Making Over The Children’s Home – Here We Go!

Tomorrow’s the big day!  My girls in the Greater Nashville RESA Chapter will begin painting and decorating one of the children’s group homes on the campus of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes. We’ve been planning this for many months, and during the next week our plans will come together. Today Mr. Man picked up 35+ gallons of paint that will lay the groundwork for this transformation.

We are working in pairs, and Elizabeth Scruggs of Superior Construction and Design is my partner in this project. Here are the before photos of the areas we are tackling:

This great room needs some lightening and brightening, some color and personality! Although we will have to keep the large pieces of furniture, we will be painting the entire space, adding a beautiful new rug, pillows, art, lamps, and accessories. And we are doing a fun makeover of this huge fireplace, so stay tuned for that! We are grateful to Sherwin-Williams, who is donating a large portion of the paint for the two homes we will be working on in the month of September. They are such a great company and have been so helpful to us – especially our rep, Amanda Farris. Interestingly, the manager at our local Sherwin-Williams has fostered a child from TBCH’s program, too!

This bookcase will certainly be getting a facelift. We will be filling it with the books donated in the Meaningful Makeover Book Drive – and the other five homes on campus will also get books for their bookcases, as well!


Ferguson’s Lighting Gallery in Lebanon, TN has donated some beautiful new light fixtures for both the living room and dining room. I can’t wait to see them replace these ceiling fans:


We will be keeping the ceiling fan in the bedroom that Elizabeth and I are redecorating, as it helps the girls sleep. Peanut butter walls will be gone by the end of tomorrow – a soothing light blue will take their place. New bedding, dresser, lamps, art, curtains, chair, and more will hopefully bring smiles to the faces of two sweet young girls who share this room.


The bathroom will get its own facelift, too:


Here’s is just a sneak peek of a few of the items I purchased for the girls’ bedroom. It may look like a hodge-podge of colors now, but believe me – it’s going to be absolutely darling and unique when it comes together! We are thankful to the Clarcor Filter Foundation for their generous donation that is enabling us to buy lots of happy decor for these kiddos.


Elizabeth will be bringing in some of the things she bought for the living room, and I can’t wait to see what she found for the space. There are three more bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a large covered outdoor area, that will be made over by other RESA members in our group. Be sure to follow me on FB and Instagram to see our progress (and maybe a few live videos) over the weekend and into next week!


Yes, I know Monday is Labor Day – but this is a labor of love, and we can’t wait to get started! Have a great weekend!

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Annette Howse
Annette Howse
3 years ago

I am so excited about the makeover at TBCH. In ’60-70’s I was involved in volunteer work at CH. The cottages were built during that time frame. Mrs. Harrell got me involved (a cottage bears her name. ). Hope I can see the results when you finish. Thanks.

Paula Van Hoogen
3 years ago

This will be the greatest JOY for all of you Kristie!!!
Wish I were there to help. ?
Blessings…..” He who refreshes othersz will himself be refreshed….” Proverbs.

3 years ago

Wow what an amazing project, can’t wait to see the results 🙂 Love the Follow Your Heart frame, I’d love to get one, where is it from?

3 years ago

Just from the ‘sneak peek’ items I can tell that the makeover will be GORGEOUS. Can’t wait to see the end result. What a wonderful project.

Laura P.
Laura P.
3 years ago

Hi Kristie, What a wonderful way to use your talent and expertise! Your makeover will surely have a lasting impact on the lives of these children, making them feel valued and loved. I hope this project brings you as much joy as it will to all those who will benefit from the lovely new surroundings.

Virleen C
Virleen C
3 years ago

Tell those children they are lucky ducks because you are doing for them what you do for your own children. High end design shows them lots of folks are wanting all the best for them in their lives.

Greg McCoy
3 years ago

Annette & RESA,
This is Greg McCoy, President of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes. I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for being such a blessing to our children. Helping us provide a beautiful home for them to live in and enjoy is a big part of making a significant difference in their lives. All of your hard work is much appreciated!

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