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."
Vern and Samm start marking off the lines for the stripes.
Birgette and Kirk are up on the plant shelves, painting them purple. The tall top shelf is the lighter purple; the next one down is the darker purple. Well, the two purples at least go together, although I'm really not nuts about calling even more attention to the shelves. Gen asks whether the colour is freaking them out. Kirk claims that they're warming up to it. Gen says it's really beautiful. She reminds them that when you're painting, the room is naked, and it's never that bare afterward; there are always other things that soften and balance it. That's a good point. I think that's why a lot of people end up with wimpy colours on their walls: they look at a strong colour and think they could never deal with that much red or whatever, but forget that there's going to be furniture and pictures and shelves and mirrors and fixtures and whatnot in front of it, and that there won't be nearly so much of it. Gen likes the way Birgette is lolling in the area on the top shelf. Birgette says that they should make it into a cubbyhole area. I'm not sure what for. Gen's guess: "Like a couch?" I don't think that was what Birgette was thinking, from her intrigued reaction, but Gen thinks it's an awesome idea. She wants to put some pillows up there. She likes that there are little high windows on the wall directly opposite it. Because it's too much trouble to water plants up there, but it's definitely not too much trouble to use it as a seating area. What. Ever. Gen asks her: "You're a sewer, right?" Birgette says that she can sew but not thread a bobbin. How the heck do you sew without being able to do that? Gen says she might have some homework for Birgette.