Meet the Carpenters: Matt Blashaw

Meet the Carpenters: Matt Blashaw

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Tara Bellucci
Mar 4, 2016
(Image credit: Courtesy HGTV)

Name: Matt Blashaw
City: Costa Mesa, CA
HGTV/DIY show: Yard Crashers & Vacation House for Free
Contestant paired with: Vivian Beer

What's one word that describes your partnership with your contestant? Ambitious

How would you describe your style?

Clean lines, rough textures. I tend to move toward a more modern style and then bring in rustic elements.

Favorite power tool? Festool track saw is precision cutting at its best.

What was the first project you ever built? The toughest? The most fun?

When I was a kid, I would bring home wood from my dad's lumber yard and build skateboard ramps. The more I built, the bigger they got. My mom said that I would build my own hospital bills.

The toughest project was a backyard in Tennessee. We had to install close to 300 square feet of pavers in a torrential downpour. Workers were slipping around everywhere in the muddy mess. We stayed up until 2am to get it done. I still have mud on my boots from that project.

The most fun was building a 20-foot-tall custom metal video wall for a client of mine. It was all custom metal working for the wall and I integrated TVs inside to make a sort of "tree" wall. When someone takes a picture with the camera at the bottom, it gets launched into the tree and rotates with all the other pictures from other people that have been there.

What's easier to DIY than people realize?

I think doing a kitchen backsplash is one of the easiest things a homeowner can do themselves. It typically takes only a few days to complete, but the impact it has on your kitchen is huge. You can even make it easier by using mosaic tiles. Cutting the mosaic tile mats down is as easy as using a knife.

What are 3 things every beginner should have in their toolkit?

A good solid tape measure
Impact gun
12' wood chopsaw

Best advice:

Make mistakes. "One that makes few mistakes...has little progress." Don't be afraid to just dive in and try something new. You may not get it right the first time, but you will sure learn for the next. This is how myself and millions of other professionals started... simply by messing up.

Thanks, Matt!

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