GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure – part 2

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure – part 2

Get ready for picture overload! (Seriously, get ready.  Like get a drink of water and change into some comfy pants). Here come the final room reveals of the Habitat for Humanity home that I was able to help furnish and decorate last week thanks to GMC. (Wondering what the heck I’m talking about? See part one here).

First up: Liz from Liz Marie Blog, who was in charge of the boy’s bedroom.  It was so fun to watch this room come together especially, because that’s the room I had last year.  This year there were two boys, ages 6 and 14, so her challenge was to find a look that would work for both ages.  She totally delivered!

I love the combination of gray, red, and navy.  She also found a huge basketball hoop and backboard for the wall and gave it a makeover with chalkboard paint.  You can see the before and after of that over on my Facebook album, you know, if you want to.

boys before

boy after

I think the letters were the most expensive items in this room at $20 a piece, which ain’t bad at all.  Plus, they are the perfect colors and the boys’ initials, so it would have been a crime NOT to buy them, right?

boy before 2

boy after 2


Carissa from Good n Crazy had the girl’s bedroom, which was on the smaller side, so outside of two twin beds and a dresser, there wasn’t room for much more.  So she decided to fill it with bright colors and things that would make little girls squeal, like nail polish and craft supplies.



Sure enough, that’s exactly what they gravitated to when they got their first look!  In a random stroke of crazy luck, Brooke just so happened to have two swatches of perfectly matching fabric to drape across the ends of the beds.  You never know what a blogger might have in her purse.  I currently have a hammer and spackle  in mine.  We’re handy to have around, is what I’m sayin’.


Next blogger up: Kirsten from Simply Grove.  She is the really real deal.  She’s an interior stylist by trade, and clients have flown her around the world just to work her magic in their spaces.  Can you imagine if she rolled up to your house with a SUV full of goodies all ready to makeover your bedroom for free?

master1  master 2

I love what she did in this room, fearlessly throwing together textures, from a tweed ottoman, to an Indian blanket, to a crocheted afghan. Plus she wasn’t afraid to combine all styles of furniture as well, and it somehow came together and looked amazing. She makes it look easy!  Guess that’s why people pay her, huh?  I took about a bizzilion pictures in here, so check out more on my Facebook album.

master desk

master desk 2

She didn’t ignore the bathroom either, keeping it simple with black and white. (One surefire way to make any bathroom look better in pictures? Close the lid.  It’s like a million dollar makeover in two seconds).

master bath 2


And finally, the kitchen!  Courtney from French Country Cottage had the brilliant idea to find things along the yardsale that could be used as-is.  Meaning, no last minute spray painting in the back-yard and furiously trying to dry the final coat of lacquer on the tabletop with a hair dryer minutes before the homeowners arrive.  She saved herself a lot of time and grief and probably and ulcer that way.  I might know that from experience …

kitchen before

kitchen afterSo French cottagey!


She accessorized the wall with silver platters, and a large chalkboard sign that was a magnet for the younger kids.

kitchen beauty

See?  Awwww. Look at those smiles!


Even though I only played a tiny role in all the work that went into this home, it was still  SO rewarding to watch them wander around and take everything in. I can’t imagine going from sharing a single mattress and not even owning a kitchen table, to having an entire home filled with furniture and decorated with love the very next day.

Gah! I have something in my eye!  Or as our GMC fleet leader Connie would say, “My eyes are sweating.”


Hearts sufficiently warmed!


Thanks again to GMC for this incredible opportunity.  I’ll never forget it.





  1. MUMZY
    August 12, 2013 / 11:06 PM

    So amazing!!! What a memory!!!!

  2. Peggy
    August 13, 2013 / 1:28 AM

    What lovely, lovely tableaus–every single photo! I especially love the desk/vanity with the little paper balloons attached to the mirror! Fun! Kudos to all who participated and thanks for the sharing, Lindsey!

  3. Denise
    August 13, 2013 / 3:06 AM

    What was the paint color used in the boy’s room (R and A room)? Thanks!

  4. Gwen
    August 13, 2013 / 7:21 AM

    How rewarding for this Mom and children and for you who took part. It is rewarding in ways beyond just the doing. And I pray for the Mom. That she realizes her great, great value. That she is not “a project” needing some help. She is a valuable person that God chose for this enormous gift of blessing. May she feel blessings and safety and peace in her home. And may she now put her OWN touches on each room and not be afraid that she will be without this basic need again. I wish there were a way you could tell her this.

  5. Andrea
    August 13, 2013 / 1:49 PM

    What a wonderful job everyone did. It must have been incredible to reveal.

  6. August 13, 2013 / 7:11 PM

    What an amazing job you all did! I love all the details you incorporated to really make it a home. 🙂

  7. capturing joy with kristen duke
    August 13, 2013 / 7:15 PM

    looks pretty fabulous!!!

  8. August 14, 2013 / 2:40 AM

    I followed along on instagram and got a few peeks, but this is wonderful.
    What a great, great project to be involved in!!!!

  9. August 14, 2013 / 9:11 PM

    Everything looks great, and they look so happy!

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