Zucchini Fries Recipe

Do you have an overabundance of Zucchini in the garden this summer?  Neighbors leaving Zucchini on your porch?  No worries…I have a perfect way to use up some of that Zucchini! Make these super tasty and healthy baked Zucchini Fries!

These fries are baked in the oven instead of fried which greatly reduces the amount of calories.  The fries are soft with a crisp outer lighted breaded surface that add a delicious texture and crunch to your fry.  These are so good…my youngest…who is not a vegetable lover…asked for seconds.  Great as a side dish, a snack…or for an entire meal!


Zucchini Fries Recipe

  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red crushed pepper
  • 1 (9 inch) zucchini, peeled
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted


  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil lightly greased with cooking spray.
  2. Cut the peeled zucchini in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  3. Slice the zucchini ito 1/2 x 1/2 x 4 inch pieces.
  4. Combine the bread crumbs, cheese, and seasoned salt in a pie plate.
  5. Dip the zucchini fries into the melted margarine, then press into bread crumbs.
  6. Place the breaded zucchini onto the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake the zucchini in the pre-heated oven until the fries are golden and tender, about 15-20 minutes.


Need something tasty to dip them in?  We love dipping them in our Home Made Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.



September Photo A Day

Another month…another challenge! Are you up for joining us again? I hope so! I would love for you to join in and follow along!  If you are returning, you know what to do! If you are just joining us be sure to read below to see how to play along with us!

September Photo A Day 2014

What exactly is photo-a-day you say?

Every month I share with you some photo prompts or suggestions for each day of the month.  You can play along by taking a picture of your interpretation of the prompt (or come up with your own if you don’t like it).

How do I play along?

You can share your photos through any of the social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your Blog, Flickr, etc. You can tag me @theidearoom on your social media sites too if you want me to be able to see it!  I love to see what my readers are sharing!  It makes my day! Simply add the hashtag #theidearoom so that the rest of us who are playing can follow along and we can all see your photos.

What is a hashtag and how does it work?

A hashtag is the pound sign (#) followed by a word of short phrase (without a space) that describes or classifies your tweet or photo on Twitter or Instagram.  If you click on a hashtag you will be taken to a list of tweets or pictures all containing the same hashtag.

How can I see other people’s photos?

Once you’ve shared your own photo, and included the hashtag #theidearoom, simply click on the the hashtag.  You will be taken to a screen with everyone’s photos who have also added #theidearoom hashtag.  Go ahead and comment and like each other’s photos.  This way everyone has fun!

What if you forget a day…or 2…or 20?

Not a big deal…really! Just start up again.  You can play catch up, or just start again.  No one will care…I promise.  Heck…I skipped plenty of days when life got too crazy and the prompts are mine!!  Share with your friends and family!  Have fun.  The point is to get you to record your everyday moments.  To capture a small snapshot of your day. But remember…The Idea Room is a family friendly site!  Let’s keep it that way people! Want to play along? Want to follow The Idea Room on one of my various Social Media Platforms?  You can find me here:

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Want to know what the past Photo Challenges have been?  You can check them out here:

August Photo A Day Challenge

July Photo A Day Challenge

June Photo-a-Day Challenge

May Photo-a-Day Challenge

April 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge

March 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge

February 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge

January 2014 Photo-a-Day Challenge

The Party Bunch–Linky Party

Before you link up please let me introduce to you The Party Bunch!
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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite projects from this week!


Heather’s Favorite

Caprese Crostini Skewers at Carolyn’s Homework
These are so fun and would be perfect to serve at your next party!
Tomato Basil Mozzarella Crostini Skewers via homework (5)[3]


Mique’s Favorite

Latitude & Longitude Wall Art at Home. Made. Interest.
I love a great typography project.  This would be a great addition to any home!
wood sign


Amy’s Favorite

Blueberry & Peach Pop Tarts at Twigg Studio
I could enjoy breakfast all day long if these were being served!



Desiree’s Favorite

Rosemary Avocado Bacon Chicken Salad at Sarah Titus

This color is simply divine… I am in love!

Rosemary Chicken Salad

As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

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5 Things You Should Know About Parenting Teenagers

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Hello! Heather here, from FamilyVolley.com. I am excited to share with you some important tips for Parenting Teenagers

Our son just turned 12, and although he is not officially a teenager yet, we can already feel his need to spread his wings, develop, and discover who he is and where he wants to go. He is in the heat of discovering his identity and finding where he fits in. 

