Alma Project Weekend
April 30, 2012
Hello all, hope you enjoyed your weekend! Like we’ve been planning for months, we spent ours at our house we adopted this year, transforming the playroom and doing a lot of other painting and sprucing too. I’ve mentioned before that this project is near and dear to our hearts, it’s the opportunity to give back and use our talents and we feel a calling to do this.
We started the weekend knowing all the community spaces were in need of a fresh coat of paint. In search of a great neutral, we started by trying out samples on the wall. Notice my ultra scientific method of marking the first initial of the paint color swatches :) We all agreed that the middle one was best, which was ‘Sand White’ by Glidden.
Glidden generously donated all the paint for this project – we went through four gallons and a quart of green for the back of some bookcases, thank you so much Glidden for your donation!
Last year when we made all the improvements in our first adopted home, we did it all on our own, but this year we had some help and it made all the difference. It makes me teary thinking about how the best kinds of people are those who give their time to help those in need. Let me introduce you to some of those amazing people that helped out this weekend.
First up is Warren, he’s the head of the COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) housing program and Warren has opened the doors for us to come into the home and make these improvements. He was the one who set us up in the first house and has continued to support our ambitions of adopting a home every year. He gave up his weekend to help us and is quite the Jack of all trades and has a heart of gold. He helped with all the electrical, paneling, installing new bookcases and countless other details. Thank you Warren for all that you do!
Friday was all about painting and thankfully we had a crew of ladies who were totally on board with it! All of us showed up in our painting clothes (from left to right: Kim, Kjersten, me and Laurie) were able to finish the playroom and hallway with two coats of paint. These ladies are incredible. Laurie gave two days of her time, and was there for the “wallpaper adhesive debacle” which is a story I’ll tell later this week. She’s headed to Europe for three weeks with her kids this summer and I’m a little upset she won’t let me stowaway in her luggage.
Kim from The Money Pit also was there for two days, and over the weekend I learned so much about how amazing she is. This talented mom of two has moved all around the country from North Carolina to San Diego, fixing up houses wherever she lands and this girl can hang drywall. I pink puffy heart Kim. She blogs about her life and projects around the home at her blog, and I’m now her biggest fan. I love ladies who aren’t afraid to DIY and make things happen, Kim is one of those amazing people!
There’s my sweetheart who was also helping out all weekend, doing what he does best, lookin’ handsome while hanging trim. :)
Here’s lovely Victoria, who volunteered on Friday and Saturday and was such a great help, painting the entry and the backs of cabinets and helping to hang the (sneaky peek!) wall map in the playroom.
Here’s sweet Brittany from Brittany Makes and her boyfriend Antonio. Total painting geniuses, they knocked out two coats in the living room in a matter of hours, thank you!
Brittany and her sweetheart painted the entire living room and at day’s end we said our goodbyes. I snagged this picture from Brittany’s blog, because we laughed how after a day of getting sweaty with DIY projects we shook our hair out like Farrah for the picture! Brittany is so fantastic and super talented too, be sure to visit her blog, she’s so so sweet!
Together all of us sweated, and caulked, and assembled furniture, and hung paneling and trim, and bonded and painted until we couldn’t paint any more. It was a great three days and we accomplished so much. I can’t rave enough about these amazing people and their hearts and all the time and elbow grease that they gave into sprucing up a home for families in need.
Coming up, a playroom reveal that you’ll love. I’ve got to edit the photos and do some accounting to round up the total dollar figure for the makeover, but that’s coming up next!
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