This past Monday night I heard a smashing and crashing coming from the downstairs hallway that leads to the garage. It was pretty late at night and I could not figure out what was causing all the noise. When I went to investigate, this is what I found…
…my very own Chip Gaines. :-)
If you don’t know who Chip Gaines is, he is demolition half of the decorating duo from the hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper.
When I told Ed that he was reminding me of Chip Gaines, he said… “Who?”
When I told him that Chip is the guy from Fixer Upper, he kinda nodded and said… “Oh”.
He doesn’t watch the show, but knows it is the only show on HGTV that I watch. He has passed the screen a few times when I have been watching the show and Chip is doing his thing… demolishing and gutting to make way for his wife, Joanna’s decorating visions.
When I asked him what made him want to start demolishing the vanity in the powder room so late at night, he told me he couldn’t sleep and he knew that I wanted to remove the vanity to make way for a new one and that I needed his help. It was a project that I figured we would take on at the end of the summer. He figured since I had started painting the hallway of darkness, he would start the demo.
What a sweetie. XO Helping me make my decorating visions come true, just like Chip does for Joanna. :-)
He usually helps me with my many projects on the weekends as he is busy with his own work.
If you have been following my blog for a long time, then you know he lost his job 7 years ago when the economy tanked and his company downsized.
He has done consulting ever since, but for the last 3 years he has been mentoring a very smart group of robotocists out of the University of Pennsylvania. It is quite exciting what they are doing and Ed has become a big part of it.
It is a startup company, spun off out of UPenn that is using robotics to not only help the blind, but big box retailers and more. You can read all about it here: COSY.
Ed worked on demolishing the vanity until he had it gone which only took a little over an hour, then he took a shower and was tired enough to go to sleep. If only the remodeling could go as fast.
So now I have a powder room to add to my painting list this weekend and will be repurposing the bottom half of this into a vanity. I used it as a kitchen desk in my previous house. It didn’t fit in our new house and has been sitting in the garage unused since we moved.
I will keep you posted on my progress. What are you up to this weekend?