The teenage years are often a tricky time for families, but they don’t need to be as scary as everyone says. Here are five tips that every parent should know, to help you as you are parenting the teenagers in your life. 

1.  Don’t survive the Adolescent years, THRIVE during the Adolescents years.

It is time to stop labeling and get rid of the stereotypes. We shouldn’t expect the worst during these years. Not all teenagers become monsters, in fact, most teenagers are great. Give them a chance. We live in a universe of attraction and what we focus on and put our energy on is what will become our reality. We need to focus on how great it is that we have children who are learning who they are and developing their identity.
2.  Love them from the inside out.
Did you know that we respond to people, primarily by how they feel about us on the inside, not by their behavior. As parents, we can make right choices with our teenagers, but if on the inside, we are irritated, feel they are irresponsible, disappointed in them and their decisions, then that is what they will respond to That is actually how they will behave. We will bring out in them, the exact behavior we say we don’t like, when we see them as objects that are making our live miserable. Instead, praise them, compliment them, stop nitpicking them, and love them for who they are. Even if they are different from us. 
If they know we love them, above all other things, it allows us to discipline, communicate, be honest and open, and they will accept it.
3.  Communicate. It is the golden Rule of raising teenagers.
We have to keep the lines of communication open. We have too! There are two times when teenagers are more willing to talk.
1. When we are driving in the car with them. (We don’t have to look at one another and everyone knows there is an end to the ride so they are more likely to talk).
2. Before they go to bed. (They are tired and willing to let their guard down and chat)
We need to be available during these times to LISTEN, and instead of telling them things, ask questions so they can discover answers on their own.
ANOTHER GREAT PLACE TO COMMUNICATE is over common activities. Find something that you and your teenager can do together AND DO IT. It takes all the stress out of communication and you will find that while you are sharing something enjoyable, they will want to talk and open up. They feel you understand them because you both share joy for the activity.
4.  Understand teenage time zones.
We need to recognize that our teenagers naturally, work in a different time zone than we do. This is not bad, or wrong, just different. When we ask them to do something, and they say “sure, “in a bit” or “yeah, give me a while.” Instead of being irritated because they are not doing it immediately, or on our time zone, let’s be glad they have said YES! They said YES. If we respect that, they will not only actually do what we have asked, but they might even do it sooner. 
And, given that we know they are working in a different time zone, instead of asking last minute and expecting them to drop everything for our request, we can ask sooner, explain better instead of insisting immediately. That way we are not setting our relationship up for contention.
5.  Be a Consultant, not a Manager.
Up to this point in our children’s lives, we have been the manager of their lives. We manage everything they do. Then, our children hit the teenager years and they fire us as their managers. So parents usually do one of two things. They either abandon their kids…throwing out a ”good luck with everything, hope you make it.”OR they become extra controlling and try to force their kids to do what they want.
Neither are the right way to go. We need to embrace that we are no longer managers and start consulting. Being a consultant is more about influence and less about control. Consultants share their expertise and knowledge to help attain goals and solve problems. And that is what we need to do as parents. 
One way we can do this is to…
ASK, don’t tell.
When we speak to our children we need to ask them for help, ask them for their ideas and opinions, rather than telling them what we believe
they should think or do.  
“What do you think about that.” “How do you think we could handle that.” Etc…
This can be really hard because we have been there, we know what the future holds if certain decisions are made, or not made, but it is their time to learn for themselves. That is our job, to help them do that.
The teenage years don’t need to be terrible. Embrace the growth and enjoy the time with your developing children.

What is your favorite part about the teenage years?

What activity do you and your teenager like to do together?

Have a question, or just want to say hello? You can find me at FamilyVolley.com. On PinterestFacebook, and Twitter. Or send me an email. I love making new friends.

Chalkboard Banner

I have a super simple Chalkboard Banner that I recently made with my Cricut Explore machine to share with you today! This Chalkboard Banner is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or Holiday.  And it is re-usable for a lot of different things by simply changing what you write on the banner itself!


This is the perfect time to right as we start getting into the Holiday Season!  To make this, you will need the following materials.

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Scrapbook Paper in coordinating colors of your choice

Chalkboard Vinyl or Chalkboard Contact Paper

String or Twine

Hole Punch

Chalk or Chalk Pen



1.  Cut out the outer layer of the banner in different colors of card stock according to your color and design preferences and as many as you need.

