Natalia brushes up on TV
NATALIA Broadhead has not had television reception since moving to Kin Kin five years ago.
But she’s about to become a familiar face to the majority of Australians who do.
The Jill-of-all-trades is one of 26 contestants in Network Ten’s new series The Renovators, premiering on Sunday.
The first-time mum put a lot on the line when she accepted one of the coveted spots on the series, which rewards the winner with the profits from six renovated properties.
Natalia committed to leaving her husband and eight-month-old daughter Jessica for up to six months.
“She’s turned a year old since I’ve been there and she’s learned how to walk while I’ve been there. It’s pretty hard,” she said.
“What if I could win? It would change her life forever, and six months can go really fast. It’s a gamble but life is as well. You’ve got to take every opportunity you’ve got.”
The first challenge, a 48-hour renovation marathon in the show’s massive 13,000 square metre warehouse, pushed Natalia to her limits.
But watching her lift heavy pavers and shovel dirt during a set visit, Broadhead clearly moved on from her initial hesitation.
Known for her ability to turn trash into treasure, the 37-year-old has been dubbed the “recycle guru” by her fellow contestants.
“I’m rolling with that one,” she laughed. “I’ll find a bit of timber and think ‘I can make something out of that’.”
The handywoman has gained confidence in her sense of design.