Two-day, $2,000 room makeover not reality

Behind the scenes of home-improvement TV shows

Q: When I watch those TV reality shows about room makeovers, I wonder if there is anything "real" about them. Can you really do a complete makeover in two days with $2,000? –Gayle K.

A: Yes and no — and therein lies the problem of the contradictions and false expectations of some of these phenomenally popular reality home-improvement shows.