2.  Cut out the Chalkboard Vinyl.  One for each colored card stock banner.

3.  Stick the Chalkboard Vinyl banner onto the card stock.

4.  Punch a hole in the top corners of each banner.

5.  Put each banner onto a piece of string.

6.  Hang and display different words for the different occasions and holidays.

If you would like to make it right now, simply click on the green “Make It Now” button below.  This will take you directly to the Cricut Design Space where you can cut the project out now for only $1.98.



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GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure: The House Reveal

A couple of weeks ago, I was had the experience of a lifetime.  I was invited by my friends from GMC to participate in their 3rd GMC Hidden Treasures Adventure.  This amazing adventure was sponsored by GMC and The Cincinnati and Atlanta Habitat For Humanity ReStore.  We spent several days shopping the World’s Longest Yard Sale for items to put together TWO homes for deserving families working along with Habitat for Humanity.

If you missed my earlier posts, you might be interested in reading them to see the overall process.  You can find them here:

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure:  The Part 1

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure: Part 2

I ended up drawing the Living Room.  Here is a picture of one part of the Living Room.  Too see the other pictures, you can check out the reveal of that room here:  GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure: The Living Room Reveal

Today I want to share with you the rest of the home, which was put together by the other DIY Bloggers who I participated with.  Seriously, one of the best parts of this whole experience was working with and getting to know these amazing people.  So. Much. Fun!!

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Kitchen & Dining Room

Nick and Beth from Sawdust & Embryos

Nick and Beth from Sawdust and Embryos worked on the Kitchen/Dining Room and the litle Boy’s Room.  We were all given $250 for each room, which doesn’t go very far!  They did an amazing job working with what they had to create such a beautiful space in the Kitchen and Dining area.

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I love that they had the table set and ready for the family to begin spending time and making memories in their new home.  Isn’t that buffet amazing?  They turned an old dresser into this beautiful accent piece.  Then Beth took this outdated painting and threw in some blue colors to freshen it up and to turn it into the perfect piece!

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They painted a small section of the side kitchen cupboard with some Chalkboard Paint and then placed this frame around it to finish it off so nicely.  It will make a nice little command center for the family.

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Then…for the icing on the cake, they PAINTED…yes….painted this lovely kitchen “tile” backsplash!  I just love how it turned out.  It brings some color and fun texture into the kitchen.

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Master Bedroom

Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies

The Master Bedroom was done by Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies.  She found an amazing old barn door that she hung on the wall as the headboard for the bed.  Her and I struggled to get that thing on the wall.  We used to D Hooks and managed to get that thing securely hung…in the right spot (haha)!  I just LOVE it!!  She covered it with some varnish to keep the chippy paint from falling off and to protect it for long wear.

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I love the blue chair and the fun Antiques sign that was donated to her from an awesome reader! (Hi!!)  We met so many generous people who helped us fill this home with beautiful items along the yard sale!

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The room feels so light and airy and makes you want to just relax and read a good book!

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Study & Bathroom

Taryn from Design, Dining & Diapers

My car buddy Taryn, worked on the Study and the Upstairs Bathroom.  She found some amazing items in an Antique Shop in Seven Mile, Ohio for her study.  If you are in the area, be sure to check it out! She found this amazing door and chair and turned them into a great desk.  She used a couple of old saw horses as the table legs (after chopping off 4 inches).

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She also found the perfect little desk for the homeowners 4 year old son.  It happened to match almost perfectly to the door.  She simply recovered the chair cushion with a pillow cover from IKEA! Genius!!

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Allison from Two Thirty Five Designs

Ahhh…the Playroom! What kid wouldn’t love his own playroom!  Allison did an awesome job stocking the playroom with some amazing yard sale finds.  I love the wall that she covered with these old vinyl records!  We got a kick out of some of the old record covers!!  Ah…the 70′s and 80′s were some good times!

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And then, because Allison is super talented, she whipped up this awesome tent out of some wood and some fabric from IKEA!

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I think it is safe to say that Ishmael was super excited about it!!


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Kids Bedroom

Nick and Beth from Sawdust & Embryos

Beth and Nick also worked on Ishmael’s room.  I love the headboard they made for his room out of some old wood.  I love the different colors!

