HGTV Showdown Behind-the-Scenes Photos

You're in the center of the action! Go backstage to catch all the drama as our designers and carpenters race each other and the clock to see who can turn homeowners' shabby befores into chic afters.

  • Episode 304: This certainly looks like a good-natured bunch. Sticky notes in hand, the teams of competitors run into each other while laying claim to items they'll use in their makeovers.
  • Episode 304: Angelo and James discuss their plans for updating this dated kitchen.
  • Episode 304: Vern and Anthony meet to sketch out their plan for removing the wall dividing the kitchen and mudroom to create a larger and improved kitchen layout.
  • Angelo and James opt to update the existing cabinets with paint and frosted glass inserts rather than replacing them to save time. Resurfacing cabinets is a great option for homeowners whose cabinets are in good condition but could use an updated look.
  • Episode 304: Food Network chef Guy Fieri drops by to cook a traditional Italian meal, beef braciola, for homeowners Gabriella and Joe McCurdy, and Showdown host Jamie Durie. Mmmm ... looks tasty! Get the recipe.
  • Episode 304: Even with a major kitchen makeover to tackle within a limited time frame, there's always time for a little home cooking. Angelo and James take a break to enjoy a sample of Guy's Beef Braciola. Get the recipe.
  • Episode 304: Vern installs the black-and-white mosaic tile backsplash which he selected as the "show-stopper" in his remodeled kitchen. It provides a graphic pattern that is both traditional and modern and coordinates beautifully with the black granite and glass composite countertop he has chosen.
  • Episode 304: And the winners are ...Vern and Anthony! Homeowners Joe and Gabriella McCurdy described their remodeled kitchen as "cozy" and as a place they could picture themselves. The McCurdys especially loved the butcher-block countertop, new cabinets, dramatic backsplash and improved layout.
  • Episode 303: Teammates David and Marcus psych each other up before the challenge begins.
  • Episode 303: John begins work on his ambitious mural of Mexico City as seen from above.
  • Episode 303: David sketches Mayan-inspired shapes onto plywood which he'll cut out, then attach to the walls for a graphic 3-D effect.
  • Episode 303: Jared takes a quick break while working on the headboard/desk that John designed for their challenge room.
  • Episode 303: Host Jamie Durie peeks through a bit of stage dressing. Do you have a funny caption for this image? Share it on the Showdown blog.
  • Episode 303: Marcus, David, John and Jared share a friendly backstage breather while the homeowner tours the two rooms and makes his decision.
  • Episode 303: And the winner is ... team John and Jared!
  • Episode 303: As confetti falls, they celebrate with two of their team helpers.
  • Episode 302: Drew and Sabrina get right to work selecting the elements for their makeover.
  • Episode 302: Kristi and Matthew sketch out their makeover game plan.
  • Episode 302: Kristi and Matthew discover the tree-patterned fabric that inspires the upholstered wall panels lining their room.
  • Episode 302: Sabrina and Drew begin work on the birch branch room divider they have planned to disguise the bonus room's two support beams.
  • Episode 302: Kristi and Jamie take time out of the hectic makeover for a bit of clowning around. Hop over to the Showdown blog to write your own caption for this image.
  • Episode 302: Sabrina spray-paints poker chips for a colorful addition to the game room area.
  • Episode 302: Hail, hail, the gang's all here. Matthew, Kristi, Drew and Sabrina are all smiles.
  • Episode 302: And the winners are ... Sabrina and Drew! The homeowners love their bold color choice and decided their design feels like home.
  • Episode 301: Taniya and Steve share their design plan with their team of helpers.
  • Episode 301: Lisa and Carmen walk Jamie and the homeowners, Megan and Kevin Annis, through their makeover ideas.
  • Episode 301: Lisa wastes no time; she heads straight for the design goods and begins selecting furniture and accessories to complement her design.
  • Episode 301: Taniya disguises the bare concrete floor with a clever faux terra-cotta finish.
  • Episode 301: Taniya and a helper add an antiqued finish to the painted terra-cotta tiles while Steve sweeps sand between flagstone pavers to finish the walkway.
  • Episode 301: All of the major elements have been added leaving Lisa and Carmen time to fully stage their makeover space.
  • Episode 301: Competitors Carmen, Lisa, Steve and Taniya return to the stage to hear the homeowners' decision.
  • Episode 301: It's official! Lisa and Carmen celebrate after hearing that the homeowners selected their makeover as the winning design.
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