Gen shows some small pendant light fixtures she's bought for the room; they're glittery purple glass, short of like a big strawberry shape. MPDP gasps, grabs the fixture, and pretends to walk off with it. Gen got them for $13 apiece in a vintage shop in L.A. Kirk doesn't mind those.
Vern talks to Amy Wynn about his carpentry. He has just one project, but of course, it's a big one. I think Vern has learned that a single large project tends to fare better than a bunch of small projects or a few medium ones. For this room, he wants a large media cabinet with open shelves on each end and doors in the middle.
Gen tells her team that they're doing some kind of "stained-glass element" to the room; she says it will be cheap and easy, and she'll teach them how to do it. MPDP looks impressed with all of that, especially the "cheap" part.
Vern has a simple secondhand computer desk in dark wood. It's not what I usually think of as a computer desk -- you know, one of those more modular things that has various drawers and shelves and cubbyholes specifically designed to hold computer equipment. Instead, it's more like a console table with a shallow drawer for the keyboard. Vern's actually got two of them. He explains to Kenny that they're going to cut down the legs and push them together to make a large square coffee table. He says he got them at Goodwill for $50 -- I think he means together, not each. They're going to prime them and paint them white. Vern places the jigsaw for his first cut, and Kenny asks, "You've used that before?" Vern: "What, this trick?" Kenny: "No, that tool in your hand." Vern: "Still have all my fingers!" Which is more than can be said of both my father and his father -- digital amputations by lawn mower and grain thresher, respectively. Safety first, kids.
Amy Wynn in explaining what Gen plans for the bottom half of the fireplace "feature." They're covering the face of the fireplace and the TV opening and the mantel, as well as the side of the "feature" that projects out from the wall at various angles. Gen says it's gonna be like they're building cabinetry along the whole lower half of the thing.
Vern finishes sawing the legs. Kenny slaps a level on top of the table.
Birgette asks if they're going to paint the wood, or "just leave it wood." Gen has an attack of designer vapours: "We don't paint wood. We don't paint wood." No, on this show we just buy cheap wood, do a crudtastic job of staining it, applying several coats of stain like it's paint, and not bothering with sanding between coats. 'Cause that gives a much better result than painting it. Yeesh. Gen says that the wood will be dark to really contrast with the light colours in the room. I'm not liking the idea of the purple paints with dark wood. She says they're also building a coffee table out of the same type of wood. Amy Wynn says that the coffee table's design will mirror that of the "cabinetry," and that in the centre of the table, there'll be an opening for a little "prize basket."