Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Dearest Makeover


Thanks once again goes to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting my favorite event of the week.... and believe me, that blog title of hers has got to be fiction, because this lady can not possibly have time to nap on that beautiful porch of hers. She is a busy bee...



I suppose my favorite hobby HAS to be decorating. It's something I can not possibly ever tire of doing. I love all aspects of it. The joke at my house is if all the rooms have been decorated, then it's time to move to another house! I have done all sorts of rooms and have helped friends and family tackle their decorating dilemmas, however, I have to say that out of all of them, my favorite has to be the tiniest and most simple room that I decorated a couple of years ago.

I have been a volunteer for a battered woman's shelter and was asked if I would makeover a tiny room, no bigger than a storage closet. It was to serve as a children's counseling room. A place for the little ones to go to while their mothers were being counseled in a separate area.

With some monetary donations from my bookclub members and a lot of elbow grease and shopping trips, I was able to make over the storage closet into a cheerful little room for these little ones to play and talk to a caring individual.



I wish I had taken more BEFORE pictures , but other than office supplies , a chair and an utility shelf with some toys, the other walls were just white and barren.





BEFORE




My first mission was to find a soft yellow paint to bring some sunshine into the room. I don't know if any of you have ever used yellow paint, but there's a fine line between cheerful and obnoxious when you are dealing with yellow. After many comparison of yellow paint shades, I was happy to have found this one. It was just perfect.

AFTER


A neighbor had bought this little table and chair set to donate to the room, but it was in a small box in about 25 pieces. After assembly and a coat of varnish, it was the perfect size for the toddlers. The bean bag chair was for the kids that were a little older.






I bought a Kitty Calendar at the dollar store and framed the cutest ones . The little pencil coat hanger came from a garage sale.






The storage cabinet came from my house and was perfect for keeping games and coloring books tidy.




I found this little cute poster at Michaels and couldn't resist.





The counselor needed to have a small desk for a computer and paperwork and a sales at Staples was what I needed to be able to purchase this desk . Thanks to my hubby for putting this baby together.... 101 pieces and 3 hours later....







I was so happy to find this little fun and colorful rug at Lowes to cover up some of the ugly gray office carpet. It really brightened the space.




I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to use my skills and time to contribute in some way to this most deserving organization. This was really a gift to me.


33 comments:

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love the way you did the room. It is simple, but very welcoming and happy! I always love yellow in a room. It is such a cheerful color!! Enjoyed your post.
Love & blessings in NC!

Happy To Be said...

Rose not only is it just darling girl...but what cause is just great..I adore you more now than there..as I am a firm beleive you have to put back when you are so blessed yourself..just wonderful rose...how special of you to do this foe special kids...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Chris said...

That has to be your most rewarding makeover. I know the kids love it to. Happy you are able to help with this wonderful cause. I donate my clothes to CASA, wiah I could do more.

Hugs,
Chris

Bo said...

Hi Rose...Shazam! that truly was a labor of love. You hit the jackpot with the wall color & that rug...
I can just imagine that little room is one of the nicest places a child in that situation has ever been in. Hugs to you! ;-) Bo

carolinajewel said...

That is an incredible transformation! It doesn't even look like the same room!!! So special you are sharing your talents with those in need. :D Jewel

mbkatc230 said...

Bless your heart for doing this! It came out so well. I just know it's a comfort to those precious children, so fun and bright. Wonderful post, Kathy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful makeover and worthy cause! Great job!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Oh Rose, how wonderful!!!!!! I know what you mean about choosing the right yellow, and girl, you were spot-on! Soft and buttery and just pretty! I would NEVER think to take apart a cute calendar and frame the pics! That's pure genius!
You did a fabulous job, and I can see why this is your favorite design "job".

Justine :o )

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

You will be so blessed for doing that. I was blessed just by reading this post.
We have finished with our remodel and are almost through with our move save a few small things at the other place. I'll get that all taken care of this week.
When I'm totally done, I'm going to post a few before and after's.
We are very pleased with our new place.
Wow....I wish that you lived a little closer! I have a couple of things that I'm not sure on and could certainly use your expert advise :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Good Morning! You did a great job! God has blessed you with a wonderful talent and you have used it for such a wonderful cause! The room looks so happy! I can just see the children's spirits lifted by this lovely room! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

Stacey said...

Now that turned out great! The room is much more kid friendly now. I hope you know how important that work is. :)

squawmama said...

Rose your redo of that room was just wonderful... It looks so cheery and I am sure all the little ones will feel so warm and safe there... Loved your post today...

HUGS,
Donna

Shelia said...

Rose, you're simply marvelous! How wonderful to do this and everything is just precious!
You are a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Helen said...

You are an absolute angel! Everything about this cheerful, tiny and oh-so-appropriately decorated room is perfect!

I like your style, Rose!

Chandy said...

I love this room! So cute and that yellow paint is so soothing and happy at the same time. Great job!

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

nikkicrumpet said...

What an amazing gift you gave them! It just shows that you don't need a big budget to bring a room to life. I bet it made a huge impact on the people who use the space. You did a marvelous job for a very deserving organization.

mishebe said...

Love that rug. Great job. mishelle

KBeau said...

What a great way to use your talents. God job!

artis1111 said...

You did a great job on this! And in my favorite color! YELLOW Kathy

Angie Lessard said...

It's adorable! What a wonderful way to brighten a child's day. I love that you are able to take your God given talents and do something special with them. I've often wondered how to incorporate my love of decor with my love for God.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and the kind words!

janet said...

you truly are an angel and this is a room that is completely priceless, the meaning alone is beautiful. You have done a beautiful job and im sure the room now brings a smile from the children that will need this room.
hugs
janet

~♥~ Monica S said...

WOW!! What a great job you did on that room!! Wish you were closer!! hehe

Monica

ann said...

bless you sweet heart.what an awesome thing to do.this will lighten an otherwise awful occasion for those little ones.bless you my dear...ann

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I think the space looks great...and very functional!

Have a great day,
Diane

Cynthia said...

What a wonderful, sweet make-over. I bet they love it, and it is such a kind thing to do. Very cheery and bright! Cindy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Rose, how wonderful that you did this, and brought some brightness and cheer into some lives that probably haven't experienced much of that! It turned out great, and just think of all of the lives that will be effected by this cheerful room! How wonderful! Love ya, laurie

Momovthree said...

How wonderful of you to do this for them! You made such a happy room, I'm sure everyone just loves it.
~Michelle

tardevil said...

That was one of my favorite metamorphosis Monday's. What a sweet story. Before my daughter was born, we painted the nursery a soft yellow, and it was beautiful (but I'd never do it again in a nursery b/c they say it makes babies cry - and she'd never sleep in there!) You are so right about it being hard to find the perfect yellow! Nice work!

Jill said...

Holy Goodness!!!!! I wanted to say something else but I kept my first line rated "G"... You did a great job with that space. You really made it a happy little place for the children. What a great cause and how wonderful that you did this!

xinex said...

How nice of you Rose, to do all that for a worthy cause and it turned out so beautifully!...Christine

Kathy said...

The room is adorable, but what a fabulous cause to be involved in. Good for you!
xo...Kathy

susan said...

Isn't it odd how we receive when we meant to be giving?? These women and children are lucky to have your talent and dedication.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This is amazing! How wonderful that you cared so much to create such a fun and beautiful space for the kiddies and the counselor. I am sure it is more appreciated than you can ever know.

We need more people like you in the world who give of themselves like this! I just want to give you a big hug!

Kady