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, thelittlebitpodcast.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Orange County Register