The end of the last century and the beginning of this one has seen a rise in the interest in remodeling, flipping, and diy decorating. The popularity of home and garden and diy television networks has led viewers to embrace the notion that anyone could remodel and decorate their own house. Well, most can, but there are some in every group who's individual style is just this side of tacky. - not that tacky is bad. it's just . . . tacky.
Today I shudder to remember some regrettable trends that television redecorating shows have spawned. Here are four that immediately come to mind:
- The idea you can stick anything on the wall and call it beautiful - hay, plastic bags, newspaper, or egg cartons. No matter what Hildy says, some things are just plain ugly.
- The idea that every stick of furniture has to be painted. Sometimes natural wood is the best finish you can find..
- The idea that you can;t live or have a perfectly beautiful and functional kitchen without "stainless steel appliances and granite countertops." There are any number of materials that can transform your space for less money and less upkeep.
- The idea that all you have to do is buy an old house and slap some paint on it, plus add those "stainless steel appliances and granite countertops" to make a fortune in real estate. When you finish, sometimes all you have is a painted old money pit.
So watch home and garden shows as much as you would like, just remember that every idea they give you isn't a good one. Now on to put up my Christmas wreath - lovingly made from aluminum foil, paper clips and plastic cups. I got the idea on TV.