HGTV Design Star: The Kitchen Episode

HGTV Design Star: The Kitchen Episode

Last month we painted out kitchen cabinets plus a hallway of wood paneling and it took a total of 40 hours of work. Last night the remaining 5 contestants on Design Star completely remodeled this dated kitchen in only 24 hours. Our makeover cost $50 so we were very interested to see what these guys would do with $10,000...

Two designers had their shows cancelled last night and we reveal the losers after the break.

Working as one team, the 5 designers had to remodel a real family's kitchen with Tracee at the helm (yikes). In seasons past, the kitchen challenge is a dreaded train wreck of uncompleted projects, and this season was no different. Why assign the challenge when there isn't adequate time to complete it? And these people are working with professional assistance! It would have been nice to have that painting booth set-up to paint our cabinets—we were crouched in an alley, sanding next to the trash cans!

The lack of planning in this kitchen was the kiss of death right at the start. They ended up with the most stereotypical, boring, department store model kitchen we've ever seen (just without a backsplash). Covering the wood paneling with drywall and filling the "stripes" on the cabinets with wood filler were great moves to update the look of the dated, dark space. Unfortunately, those ideas were coated in beige paint and the only color in the space came from Tracee's cheesy accessories from her 7-hour shopping trip.

Let's all breathe a huge sigh of relief that Tracee is FINALLY gone. Abandoning her team to shop all day, not contributing a design concept and then trying to blame her awful kitchen on Trish's swollen finger incident? Yeah, send her home. Based on hosting film alone, Mikey was the other designer that left last night and, although we love him, we agree he is not meant for TV. More on last night's show here.

How do you feel about the Final 3? Who do you think could handle their own show? Have a question for Matt? We're interviewing him this week so leave a question below!

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