Confessions of a Dallas Realtor: When HGTV Turns From Inspiration to Abomination

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Sometimes Realtors get the shock of their lives. Be it cats running out of doorways, after which they must sprint, only to find out that the homeowner doesn’t even own a cat, to really, REALLY awful faux finishes.

In this case, one Realtor that has asked to remain anonymous, sent in this photo of a home in Old Lake Highlands she was showing:

“I swear HGTV jacked some people up. Out showing houses today and someone really talented perfectly executed the plastic baggie faux finish technique on every. single. surface. of this hallway. 7 doors, trim, sides of doors, ceilings and even the attic access. All perfectly finished. Creepy.”

Faux Finish Faux PasI would definitely call this a faux finish faux pas. I know it’s nothing a little primer and paint can’t fix, but really, their Realtor should have told them to fix this! What do you think?

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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