Alma Update: Entry Upgrades
April 4, 2011
Hey there! Hope you all had a fine weekend! I spent the weekend working on a few projects, like building an upholstered ottoman, and also taking a very cool class. I hope to share both with you later this week.
The best part of our weekend was spent working on our Alma Project, transforming the bare walls of the entryway to not only provide more storage, but also make this hallway a much more functional space to help the families living within these walls stay organized.
Take a peek at what we started with in the morning:
And ended up with in the afternoon!
So much better!
I started by painting the hallway in Kelly Moore’s ‘Graystone’, a nice neutral tan color. Usually I opt for Ben Moore paints, but KM was right down the street, and I was color matching the new paint in the great room (more on that to come!) I chose these wide plank grooved panels from Lowe’s because the adjacent kitchen has the same style paneling on the lower half of the walls, but in that icky 1970’s brown. I had all of the new panels cut in the lumber department. I intend to prime and paint those brown panels in the kitchen and eating area to pull all three spaces together and make it more fresh and modern.
For installing the paneling, we followed the same techniques I used on the basic board and batten wall in a loft earlier this year, first using adhesive and a brad nailer to secure the panels to the walls, then securing a top rail and hooks above. The contract requires the families living here move out within two years, so as much as I wanted to add a gallery wall of personal photographs, I had to refrain from over personalizing the space. It’s amazing how much more functional this hallway is now with hooks and new bulletin boards! The moms really love it.
I have other plans to help the kids feel like this truly is their home while they are living here. We talked about it, and all of the kids agreed they want wood signs with their names on them (painted or in vinyl) for the bedrooms. These personalized signs they can take with them when they move to their more permanent home. I had all six kids pick a color today, and I’m going to make big signs for them soon. Can anyone out there help me make them?
If you want to see how we got from the ‘before’ to the ‘after’ seen above, and see more photos of all of the changes, here is a 3 minute video which shows our step by step and all the upgrades from the work over the weekend.
Total cost for today’s upgrades:
Panels & Rail: $52
Window shade: $12
Entry Mat $24
Spray Painted Cork Boards: donated
Total = $119
A HUGE thank you to Melissa at 320 Sycamore for the auction she held this weekend to raise money for our Alma Project! We’ve had so many people come forward to donate their talents, services and funds, we are overwhelmed with the support.
I had a meeting with the director of COTS at the house today, and I was told their budget on this home is virtually gone, so how timely is it that so many of you have stepped forward to assist !! THANK YOU so much, words cannot express our gratitude to all of you who have shown us support.
I also bought them a new front door mat, but clearly there is some exterior painting that needs to be done.
Last week we delivered two toddler beds and mattresses to two of the three families living here, so the youngest children have a place to sleep. I bought them some very sweet bedding at Target too.
Next up? I’m planning to repurpose this TV stand:
I tracked down some bookcases and melamine shelves that I think will work for what I have in mind. In the next few weeks, I’m going to build an entire storage and entertainment center for this wall, then prime and paint it. I understand a plasma TV will be donated too, which is great news, because that big bulky TV worries me with little children in the house.
This wall is going to look great when I’m done!
Thanks to everyone who has offered their support or donated funds, we truly appreciate you.
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