The DC Chapter had a full day!! Our project for the day was to make
a 2 bedroom condo that is used for a family in transition (due to
leaving an abusive relationship) more pleasant to live in. We felt
that if we provided a more “homey” environment that the transition
would feel a bit more stable.
We started with very limited furnishings with no warmth or flow
to the condo. The biggest challenge for the day was to remove some
very old, multi-colored plaid wall paper in the kitchen. This wallpaper
had been scrubbed thin in areas around the sink and stove and actually
had so much grease on the surface it felt like wallpaper glue! Thanks
to Dee Dawson's husband, DL, owner of a home improvement business,
the wallpaper stripping and painting was completed in one day. David
Schandler and the sons of Dee and DL Dawson and Shae Leighland pitched
in to strip the wallpaper, remove the glue and paint the kitchen.
All of us did a lot of little things that really pulled everything
together and I could go on forever what each of us accomplished
during the day. What stands out most was the creative uses of what
we had, using a limited budget, and coming up with wonderful ideas
to create a lovely living environment. Deb Gorham, Chapter President,
tackled the family room by slip covering a sofa and chair to coordinate
the upholstered furniture. Shae Leighland, Public Relations, came
to the rescue by donating additional pieces of furniture to complete
the family room and spray painted a few lamps and a dining room
light fixture to help the fixtures look brand new. David Schandler
used some of the stain Stagedhomes.com provided in our World Wide
Staging Day kit to give older pieces of furniture a great new look.
Lisa Collins, Chapter VP, worked on the girl's bedroom using new
bedding on the two beds to coordinate the room and pull everything
together. Dee Dawson did a fantastic job on the boy's bedroom and
donated not only new bedding but a computer desk.
Although each of us were assigned specific rooms we all brought
additional decorative items and pulled from each others “inventory”
to make all the rooms work. It was a “real team work” approach and
we learned from each other throughout the day. A real bonding experience
with our local ASPs and a great feeling of accomplishment.
As stated by Homestretch “Please express our appreciation to all
who helped with this super job in making this house a real home!”
A job well done by all!!
- Lisa Collins, ASP
couple of our After photos: