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Vanilla Ice is back with a home show
Y'all remember Robert Van Winkle, aka, Vanilla Ice, from back in the day? He's all but disappeared, except for those rare appearances commenting on those VH1 "I Love the (insert decade here)" shows. Stand back, because he's grabbing another piece of the spotlight this fall with a new DIY Network series called -- what else? -- "The Vanilla Ice Project."
Apparently the former teen rapper has another passion -- renovating old homes -- and the ten-episode series "proves he can tear up a house just as easily as he can tear up a hotel room," the press kit says. Nice.
During the season, Ice, who goes by Rob these days, tackles a complete overhaul of a six-bedroom, five-bath, 7,000 square-foot home in Palm Beach, Fla.
Each of the ten, half-hour episodes (which will run Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning on Oct. 14), will showcase his "vast knowledge in home renovation (rock-star style)" and show an "entirely new side of the star -- one that his fans never have seen before," or so his public relations material says.
Here's an episode rundown so you can set the DVR:
101: Nice, nice landscaping
Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. New York time
It’s all about curb appeal as Vanilla Ice and his construction crew tears out dead plants and tackles the landscaping. They need to make this house look like a million dollars – from the outside. A rock concert lighting expert stops by to help install exterior lighting, which uses a new LED system and draws hardly any power.
102: Party pool
Oct. 14 at 9:30 p.m.
Vanilla Ice and his team give the backyard a facelift. He takes matters into his own hands and blasts out the dilapidated pool, puts down a sweet patio and installs some unexpected, but killer features like Tiki torches and a fire bowl.
103: The master suite
Oct. 21 at 9 p.m.
Vanilla Ice and his crew put the “sweet” back into the master suite. They create a spa-like environment in the bathroom, lay down new carpeting, hook up a security system and put the luxury back into the mansion.
104: A tasty new kitchen
Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.
It’s the most important room in the house and Vanilla Ice is giving it his all. Crew member Joey gets a deal on high-end cabinets, but has to customize them. Vanilla Ice looks to find countertops that are fit for his palace.
105: The ugly upstairs
Nov. 4 at 9 p.m.
Vanilla Ice and his team renovate the upstairs of the mansion with a little help from his daughter’s sixth grade class. Learn the tricks to installing new iron railing, laying down hardwood floors and repairing busted up walls as they give this second floor a rockin’ new look.
106: Rescuing the living room
Nov. 11 at 9 p.m.
Vanilla Ice and his crew have a few tricks up their sleeves as they transform the living room from busted to bling. Features like a faux coral fire place, a wood composite that looks like iron and a new bar area give this house some rock star style.
107: Rock-star garage
Nov. 18 at 9 p.m.
Vanilla Ice and his crew transform the garage from an unfinished and poorly conceived screening room into a tricked-out haven for car enthusiasts. Watch and learn as they rip down the walls, lay down a high tech race floor, throw up some fresh diamond plate, faux paint the busted doors, and bling it all out in outrageous Ferrari colors.
108: High-tech and hidden
Dec. 2 at 9 p.m.
Vanilla Ice discovers 500-square-feet of unused space in the house. It’s the perfect opportunity to put in a high-tech screening room complete with sound proofing and theater seating.
109: The home office
Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.
The office presents more than a few design challenges for Vanilla Ice. He depends on his instincts and takes a chance to turn it into a multi-purpose space that will wow potential buyers.
110: Wrapping it up
Dec. 16 at 9 p.m.
Vanilla Ice and his crew race to finish renovation details at the mansion. They bring in a staging expert and come up with a design philosophy that will help sell the house.