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I also love the dipped dresser they made to add some great color to the room.

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I think he’s loving his room…don’t you?! Beth caught this great photo of Ishmael’s excitment! haha!


I just want to publicly thank GMC for this amazing experience and for giving back to those in need… and for choosing me to participate! I also want to thank the Habitat for Humanity for all their work towards helping others and for allowing me to take a small part in what they do everyday. This has been THE most amazing experience that I feel extremely grateful to have been a part of!  And finally…I have decided I need to be driving a brand new Denali Yukon…don’t you think?!

Hoping and praying for TYC and Ishmael for creating great memories in their new home!!


DIY Sports Scoreboard

*This is a sponsored post by me for 3M DIY Website , however all opinions and statements are my own.  See below disclosure for more details.

I am so excited about my latest DIY Project…a Sports Scoreboard for my son’s room.  He is a huge sports fan and wanted to reflect that in his room.  We actually started working on updating his room (in which he was still using Mickey Mouse sheets) about a year and a half ago to something more reflective of his age and personality.  I had a large blank wall that I felt would be perfect for a “vintage” baseball scoreboard which can double as a chalkboard.

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I was able to work with 3M DIY Website on this project and I used several of their products to create the DIY Sports Scoreboard.  I am so happy with the results and I love how it finishes off his room.  I think we can finally cross his room off of my project list.  Better still is that HE is really happy with it.


Want to make a DIY Scoreboard for a room in your home?  Today I will share with you how I made this one so you can make one too.

Materials needed:

  • board (we used a nice piece of MDF board measuring 24.5 inches tall x 46 inches wide)
  • white paint
  • paint brush
  • roller
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • Black Chalkboard Paint
  • Vinyl lettering or stickers for field name and numbers 0-9 & 0,1, and 3 (or numbers of your choice)
  • 3M™ SandBlaster Pro Sandpaper
  • 3M™ Patch plus primer
  • 3M™ Advanced Abrasives Sanding Sponge
  • Scotch™ Velcro
  • Small thin piece of wood for the score cards

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  1. Cut your MDF to the size you prefer to fit your wall.  Ours was an old piece of scrap wood we had sitting around from a past project.  It measures 24.5 inches tall by 46 inches wide.
  2. Sand entire board with 3M™ SandBlaster Pro Sandpaper by hand or with a hand sander.
  3. Fill any holes or dents with 3M™ Patch plus primer.  Let it dry and sand it smooth with 3M™ SandBlaster Pro Sandpaper
  4. Dust it off and paint it white including sides of the boards.  Let it dry completely.
  5. Measure off the board so that you have a larger row on the top, two of the same size of rows in the middle and then a smaller row on the bottom.  Add two columns in the middle section for the home and visitor teams.
  6. Use ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and tape off the edges of the board.  I did not tape on the sides.  I wanted them white.  Then tape off the lines for each row and column.
  7. Cut your vinyl lettering or use stencils for the wording and the numbers.  (Mine are white and you can see them if you look closely in the picture below).

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7.  Paint the board (over the vinyl stickers) with your Chalkboard Paint.  Before it dries completely, carefully peel up the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape so that you get nice, crisp lines.

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8.  Take your small pieces of wood and cut them (if needed) so that they fit into the spot you have specified with the innings.

9.  Paint them white.  Let them dry.

10. Use your number stencils and paint the numbers on the wood scorecards black.  Let them dry and then sand them to scuff them up with your 3M™ Advanced Abrasives Sanding Sponge.

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11.  Take your 3M™ Advanced Abrasives Sanding Sponge and rough up the entire board to give it a vintage look and feel.

12.  Attach the Scotch™ Velcro to the backs of the scorecards and then attach them to the board.  This way you can move them around if needed or you can remove them completely if you want to use the board as a chalkboard.

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13.  Put a couple of screws into the back of the board and string a thick wire across them to make a hanger so you can hang the scoreboard onto your wall.  Be sure to secure the board by screwing it into a stud so that it is held tightly on the wall.

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I  am just so happy with the products from 3M™ that I was able to use for this project.  They were all high quality and make the project come as out perfectly as I had envisioned in my head.  So go ahead and make one for your home!

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If you would like to learn more about 3M™ and their products you can find them and follow along here:

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Disclosure: I am proud to be a 3M™- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

The Party Bunch–Linky Party

Before you link up please let me introduce to you The Party Bunch!
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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite projects from this week!


