The 1990s brought us many things: the Internet, Pulp Fiction, and unfortunate fashion choices. One staple of the 1990s now has a home improvement program on the DIY network. Viewers can watch Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, remodel a 7,000 square foot mansion in Palm Beach, Florida one room at a time every Thursday evening at 9pm ET.
Apparently after his pop star status lost its luster, he began flipping houses in Florida. According to the press release by the network, he learned the trade as he renovated and flipped more homes. While he has a team of experts (no, not the posse he rolled with in the 1991 movie Cool as Ice) to guide him through the renovations, it’s obvious that he knows his stuff and enjoys the work as well. He says in the first episode, “Now you wonder why Vanilla Ice does all this stuff. Because I love it.” Though he assures the audience that, “I’m not leaving rapping behind though.”
The show premiered last week to much buzz—the project of the episode being the home’s landscaping. Vanilla Ice and his crew replaced the landscaping with fresh vegetation, installed an energy efficient LED lighting system and solved the mystery of the elevated driveway pavers.
"I think the process of transforming something from grime to shine influences me,” he says in a statement from the network. "This house was in need of a major upgrade and my proudest moment will be when this house is revealed."
I must admit—when I stumbled upon the show, I thought it was a joke. However, within the first few minutes I was pleasantly surprised. How many other former pop stars can list the proper names of the plants in the neighborhood and deftly operate construction equipment without running it into a lake? DIY-ers in the audience can get tips for home renovation projects and professionals can appreciate that he and his crew know what they’re doing.
I, for one, will be rushing home to watch the Vanilla Ice Project tonight.
Source: Scripps Networks, The Vanilla Ice Project