Our HGTV Pilot “Master Plan” Aired! (and here’s how to watch it)

If you missed our quick media blitz on Saturday, our HGTV pilot, Master Plan, aired!

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Our Porch House renovation // project featured on HGTV’s master plan

I woke up from a nap on Saturday (a weekend luxury for this tired mama) to find a text message from a friend saying that our show had already aired in California and would air in Washington later that afternoon. Thanks Christine! A quick peek at blog comments and sure enough people from around the US had already tuned in. At that point, we had about 2 hours before the show was going to air locally so we shot out some messages and scrambled to find somewhere to watch it ourselves (we don’t have cable at the Farmhouse). We ended up at the local brewery who thankfully let us take over their TV for 30 minutes, while 2 of our kids took their afternoon naps on our laps. So our first time seeing the show – hours after many of you had already seen it – was with a bunch of locals over beers at Whipsaw. It was perfect.

How to watch now (updated 2/7): For those of you who missed it, Master Plan will re-air on HGTV soon. And if you don’t have cable, we’ll let you know how else you can watch it. Once we hear an air date, we’ll get the word out on Instagram and Facebook.

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It was a trip watching ourselves on national television but less so than I would have thought. Probably because we were still in shock that today was “the day” and out of breath from all the scrambling. I will say that Wilder loved seeing himself on the big screen (Brooks slept through his cameos) and it was really fun seeing myself pregnant again, while holding a now 6-month-old baby Daphne. Seeing our hometown, Ellensburg WA, on HGTV was a huge highlight for Garrett and I as well. But the biggest trip had to be for family, friends, and locals who missed our media blitz and just happened to be sitting at home watching HGTV on a Saturday afternoon when our faces popped up. Ha!

For those of you who watched Master Plan, wanted to watch it, follow this blog, or have supported us along this journey… THANK YOU! We’ve been working on “show stuff” in bits and pieces for 3 years now and it was fun to see it culminate in this pilot (you can read about our first sizzle here and our eventual pilot here and here). We thought the show turned out great thanks to all the hard work of our construction crew (notably Tyler Lee of 3rd Gen and Ryan Frye), Scott Sternberg Productions, Brenton our affable show runner and his awesome crew, Shawn at HGTV, and our neighbor Aaron who let us film in his backyard and fixed that beautiful pocket door overnight. Also, I apologize to any brick masons who had to watch us butcher their craft on national television 😉 DIY for life! 

If you’ve been a long time follower of the Grit and Polish you know that all of our projects receive a huge helping hand from friends and family and the Porch House renovation and Master Plan pilot were no exceptions. Without these lovely, supportive people in our lives none of this would be possible. Love you all!

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All photos from our Porch House, renovation featured on HGTV’s Master Plan pilot episode


related posts

Porch House page // The Porch House’s kitchen butcherblock // adding vintage charm to the kitchen // Porch House kitchen before + inspiration // we’re filming a pilot for HGTV // we’re STILL filming a pilot for HGTV // Porch House powder bathroom // Porch House master suite


-Garrett and Cathy


Happy Friday + Links 11/10/17

Happy Friday!  We received a fun bit of news this week…the new name for our HGTV pilot!  It is now being called MASTERPLAN.  What do you think?  Garrett and I both like the new name better than ‘Rehab Crazy’ and can’t wait to see the finished episode (which might not be until it airs…eeech!).  We’re still waiting on an airdate; I’ll pass that along when we get it!

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Goodness, what a fun experience filming our pilot was, although it was probably 16 of the busiest days of our lives (check out my Instagram to see a pic of this space from those 16 days…crazy!).  Speaking of busy, we’re sure in a busy period again, although at a much healthier pace.  We’re finishing up the master suite for next week’s One Room Challenge reveal and the rest of the house in the next few weeks.  It’s all getting so close and I can’t wait to share more of this beautiful home with you guys.

Well it’s Friday again, meaning I’ve combed the internet for lots of great links.  Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

#complainsgiving Silly and totally engrossing.  I spent an hour reading through the comments and couldn’t stop laughing.  Check it out and weigh in.

You can thank this for Anthropologie’s wonderful smell and, apparently, for encouraging us to spend money.  Related: the discussion of “atmospherics” in this podcast kind of blew my mind.

The most anticipated renovation of 2018.  I’m not sure when A-frames made a resurgence in popularity but I’m 100% on board!