Heather’s Favorite

Budget Friendly Command Center at Simple As That
So many great ideas!
Budget Friendly Family Command Center


Mique’s Favorite

DIY Fabric Flowers at Live, Laugh, Rowe
Oh happy day!
Lovely DIY fabulous flowers!  Make a bouquet to display in your home -- and they never die!  Tutorial at livelaughrowe.com


Amy’s Favorite

DIY Sign Tutorial at AKA Design
“Fall” in love!



Desiree’s Favorite

DIY Mint Desk Makeover at Love Grows Wild

This color is simply divine… I am in love!

Come see how this old wood desk got a fun mint-colored makeover! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

We hope you take a minute and button up HERE!

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Happy Birthday Printables

It’s time once again for our group Printable Club.  This month we are sharing 8 Free Birthday Printables for you to use for your own personal use.  If you are anything like me, you tend to procrastinate Birthday Gifts for the kids friends…or your friends!  Now you can have access to easy to print Birthday Gift Tags that make it easy to send with some home baked goods or a simple birthday treat.  Simply print them out and attach them to your gift for an easy gift idea!


They are made to be used as a Birthday Card or a Birthday Gift Tag and the bright fun colors make them suitable for a boy or a girl.  No more excuses for not being prepared with something for a last minute gift that doesn’t look or feel last minute.  And, if you can plan ahead, you might want to have a couple of easy gift ideas on hand so that you can simply pull them out and print off a gift tag!  We will see if I get that far this year!


If you would like to download a copy of the Birthday Printable Gift Tags simply click on this link:

Free Printable Birthday Gift Tags

Need a few more Birthday Printables?  Be sure to head on over to my friends and check out the printables they are sharing with you too!


If you missed our last printable club shares you might want to check these out:

Back to School Printables

Fourth of July Printables


  1. Whipperberry: Make this festive banner once and reuse it over and over again!
  2. Eighteen25: Keep all those special birthdays in one spot with these Birthday Tracker Tags!
  3. Simple As That: Add some colorful flair to your next birthday party with these 3×4 printable tags and coordinating cupcake flags, perfect to slip  into a scrapbook after.
  4. Paging Supermom: Print this GIANT happy birthday poster for less than $8 to help celebrate that special day!
  5. Kiki and Company: Never forget another birthday again with this printable birthday calendar.
  6. The Crafting Chicks: You’ll never have to search for a birthday card again with these fun cards.
  7. Thirty Handmade Days: We love these simple but cheery birthday tags.
  8. The Idea Room: Need a quick birthday gift? Print out these colorful and fun birthday gift tags and tie onto candy.

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure: Living Room Reveal

Today I am so excited to share with you the reveal of the room I put together as part of the GMC Hidden Treasures Adventure sponsored by GMC and The Cincinnati and Atlanta Habitat For Humanity ReStore.  I will share the full home reveal in a later post.  If you missed the first part of the adventure, be sure to check that out here:

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure: The Journey


12 Bloggers joined in the adventure to furnish and decorate TWO homes for two Habitat for Humanity families.  I will share with you the home that I was assigned to work on with the following amazing bloggers…who I now consider good friends!  You develop great friendships when you sweat, laugh, and work together for a week of adventure filled days!

Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies

Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers

Beth and Nick from Sawdust and Embryos

Allison from Two Thirty Five Designs

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I finally got to bed at 3:00 am on the morning of the home reveal.  I was up late spray painting a dresser in the hotel parking lot and hand painting a wooden sign in my hotel room.  We were up at 5:00 so we could get ready, eat breakfast and make it to the home in Cincinnati by 6:30 am.  Now, just so you can understand how this all works, this would be the first time we would actually see the house in person.  We had initially been given some blueprints of the floor layout in the home and some dark, small photos of some of the rooms, but that was the extent of our knowledge of the home.  I am a very visual person, so it was difficult for me to spatially visualize the finished room in my head.

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This was what the Living Room looked like when we arrived.  We got to unloading the trucks and helped each other carry in all of our furniture and furnishings.  Then we all got to work on our individual rooms.  We had some rushed and harried moments but we all were able to get the home put together and furnished by the time our family showed up at 2:30 pm.  Phew!

