A work in progress: A painting crew on “This Old House” will use airless sprayers and a tinted primer to turn a house from grey to a sunny yellow. Custom fabricators will form and install copper half-round gutters. Inside the house, workers will trim double-hung widows on the second floor, adding a modern detail chosen by the project’s architect. A fireplace specialist installs a Danish-designed, zero-clearance wood burning fireplace insert in the living room. In the second half of the hour, on “Ask This Old House,” see how to install interior window trim. Then learn about a new device that will heat a swimming pool for free using the excess heat produced by a central air conditioner. The episode airs at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Soften the landscape: Visit the Filoli gardens in California with the crew of “Victory Garden” to learn how good plant choices can soften a design. Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom will a specialty grass nursery in New Hampshire to see some of the plants known a year-round showstoppers. Resident chef Michel Nischan shares a not-to-be-missed recipe for green, hard-to-ripen tomatoes left in the garden. See it all at 4 p.m. Monday.
From dated to glam: In this one-hour holiday special, chef Giada de Laurentiis and interior designer Sabrina Soto surprise one lucky family with a floor-to-ceiling makeover of their dated, dysfunctional kitchen and family room. de Laurentiis also shares some of her favorite holiday recipes with the family – the kind of meal they are happy to prepare in their beautiful new space. “Holiday Kitchen Takeover With Sabrina and Giada” airs at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Clean and green: Aaron and Amber fixed up what they could in their new home, but the bathroom was beyond their abilities. The room was ugly, the plumbing was sketchy and the walls were a mess of torn-off wallpaper and old sizing. The “Bath Crashers” team comes to the rescue with a plan for a clean, modern space with a punch of color and green amenities. “Bath Crashers” airs at 5 p.m. Monday.