Posts Tagged ‘alma project’

Thrifting for the Cause

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Hello everyone, I hope you’re relaxing on this three day weekend here in the States. We spent some time on Saturday in San Francisco at a friend’s wedding and enjoyed an evening stroll, it was unusually warm and we walked through a neighborhood filled with homes with classic architecture, it reminded me I really need to photograph some of those beauties in the various neighborhoods soon.

Last week I did some serious treasure hunting at thrift stores for a great cause. We’re so excited to be jumping back into our philanthropic efforts with the Alma Project. Last week I met with the Director of Housing for our local Committee on the Shelterless and the request was a big one: furnish and decorate an entire house including a family room, dining room, and 4 bedrooms by early summer. [For those unfamiliar with our Alma Project efforts, you can read all about our remodeling projects here.] For me, there’s nothing better than decorating with style on a budget for our favorite charity so I wholeheartedly welcomed the challenge! 

This home’s purpose will serve single adults transitioning from the homeless shelter so the need is for double and twin beds for each bedroom. The Angel of Amazing Thrift Store Prices was hovering over my shoulder as I hit up my favorite local stops and scored some really great finds. (For locals, the Sacks on Liberty Street in Petaluma has some great scores from time to time.)

price tag

I explained the cause to the manager of another one of my favorite thrift stores, the St. Vincent de Paul in Rohnert Park, CA and he gave me a bigger discount on a furniture sale so I saved a ton by being in the right place at the right time. 

I bought two blonde wood full/double headboards, one for $10 and another for $13 – the one in the rear is a basic wood headboard that I will either upholster or add molding to similar to the ones below.

jenny lind style headboard

 headboard makeover options

tobi fairley / ana white

 

The second full headboard is a Jenny Lind spool style with spindles that will look fab painted a bright color or perhaps something more neutral or even just white. 

aqua painted jenny lind

land of nod

  

I could not pass up this four poster bed, I think some Restore-A-Finish will bring it back to life. After the discount this was $40, which is such a deal given that similar pineapple finial poster beds sell for hundreds of dollars at auction or in antique stores.

pineapple finial antique poster bed

   

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Painting the Shelter House

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

We’ve been planning to paint the exterior of the shelter house we adopted through our local COTS for about a year (recall the bathroom and kitchen remodel from 2012) and I’m so happy to share that this project is finally complete!  Long time readers know we’ve dubbed our efforts to improve spaces for our chosen non-profit The Alma Project and we love fixing up spaces on behalf of the program.

The exterior of this shelter home was neglected and very sad, and it was in desperate need of new paint. It took several months to coordinate with donors and our painter, but at last we’ve finally finished the home’s exterior and we’re proud to report it is dramatically improved!

Here’s a glimpse of the front porch and you can see how much the exterior had deteriorated. Our team prepped and painted the entire exterior of the home in late August and then spruced up the porch over the weekend, adding a new light fixture over the window, replacing the front door, the mailbox, adding some simple DIY shutters, and a few plants. All of those little touches made such a difference.

Before:

shelter porch before

After:

shelter home porch after

 

Choosing paint colors for an exterior is extremely challenging, it’s one of those decisions you can’t mess up since you’ll be mixing many many gallons of paint! It took me several days to narrow down the right color, I painted ten different colors on large cardboard swatches and the team studied them in different light, and eventually we decided on a gray with a hint of olive green to it: ‘Meadowlark’ by Glidden.

swatch comparison

    

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