Celebrities visit the New York apartments they once lived in.

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The prettiest holiday table scape.  This picture single handedly made me excited for Christmas dinner and to finish our dining room.

The most beautiful photos of…ice fishing.  #dedication

A new rug obsession (yes, my rug love is fickle 😉  But at 30% off I’m so tempted…

Need a new show?  Stranger Things is as good as you’ve heard!

We got a flat tire on our way home from Seattle the other weekend and guess what?!  We ended up stuck on the side of the road at the top of the pass for 3 hours while we waited for roadside assistance because we couldn’t find our lug nut adaptor to change the tire ourselves.  Gah!  It was the middle of the night and all three kids woke up confused and exhausted.  Consider this a PSA to get your car’s emergency gear in order for the winter months.  Oh yeah and guess where that adaptor was hiding…in the glove box. Ha!

Have a great weekend!




Life Around the Kitchen Sink


this post is sponsored by Elkay

Our boys, Wilder and Brooks (4 and 22 months) are little rascals.  They are curious, loud, bold, adventurous, and a wee bit wild.  But best of all, they have the most amazing ability to turn just about anything into a good time.

In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about being a mama, watching these two turn the most mundane, dirty, or boring of activities into something exciting.  They can make messes out of chores and fun out of work, and I am certain it will serve them well in life.

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sources // sink / faucet (in lustrous steel)

Thankfully, our boys have this same attitude about their baby sister.  Whether it’s diapering, feeding, or putting Daphne down for a nap, they want to help and have fun doing it.  I can’t even get Daphne’s diaper off quick enough before Brooks has the wipes out and Wilder is comforting her tears away.  And when I ask Wilder to throw away the dirty diaper, he makes us all laugh by plugging his nose, holding his breath, and grinning all the way to the trash can.

Earlier this month, when the kids and I stopped by the Porch House and Daphne overheated, the boys were eager to help.  August is the heat of the summer around here and temperatures hit 104 degrees that day.  With the AC yet to be installed and Daphne’s skin flaming with a heat rash, we decided a quick bath was in order. The Porch House has a super-deep, Elkay Crosstown stainless steel kitchen sink and Elkay Explore faucet which couldn’t be better designed for a newborn bath.  Honestly, I’d been dying to test them out since we installed these beauties back in April, and I wasn’t about to miss our opportunity before this house goes on the market.

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We were lucky enough to discover Elkay right about the time our HGTV pilot started filming.  They offered us a sink and faucet for our kitchen renovation and after doing a little research, I happily picked these out.

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I can’t tell you how pleased Garrett was with the strength and durability of Elkay’s products (they are heaaavy and well made!) and I was thrilled with how effortlessly they fit in our historic/crafted/welcoming kitchen design.  We went with an undermount sink and a faucet with a pull-down-nozzle sprayer for ease of use and I only wish we had gotten to install both of these in our own home 😉  I’m really digging the look of the mixed metals (both brass and stainless steel rule in this kitchen) and am so happy with the style.  I toyed with the idea of using an apron-front sink in here, but in the end, I wanted something a little more modern and utilitarian.  Something a little unexpected and fresh.  And I love how they turned out!

But enough about design.  Let’s get back to Daphne’s bath…

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No surprise here, but our little rascals turned that bath into a chaotic sprayer-fight/splash-contest of a good time within seconds.  Daphne wasn’t having much of it, so I took her out and let her brothers play for a bit.  For the record, this is business as usual for our family.  We let our kiddos play anywhere and everywhere at home (as long as it’s not too messy), especially in the kitchen sink.  Dinner dishes commonly turn into an hour long bubble-making and/or see-how-many-pots-fit-in-the-sink session.  And it’s almost a daily occurrence that we wash these kiddos’ feet in our kitchen sink after they find, yet again, all the creatures there are to discover in our backyard pond.

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But that mess I prefer to the game that Wilder and Brooks like to play of seeing how many of mama’s baking utensils they can pull out clean from the drawer, cover in soap and water, and put back away wet and soapy.  Ha! rascals indeed.

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Pretty soon there will be three little rascals around our kitchen sink, making messes out of chores and fun out of work and my mama heart can hardly wait!

