Just wanted to give you an update on where we are with our Habitat for Humanity Springfield project house. In case you haven't heard about our HFHS project this year, you can check the archives here.
Before we dive into some photos and notes about what we've been working on this past month, I wanted to show you this:
A few readers requested we show a layout map of the house so you can (hopefully) better understand the space as we show sneak peeks and images from throughout the house. Josh created this awesome map so we'll all be on the same page. 🙂
The big news this month is we've been painting… a lot!
You might have seen Elsie's peek of the some of the paint colors we're using in the house from her IG feed this month. Keep reading if you want to know the specific colors we chose (we used Valspar brand unless otherwise noted).
First off, deciding on paint for this project was MUCH harder than any other project we've worked on before. We wanted to refresh the space and make it feel more complete/cohesive. We also wanted to keep it somewhat neutral since we won't be the final residents in this house. In the end we knew there was no "right" or "wrong" answer when it came to paint. Many of the doors and trim around the house had already been partially painted white (some doors where painted half white and left half unpainted). So, we decided to finish painting all the trim throughout the house. We also painted most of the walls ( probably 80%+) an off white (Paramount White) to make the space feel bigger and also to keep it somewhat neutral. In the above photo you can see the front door, which we painted a bright blue (Wishing Well).
Here is a peek at one of the walls in the dining room (that faces the hallway and bathroom). We painted it a grey (Worn and Weathered Tin by Benjamin Moore) chalkboard paint and kept the rest of the walls white.
The door that leads from the kitchen to the laundry room got a fresh coat of mint (Mino's Eye), which is the same color as one wall in bedroom 1 (see layout map).
And here's one wall in bedroom 2, painted with La Fonda Flamenco Pink. The other walls remained white. So, a little splash of color here and there but nothing too crazy. 🙂 All in all it cost right around $950 for the supplies to paint the entire house.
We want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who came out this past month to help us paint: everyone at the ABM office, Brandon and Morgan Goodwin and the college group from NCC. Thank you!
Here's a gif Josh made of me when we were prepping the ceilings. I think this is a good look for me, right? 🙂
As you can see, we're still a long way from being done. We've started cleaning up the floors, doing some tiling, and we still have some kitchen updates on our list for the immediate next steps. We're also going to be sharing a longer, fuller post (from Josh!) full of information on how we prepped and painted this entire house. Probably many of you have painted in your home or apartment before, or you will in the future (you should anyway—yay for color!), and we learned a lot from this house and encountered a few situations that we had never seen before. So we'd like to provide you with that resource of information from what we learned, so stay tuned for that. :)
Thanks for letting us share the latest update of our HFHS project with you! Let us know if you have any questions. -The ABM Team
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman and Josh Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
I think that’s a really cool idea! Setting up some type of fund where we could help furnish the home.
LOVE the colors!!!
This is looking great! Love that you are doing this and really want to try to do something similar in my community.
what great colors!!
I LOVE all the colors you’ve chosen! I think the mint color and the grey may be my favorites, but it’s really hard to decide!
Yes, it’s a TOUGH thing to decide. We want to give it homy touches but we don’t want to create a sterile environment either. So, we’re trying to strike a good balance. I’m not going to say we’re perfect at it, but we’re doing our best.
We’ve been thinking of adding some way for you to donate directly to HFH if you wish. Our company is not a not for profit, so we just don’t want to in any way be the recipient of any funds. This is our project to give back, not receive, after all. But I love where your heart is at!
Exposed brick is so fun—wish we had some in our home. I guess dare to dream for the next someday. 🙂
Layout can make such a difference in a space. So, I totally agree, they are super interesting. Or at least I think so too. 🙂
Really?! How funny! I have checked out the Doctor Who series yet, seems like one of those things that can take over your life if you’re not careful. 🙂
It’s a lovely touch to have the front door of the house you’re creating for someone else painted in a colour called ‘Wishing Well’
What a joyful mix of colours! I love Habitat For Humanity and everything they do. It’s wonderful that you’ve contributed your talents to this project. Kudos to you!!!
Looks great so far! Sometimes I want to be one of those people who has an earth-toney house of neutral colors and then I wake up and think WAIT, NO, COLOR EVERYWHERE ALWAYS! So BRB going to Lowes for that mint paint…
I was literally just wondering about when we would hear about the HFHS project!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, it’s looking amazing.
Such beautiful and happy colors! I hope whoever gets this house loves them and can make many many happy memories with their family in it! I can’t wait to see more posts on this project!
Love the colors!!!!! It’s amazing how much paint can transform a space!!!!
I love the mint door. Plain white walls with colour doors look great. This looks like so much fun!
I love the mint paint! You guys are seriously giving me the strong itch to DIY our house.
These are incredible! I’ve been contemplating a room that mint greenish color, so this is extra fun to look at!
I love the bright colors! But what else would I expect from you guys? 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s