Queen Latifah Behind the Scenes

FINALLY. I'm getting to this blog post. About a month ago I had the VERY fun opportunity to be a DIY / Interior expert on Queen Latifah's new daytime show. I was in LA for a week shooting field pieces, redoing thrift store finds and filming the on-air portion of the segment.  I thought I'd loop you into all the behind the scenes goodness. (That's always fascinating to me!) So I'm finally here (could it have taken me any longer?) with pretty sick iphone pictures and details of what the week looked like! 

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Let's start with the field piece! I flew in on Saturday and we spent all day Sunday shopping our way through a Thrift Store, Yard Sale and Flea Market.  

 My assignment was to find pieces who's identity I could totally transform. We're not talking a simple coat of paint here. Our goal was to really change the intent of the piece. Plus, I had to find two of each item I planned to transform. You know for TV magic. Ultimately, we needed one piece completed to reveal on stage and one piece to diy with Queen Latifah. Finding two of every potential interesting piece wasn't a challenge at all. NOT.

Here are all the purchases! See, two of everything. Boo ya! 

Here are all the purchases! See, two of everything. Boo ya! 

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The next day, the wonderful team brought all of our purchases to a big tent set up in the back of the Sony parking lot. There wasn't much planning for what I would do to all these pieces since we were buying them on the fly. Of course, I hit up Pinterest for some quick inspiration. The biggest piece I bought was a large antique desk with a leather top. It was really beautiful and I didn't want to totally mess with it's integrity.  So, I decided on a simple greek key pattern, let me show you.

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Materials: Painters tape + primer + paint + hardware + gold spray paint

Steps 1 - 3 involved painstaking taping. I didn't use a level, just my eyeballs, to create this simple iteration of a greek key pattern. 

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Step 4 - 5 continues the tape up to the top 3 drawers and starts with a coat of primer followed by a coat of white paint. A helper picked up a bunch of hardware from the store. We ended up with two different pulls, so to sync them up, we sprayed ALL the hardware with the same gold spray paint. 

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And here's the finished desk, complete with mismatched hardware! I loved the way it turned out actually, it was a really simple and quick way to update the desk.

We finished all the pieces outside in the beautiful LA weather and the art department whisked them away to the stage. A few days later, it was time for the actual show! Now this part is always pretty hilarious and fun. First, you're taken to your green room (sounds so shi shi, doesn't it.) (Sound guys hate those big clunky necklaces I always wear. Whoops.) 

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Now, you've got to look around and see who's in the neighboring green rooms. The day I was filming, I saw Avril Lavigne's name next door and Valerie Harper in the hair and make up room. GEEZ! And here I am doing crafts . . . anyways! My favorite part is up next . . .

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Once is time, you're lead to the set and get to watch from back stage for a bit while they prep the next segment. Which means I get to see everything on stage! What a feeling of accomplishment. To give you a better idea of the before and afters, here are some handy little side-by-sides found on the QL site with a handful of DIY tips from yours truly.  

Materials: Gold Spray Paint + Fabric (curtain) + Staple Gun

Materials: Gold Spray Paint + Fabric (curtain) + Staple Gun

Materials: Gold Fringe Upholstery Trim + Hot Glue Gun + White Paint

Materials: Gold Fringe Upholstery Trim + Hot Glue Gun + White Paint

Materials: Gold spray paint + Foam + Quilting Batting + Fabric (curtain) + Spray Adhesive

Materials: Gold spray paint + Foam + Quilting Batting + Fabric (curtain) + Spray Adhesive

Materials: Pourable gold paint + Funnel

Materials: Pourable gold paint + Funnel

Materials: Pale Blue Spray Paint + 3 Lights with cords

Materials: Pale Blue Spray Paint + 3 Lights with cords

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Boy, finished projects are the best! After I revealed the finished pieces to the LOVELY Queen Latifah, I got to show her how to make the pieces herself. Now I have to pause right now and say that Queen Latifah was one of the NICEST people. She was warm and delightful and so fun to meet / diy with. She. Is. Awesome.   You can watch the diy segment here! 

The whole experience was such a blast! Then I had to go and break my d*mn ankle and put everything on hold for the moment. But pending a dr. appointment tomorrow, I hope to be back at it very soon! Hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes look. Happy Halloween!!

Thank you to the fabulous producers at the show - you make everyone look good!