Friday, March 28, 2014

Rehab Chick

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

My name is Lorraine, and I'm a Rehab Addict. Honest, an HGTV (or DIY Network) Rehab Addict.  I don't have HGTV but discovered it several years back while on vacation. (The truth is, I only watch one network show: CBS Sunday Morning. My basic cable is exactly that:  NBC, CBS, ABC and the Weather Channel.) But my guilty secret is DVR ... my Mom has it and she's my enabler.

My most recent guilty pleasure is Rehab Addict.  Nicole Curtis is a home flipper, but not like you think. She old takes (often condemned) homes and brings them back to their former glory.  That really appeals to me. My Dad was a recycler, and he made useless things into useful things. He made furniture out of old wood pallets (the pallets were poplar). He would find broken stuff and fix it. He truly was a Jack of all trades. Sadly, I didn't inherit that gene. I love to watch Rehab Addict because Nicole does what I would LOVE to do--take things that are broken and ugly and transform them into useful things of beauty.

If you don't have HGTV, you can get your Rehab Addict fix online by watching the entire episodes, or snippets on just the subject you're interested in; like recycling lumber and other scraps, fixing broken original windows, recycling vintage cabinets, refinishing old and scruffy furniture.  Lots of fun.

Were you graced with a DIY gene?