Thanks to Elkay for sponsoring this post and making really sturdy and beautiful sinks and faucets.  And thanks to you for supporting the brands that support this blog.



p.s. the Porch House kitchen before + inspiration and the butcherblock

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We’re STILL Filming a Pilot for HGTV


Sorry for the radio silence around here.  It’s been a busy (and exciting) couple of weeks.  In case you’ve forgotten, we’ve been working away on the Porch House renovation under the watchful eyes of HGTV cameras.

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Renovating a house – well the majority of it, at least – in 16 days, is crazy.  Renovating a house in 16 days and filming the process for HGTV is pure insanity.  We have put in some looong, hard days at the Porch House over the past 2 weeks.  We’re renovating, landscaping, and staging this house at light speed all while filming scenes and interviews in front of the cameras.  Yup, insanity!

Luckily, this whole experience has been as fun and rewarding, as it has been exhausting.  We’re fortunate to have a great show runner and crew behind us, who keep things moving smoothly and the mood light and fun.  We also have a great contractor on board who knows old houses and does amazing work. Lots of family and friends have stopped by to lend a hand, which always makes the job site more fun.  Oh and did I mention that the Porch House itself is really amazing and full of hidden gems?!  We found a 5-foot-wide pocket door hidden in a wall two days ago, and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited in my entire life.  Garrett may even have referred to the door as my unborn child :0

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Thankfully, we’re in the final stretch now.  Construction and staging wrap up on Wednesday (or more likely, early Thursday morning) and the reveal will be filmed on Thursday.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this renovation turns out (and finally getting some sleep!!).  But I’ll definitely miss the folks that we’ve shared this journey with and the excitement this pilot has brought to our community.  I’ll share tons more about this renovation and the whole HGTV pilot experience later this month, but in the meantime check out my Instagram Stories for daily updates.  And wish us luck in this final stretch…we’re going to need it!




We’re Filming a Pilot for HGTV!


We’ve been working on something really big behind the scenes around here and I’m so excited to finally share it with you. We’re filming a pilot for HGTV!

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The pilot is for a 30-minute show currently titled ‘Rehab Crazy’, and if it gets picked up, it will focus on Garrett and I as we renovate old houses in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The kiddos will make an appearance too, of course. But before I get into more details, let me back up and start at the beginning…

Last year I got an email from an HGTV exec asking if we’d be interested in doing a TV show.  It was totally crazy, but not altogether unprecedented.  We get emails from production companies asking us that same question about once a month or so (and we aren’t the only ones).  We even filmed a sizzle on HGTV’s dime in 2015.  A sizzle is a short, 5-minute clip that gives the network an idea of who you are and what you do and takes 2+ days to film.  The first sizzle was a really fun experience, but didn’t lead anywhere (you can read about that experience here).  It was the type of opportunity that doesn’t usually come around once let alone twice so we never expected to get that email from the HGTV exec last Spring.  But we were sure flattered when we did!  So we happily filmed a little introductory video of ourselves and our projects and sent it to her, which she pitched to her team.  Can’t you just imagine a bunch of HGTV folks sitting around a conference table watching yours truly and my peeps in a self-produced iPhone video?!  Talk about a cringe moment!  Thankfully they liked it and we found ourselves filming another sizzle, which was shot over two days.  During our road trip last Fall, we got the call that HGTV commissioned a 30-minute pilot about us!

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Garrett and I were immediately tasked with buying an old house to renovate for the pilot, which was convenient timing since we were already looking for a renovation project in Ellensburg. We closed on the Porch House in February and dug into pre-production for the pilot.  Let me just say, that I had no idea how much work goes into a 30-minute show!  Both the network and our production company have been busy preparing for the shoot and making sure we craft the best show possible. The filming timeline is super tight so Garrett and I have also been deep in construction prep to make sure we can actually pull this whole thing off.

We don’t know if our pilot will air yet or not – I’ve been told that HGTV makes plenty of pilots that never see the light of day – but we hope it does!  Either way, we’re excited to tackle our renovation on the Porch House, put together the best possible pilot, and soak up this crazy experience.

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I’m hoping to share updates during filming over the next couple of weeks via Instagram Stories.  Once the crew goes home and we can take a breath, I’ll share more of the Porch House renovation here on the blog.  In the meantime wish us luck!



p.s. these photos are from the Sizzle filmed last Fall and taken by me and our great onsite Producer, Michael.

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