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5 questions with Joanie Sprague, star of ‘Trading Spaces’

You’ll see carpenter Joanie Sprague on the new season of TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces,’ premiering Saturday, March 16. In this series, two neighbors redecorate a room in each other’s homes. They have two days to finish, and a $2,000 budget for each room. Neighbors are assisted by a professional designer and a carpenter The neighbors have no idea what’s happening in their own home until the reveal.

This is the second season for Sprague, a Surf City resident. We wanted to find out more:

Q: So, how did you join the cast of “Trading Spaces”?

A: I auditioned for it after they saw my reel. We’ve filmed 20 episodes and two seasons after the reboot. The show was brought back after a 10-year hiatus. I’ve been doing TV shows like this for 10 years, and building for about as long. It’s second nature, I guess. I love it. I’ve always been handy, and worked around tools and construction. My dad introduced me to everything, and I’ve just continued learning. I modeled for 10 years, and then jumped right into home improvement and DIY TV shows. Being on “Trading Spaces” as a carpenter is my dream job. I love it.

Q: What are some of the challenges you have?

A: Some challenges seem impossible at first. Sometimes the projects are so big I have to build them in pieces, put them on casters, then roll it into the room to install in pieces. I feel I do really well under pressure. This is when I kick into high gear. I usually have to hang curtain rods, switch power outlets, and do last-minute picture hanging. It gets crazy in the last hour before the reveal. Wait until this season!

Q: Do you get much sleep during these quick renovations?

A: We really do work our tails off. A few times, the host, Paige Davis slept over to help. We sometimes work into the night.

Q: When the reveal takes place, are you watching?

A: It’s usually around midnight. And the carpenters are done around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. on reveal day. I get texts all about it, though. Once or twice I did stay up because the homeowners were so over the top I had to see their reaction.

Q: What are you up to now?

A: I am starting a podcast on March 1,

Fun Fact: Before Sprague became a known carpenter, she had a modeling career. Sprague (then with the last name Dodds), was on the sixth cycle of “America’s Next TopModel,” finishing second.

Fun Fact No. 2: Sprague is leading a ladies-only Power Tool Introduction from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at 15392 Assembly Lane, Suite A, in Huntington Beach. It’s hosted by Your Animals Best Friend, and is $25 per person. For more information, call 714-898-5900 or email

Source: Orange County Register

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