Room Service 2013 | The Afters!

It’s done!  Lori, Rhoda, and I finished our girl’s apartment at the United Methodist Children’s Home last week for the spring 2013 Room Service Atlanta project.  After teaming up last October on three spaces in the boys’ cottage at UMCH, we decide to combine our powers for the three-room girl’s apartment as well.  You can’t have an after…


…without the before.  Remember this is where we started:IMG_3352

Our inspiration was the art we found in the UMCH thrift store.  From there we found FREE fabric from Award Fabrics–navy stripe for the euros, navy solid for the bedskirt and drapery, and ivory solid for the drapery.  We added bright pink and orange with fabrics from Lewis & Sheron.  All the bedding and drapery fabrication was generously donated by Angela Thee–thank you!

We painted things we had around the house or found at the UMCH thrift store.  Lori donated the daybed from her own girl’s room–she and Rhoda painted it gold.


The bedside table is thrifted, ceiling lighting is from Home Goods, and the starburst mirror is from Target–spray painted orange.  Lori donated the bamboo nesting tables.  The rug is from RugsUSA.


Oh, paint, you work miracles!  Glidden donated four gallons of paint–Polished Limestone on the walls and White on White on the trim and bathroom/kitchen walls.  Gainesville Paint donated four gallons of Benjamin Moore paint–white ceiling paint and Bold Blue for the doors and kitchen cabinets.  Thank you for all the free paint!  Generosity makes these projects happen, and it is a beautiful thing to see!

Aren’t those bamboo shades lovely?  Rhoda’s sponsor Payless Decor donated those to the room–thank you!  I impressed myself by installing them–so easy and they work great!  The pink side table is from Home Goods, lamp is thrifted, and the bookcase and upholstered chair are from my hoarding stash.

The before of the table wall:


The after:

The table is from IKEA and the wicker chair is also from my house.  And while we planned to do a gallery wall here above the table, this 2007 painting of mine decided to make itself at home.  Cute remnant fabric lines a sweet brass thrifted tray.  And, y’all, my daughter sewed that pink pillow for the room!  (Proud mama.)

The kitchen before:


The after kitchen is scrubbed and painted afresh!  We removed the scalloped window trim, installed a new vent hood, and painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore Bold Blue.  Angela Thee made the sweet cafe curtain, and Rhoda donated the blue plates and wall shelf.  Most all the other items were thrifted.  Rhoda’s sponsor Moen donated the new faucet and her other sponsorKarran donated the new countertops with integrated sink–thank you, what a difference this combo made!

The rug is from Home Goods, and the little thrifted stool (along with the white plate) got the paint-dipped treatment.

The bathroom before:


Sherwin Williams donated the pink paint for our stripe in the bathroom.  A thrifted shelf painted the same pink offers more toiletry real estate.  We painted the existing medicine cabinet/mirror pink, too, to blend in.  Lori’s other bamboo tables help offset the lack of countertop space.

The shower curtain is from Jonathan Adler’s new line at JCPenney’s (I know, right!?  The line is fabulous!)  And, we found the brass shelf at the UMCH thrift store.

Working on these Room Service projects is one of my favorite things to do!  Making happy spaces for people in need–what can be better?  Thank you to my partners, Lori and Rhoda, for all their hard work, ideas, and talent.  Thank you to Chris for installing all our lighting, the vent hood, the shelves, and saving the day by solving a little countertop issue.  No install is without a snag or two, right?  Thank you to all the generous donations, and thank you to YOU who shopped my Joss & Main sale back in February to fund the space!  I hope the young lady who moves in will find the apartment comfy and homey.  We left plenty of space for her to make her own unique stamp on the place, too.

Yes, sir, it is one of my favorite (and most exhausting) things to do because the bonus to the giving-back part is being inspired by what all the other designers are doing in their rooms.  Please visit these AMAZING spaces by the other designers…you won’t be sorry!  (And I’ll try to add links as they come available.)

Kristin at The Hunted Interior

Ally at From the Right Bank


  1. You worked magic again. Love it all! Great job ladies!!!

  2. angela, fantastic job.

  3. Sheila says:


  4. I got another look today. I love the bamboo tables under the sink. I like a bathroom with furniture. Fantastic. Then I headed to the boys cabin; I needed that.

  5. Oh, ladies, I’m speechless…

  6. so great! i wanna help you guys next time 🙂

  7. Peggy says:

    Gorgeous transformation!!! Bravo to all of you! Can you do the next project at my house?

  8. This is awesome. LOVE it! That pink stripe in the bathroom is so inspirational and I love the navy kitchen cabinets. The miracle of paint shows itself again! Room Service was inspirational for me in getting involved in the Doorways project in Arlington. I had a blast doing it and would encourage other designers and bloggers to offer their assistance for similar projects.

  9. karen tyner says:

    You all are awesome!!! Loved the hot pink bathroom stripe, and all the wonderful touches that can’t help to make the occupants heart sing.

  10. As always, this is amazing. There is SO much take-away for all of us, as far as revamping any space.

    But of course, the biggest takeaway is that beauty becomes Beauty when it is given away.

    Love you girls!!!! You are THE BEST!

  11. I love seeing these transformations unfold and its for such a wonderful cause. There should be more of this going on! Bless you for all the time and effort you ladies poured into these spaces.

  12. PAINTERS SYDNEY is the best!

  13. Whoa!! Fabulous as always!!!! Totally digging that amazing pink stripe in the bathroom. You ladies worked wonders!

  14. Awesome! It’s such an amazing transformation!

  15. You all are awesome!!! Loved the hot pink bathroom.

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