Since August of 2015 I've been working as a part-time sales associate at The Resale Shop, which is a social enterprise of the non-profit Center for Transforming Lives. I decided shortly before graduation that I wanted to do a charitable project with any gift money I received. A perfect opportunity arose when I discovered that our organization was looking to makeover several of the rooms in our emergency women's shelter. I stepped in after a volunteer group painted one of the rooms and finished the transformation. It was hard work, but so much fun. It felt really good to spend my gift money on something for others and it was wonderful to see the reactions of the people who run and utilize the shelter. I didn't think to take a lot of "before" pictures, so these are some shots of the room once I had already started painting the furniture.
I painted the existing furniture the same color as the walls to make them recede and make the room feel bigger. I bought the bath and bedding items at Ikea (aka heaven), and the frames on mega-sale at Michael's. All the art is free stuff I found via Pinterest (view my project board here), with the exception of the Maya Angelou quote. I was in love with this print, but I obviously couldn't spend $400 on it, and it was out of stock even if I could. So I made my own version. All the larger pieces I had printed at Staples, the smaller ones I did at home on card stock. I actually have an entire second room's worth of stuff sitting in my office, just waiting to go to work when another shelter room has been painted and is ready for sprucing up. I can't wait to show that one when I've had the opportunity to do it. Below are the results of the project. If you live in the DFW area and would be interested in supporting our mission through volunteer work, please go here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities or come see me at The Resale Shop!