Kent kept referring to the taping as “the shooting” which was disturbing and so sticky that I refer to it as the shooting now as well.
It was kind of lame. I new it would be. When you spend 10 hours taping what is going to be about 6 minutes of film, you know most of the time you’re just going to be opening a door and closing a door over and over and over.
The best part of the shooting is that it really motivated me. When I first got the word they wanted to tape us in the house, I was like, “I have to furnish my whole house and trim it and paint it and buy all new clothes for me and the kids and, and, and….” Then when they really wanted to do it in 5 days, I had to focus. I bought nothing for the shoot. Not even a sock or a throw pillow. There was just enough time to do 1 project. I picked my backsplash since I knew just what I wanted and had been gathering my courage. I will detail our backsplash installation as well as how I found the nerve to drill holes into my own kitchen cabinets for the pulls in another post. With some help from Kent (SHOCKER!!!), I tiled the backsplash on Thursday and Friday, then grouted it on Saturday. I still need to caulk the edges, but don’t be so picky. I’ve been busy.
I thought I would be more dynamic and awesome on TV, but I think I was pretty lame. I didn’t want to parrot back the lines the producer was feeding me verbatim, nor did I want to say things I didn’t mean, so I will probably end up on the cutting room floor. Note to self for next time: mentally prepare to sell soul ahead of time. Flufferella was a natural. She killed every scene. Unlike me, Kent needed zero motivation to turn into an infomercial salesman.
Producer: Tell me why this product (a little organizer rack) is worth $120.
Kent: My keys, my wallet and my glasses are the the three things I always need. With the Butler, I always know where they are. Can’t put a price on that!
As an amateur economist, I have been mocking him mercilessly with “can’t put a price on that” but not as much as he has been mocking himself. He hopes they won’t use that line. Of course they will.
The whole experience was okay. I wish a lot of things had been different, like we had been able to shoot on a day other than Sunday, my hair had looked better, the boys’ hair had looked better, my house had been painted and furnished, I’d had my pre-twins body, you know, basically everything. But I think I’m glad we did it. The two greatest things I got out of it were:
1. My backsplash is done.
2. When people ask, as they occasionally do, whether I have done any modeling, I can say yes.
I’ll post when I know the airing times, but I don’t want to oversell it as a bigger deal than it is. If anything, it taught me where my weaknesses are. A friend of mine who keeps up with us through this blog recently told me, “I think you would make a great brand, like an upscale version of Martha Stewart.” Best compliment ever! And now I know just how far I have to go before I get there.
Note on this picture: The longer pulls for the drawers were on back-order, but should be here soon. Then I will be 5 projects away from a finished kitchen (reupholster barstools, trim, paint, wallpaper, display shelves).