Hard Bargain Community Center Project

Recently I had the privilege to choose the interior and exterior paint colors, as well as many of the interior fixtures and finishes, on a really special project.  This is the “before” state of a house that will soon become the home to a non-profit community center in the low-income neighborhood of Hard Bargain in Franklin, TN.

Future Home of the Hard Bargain Community Center

This 100+ year old house sits on the property of a local cemetery and was previously the home of cemetery caretakers over the years.  The paint colors I chose are from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Collection which I hope will give new life to this place while respecting the historic significance of the house and the surrounding neighborhood.



This Saturday, 200+ volunteers will transform this house into a beautiful community center that will provide classes, meeting space, and community- building activities for the surrounding neighborhood.


A Godly family is sponsoring the rehabilitation project in honor of their teen-aged son who died in a tragic accident earlier this year while coming to the aid of a friend.  I was touched and honored when they asked me to help with the planning of this amazing tribute to their son that will bless the lives of so many.  Here’s a lvideo if you’d like to find out more about this project and how you can help:

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You can also take a peek at the Pinterest board I put together for the Hard Bargain Project.  Of course, I will share the outcome of this wonderful project next week!

Update – see the reveal of this project here.


  1. Katie

    What a wonderful honor to be a part of this project Kristie! I can’t wait to see what you do with this adorable little house. I love that front door! Could you please switch doors and mail me this one? LOL… Wish I lived closer so I could volunteer too. My heart breaks for those parents 🙁 I seriously don’t know how you pick up the pieces and keep going on with your life when a child is lost! I see this on a regular basis working in a Trauma ICU… XoXo

  2. Kristie Barnett

    They are devastated, but have a strong faith and know they will be with him again someday. While many would just cave in and close up, this family is a model of giving to others in the midst of their own pain and loss. And I can’t imagine doing your job everyday, wow. Thank you for writing xoxo

  3. Jennifer @ The High Heeled Homeschooler

    This is wonderful, Kristie! How can we find out how to volunteer to serve the community once the home is finished? I can’t wait to see the after photos!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Jennifer, go to the link that says Hard Bargain – there is info on their website about how you can help! Thanks!!

  4. Noelle Mena

    What an absolute beautiful project to work on in every kind of way. We just moved to Franklin in Nov last year and I do not know about this area. May God bless the Hands that serve. I love the colors you picked. Very peaceful and welcoming. Love.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Are you familiar with the Mt. Hope Cemetary at the corner of Hillsboro Road and Del Rio (downtown Franklin)? The house is located on the back of that property at the edge of the Hard Bargain neighborhood.

  5. Jen

    Oh, those poor parents. God bless them for reaching out this way and helping others. As Katie said, though, what an honour for you to be involved. Can’t wait to see the end result of all these people working together to help out the neighborhood!

  6. Maria @ All Things Luxurious

    What an amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to see how this turns out — you are definitely the best for the job! 🙂

  7. Daniel Tomlinson

    I look forward to seeing the end result, but more than that the Cinderella stories that come from the work the lovely volunteers give to those who are at the end of their rope.


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