The 5 Most WTF Room Makeovers Hildi Santo-Tomas Did On "Trading Spaces"

Nothing struck more fear into the contestants of this TLC show than knowing that Hildi was redecorating a room in their home.

Long before Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, My Strange Addiction and Toddlers & Tiaras, there was only one beloved TLC show: Trading Spaces.

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Hosted by the perky Paige Davis, the series had a simple premise: Two neighbors swap homes and then redesign a room in the other’s house with a budget of $1,000 (each), a carpenter, and an interior designer.

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Contestants always hoped they would get designers Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip, or Laurie Smith. But there was one designer nobody wanted: HILDI. SANTOS. TOMAS.

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The reason? Hildi had strong visions for the spaces she was redecorating, and she was not afraid to execute them (no matter how ridiculous). Below are five designs that left the homeowners and us viewers scratching our heads:

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1. The Hildi Mural: Hildi created a mural-mosaic of herself across a living room wall! She actually didn’t do a bad job decorating the rest of the room.

2. The Flower Bathroom: She stapled more than 7,000 silk flowers to the wall of a bathroom. It was highlighted by hideous gold paint on the moldings and cabinets.

How her website describes this room:

“Hildi sometimes uses things in mass to create a greater impact. This flower bathroom is a perfect example. Over 7,000 silk flowers were stapled to the wall for this stunning effect. “

3. The Cabana: Hildi wanted to create an “oasis,” but really it was just a bunch of sand on the floor of a room that was painted like a circus tent.

How her website describes this room:

“When Hildi set out to design this room, she wanted to create an adult retreat. She succeed by transforming the room into a cabana… a place where you could kick off your shoes, walk barefoot and sit back and enjoy a cool drink. The texture of the sand, the bold colors and Hildi’s ingenious palm tree came together to create a Trading Spaces oasis.”

4. The “Dancing on the Ceiling” Living Room: Hildi said wanted to “create a sense of space,” but really she ended up creating an unusable room. Who would want their living room and dining room furniture fastened to the ceiling?

5. The Hay Room: Hildi decided it would be great to decorate the walls with hay. She put wallpaper glue on the walls and then tossed hay on them.

The neighbors working with Hildi were quick to point out their concern; there was both a toddler and a baby living in the house.

Needless to say, the homeowners were not happy with the end result. The removal took 17 hours and was reportedly paid for by the production company.

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