Q&A With This Old House Host Kevin O'Connor

Jan 17, 2017, 13:19 PM
Kevin O’Connor has been the friendly face of the PBS series This Old House for more than a decade. In this Q&A, he talks about everything from influences behind the home renovation show to his favorite paint color!

Kevin O'Connor

Q: What is the best part of your job?
Kevin: "The great people I get to work with, usually tradesmen but also people passionate about their business. This Old House attracts the finest people, and I get to work with those passionate all-stars everyday. It’s as much fun to work next to an accomplished carpenter as it is to work with someone who deals in recycled granite or runs a marble quarry."  

Q: What was the last TV show you binge-watched?
Kevin: "House of Cards. I don’t get to see much TV with three little kids at home and lots of travel so I came to this party late. But I’m sort of a political junkie, and this was right up my alley."  

Q: What is your favorite paint color? 
Kevin: "The color my wife chooses is always my favorite, as it should be, since I’m a colorblind man with a wife. And even though I don’t really care about paint colors, I do want to meet the people who come up with all those names — Whispering Peach? Really?"

Q: What was your most memorable home project for yourself or work? 
Kevin: "My first house for sure — a broken-down 120-year-old Queen Anne Victorian my wife and I worked on for nine years. It was a labor of love, totally occupied my life, got me my job and taught me all about old homes."

Q: What were the last three songs played on your iPhone?
Kevin: "S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff, Wish I Knew You by The Revivalists and Fire by Barns Courtney."

Kevin appears at the Indianapolis Home Show on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21! He will offer a behind-the-scenes view of the current season of This Old House. Join him to learn about how the show is made and get answers to all your home improvement questions! Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 when you connect with us on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show. We can't wait to see you there!

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