Dive Into Color With David Bromstad
David Bromstad, host of HGTV Color Splash, shares his painting tips and inspiration for creating a world of color at home.
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You are known for your custom furniture. How'd you get so handy?
That's thanks to Disney again. I was working on site at the Disney parks doing murals, painting sculptures, and one of the managers of Animal Kingdom said, "Hey, can you do woodworking?" I said yes, even though I had never done it. I thought I could at least try, and I found that I excelled at it. I taught myself as I went along, and then the project kept getting bigger and bigger. It was great.
Are you one of those annoying people who can eyeball something and know exactly how much wood or fabric you need?
Well, yes. I do have a decent sense of what's needed by looking at it. But I'll tell you a secret: over buy. It's always better to have too much than too little. You can find something to do with the extra later.
And the painter in you always comes out somewhere, doesn't it?
Yes. I want to leave my clients with something that's unique and original that has a signature feeling to it. So for each project I do a special painting of some kind for them. A mural or small piece. It adds so much personality.
David's secret vice
Watching America's Top Model. "Yes, really! I love reality shows, that's why Design Star was such fun for me. I love the competition and being in the moment.
His worst client
Myself. "I'm the hardest one to please. Everybody else has been a pleasure to work with."
Can't leave home without?
My camera. "I take it everywhere. My camera is absolutely something I carry all the time and I'm always snapping pictures of different kinds of furniture and anything that inspires me. I download the pictures to my computer."
What's in his cupboard?
Bananas and protein powder. " I know it's weird, but when I'm shooting the show, it's all I eat. I love food, but when I'm busy with work, prepping a meal just interferes with the flow of what I'm doing. So when I'm not on set, yes, I'm drinking my dinner."
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