Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Reveal

So are you ready to see the Habitat room reveal?
Well, it's reveal time!!
This fantastic trip started out in Michigan...
and ended in Georgia.

6 DIY bloggers
the awesome GMC & social media team
700 miles of yard sales in 3 days
and decorating a Habitat for Humanity home




A completely amazing experience.


We worked together 
We shopped for each other
We decorated a whole house as a surprise
and
we did it all on a budget.

Just $250 each

Who were we decorating for?

A mom with 4 children
2 boys and 2 girls


Some of last years bloggers came to help us put everything together- 
thank goodness~ they were a HUGE help
and they brought extra supplies too- which were amazing
like some of the fantastic furniture for the living room, boys bedroom and bathroom
 that they painted while at Haven. 

Brooke also ran to the thrift store on Sunday to grab as much extra treasures as she could find
to fill two blue metal shelving units in the LR that were generously donated by Rustoleum
Rustoleum also donated most of the knick knacks and
this completely perfect and fantastic rug  for the living room
The coffee table was brought over by Pretty Handy Girl and was one that had a special
meaning to her. We all signed the top with a welcome message to the new family.

We ended up picking up the rest of the things we needed for the rooms that we didn't find on the sale
at stores  in Atlanta- like Target and Ikea on Saturday afternoon.

Please note~
We are not all posting at the same time and each blogger 
would like to share their own room in detail


Habitat for Humanity GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

Here are detail photos of my rooms in the house

  Kitchen, Dining Room & Laundry room

Yes, that is 3 rooms on that $250 budget and the Kitchen
which needed kitchen necessities more than decor
but I was up to the challenge.

Note~ I purchased the flowers out of pocket from a local grocery store- Not from the budget.
I wanted to give the new homeowners a welcome gift of beautiful fresh flowers
for their new home.


 The Kitchen



A trio of vintage blue mason jars filled with pretty blooms on the sill
and a quick valance made from fabric the girls brought from Haven was perfect for the small window above 
the kitchen sink  (iphone photos- sorry)


I wanted to give them a little treat to enjoy when they moved in 
and so after finding this vintage wooden tray on the yard sale- 
I decided to set out a little tea and cocoa station for mom and kids


We all loved that decorative oversized plate covered in charm and bright colors
and it was perfect above the stove for a little pop of color


Tea towels at the sink and a row of mason jars filled with candy for the kids
 and a fun filled container with movie night treats
 (courtesy of GMC) on the counter


The white canisters were yard sale finds in great condition~ near new
and since they were small- they fit in the little area near the stove without 
cluttering the counter space up.

Not shown are all the essentials that were purchased for the kitchen 
which were all put away inside the cupboards
a set of dishes for 8
 flatware
glassware
 pots & pans, etc.
as well as the microwave courtesy of Pretty Handy Girl


Laundry Room
The laundry room was in a different configuration than we expected from the blueprint
so the plan adjusted a little.
 I bought laundry soap and a big glass jar from Target
and the tray is a find from Jocie she didn't need
 I searched and searched the yard sales but finally found 3 large wicker baskets for sorting clothes at the Georgia Re-Store.
They weren't for sale as the store was using them for storing things but they
decided to sell them to me- after Jocie got involved ;)
along with a pack of Mason jars and some other kitchen knick knacks


We also found a Laundry Room sign above the washer and dryer that I don't have a photo of



Dining Room

Where the budget in the kitchen went to the essentials that the family needed
the dining room got the bulk of the more fun decorating and it started with this table and 4 side chairs set
 that I loved instantly.  I wanted original character and this set definitely had it.


The chairs only needed new seat covers, a bit of tightening and cleaning up
and we needed two more chairs to make 6 but otherwise
it was a perfect style and in good condition.

We majorly lucked out finding the end chairs at another sale
and they were a nearly perfect match in finish.


The antique crock for holding flowers was a junking find 
as were the set of perfect white dishes to fill the cupboard and to set the table.

The white drapes were Carissa's drapes originally.
The drapes I purchased from Ikea were needed in the LR when they noticed one extra window that wasn't  planned for and so we played  musical drapes a bit with my original drapes going to Jocie in the LR
Carissa's drapes (these) coming to the dining room
and Carissa using a leftover white swag of fabric for her window.

We were all working as a team to give the homeowners
the best possible home- even if it meant changing our own rooms and designs to help finish another.

 

 Collected silver platters from a couple sales went on the wall-
I was also planning on
ironstone or floral platters- but they were a little too pricey to collect enough of on the sale.
I wish there would have been room (and extra $) for a china cabinet- it would have been perfect!


Closer look at the end chairs we found at a separate sale- for $20 each.
They were perfect and were even wearing the same vintage yellow finish as the table and chairs


They wore plaid on one side and more colorful upholstery on the other which
brought in a little bit of English cottage charm
The younger children loved these and claimed them as their spots for dinner right away.
The side dining chairs were re-covered in drop cloth


 You know I had to make them a chalk board- so I found a big vintage gold frame
and turned it into chalkboard for the longer wall opposite the window


The mom was thrilled to have a spot to write chores on ;)
 and the youngest girl started doodling on it right away


After she wrote 'Love' on the chalkboard- 
she came over and wanted to show it to me
I smiled and asked her if she loved her new home and was happy
and she nodded and did a little dance.
It was so sweet.

Another happy tears moment.
:)




There were lots of tears all around from everyone when the family arrived
and they saw their new home was ready for them to move into.
It truly felt so amazing to be able to do something like this for them
and to see how happy and touched they were.

