REVIEW: We all want to know. Can Amy and Stu make it three from three?
And that’s a good enough reason as any to watch The Block NZ reveal this week. Forget the silly dinner wars and ninja game playing, we want to see the decor.
But first we just see the girls sleeping and talking about having a lot to do in the morning. As we noted last week there’s very little footage of them actually doing it.
And is there a reason the producer thinks fart jokes (with Stu and Amy) are funny? They’re not. Just like crack jokes weren’t funny last week.
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Claire and Agni’s builder arrives in the morning after their all-nighter to say it’s the worst paint job he has ever seen. (Future buyers note – this is house one.)
And where do they go on a Friday? Oh there they are. They are getting a makeover for an Avatar photo shoot. It seems they want to leave something of themselves behind for that future buyer. “You’re supposed to be painting walls not faces,” says their unimpressed builder.
The boys Ben and Tom are, once again, overly ambitious and have trouble reaching the finish line.
But eventually room reveal day rolls round and somehow the teams have pulled together some of the best kids’ bedrooms ever seen on The Block. And suddenly, the judges’ job appears to get a whole lot more difficult.
EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH TURNS TO GOLD
But lo and behold, Amy and Stu create Block history by making it three wins out of three. The pair opt for coral walls for their girl’s room, with a bold Resene Gold Dust metallic paint feature, mustard-gold curtains (again) and a staircase to a loft play space.
Judge Jason Bonham’s first words are: “They’ve done it again.” He needs no convincing. He doesn’t even mind the pink, which is “sensational”.
We agree this room works on every level (pun intended). As Rapley says, the bed is “genius”. It can work as a lounging sofa by day and a bed by night.
Their styling is described as “more on more”, which can be a disaster, but not with these two.
And they do it. They score 21 out of 20 (bonus point in there). If they keep this up, auction night is going to get even more interesting, because this could be the house everyone wants.
“Couple of old Gizzy Critters making Block history,” notes Stu.
Chlo and Em design a room for a teenage boy “hitting puberty”. It’s looks too pretty and sophisticated for that brief, but judge Jason Bonham loves it. And the integrated lighting in the alcoves lifts the whole room up a few notches, while the poor paint finishing pulls it back down again.
The pair use Resene Blackboard paint, which is a “nice touch”. But, oh no, they put in a wood shelf for a desk. Bonham says someone does this every week. When will they learn he hates them? The other judge, magazine editor Kristina Rapley loves it.
They come second with a total of 16.5, which as they say themselves, feels like coming last because they didn’t win.
Ben and Tom (third again) also design a room for a 15-year-old boy, and we think they hit the nail on the head. The dark blue walls are perfect for that brief, and Bonham agrees. “It feels very masculine… and very grown up.”
The wood panelling detailing around the skylight and the study nook is also a great touch. And we love the skateboard against the timber – texture on texture. Not everything has to be high contrast to look good.
COLOUR BLOCKING IS BACK
Claire and Agni go for colour blocking – blue and yellow. It’s extraordinarily bright and we guess young children will like it. They will certainly like the write-on paint. We’re not so sure future buyers will like this, however. It’s very polarising.
But speaking of paint, this couple don’t seem to be able to do it. The paint finish is well, a bit rough. “Sloppy” is the word the judges use. It’s not good enough to say it can’t always be perfect, Agni.
However, the judges’ first reaction is to laugh, and they genuinely love the Avatar photograph. Who’d have guessed? Sadly, we agree this is the worst of the four rooms this week, again.
And the dinner wars winner of the Resene decorator for their house exterior? Probably Ben and Tom, but we have to wait another day to find out about that one.
The Block NZ screens Sunday-Wednesday nights on Three