Alma Project: Kitchen Remodel!

July 3rd, 2012

Greetings all, doesn’t it feel so strange that the Fourth of July is on a Wednesday?  It’s totally throwing me off but I’m happy for the day off tomorrow.  Well as I’ve been hinting at for days, we are really proud to have finished the kitchen at our Alma Project just in time for four new families to move in.

If you’re unfamiliar with this project, you can read the details and the motivation behind it here, but basically we adopt a house every year with our local Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) and we take time every few months to upgrade the spaces (playroom completed in April).  This home is shared by women with children who are making the transition from homelessness to success stories through counseling, job training, and abstinence from substance abuse.  This four bedroom home currently houses 9 people, including 4 mothers and their 5 children, each family shares one of the four bedrooms.

The kitchen was a total disaster when we started and we had limited funds and only six weeks to make the necessary changes before the new families moved in.  Thankfully,  several of you donated to the project and we were able to raise $1,550 from your donations (thank you donors, see list below) but that wasn’t nearly enough to get us where we needed to go.  So I struggled with what to do, and thankfully others stepped up to take this to the finish line.

First was Home Depot.  I’ve got to give them so much credit for this transformation, I wrote to them and asked them to donate cabinets to replace just the center island and they generously agreed.  Then when they sent their kitchen designer and cabinet supplier to the site we told them the story of the purpose of the house.  They looked around and they decided to do an amazing thing.  Home Depot decided that just the island wasn’t enough, they were going to donate all, yes ALL NEW kitchen cabinets.  I can’t explain how amazing it was to get that email.  ALL NEW CABINETS?   Wow, we’re talking several thousand dollars in cabinets donated for this cause!  THANK YOU HOME DEPOT!!

Thanks to Kelly and Nicole from Home Depot corporate, Christine, our local kitchen designer, and Keith, Craig and John our local cabinet supplies who all came together to replace all the cabinets for the entire space.  COTS was also able to allocate $1,700 to the project so with the donations by several of you, Home Depot, and COTS we were able to complete this full kitchen remodel for just over $3,600.  Without any help it would have cost us $9,000 in just materials (not including any labor).

Here’s the full tour and the story to go with it!

alma house kitchen tour

 

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Pinterest Challenge – Summer Edition!

July 3rd, 2012

Alright how many of us are on Pinterest, storing up all those great ideas we love and planning on actually tackling them “someday”.  Well friends, that someday is here!  Perhaps you’ve seen this throwdown around the blogosphere before – it was started by co-hosts Sherry of Young House Love and Katie of Bower Power last year and continues today.  Yep, it’s time for another round of the Pinterest Challenge and this is the Summer Edition! 

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I’m cohosting with the above mentioned blog friends (who I finally got to meet face to face at Haven – woot!) plus my buddy Michelle from Ten June!  This brunette band of DIY lovin’ ladies is issuing another throwdown, and we hope you’ll say “Game on!”

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Time to take a close look at your Pinterest boards and all those projects you’ve been meaning to get to, choose one, and get ‘er done!  I’ve got so many ideas stored up on my boards, but I’m totally obsessed with one in particular, can’t wait to finally make it happen!   

So, what will yours be?  It’s time to try out a new recipe, paint a piece of furniture, craft, create, or sew – all projects are welcome, big or small.  Anything goes as long as the inspiration comes from an idea you spy on Pinterest.

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(find all of these these projects and recipes on my Pinterest Boards!) 

I’ve got a ton of ideas saved up, feel free to check out recipes In The Kitchen, plenty of colorful painting ideas exist over at Color Inspiration, and you know I love to collect all those great craft and home improvement projects in my DIY Inspiration board! 

Here’s how it works:  No project is too big or too small!  Pick any project you have pinned or one you have seen on Pinterest and tackle it for your post.  Then write up your completed project and include a link to the Pinterest inspired project on Tuesday, July 10th, you’ve got one week!  Please be sure to link to the original source of the Pinterest inspired project too.  There will be link parties on that day by the co-hosts, so add your Pinterest Challenge project to any or all of them and link back to your hostess too.

We’re pretty excited about this, and the opportunity to meet new bloggers through this fun blogosphere par-tay – join us next Tuesday July 10th for the Pinterest Challenge – Summer Edition!   FYI, Pinterest has no clue about this, they’re not a sponsor, this is just a fun idea originated by bloggers and a great way to your bootie in gear and tackle one of your Pinterest “to do” ideas! 

Oh and pssssst.  Since the Pinterest Challenge is Tuesday, I’m moving the Fair Weather Chillin’ and Grillin’ Link Party to Monday instead.  Say what?  Two link parties back to back?  I know, call me crazy.  If you’ve got a great BBQ recipe or picnic sidedish or some tailgaiting tips you’d like to share, link them up here on Monday July 9th.  Link up your Summer Pinterest Challenge project the next day on Tuesday, July 10th

Join in the fun!

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