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Yesterday, I shared the before pictures and touched upon a pay it forward project that my good friend and blog sister, Holly at McCall Manor and I teamed up on. Back in September, we attended a local blog conference and were fortunate to meet with the folks at Ford Motor Company. Holly and I told them about our idea to work with a local organization, Matthew’s Hope, who provides transitional housing for homeless men, women and children and Ford stepped up to the plate and offered a Ford 150 and a Platinum Explorer for us to transport all of our flea market finds, donations from friends and department store purchases.
While this project started out to be a home decor and diy makeover story it soon became more than just giving the inside of this very small one bedroom, one bath tiny apartment bungalow a face lift. Holly and I spoke to the executive director about the people Matthews Hope helps in time of need.
When I learned that women, children and families make up 53% of Matthew’s Hope guests and that throughout the nation, they are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population it really hit home. It brought me to a place in my life when I was a single mom with three children and jobless for a year. Fortunately, I had family close by and I had a home but it was a time in my life I needed support, encouragement and to know others cared. That’s what Matthew’s Hope provides when their guests have exhausted all their efforts to provide for their families. Their program helps set them in a positive direction to move forward along with shelter. After hearing some of the personal stories, every piece of wood that was cut, every piece of furniture that was painted and every nailed drilled had more meaning to me than ever.
Holly and I had so much fun shopping for this tiny apartment bungalow. We decided on an overall gray and white color theme for the decor with pops of color in each room. The walls were in good shape so we decided to save on time and keep them the beige tone.
If we had an unlimited budget, we would have planked walls, installed wood floors and built a garden in the side yard however, that was not the case. We had a very limited budget that we had to shop wisely with. The top three things we wanted to do with this living space were 1) Provide practical functionality and organization 2) provide inspirational and finally, 3) provide a new & refreshed comfortable uplifting decor.
Shall we go on the before and after tour now?
Opening the front door we enter the family room. Initially, our thoughts were to replace the daybed with a sofa bed just so that family room would be more of a gathering place for everyone to spend time together. However, the day bed needed to stay for the sole purpose of providing additional mattresses for the families with more than one child. Holly and I worked with it and decided to chalk paint the frame and picked out a beautiful dark gray bedspread. We stuffed the pillow cases we purchased and added our DIY inspirational pallet wall art to make this first thing you see space warm and inviting.
We also removed the bright colored rug and replaced it with a matching 5′ x 7′ gray with white striped area rug.
The original dresser that was in the family room was in great shape but we ended up switching it out with another dresser from one of the other apartments and chalk painted it in Annie Sloan’s French Linen. Holly distressed it with a sandpaper block and painted the top with a granite color and finished it off with a clear lacquer.
The kitchen was pretty bare and very beige. How we had grand ideas for the kitchen but budget only allowed the most basic things. The cabinets were in good shape so we prioritized the practical needs for the kitchen. Dean and I had a counter high wood table with a faux granite top and two bar stools sitting in our garage that we thought we could turn it into a counter high farm table. The other needs for the kitchen were a coat/backpack rack leading to the side door, a stand for the microwave and some practical organization.
Here are pictures of the counter high table and bar stools we had in our garage.
We replaced this kitchen table
Dean and I decided to save a few dollars and try something we haven’t done before. Instead of using 1″ x 4″ wood for the table top, we used 3/4″ birch plywood and had the good people at Lowe’s cut the plywood into 4″ width strips. We used liquid nails and clamped the pieces together for this 42″x 42″ square table, let it dry overnight and then liquid glued the board on the faux granite top. After a little sanding around the edges and the top, a walnut stain and two coats of lacquer finished this off.
I am sure you noticed the reupholstered bar stools. They turned out beautiful. We bought one decorative fabric pillow case, cut it in half and stapled it over the original vinyl seat cushion. It was so quick and easy. The wood on the bar stools were chalk painted with Annie Sloan’s French Linen.
You got a sneak peek of the after picture of the hanging pot rack and microwave stand. A hand made ‘Gather’ sign, pots from the local thrift store and a few baskets were added for storage and organization.
A little watered down coat of paint over an old piece of wood with coat hooks half off at the local arts and craft store made a very functional coat and backpack rack for the next guests. These can sell for $50 and we made it for less than $10.
This is one of my favorite little areas in the kitchen.
The fork and spoon chalkboard art were given to us by one of Holly’s friends. They originally had a patterned background in which we decided to paint Annie Sloan’s Provincial blue for a pop of color.
Holly and I agree that the bedroom is our favorite room in our quaint makeover and it was the most fun to decorate. We started with this…
And ended like this…
This dresser was switched out from the original one. Yes, you guessed it, these dresser drawers were chalk painted with French Linen and Granite paint was used for the top and sides. Holly used her ever so loved Silhouette machine for the numbers.
There is one closet in the apartment. As much as we wanted to do much more with providing storage solutions we were able to put a painted three drawer dresser and baskets in the closet.
We had to get very creative with things that we already had so we took 2 panels of curtains on hand and with a little cut and sew we were able to provide curtains for the entire apartment.
Last but not least is the one and only tiny bathroom makeover. A new shower curtain, rug, shelving for storage, curtains and cabinet paint freshened this space up just enough.
Well, that’s a wrap for the tiny apartment bungalow makeover. Although, not every nail hole in the wall got filled and painted over and the drip pans on the stove didn’t get replaced, we were proud of what we got accomplished in the short time that we had. We hope that you enjoyed the tour as much as we enjoyed the time we put in to it. Holly and I learned a lot from this project. Despite all the spilled paint (wink wink, Holly), splinters under the nails, dust allergies and ant bites we would do it all over again. In fact, this makeover was such a success we have been asked by the executive director to do it 6 times again! Yes, Matthew’s Hope has 6 more apartments that we can makeover and provide similar improvements but we need your help. If this is something that is personal to you and you feel like you want to contribute, please donate here and Matthew’s Hope will make sure that your donations will be put toward the next apartment makeover.
There are so many people to thank but I first wanted to thank my friend, Holly at McCall Manor. I could not have chosen someone any better to partner with on this project. Every time something needed to be done, Holly was there saying ‘I can do it’ before I had time to even think about it. She stepped in when I physically could not be there and I was happy to be there when her kids needed dropped off or taken somewhere. I guess you can say we complimented one another.
Then there were Dean, Bernie and John who without their home improvement skills and physical manpower of moving furniture and drilling many many holes in cement walls we wouldn’t have known what to do.
Karen, we thank you for allowing us to invade the space of apartment 2. I am sure you didn’t know exactly what you were getting yourself into at first.
Thank you to friends and all your donations and assistance.
Thank you to Target in Winter Garden.
I was lucky enough to drive the 2016 Platinum Explorer for the week. I was blown away by all the perks from this vehicle.
Check out the storage. These seats fold down with a push of a button.
After long days and nights working and the Florida temperature drop, my Platinum Explorer not only had heated seats but they also were massaging seats! It was the perfect way to end and start my 45 minute trek each day.
Thank you, again, Ford, for our blogging it forward bungalow makeover project! We truly appreciate your generosity.
We challenge our fellow blogger friends, Carol Lander at BlueSky Kitchen & Gloria and Lisa at Potentially Chic to share your blogging it forward by Wayfair.