If you are a fan of HGTV’s Fixer to Fabulous, you might be wondering about the relationship between Dave Marrs and Chase Looney, the carpenter who helps him and his wife Jenny transform homes in their hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. Are they brothers, cousins, or just friends? Here’s what we know about their connection and how Chase became a part of the show.
How Dave and Chase Met
According to Chase’s website, he met Dave in 2014 when he was working as a firefighter in Rogers, Arkansas. Dave was looking for someone to help him with his woodworking projects and hired Chase as a part-time carpenter. They soon became friends and started working together on various renovation projects.
How Chase Joined ‘Fixer to Fabulous’
In 2017, Dave and Jenny were approached by HGTV to film a pilot episode for a new show called Almost Home, which later became Fixer to Fabulous. They asked Chase to join them as their main carpenter and he agreed. He said on his website, “He [Dave] wasn’t really given an option NOT to be with us on the show, but he graciously came along for the ride and we couldn’t imagine not having him with us.”
What Happened to Chase’s Eye
One week after filming the pilot episode, Chase was involved in a tragic accident that left him with a serious eye injury. While setting up a 4th of July firework display, a tube of fireworks exploded in his face. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent an eight-hour surgery before receiving devastating news.
“The following days in the hospital, I was given the news that I lost my eye. That it would have to be removed. That I might not have movement in the left side of my face and that the scarring would be permanent,” he wrote on his website.
Dave and Jenny were by his side throughout his recovery, visiting him in the hospital often. “I told them, ‘I don’t think I have the face for TV anymore.’ Through tears and laughter, they reassured me I never had a face for TV anyway,” he wrote.
After his accident, Chase returned to Fixer to Fabulous wearing an eye patch. He assisted his pals on a number of home renovation projects, building custom furniture pieces and helping bring their visions to life.
Is Chase Still on ‘Fixer to Fabulous’?
According to IMDb, Chase made his most recent appearance on Fixer to Fabulous at the start of season 4 in November 2022, raising questions about his future on HGTV. In March 2021, he went on an Instagram hiatus before announcing his return to the platform in December 2022. One month later, he took his two children on a family trip after his former wife Chelsie announced their split on Facebook.
It is unclear whether Chase will continue to be a part of Fixer to Fabulous or if he has decided to focus on his personal life and his own business, Chisel and Sawdust. He has not addressed his status on the show publicly as of yet.
So, is Chase Looney related to Dave Marrs? The answer is no. They are not blood relatives, but they are close friends who share a passion for woodworking and home improvement. They met through their work and became partners on Fixer to Fabulous until Chase’s unfortunate accident. Since then, Chase has been recovering from his injury and coping with his divorce while still supporting Dave and Jenny on their show.