If you have read my last DIY renovation update post, or if you watched TV in Australia on Friday 7th March 2014, you must know that we have had the unique opportunity to participate in The Living Room Design Challenge on Channel 10. We were unbelievably lucky to be selected. The result is stunning and the experience was very fun!
I applied to The Living Room Design Challenge on Channel 10 on-line last winter, after randomly reading a call out on the internet. I had never watched the show – I barely ever watch TV to be honest. The application process was easy, I remember very well how it happened. I was curled up on the sofa, on a freezing cold Sunday night, Mr Slim had just came back from golf, it was dark outside and I was feeling very down (last winter was a tough one). Mr Slim was talking to me while I was trying to concentrate to answer a simple question: “Why do you need a living room makeover?”. I attached a photo of the space, described it as accurately as I could and indicated that we had a budget to contribute to the work. That was it.
I never heard back until more than 6 months later. In early November 2013, I received an email from The Living Room crew saying my name had popped-up in their database and they were asking if I was still interested in a living room makeover. I didn’t hesitate one second, responded to the email and the next day I was meeting with someone from the production to introduce myself and show him the room. He indicated that we were 4 couples casting for that particular segment, he filmed me with his phone while I was answering a few questions and showing him around the house.
The next day, the production asked for a Skype interview with Mr Slim. A couple of days later, I received an email confirming that we were selected! It then all went very fast.
Living Room Makeover
This was our living room when we bought the unit last year (Feb 2013). Welcome to 1970! We even inherited of the chandelier, which somehow I manage to sell on eBay for $20 or so. The walls were magnolia pink (every room) and the carpet a dusty beige.
The first thing we did after moving in (Feb 2013) was to remove the fake fireplace. We also removed the old air conditioner (also sold on eBay for $90). We do not use aircon and had no use for it. We then started trying out paint, including several shades of grey as you can see on the photo below. Because we couldn’t decide on a colour we lived with swatches of paint on every walls…for months! It was quite embarrassing when we had visitors as they never seemed to understand what was going on with our walls.
In November 2013, after being selected to feature in The Living Room, their team removed the old dusty carpet and laid down beautiful coffee colour strand woven bamboo floating floor boards. Already it was a huge improvement on the look and feel of the place.
The crew came back the week after to paint the ceiling, walls, trims etc. At first I was really unsure about the grey paint the Designers picked for us (Dulux Tranquil Retreat). I was afraid it made the room look cold and dark.
On ‘reveal day’, we were presented with two options from two well known Australian designers. Both designs were very different and had elements I liked. We decided to keep Shannon Fricke‘s design. It took me a few weeks to get used to the busy patterns!
Have you ever applied to be part of a TV show?