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.

The Grit and Polish - Porch House Living Rm Progress

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

The Grit and Polish - Porch House Floors and belly

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!



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  1. This is coming together beautifully! I can’t believe how quickly you did this and can’t wait to see the reveal! On a side note, I’m from Wenatchee but was house hunting in Spokane last weekend with my daughter and we found a wonderful old house that we would love to renovate but all I could think of was we need Cathy!! Maybe if your HGTV show is picked up you could do a house for us over there!

  2. I love how many people are rooting for you guys, here in Ellensburg and beyond! Come on, HGTV, you want to pick up this show! Let me know if you want us to rally the troops for any last minute cleanup or furniture moving. You’ve got quite a few obsessive groupies at this point who would be thrilled to see inside The Porch House themselves! Cheering for you guys the next couple days!!

  3. I simply can’t believe what you guys have accomplished in 16 days. Totally incredible! The house is looking amazing, and that gray trim in the living room is simply stunning! Good luck with the final hours of work!

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