Who remembers when “Trading Spaces” had designers wrecking up innocent houses every week for laughs and entertainment? Sometimes the makeovers turned out okay. But there were others when designers like Hildi Santo-Tomás pulled some pretty crazy stunts.
There was the episode when she glued straw to the walls of an unsuspecting couple’s living room, for instance. Those poor homeowners.
I read that it took them 17 hours to scrape it all off after the “Trading Spaces” crew left town (SFGate). It never occurred to me that anyone might see that episode and think, “That’s a great idea! I think I’ll try that myself!”
But apparently someone did. A reader recently spotted this in the real estate listings:Yikes. Can you imagine the work it took to do this to the ceiling? And why would you want to? (Designer Kelly Wearstler went for a similar look on the bedroom walls of her beach house, but at least she didn’t use actual hay!)
This “chalet-style living room” is in a house for sale in Minnesota for $250,000. Here’s what the listing agent says about it: “If you’re tired of the same old houses, you’ve got to see this one!”
That’s the truth. Check the listing for the rest of the photos, including a kitchen that doesn’t seem to belong to the rest of the house. (Thanks to Kallie for finding it!)
Were you a fan of “Trading Spaces” back in the day? What were some of your favorite home-makeover disasters? I’ll never forget the time Doug Wilson turned a bedroom into a jail cell, complete with a mural of prisoners!
One of the first posts I wrote when I started this blog was about “Trading Spaces.” Click here for a blast from the past!