The Property Brothers unveil ‘cheap’ upgrade to ‘Celebrity IOU’

Property Brothers stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are back for Season 4 of HGTV’s Celebrity IOU – and this time they’re helping out the comedian Tiffany Hadish Give her best friend a new home.

Haddish introduces the Scott brothers in the episode “Tiffany Loves Returns”. selena, her best friend since seventh grade. Selena and her family have a beautiful home in Carson, CA, but Haddish and the brothers know it could use a few updates.

“It’s obvious that Selena and her husband are very proud of their home,” says Jonathan. “And rightly so; It’s a great place. But if you look closely at the finishes, it could do with a higher quality upgrade.”

With some luxe materials and a clean, simple design, Drew and Jonathan Haddish help modernize the living room, make smart kitchen repairs, and turn a bathroom into a mini-spa.

Find out how the Scott brothers do it, with many lessons you might want to try in your own loo and living room.

Storage in the kitchen is more important than natural light

Before: This kitchen needed more storage space.

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Jonathan and Drew plan to make many changes in this kitchen. Not only do they decide to remove the peninsula and add an island, but they also rotate the island and move the sink to make the entire space feel more connected to the living room. Jonathan also suggests removing the kitchen window and putting new cabinets and a range hood in its place.

Haddish is immediately concerned and asks, “Can’t we just move the window?”

“Then you would lose your storage space,” Jonathan points out. “Storage is a good thing.”

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Tiffany Haddish is ready for demolition day!

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Haddish ended up having Jonathan remove the window, and it’s a good thing she did. Taking out the window allows Jonathan to make room for a range hood over a newly placed stove and add some much-needed cabinetry on either side.

While closing a window might seem like a serious renovation faux pas, the brothers know the home has plenty of natural light. They explain that losing a valuable kitchen element can make sense if it makes room for something even better.

“Sometimes you really have to think outside the box when designing a space,” says Jonathan.

kitchen
After: This kitchen lost a window but gained a lot of style.

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Laminate floors can look cheap up close

laminate floor
Before: This laminate floor looked good from afar, but the brothers knew it wouldn’t last.

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Drew and Jonathan like the look of Selena’s house when they first step inside, but upon closer inspection they see some serious flaws. For one, the floors look OK from afar, but not so much up close.

“If you look at it with the naked eye, ‘Mm not bad,'” Drew says of the floors. “But if you get close to them or even touch them, it’s just cheap old laminate, and that’s not the elegance that Tiffany wants for Selena.”

When Jonathan and Haddish decide on finishes, the HGTV star suggests a light toned hardwood as it’s much more durable than the existing laminate.

“Your soils expand and contract as the humidity changes,” says Jonathan. “So having a technical base under the solid ground actually helps prevent that. This means fewer kinks and fewer cracks.”

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After: New flooring brightens up this home.

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The new floors are not only more durable, they also look beautiful. While Haddish might have worried about losing a window, Drew points out that light-colored surfaces like these floors make the space feel extra bright.

“Choosing surfaces like lighter floors can help reflect the light we have, increasing the brightness in any room,” he says.

Choose simple materials for the fireplace

dated fireplace
Before: This fireplace needed an update.

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From their first tour of the house, Drew and Jonathan know they need to make some changes to the fireplace.

“I notice how the TV is so high and the fireplace is so low,” says Jonathan. “Having a real focus point that actually carries the eye all the way up would be key.”

This fireplace is also covered in aged stone that clearly needs to go.

Haddish later presents Jonathan with a unique idea for the fireplace.

“We should use real marbles,” she says. “Like a 15 pound bag of marbles and just marble all the way to the top.”

Jonathan immediately contradicts: “I don’t know if Selena will still be your best friend.”

Tiffany and Jonathan
Haddish and Jonathan Scott choose the finishes for Selena’s house.

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Instead, Jonathan chose plain, smooth sintered stone for the fireplace to match the new kitchen counters.

“I wanted to make sure there was some continuity to the surfaces so the stone would complement the kitchen countertops,” says Jonathan.

In the end, the fireplace’s simple yet elegant design looks great and proves how easy it can be to carry a style from one area to another and create cohesion.

Chimney
After: The new fireplace stone matches the kitchen countertops.

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Move the toilet to make room for a double vanity

old bathroom
Before: Haddish realizes the toilet could be moved to make room for a larger vanity.

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While most of the work focuses on the kitchen and living room, Haddish doesn’t want to forget the bathroom.

“I really want the toilet to be a place like an oasis for them,” says Haddish. “A little relaxation spa, if you may.” Haddish even suggests the idea of ​​a wine cellar in the bathroom so Selena can enjoy the full spa experience.

Spa-like bathroom
After: This bathroom design has a spa feel to it.

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While the team goes to great lengths to make this bathroom look amazing, one of Haddish’s ideas could make the biggest difference. She suggests moving the toilet to make room for a luxe double vanity, which is perfect for this refreshed bathroom as it makes the space feel larger and more spa-like. It’s a great change that could inspire other homeowners to redesign their bathroom for better usability.

Stair railings should be stylish yet secure

original railing
Before: The original banister had a great mid-century look.

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While the Scott brothers make a ton of changes to Selena’s home, there’s one feature they know needs to go: the stair railing. The balustrades of this metal railing are way too far apart – Drew can even fit his head between them – and the brothers know it’s not safe.

“Any baby with a head my size could fail,” says Drew.

“You have to make sure everything in a home is safe, not just beautiful,” says Jonathan.

stair railing
After: This new railing has the same retro style.

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Still, the brothers like the mid-century style of the original rail, so they decide to recreate the look in a safe way.

“We actually had one of our metalheads try to replicate this beautiful design, but he did it to program,” Drew tells Selena when she finally sees the finished house.

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