As a thank you
 the mom sang a special song for Habitat that she had written.
Yep, you guessed it- there were more tears.
:)


It truly was such an honor to be a part of something like this
and I want to send HUGE thanks to Chris and the whole GMC team for including me
and giving me the opportunity to give back in such an amazing way with my blog.


A big thank you to last years bloggers that came to help too

disclosure
My trip to participate in the GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure was paid for
but I was not compensated in any way
and all opinions are my own.



33 comments:

  1. Oh Courtney, what a great way to give back. Love how each of you decorated but I have to say that the dining room is my favorite! Love those upholstered chairs! Love the whole dining set! Great job!!

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  2. Wet eyes...you got with the little girl writing LOVE on the chalkboard. Great job, all of you!

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  3. Amazing job Courtney and to the other bloggers and the team, CHEERS!!!!

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  4. Wow! Just beautiful! I especially love the dining room and those end chairs. What a beautiful job everyone did decorating:>)

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  5. What an unbelievable experience! You girls rocked this task from start to finish. Now that is team work. I love it all, but the dining room...LOVE!!!!!

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  6. Beautiful!! *have a very full heart*
    I work with the Salvation Army Oct to Dec. and volunteer during the year. We help transition homeless people/families into homes. They get counseling on budgeting and parenting and then after completing the requirements we get them into a place. Such a great feeling. We also help with furnishings.
    Thanks for doing what you did!!
    Hugs, Gee

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  7. Oh my goodness Courtney. The home turned out beautifully! The colors are so light and bright. I know that family is incredibly blessed and deserving. Great job!!

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  8. What a beautiful way to use your beautiful talents to bless a beautiful family!! Love this post! Giving back is so underrated! :)

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  9. I've always known how amazingly gifted you are.....but to do this on such a limited budget/with such time constraints....it's just incredible....what a tremendously important way to contribute and make the world a better place!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

    Love/hugs/blessings,
    Lana

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  10. Love how it all came together and the family looks so happy! What a great cause to be a part of:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  11. Courtney- what a precious present! You girls did an amazing job!

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  12. Wow, what a great experience! The house turned out wonderful! I love the dining room with all its special touches. xo

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  13. It turned out beautifully. What a great way to give back. Thanks for making my day. Love the smiles on the family's faces!

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  14. This is such a touching post, and it brought tears to my eyes, too. You all did such a terrific job, and every room is just beautiful. I'd love to have your dining room in my own home!

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  15. Oh my...sniffle sniffle. It's so wonderful to read such a happy, uplifting, love filled thing!

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  16. It has been so much fun to read about all of this and to see what a wonderful job you ladies did! :)

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  17. You did such a beautiful job in here Courtney! It was so fun getting to know you and hang out and see everybody's hard work come to fruition!!

    Lindsey@BetterAFter

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    1. Thank you Lindsey! Thank you so much for all your help with everything!! I loved working with and getting to know you and the other bloggers from last year too!

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  18. What a magnificent job you did - for 250 dollars????????
    I want that dining room set - those end chairs are absolutely spectacular!!!
    " Canada " comes from my neck of the woods - Quebec - she's on the outskirts though
    I believe - I'm in Montreal :)
    You girls must be exhausted - but I can't imagine a better way to sleep at night then
    doing this for a family!
    Way to go................beautiful beautiful job - all of you!
    XOXO

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  19. Wow! How wonderful! It was so much fun following you on your journey! What a special gift you and the other bloggers were able to give that sweet family! I know they are feeling very blessed!
    Amanda

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  20. Oh, what a sweet post. The house looks great, the cause is great, and the family looks overjoyed. High-Five to you all.

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  21. Well, you can add more tears to the buckets that were already shed. I watched the little video after reading your post and it just made my heart so happy. I was a single mom of 2 and would have been so extremely blessed to have had something so beautiful happen for us. What a marvelous thing to show the children that if you work hard you will have good things come your way. You all did such a great job and I bet the trip was a blast but exhausting. God will bless you many time over for your work.

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  22. This looks absolutely beautiful! You are so blessed to have been a part of this! And what an amazing team too!
    xx
    Anne

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  23. You girls did one AWESOME job!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  24. What a great story! The house is just awesome!
    Sherry

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  25. What a fantastic feeling it must have been to give so much joy to this family! You all did a beautiful job making a house a "home"! Congrats Courtney!!

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  26. Courtney! Bless your heart! I have tears in my eyes as I type this. I love what you did with their kitchen! What an honor to be able to particpate in something so wonderful. It's a real joy to give back to the community and I can tell you made that family happy.

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  27. Beautiful! You all did a wonderful job transforming a house into a welcoming home!

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  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! All teary-eyed after reading all about this Courtney! What a wonderful heartwarming experience for you and that lucky deserving family in Georgia! Way to go!!!! You did a fabulous job...PS LOVED the dining room chairs!!! What a find!

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  29. This is so marvelous - what a fabulous experience for you and such a blessing to this family - loved what you were able to find for your rooms - absolutely marvelous,
    Kathy

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  30. Courtney,
    What a wonderful way to use your talent!
    I too hope to someday join in on something like this.

    I think you all did such a wonderful job and the family looks just too excited, What a great feeling that must give you>

    Not to mention all the fun you had on the trip!

    If you ever need additional bloggers to join in, please remember me!

    Great Job!

    Hugs!
    Kerri

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