June 13, 2011

Bath Crashers Ambush!

You know those shows on the DIY Network where an unsuspecting family goes to the hardware store, runs into a television show host and a camera crew, and gets the crew to come home with them to completely remodel their bathroom in 3 days?  Yep- that's us.



Okay, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now, and I'll do the same, because I'm not kidding!  We've been ambushed! (I'm restraining myself from a punctuation overdose.)  Matt Muenster and the crew from Bath Crashers will be at our house this week to turn our disgusting Master Bathroom into a luxurious master suite! Yep, you heard me right, this week.  In fact, I'm probably swinging a sledgehammer in the dump right now!!  (A girl can have 2 exclamation points for sledgehammer swinging, right?)


So let me guess, the first three questions you have are:

1. How did you guys get chosen?
2. Do you have to pay anything?
3. Can you send them to my house?

At least that's what we keep hearing.  I'll start with the first one, and I'll be honest and say that it was one part insider information, and one part luck.  I was given the heads up by a friend that Bath Crashers would be filming at our local Lowe's store at a specific time and date.  That person (who shall remain nameless) gave us some tips on how to turn the tables in our favor; (i.e. talk about how big your bathroom is or if there is room to expand, don't be too quick to say yes, act unsure and make them work for it, be out going and not shy on camera, etc... )  So we headed to Lowe's on the designated shooting day, and that's where part 2 came in, luck.  We just hung around the store, shopped, and without trying to attract any attention to ourselves, were quite literally ambushed by the filming crew.   We turned on the charm, and went on-and-on about how terrible our bathroom was, but hemmed and hawed about whether or not we would want to bring strangers home.   Ryder was fantastic, and somehow managed to be adorable on cue, but silent when necessary.  It was like the clouds parted, the sun shined down directly upon us and a deep voice said, "You really do need to replace that hideous bathroom." After, the Bath Crasher crew came to check out our big dump, and agreed.  I mean, let's face it, as soon as they took a look at the turd sandwich that is our Master Bathroom, they couldn't resist the chance to take a sledgehammer to it. I know I've been dying to do it for months!

Entrance to bathroom from Master Bedroom.  Vanity to the left, pocket door into the "Water Closet" with toilet and shower on the right.  No door, carpet, strange glass block window, the list goes on.

Vanity, which is open to the Master Bedroom.  Carpet, white tiled counter top, hexagon sink, duo-tone faucet, seen better days vanity, 3 walled mirror...

View from the closet, through the bathroom into the bedroom.  Gives you a better look at that row of light bulbs.  Sorry about that.

"Water Closet" to the right with toilet and shower.  The tile is white with brown grout
(at least we hope it's the grout that's brown.)

Glass block peak-a-boo window from inside the water closet to the Master Bedroom.

Close up on the space ship toilet and gross tile in the "Water Closet."
For those of you that need a visual like me, here is the layout as it stands today:



Second question: "Do you have to pay anything?"  The amazing, I-still-can't-believe-our-luck answer?  Not a dime.  We don't even need to pay to pull a permit.  All the labor, construction and incredible luxury items are all ours for free.  Pinch me.  I must have passed out from home improvement exhaustion and woken up in the Emerald City.  Why are all the little people singing and dancing?  Oh wait, that's just Jason and Ryder...

Third question: "Can you send them to my house?"  We'd love to share the wealth if we can, but right now we're just counting our blessings and praying that they don't change their minds.  You don't want to tempt fate on this stuff. 

Another question we have been getting is "Do you have to do the work?"  Yes we do have to get to help, and as DIYers, we're super stoked to take it on!  At least this time we'll have the help and guidance on licensed professionals, which is more than we can say for our 2 week Bungalow Bathroom makeover.  We'll make sure to take plenty of pictures, and document every detail for you guys, so if you have any questions fire away!  For now, I'm off to sling a sledgehammer while grinning like the Cheshire Cat!  Time to start Bath Crashing!

UPDATE: Follow our whole Bath Crashers Experience Here:

20 comments:

  1. Congrats - that's awesome! I love the crasher shows. Have fun - can't wait to see the result!

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  2. Wow, this is so great. Having watched a lot of HGTV/ DIY network during our almost year-long house hunt, I had been wondering those things, too. Good luck!

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  3. You guys should donate the cabinets and furniture you tear out to habitat and not destroy them. It may not be fashionable but that doesn't matter to people without money or homes.

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  4. Unfortunately we did not have much (read: any) control of the Bath Crashers demo process since their show focuses on the trashing of the old stuff, but we've actually donated or reused ourselves a lot of the items we've removed from our home. Mostly reused when I think about it- our bath vanity from our downstairs bath remodel now lives in our garage as a future work bench,the old counter in the laundry is now a shelf in the Playroom, the mirror from the bathroom is now in the workout room along with the light from the kitchen. We're way to cheap to throw anything of value away. :) But when it is something that still works but just isn't our style- like the counter and sink from our downstairs bath remodel,that went to the Restore. I agree, anytime you can donate you are not only helping another family, but you're saving room in the dumpster, and space=money.

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  5. Taxes must have been a bear.

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  6. Yes, don't they give you a 1099 form with the total cost and you have to claim it as income on your income tax return?

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  8. Awesome article, I love the sink installation. Keep us updated!

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  9. What state are you guys in. We just want to know if we ever have a chance of seeing them in our state of IL.

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    1. We're in MN. I hear Kitchen Crashers works out of Chicago though!

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  10. I'm sorry, but this post and the whole story annoys me. You play it off like you can't believe your luck, but it's not like you just happened to be there on that day at that time. You were given an insider tip had an unfair advantage to get chosen. Plus, the insider practically coached you on how to act in the store, further increasing the odds of you getting chosen over the others. When the odds are unfairly tipped in your favor, don't try to play it off like you're so surprised. Good for you, I guess, but it's annoying to play the "Oh I can't believe we're so lucky and they picked us" role. Luck was nowhere in the equation. Change the name of the show to Bath Cheaters and maybe it would be less annoying.

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    1. We definitely found that the system for being chosen for these shows is a bit fixed. We consider ourselves lucky to know someone with the inside scoop, and lucky that scoop worked in our favor and they ultimately picked us. I'm still going with pretty lucky all around.

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    1. I just seen this show... That weird toilet And those lights and showers. The new one looks amazing!! Didnt it have a walk in closet with a ladder?. I could sure use a bath crash.. It makes me moan everytime I go in there, Have you heard it? Glad you have a new bath!

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