So guys, welcome to my 100th episode blog post, and what a delight, I’m doing it on Scotty’s second challenge! Tonight, I think they have to turn something new into something old, and a lot of paint gets splashed around by the look of it, so let’s get stuck in!
We begin the episode with the teams working on getting their second room finished with their second hand furniture. As it is challenge day, the contestants have to get the tradies started on flooring, plastering and roofing before they head off.
We get a brief look at some of the team’s plans with Polly & Waz now establishing a firm plan on what they want.
Tania & Rod are experienced, so to save money, Rod & Tania want to spend as little money on labourers as possible, opting to finish things themselves.
The other teams also have a lot of plans for their rooms but we saw most of these yesterday I believe. The only new news is that Katrina & Amie texted an electrician last night and while Amie chatted up her husband at the same time, the text messages crossed, leaving the electrician confused.
Meanwhile, Scott sends all the contestants a text of is own, ‘morning Bargain Hunters’. The contestants don’t know what he means, so they all head off (bar Josh & Jenna who don’t leave until Josh finishes his breakfast) to his warehouse to find out what he’s talking about!
At Scott’s warehouse, the contestants walk in confused and as they walk in, they see ‘things’ covered in tarp. Scotty welcomes them and tells them today’s challenge is all about distressing as they turn something new into something old.
They all lift their tarps off a bland, new, drawer. Today, they need to ‘distress’ their furniture into something nice. Aaaahhh, that’s what he meant.
The contestants pull something out of their top drawer; it’s a piece of card that has instructions written on it (shopping list). The person who takes out the card for each team must keep the list to themselves. It has instructions on how to complete the tasks with words written in red (the items they need for the challenge). The team member cannot show their partner the words, but must mime them or play charades to convey to the other person what they need to get! You keeping up? I don’t know if I am!
Most teams are doing ok, but Tania & Rod struggling a bit. I think at one point Rod said the word ‘beer’ which was highlighted in red. I think they let it slip. Funnily enough, he was able to convey some words (like chains) by referring to their love life!!
As the roller door comes up, Waz quickly rushes off with Jenna leaving last after failing to clearly understand Josh for the last few words.
Waz leaves Mitre 10 first and is quickly back with his chain and he begins to distress his drawer case by whacking the chain into it. He unfortunately whacks a knob off the wardrobe. Katrina & Amie are also able to take a chunk out of the side of it!
Tania is last back with her stuff and gets straight into it. Waz is now knocking dents in the drawer with a hammer as Jenna uses her hammer to take a chunk out of their drawer. After a bit more distressing, the first part of the challenge is over!
After the break, the contestants run down on the events that have passed so far, which is better than a five minute recap.
Now for the second part, a team member has to find some paint from the Mitre 10 as the other team member opens up a paint tin to reveal a really, really small brush! Surely they can use something else!!
So as the other contestants wait for their team members to come back, Josh is relieved when Jenna arrives back first. The other contestants are still waiting for their paint and there’s a six minute wait on the tinning of the paint, distressing some of the contestants.
Scott calls five minutes to go as the other contestants wait for their paint. Waz finally gets his paint and runs back. Amie gives up on waiting for paint so she just grabs one off the rack, leaving Tania left at Mitre 10. With only four minutes to go, when Tania does arrive, they just pour the paint over their drawers and mix it around.
The other contestants follow suit as the one minute mark comes closing in. As time finishes, the contestants are now all using their hands and are a bit depressed to finish the fun.
Next step is to use a contrasting colour and learning from her mistake, Tania just quickly gets one off the shelf and is back within no time, sloshing the paint on.
Waz rushes back in second in front of Amie and Jenna is soon to follow. They quickly mix their paint and a coincidence occurs. For their first colour, Tania chose blue, choosing white second. For their first paint, Jenna chose white and blue second, making their set of drawers identical.
Waz is splashing paint all over the place, some landing on Katrina’s drawer. Its chaos as time quickly ends.
We return with the old five minute recaps making a return, but as this is a pretty chunky challenge, and this is the first of the night, I’ll let them off.
We return with the contestants still putting their contrasting colour on. Scott tells them their paint needs to dry so Waz, whose drawers was covered in paint, uses all of his clothes to take off any excess paint as time is up.
Next part, the most crucial part, turning the drawers into a vintage masterpiece. They have a lot of equipment in the warehouse at their disposal to make this happen so the teams get straight to the vintaging of their drawers.
Tania & Rod go for a whitewash look but Tania forgets that it may not be the look Scott was after! Katrina & Amie however has made their drawers looking very antique-y. They look around quite arrogantly, saying they have to win otherwise there is something wrong. Haha, yeah I agree. Jenna & Josh are now kicking themselves for getting such light colours! Tania & Rod are also annoyed.
Scott wanted a vintage look, so the rugged look of Jenna & Josh and Tania & Rod’s drawers was not what he wanted at all. Polly & Waz are also in a bit of a pickle, they have sanded their drawer back to its original style; new and bland!
Time is up and Scott tells them well done. Scott tells them he mentioned words like vintage, 100 years old and antique and mentions that the two beach house drawer makers (Jenna & Josh, Rod & Tania) was not the look he wanted, so these teams are out leaving Polly & Waz & Katrina & Amie.
For the second half of the challenge, Scott reveals two boxes, and old one and a new one; ‘Scotty’s mystery boxes’. The winner of the two teams gets first choice on what box to choose. The other person gets what’s left.
After another ad break, it is revealed that the winner is Katrina & Amie. They are happy but Scott tells them that in one box, the contents have a prize of $1000 and the other a prize of $100. Amie is adamant that as it is old week, they should pick old!
Scotty reveals the contents of the old box to show a bottle of vintage red wine and a glass to put it in, worth $1000. Polly & Waz gets the $100 prize from the new box, which is a cheaper version of the $1000 prize. It will still look good on display!
Scott thanks the contestants for a great day. Tania & Rod claim they don’t like the wine so they wouldn’t have cared. Says the team that always wins. Jenna & Josh return and remember that weird wall that led to the disastrous outdoor area (that I called a ‘Romanian slum’), well it has now been transformed by the hard working tradies into an actual room! It looks so much better. The news is the same for the other teams who return to see how much work the tradies have spent on their rooms. Tania & Rod have a weird light hanging from their ceiling that is in the wrong spot and wasn’t there before. Meanwhile, using a CWA (Concrete Women’s Association) approved recipe, Katrina & Amie make a ‘concrete slice’ and pour it in a gap. Quite funny. Meanwhile, Josh is trying to hide a crate from Waz, acting all suspicious about it! The competition has definitely increased!
So a pretty good episode overall with no unnecessary recaps or annoying parts. I must say, the density of ad breaks seemed higher than usual and I loved how they still incorporated the challenge within the renovations. Great episode and a nice one to blog for blog 100!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.5/10