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We were so excited and anxiously awaiting TYC and her 3 year old son Ishmael’s arrival.  Did you know that TYC didn’t know that her house was being furnished?  It was a total surprise for her and her son and they were a bit overwhelmed at first as you can imagine.  They were also very grateful and super excited!

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We were only given a few insights in what our families likes and interests were.  I knew that TYC loved the color red and purple and that she loved bowling.  So I tried to keep that in mind while hunting the yard sale for the Living Room.

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Her last name starts with a “B” so I thought it would be nice to use this letter in the decor.  I intially thought to just use the “b” on the dresser as the decor because I thought TYC could place a TV on this dresser, and then as a group we decided we like the letter b on the wall in the frame.

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A couple of the other bloggers scouted out some bowling pins for me at my request and they found these for the decor.  I didn’t see one and was so glad the others looked out for them for me.  The dresser was a dark brown before and I gave it a fresh coat of gray paint (Rustoleum Granite Spray Paint) and love how it totally gave it a new look.  It also covered up a few deep scratches and worn spots on the dresser.

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I spray painted the large frame that I picked up from the Atlanta Restore gold.  I debated about what color to spray paint it, but because I was unsure of the wall color in the room, I decided to go with the gold to pick up the other yellow tones in the room with the chair and this blanket that was donated.

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I found some great wood pieces that were actually the leaves to a dining room table.  I took them and hooked them together with some wood strips and then free handed a map of the state of Ohio.  I added a little red heart where Cincinnati is located and then hung it up on the wall with Nick (from Sawdust and Embryo’s) help.

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The couch came from the Eaton Restore and I paid $70 for it.  I was able to run to IKEA and picked up this rug for $15 and the pillows for $3 each.  The yellow coffee table books and the books in the Coca Cola crate came from the Cincinnati Restore.

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The Coffee table was donated to us by a lovely gentleman who heard about what we were doing and was selling items in Kentucky along Highway 127.  He so generously handed it over to help us fill TYC’s home.  It ended up working perfectly in the room.

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I decided to create a little reading nook in the corner of the Living Room as soon as I saw the space in person.  It was the perfect spot for the Yellow Chair I had fallen in love with.  I added the stool which I picked up for $12, threw some more books on it and then added a small plant I picked up at Home Depot in an IKEA pot.

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Since TYC loved bowling, I added this bowling bag, complete with a bowling ball that I picked up along the way for $4.  I also spray painted the smaller frame gold.

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Here is a breakdown of the items in the room, where I found them and how much I spent on them.  Keep in mind that we were given $250 cash, a $50 Home Depot Gift Card donated by Rustoleum and shopped the World’s Longest Yard Sale, Restores, a Goodwill Store, and a couple of other retail stores.

Couch $70 (Eaton, OH Restore)

Yellow Chair $15 (Yardsale in Kentucky)

Dresser $65 (Yardsale in Kentucky)

White stool $12 (Yardsale in Kentucky)

Gray Metal Side Table $10 (Yardsale in Ohio)

Coffee Table $0 (Yardsale in Kentucky)

Bowling Pins $3 (Yardsale in Ohio)

Coke Crate $5 (Yardsale in Ohio)

Fan $10 (Yardsale in Ohio)

Wood Map $10 (wood from Yardsale in Ohio)

Books $3 (Restore in Cincinnati and Goodwill)

Bowling Bag $4 (Goodwill in Tennesse)

Flour Sack Pillow $1 (Yardsale in Ohio)

Lamp $0 (Cincinnati Restore)

Frames $0 (Atlanta Restore)

Yellow and Gray Pillows $15 (IKEA)

Gray Curtains $25  (Wal-Mart)


I spent $248 out of our allotted $250 on the above and then pulled a little bit of money out of my lunch money to buy the rug since I thought it would be a great addition to the room ;)!

Gray Rug $15 (IKEA)

Curtain Rods $15 (Home Depot)

Spray Paint $12 (Home Depot)

Plant $4 (Home Depot)

a few supplies for painting and making the wood sign



This was such an amazing, exhausting and emotional experience! It is not often that you get to spend a whole week thinking about someone else (that you don’t know) and putting your heart, sweat and self into creating something special just for them.  I made some great friendships and am hoping and praying for TYC and Ishmael from miles away…wishing them well.

Be sure to check in later for the full home reveal.  I worked with some seriously talented people and their rooms turned out amazing!

My trip to attend the #GMCHTA was provided for but I was not compensated to participate or to share my experience with you.


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