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Hell Before Fame! 'Wood Work' Stars Clint & Kelly Harp Couldn't Pay Bills Before TV

Mar. 9 2017, Published 9:42 a.m. ET

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Clint and Kelly Harp struggled to make ends meet before reality TV — just like their Waco neighbors Chip and Joanna Gaines!

Clint told local outlets that he quit his medical sales job in 2011 to focus on building furniture while Kelly worked as a stay-at-home mom, and they could barely afford their bills!

The couple was forced to move into a two-bedroom apartment with two small children in Waco, Texas while Kelly attended grad school and Clint pursued his business. But, Clint met Chip Gaines at a gas station parking lot shortly after and they began working together.

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"I met Chip at a gas station in February or March of 2012 and by October or November, we're filming a pilot for HGTV," Clint told My Statesman.

He claimed that his spot on Fixer Upper gave him and his wife the funds to open a store and hire a staff for their growing business, now known as Harp Design Co.

They were also given their own show, Against The Grain, last year — but it was not picked up after pilot episode.

"If we've learned anything from TV land, it's — we don't know," Kelly told the Waco Tribune of their first solo venture.

Now, the couple is starring in Wood Work — set to premiere on the DIY Network.

"Against The Grain really didn't show who we are, a band of guys and gals who work together in Waco," Clint explained. "They wanted more of that and more of Kelly and what she does."

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