren't the only stars in Waco, Texas. After making a guest appearance in almost every episode of , Clint Harp and his wife, Kelly, are quickly becoming household names.
Together, they run their growing small business Harp Design Co., and star in a new DIY network series Wood Work. The fun-loving, down-to-earth couple share a few similarities with their friends Chip and Jo, but they also have a story all their own. Here's everything fans of the up-and-coming television stars need to know.
1. Clint and Kelly met as students at Baylor University in the late 90s.
They married shortly after college and then lived in Houston, Texas, before moving back to Waco, according to the . Now they have three kids: Hudson, Holly and Camille.
2. Clint was broke before he discovered by Chip and Joanna.
Before they were friends with the Fixer Upper stars and landed their own spin-off series, Clint quit his six-figure job in medical sales to to grow his carpentry career and Kelly was in graduate school at Baylor University. Just when they were about to , Clint ran into Chip at a local gas station, where he introduced himself and pitched his work. From there, the two became fast friends.
3. Before starting Harp Design Co., Clint worked in medical sales, but before that he also worked as a minister and missionary.
"I've done so many different things: area director for a kid's ministry, janitor at a church, junior high youth minister, and missionary overseas," he told the .
4. A sticker-covered table leg secured Clint's first deal with the Gaines family.
On a day when he was feeling particularly stressed about his career, Clint mentioned that he was unhappy with a table leg he turned that day, so his kids covered it in encouraging stickers to cheer him up, according to the . A few weeks later, Joanna visited the shop to place an order, saw the piece, and wanted to use it. "That's it. I love it! Use that for the Magnolia Farms tables," she told Clint.
5. Clint and Kelly frequently collaborate on pieces.
In fact, Clint values her design advice more than anyone. "Kelly has a great eye for design, which I rely on often," he told the . "We're fortunate enough to work together, and we often like the same sort of design."
6. Kelly now curates and sources items for the Harp Design Co. store.
When their business started to boom, Kelly left her master's degree program to work at Harp Design Co., according to the . Now, she merchandises the store with an assortment of home decor and artisan items to complement Clint's handmade pieces.
7. Tables are the core of their business.
The furniture shop produces a range of products including headboards, benches, and cutting boards, but tables are their speciality. "I have a crazy family history and what has always been important is gathering around the table," Clint told the . "I want people to put a table in their house that they want to sit at — a table you can't wait to sit down at and eat dinner."
8. If you love Clint's work, you can learn how he does it all on his blog.
Check out his and "" for some of his best DIY tips.
9. Joanna Gaines designed their home.
was featured on the fifth episode in season 1 of Fixer Upper, and it was quite the makeover. The house had been abandoned for years and was falling apart, but Joanna turned it into their dream house.
10. But they recently had to move because "Fixer Upper" fans were low-key stalking them.
"I'd be playing in the backyard with my kids and people would be walking around waving at me," Clint told . "We just had to move for privacy reasons, but we love that house so much." The couple still owns the home, but now they rent it out to visitors through .
11. President Jimmy Carter was close friends with Clint's grandparents.
The friendship had quite the impact on Clint's career beginnings. When he first started to work as a carpenter, he was inspired by the family friend to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, an organization that the President also served. "I knew it would be a cool way to give back to someone who has meant a lot to our family," Clint told the .
12. Clint's career and business revolves around one motto.
When Clint was growing up, he learned all about building from his granddad who worked in construction. His grandfather also taught him a valuable lesson, which he continues to live by today: "Do it right the first time, so you don't have to go back and do it again," Clint told the .