Guest Post: House Rules – The Day Before The Reveal
Annajjj is back after being cut off from cyberland for 48 hours. Yes this does happen in modern Australia in 2014 AND she managed to stay sane.
Here is her recap the day before the reveal:
Two days to go and the Snow Whites seem to be coping ok with the tent. The other teams arrive and Lloyd tells us that at the end of this renovation anyone could be going home but, as most of us have worked out, that’s actually not the case. There is only one team facing elimination and tonight’s efforts must surely seal their fate.
We cross to Team Bomb who are busy trying to convince everyone that this junky chic thing is actually a well thought out concept which everyone should grasp straight away. We don’t want the house to just look junky, worries Mel. Bomber chimes in by saying all their rubbish and crap should be just chucked in a blender and voila! Junky chic.
Our new drinking game for tonight is Drink! for ‘Upcycle’. I looked it up and sadly it is a real word. No matter, it sounds like an idiot made up word so we’re drinking for it. We get two drinks in a row as Voice Over and Grant describe a strange iron table then Grant delivers the line of the night: It’s all about Research, Recycle and Regurgitate. Or perhaps that should be Upset, Upcycle and Upchuck.
Lisa is busy painting an old hat stand and Adam seems a bit fed up with his (Drink!) bench. Chester makes a brief appearance to admire Lisa. Or possibly Lisa’s wood. Mads is getting mad with Gapper for leaving rubbish in her room so she steals some nasty old batts from the shed to dump in his room. Upcycle that Gapper.
But Gapper isn’t even at the house. He and Carole are busy wasting precious time setting up a prank for Ryan. The only thing I’m going to say on this is that Candy seems genuinely upset and surely producers can’t think these ridiculous pranks are a worthwhile addition to this program.
OMG they were not joking. Snow White are installing actual brick wallpaper. I’m as gobsmacked as the tradies, who are all frozen in shock with their mouths hanging open. There are no words.
Meanwhile Mads and Lloyd are making a horrible coffee table from car-parts and their glazier decides to play a prank on them by telling them their glass has to be ‘toughened” and it’s going to be very expensive. Perspex anyone?
In fact there are horrible mistakes everywhere, including Ryan’s hot pink paint on the metal walls in the lounge room, the render effects with fakey brick wallpaper in the family room and a salad bowl being upcycled (Drink!) for the bathroom sink. Gapper is pretty chuffed with the salad-bowl-sink and suggests maybe this could be the start of a whole new concept in bathroom design. The bathroom guy shakes his head so hard it is in actual danger of flying off.
Mads goes off to ‘buy’ Subway for everyone since we’re a bit low on product placement tonight. Everyone sits around, filthy and paint spattered, apart from Brooke who looks immaculate. It’s a massive job this painting, she tells us and we get shots of everyone painting, except of course Brooke. She does do her part though, scribbling on the wall and Australia holds it’s breath hoping she doesn’t discover her spelling mistake. Damn. But the good news is that it still looks terrible.
Carole is doing 7 year old Abby’s room and wants it to be special because, according to her, the mother daughter thing is special and you can’t possibly know this unless you’re a mother with a daughter. She has found a chair she wants but can only afford it if Gapper does the pressed tin installation himself. Echoing everyone else I’m really wishing they’d tell us what the budgets for the rooms are.
The Capper’s pressed metal sheets arrive and the supplier tells Gapper it is terribly hard to install, even for an expert like himself and this ‘plants a seed’ in Gapper’s mind that ‘it could be difficult’. There’s a bit of boring ‘will he? won’t he?’ then Gapper (apparently) installs the tin himself, perfectly, and Carole gets her little girl’s chair. Reveal tomorrow.