HGTV Flipping the Block Contestants Get Down and Dirty

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HGTV Flipping the Block

Last night HGTV fans watched the premiere of the network's new series, "Flipping the Block." The teams started by renovating the master bedrooms in the rundown condos and lived in the rubble as they did it.

During the summer, television shows tend to wind down and the air waves are filled with re-runs. As people craved new programming, HGTV "Flipping the Block" premiered last night. The show features 4 teams, 4 condos and 1 cash prize. The winning team walks away with $50,000 and the prestige of flipping a home for profit.

Getting Started

One surprising factor is the competitors must stay in the icky condos as they transform them. This means they definitely get their hands dirty as they try to win big bucks and a bit of public praise. Last night the teams tackled the master bedrooms in identical, run-down condos. It certainly revealed what happens when people invest in a home to flip and need to live in the dust and rubble as they get the job done.

The judge last night was Scott McGillivray from "Income Property," and he appeared with host Josh Temple and behind-the-scenes report David Bromstad. Enthusiastic HGTV fans were pleased to see 3 of their favorites get together for "Flipping the Block." Each team had to randomly choose a condo key to find out which home they had to renovate for a chance to win the competition.

Tackling the Master Bedroom

The first task for the teams was to renovate the master bedroom in the condo they randomly picked. The teams had a total of $37,500 each to use for the entire renovation. The master bedrooms were in awful shape and viewers wondered if they could ever look beautiful. But the teams also had to carefully allocate just a portion of the renovation funds to make the master bedrooms look appealing.

The Red Team created a colorful master bedroom with hues of white, orange and gold. They spent a little over $3,150 to do it. The Silver Team created a master bedroom with a beachfront vibe. They did the chair railing, crown molding and wainscoting themselves which meant the results were somewhat less than professional. The Blue Team spent just a little more than $2,500 to renovate the master bedroom which included his-and-hers closets. Because they did the work themselves, they did not get to completely finish the room including baseboards and a closet extension. The Black Team spent a bit over $3,500 to update the outdated master bedroom in a mid-century modern style.

Picking a Winner

The winner of the initial competition on HGTV "Flipping the Block" was the Red Team. Shauna and Anicka won an additional $5,000 toward their renovation project by creating the most impressive master bedroom. Scott picked the winners of the first round but there are still more chances for the other teams to win. The key will be the team who can flip the house for the highest selling price.

Home decorating enthusiasts like myself will be pleased to note HGTV's home design programming has partnered with Wayfair's selection of affordable and accessible home goods. I recently purchased a beautiful wine rack from Wayfair for an unbelievably reasonable price. Wayfair selections will be featured in shows such as HGTV "Flipping the Block" and "Brother vs. Brother." According to Donna Stephens, senior vice president of ad sales, HGTV/DIY Network, "Like HGTV, addresses the entire spectrum of design styles and price points so it is uniquely positioned to help our viewers bring HGTV ideas to life in their homes."

Viewers can get more of HGTV's "Flipping the Block" next Sunday night at 9 pm. I am looking forward to seeing how the teams tackle the next aspect of renovating those awful condos.

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