Habitat For Humanity House- Boy Room Reveal

I know I kept you guys waiting way too long for this reveal. & for those of you who have no clue what I am talking about, let me tell you. Well, about a week ago myself & 5 other bloggers flew to Detroit, Michigan {Yah baby!} To meet up with some amazing people from GMC. We ate lunch at the beautiful Weston hotel and we all met each other for the first time. I didn’t know that in a few short days these ladies would be some of my new amazing friends. After our lunch we sent out on a 5 day journey from Michigan to Georgia on the longest yard sale in the world {The 127 sale}. Each night we stayed in a new city & we would start back on our way early the next morning. On our journey we would be shopping for items to decorate a home for habitat for humanity at the end of our trip in Atlanta, Georgia { Click here to go to Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3 recaps. After day 3 there was no time to blog daily} Did I mention we only had $250 to spend on EVERYTHING in the room that was given to us? Yes. I was given the little boys room. I was so excited because it was so out of my element. The two boys were brothers ages 8 & 13 so I knew I had a large task ahead of me. I wanted to create a fun space for them & also make it feel like it was their space even though they shared a room. So I was off searching yard sales, shopping at habitat for humanity, bartering, & finding deals to give these boys a special room…



First we got acquainted with our brand new Acadia Denalis that we were driving down the 127 sale. O my! This vehicle had it all, & it could fit a lot in them too ;) The Acadia really adapted to every need we had as far as technology, comfort, and room. & now I sound like a car salesman, hidden talent? No, but really I was so thankful that GMC really gave us the absolute best and took care of us on this trip. I would take an Acadia Denali  on a road trip again for sure! Next we stopped at the Habitat for Humanity in Ann Arbor Michigan…

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What’s so funny? I don’t get it.

I swear I was a cheerleader in high school.. I blame my lack of vertical on not enough coffee or that the picture was taken after I had jumped higher than everyone else. You pick.







After 4 days of traveling, yard sales, bartering, walking, talking, laughing & no sleeping {ha!} we arrived at the Habitat for humanity house. It was so cute & perfect for a family! All it needed was some love. {I will be showing you more of the house later here on the blog} We arrived at the house at 8 in the morning & had only 5 hours to make the house a home for the family.. that included painting furniture, reupholstering, decorating, hanging pictures, EVERYTHING! Excuse the crazy jungle lady hair that I have.. there were more important things going on. Did I mention it was 100 degrees and humid out? We all worked our bootys off, sweat a lot, stressed a little, but we got it done & I’m so proud of us all!!

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After we all finished decorating we quickly changed our shirts & headed out front and waited for the family to arrive. They had no idea that we were doing this. How cool is that? Once the family arrived, Chris, the brains behind this whole project with GMC, explained what we had done. Already at this moment the tears started coming. We were all so giddy to show them what we had done inside their new home. {see the video below for the home reveal}

PicMonkey Collage

PicMonkey Collage

Here’s the boys room. On a $250 dollar budget I was able to buy them all new bedding {All from Target, you know I had to ;) } and thrift everything else. The room was really tiny so I could not fit the dresser that I got for them in the room or a couple of other things, but it fit both beds which was the most important. Thanks to Holly storywood designs & Brittany Pretty Handy Girl for the nightstand & to Brittany for helping me soooo much with hanging the basketball hoop on the wall. She really is one of the handiest people I have ever met {& the nicest!} I filled the closet with some toys for the boys to enjoy, & of course a ball for their basketball hoop. Their faces were priceless when they saw their space.



These numbers are actually old gas station numbers. These were pricey for my budget {$18 for both}
But I knew they would make a fun statement in the room.



To say this experience was anything less than amazing would be an understatement. I can’t even put into words how awesome it was. Meeting new friends, the road trip, working with GMC & habitat for humanity, visiting different cities, staying in some really cool places, every detail made for a really amazing trip that I will never forget. I hope this family makes many beautiful memories in their new home & I can only imagine the good times the boys will have in their new room!

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A huge thank you to my 5 new DIY besties, Check out all of  ChristineCarissaCourtneyKirsten and Jocie. And a HUGE thank you to Chris, Kelly, Clare, Connie, & the whole GMC crew. Another really cool part about this year was that the girls from last years GMC’s Hidden Treasure Adventure came back to help us on the last day, & boy were they such a big help!!! A huge thank you to Brooke from All Things Thrifty, Brittany Pretty Handy GirlLindsey Better After, & Traci from Beneath My Heart.

Want to hear something amazing? Latoya, the new homeowner, sang us a thank you song after we revealed the house to her. How cool is that?? Again with the tears!

