The Renovators – The Wrong Room Won
I hope the media is not going to talk The Renovators into an early death, like they tried to do with The X Factor. This show deserves to be given a go. It is doing all the right things for a reality show, good cast and contestants, and high production values. And a whopping great prize.
The ratings were not good last night for what has been a heavily advertised show. However, I think it will build. It has more pace then The Block. However The Block’s time slot is much better.
Joanne won the keys to a suburban house last night, and there was another one up for grabs tonight.
However you had to get through three rounds to get it.
Round one: was to hammer a nail into a piece of wood, if you bent it and you are out.
Lisa the 47 year old interior designer said “I don’t use tools, I have barely used a hammer”. If you were going on a renovation show, wouldn’t you practice? Lisa tapped it lightly and eventually got it through, but was eliminated with her next go.
However I was shocked when judge builder Barry Dubois said he had not hammered a nail for 20 years. What has he been doing?
Actually considering the simplicity of the challenges it was rather entertaining. Only one got knocked out on their first go. However as they made it harder, not letting the contestants to miss it either they started falling like flies.
Once they had the six to go through to round two the challenge was over. It was good to see two girls make it
Round two was renovating a chair. They were being judged on creativity as well as execution. They had two hours.
Robyn Holt was shocked at Luke painting a beautiful Danish designed chair wood white to contrast with the black leather cushion. Barry loved that he was bold enough to paint it white.
Christie who knows her way around a power tool turned an Edwardian chair into a children’s chair. She was criticised for a paint drop on her material.
Bob redesign of his chair was great. Robyn Holt said the craftsmanship of the chair hums, but the leather cushion finish was not great.
Keenan’s chair I liked with its grey fabric, but Laura’s ambitious upholstering of a big chair was not so good.
We got the Sex Pistol reference about her chair from Peter Ho when he said he could see the anarchy in it. However Robyn and Laura had to continue the joke just ensure we had not missed his not too subtle pop culture reference.
The three who got through were Luke, Christie and Bob.
For the final round these three had to design a room around their chair. They had four hours, however they got to use the other contestant as workmen.
Kelly a property renovator and manager has a definite far north coast NSW vibe to him. He says white paint scares him. Jesus talk about first world phobias.
He does have ideas but are they too whacky? Does it matter it is good reality TV viewing.
He spent the time painting some window black outs with stars on it for Bob’s design studio. They were not good. I got the feeling Bob was too nice to say no I don’t want them.
Bob with his team appointed himself as project manager, that is supervising the people doing the work. Barry came over and told him to get off his chair, metaphoriacally speaking and get his hands dirty. He also ran out of floating floor boards, and Joanne came up with the solution. So maybe she did deserve to get the first key last night.
Bob’s room was lovely and original. August did a fabulous painting, which made Peter Ho query whether the chair was still the centrepiece of the room.
He did the same with Luke’s black and white bedroom.
However he didn’t have to ask Christie this, as there was hardly any furniture in her bedroom for a “sophisticated little girl”. However painting the floor was a great idea.
Barry thought the room needed to be warmed up” and Robyn thought the feeling space was a bit overwhelming.
Luke’s monochrome room was surprisingly classy. Loved the bulk head. However I am getting a bit over the black and white theme that pops up in these design/renovations shows. The judges are not as they gave him the winning room.
He then picked the inner city terrace in Glebe as the place he wanted to renovate.
Personally I think Bob’s room should have won. Which room did you like the best?