The Fixer Upper Dictionary

Before Joanna and Chip Gaines beamed their love of #shiplap across Texas and television sets across the country, who would have guessed it would one day be a (modern rustic) household word? As a nod to that humble material’s Cinderella story—and as prep for Fixer Upper’s fifth season—we’ve pulled together a what’s-what of the Gaines’ favorite design terms.

Barn Door

Traditionally speaking, both hinged and sliding barn doors allow access to barns on working farms. In modern rustic interiors, both reclaimed and constructed versions often roll along with the aid of wrought-iron, top-mounted horizontal tracks and rollers.


Beadboard is made of vertically-mounted slats of wood that fit together with tongues and grooves along their long sides, usually on the lower portion of a wall below a chair rail. The seam where each slat meets another forms a bead—and as a row of beads extends horizontally to form wainscoting, they create a pattern.

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