Oddly enough, the rooms this week were just too boring to comment on, lol.
8:00 show - Edward does a horrible bedroom (a la Frank) in a carribean style complete with palm frond headboard and wall mural divided into three colors so it would look like beach, water, sky. Corny, corny, corny. The homeowners loved it, of course. (I have to say the male homeowner on this show was one of the most irritating ever, and that’s saying something!)
Barry greatly improves a disaster of a kitchen and still manages to make it look absurd. This kitchen had: press-on square floor tiles, no work area, a “floating” dishwasher (never installed) and I think the stove didn’t actually have a home either. (I was cutting out some sewing patterns so I didn’t have my eye on the screen the whole time.) It was “country” style and had wallpaper that had seriously seen better days. They stripped the paper, knocked out a cabinet next to the sink to give the dishwasher a home, moved the stove into a corner and built a workspace/island/bar around it, and covered the floor with square cut pieces of luan (sp?) with the grain alternating and stained. (Looked lovely, but how would something like that hold up as a floor?!?) Then he goes on to paint the walls and cabinets a horrible bright yellow and slaps a really half-assed freehand-looking (although he did actually tape it out) blue swoosh/stripe across the cabinets. They built a freaky-looking shelf over the stove and island that looked super-chintzy. They got a new tile backsplash which turned out good, and a new ceiling fan and I think the microwave was new. A real mixed bag.
9:00 show – Kia actually does something pretty nice and the homeowners hate it. (Both Kia & Edward’s rooms on this show had a similar theme & color scheme.) Kia’s room had nice touches like the super-old family pictures being incorporated into the design, ugly touches, like the grotesque “funeral parlor” drapes she seems to love so much, and strange touches, like fake upholstered backs added to the dining chairs to make them look contemporary. She also added a roman/gothic style wall niche in what seemed to be a random part of the wall, and then apparently had nothing specific planned to put in it! Meh, it was great for a Kia room, so-so for anyone else, heh.
Edward’s room was pretty good, but I’m surprised the homeowners liked it so much because it seemed so OPPOSITE their style! The started out with a super washed-out Santa Fe type color scheme and ended up with Caesar’s Palace art deco, lol. I didn’t like the weird “goldish/brownish/silverish” color scheme (although that’s the latest thing, judging from what I see in stores) but I liked the overall style. (I confess my bedroom wall is also done in a similar harlequin style, two levels though instead of one, and a sort of chocolate on camel. It’s very striking.) The covered couches turned out amazing, and I might try something similar on a horrible rust brown chair my husband refuses to get rid of, lol. Would that technique hold up to being actually sat on though? Seems like once you put any stress on the fabric either the staples would pop out the back or bottom, or the fabric would just rip off the frame. Both rooms were very nice, but not really something you’d expect in a house. They both had a “hotel-y” feel to them.