This video is just a small glimpse of the reveal to the family. I will be back with the other room reveals, what do you guys think of the reveal and the project?


  1. This just warms my heart! You did a beautiful job Liz :) I was at Haven this year and seeing the footage and hearing about this project made me tear up. What a wonderful thing to be a part of and I’m sure an experience you will treasure for a lifetime! xo Kristin

  2. it looks amazing! you all did such a beautiful job!

  3. Kim R. Dykman says:

    WOW >>>WOW AND WOW ! Thats all I can say on what you did with $250! I had no idea how much work would be involved, and how little sleep! Good thing you are young! You creativity was certainly alive and awake when you planned the boys room! Great job! I am sure the boys are happy with their room and very comfortable too! You must have been a little scared doing a boys room but you knocked it out of the park! Thanks to you and GMC for doing such a good thing for people who really work hard to own their own home!

  4. Absolutely beautiful and for such a heartfelt cause too! Good job!!

  5. You did an amazing job. I always cry watching stories like this. The house is absolutely beautiful!!

  6. Liz what a great opportunity you had and such a beautiful job you did for the family. The room came out great and I am sure the boys are going to love it for a long time to come. I absolutely love the chalkboard basketball backboard. What a neat idea! Great job!

  7. Wow! That is so awesome!!!! I’m sure the boys love it and the family really appreciates it! :) xo Holly

  8. What an amazing and beautiful project to be involved with. Your room turned out great, I bet the boys and their whole family loved it. I am from Michigan and have always wanted to do the 127 yard sale, maybe next year, actually, I would rather do what you just did.

  9. Kelly@thelilypadcottage says:

    What a great idea, so fun to see how it turned out! I love the basketball hoop – perfect for a boys room!

  10. You guys did a great job!!

  11. Lisa Van Dyke says:

    Amazing!!!!! You are sooo talented and full of great ideas!! An experience you will never forget!!

  12. Melissa Giglio says:

    I am sooooooo proud of you Liz! What a great job you did! —-and what an experience of a lifetime!! :)

  13. Love you did.an amazing job as always!!! Love that bedding A may need that ;) that dresser is super cool and love the letter Fab job my friend :)

  14. After hearing about this family at Haven, then getting to see the video…what a blessing! Love your room reveal. ~Sonya

  15. Now this…this is what good sponsors do!

    Incredible. Once of the best ideas I’ve seen in all my years of blogging.

    How heartwarming.

  16. Maria Ward says:

    Absolutely amazing!

  17. You did SUCH an amazing job with the boys room!! The whole house is just awesome, but having 2 boys myself… you nailed it for them. I love the letters above the bed, the colors and the basketball hoop absolute perfection!

  18. I love the room! That basketball hoop was such a great find! The boys’ are sure to love it!

  19. This room looks so fabulous! You;d never know you did it on a tight budget!

  20. You go girl – you really know how to work $250! The room looks amazing – and I’m sure the family will think of you every time they tuck the kids into bed!

  21. What an adorable room! I adore those giant red letters! So great to see projects done for Habitat for Humanity. Great job!

  22. what a TOUCHING post! I love this! You all did a wonderful job and what a neat experience! Very heart warming!

  23. Beautiful job! I’d love for you to link up to The DIYers: http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-our-country-weekend.html

  24. Love this boys room! You guys are awesome and did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing your stories and decorating ideas!

  25. What a cool experience! I love the 127 Yard Sale and try to shop it every year. I can’t even imagine how much fun this must have been — and tiring too! The room looks great and the boys will love — especially that basketball goal!

  26. What a feeling you must have all had, what an incredible experience to be involved in. It does mean so much to the families involved.
    I have a friend we met when we lived in an RV park when we first moved to Grand Junction in 2004. She’s been living in a run down travel trailer for years but the trailer is finally on it’s last legs after she’s had to move several times. She’s a hard worker in her 50′s that is alone. Luckily we’ve been able to stay in contact with her over the years. Hadn’t seen her for months so wondered how she was doing, hoping we’d see her soon.
    Tuesday we went to Habitat for the first time in couple months and there she was working there again. And she’s qualified to get a house. They’ll be breaking ground as soon as she gets in all the hours they have to do. I’m so happy for her. My friend is a little different, but such a wonderful person if somebody gives her a chance to get to know her. I certainly hope we can help in any way for her to get her house.
    I told her about what you gals did for a family. She has a lap top so I’ll be sure to let her know where she can find the posts about this home. Hopefully it will inspire her, give her any courage she might need to keep her going. She gets scared something will happen to mess it up. She’s had a pretty hard time for long time. Seeing this post helped me realize what it means to people that need a home. You gals did such an incredible job. Bravo.

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