Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tony's Room Makeover

On March 23, 2013 I participated in another room makeover for Designing 4 Hope.  This month's room was for a young man Tony and his 2 brothers, Ryan and Braden. 

Here is Tony's Story:

Tony is 13 years old and was born with Friedreich’s Ataxia but was not diagnosed until age 7. There is no medicine he can take or cure for his condition however he goes to CHOP to a neurologist and does PT and OT through the Easter Seals. He has issues with his balance, but thankfully no other major struggles at this time. 

Tony loves American History with a special interest in George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty and Mt. Rushmore. Tony's makeover has been scheduled for March 23rd and we are pleased to have volunteers from Vanguard join us again!

Everyone arrived by 9:00am and unloaded the truck contents to the front yard....

Mattresses and all sorts of things that need assembly...

This month we are redoing 3 rooms!!!  Tony requested an American History Room, Ryan wanted a "soccer" room and Braden is all about Superheroes and Thor!!

Braden's room "Before"

Braden received some new bedding, window treatments and lots of fun wall art!

Thor has arrived!!!

Chris doing his impression of Thor!!  I think he nailed it!!

Braden is loving his "new" room!!

Braden and his little friend...Such a sweet smile!!


Meanwhile, in Ryan's room the volunteers were busy ironing the window treatments, putting up rods, installing shelves, etc... 

 More busy volunteers building and installing...

Nick installing the headboard goal...

Floating shelves with turf were installed for various soccer balls...

Volunteers taking it all in as they are finishing up Ryan's room...

The soccer wall...

Framed poster from the Union Pro Soccer team, Signed by the players and donated by the Philadelphia UNION Soccer Team!!


Tony's Room "Before"

Steve cutting in the red paint for the back wall...

Our makeshift lighting...
Looks like something you may find on Pinterest!

Nick being goofy, as expected!!

Lori, Sarah and Rebecca putting the Shelving and bed together...

Lots of building in the room...

I am so happy that Ginny could come today!  I haven't seen Ginny since High School (38 years ago!!) and she volunteered to help on this room and the last room in February!!!  She is an awesome volunteer!  :) I am hoping she comes to many more!!

Starting to come together...

Crafty, colorful bean jar assembled by volunteers....

Replica airplanes on display...

Another crafty volunteer project...a glass block painted Americana with white lights inside for a snazzy night lite or ambiance...

Accessories displayed and some finishing touches...

Some of our wonderful volunteers that make this all happen and come together so smoothly each month...

American history isn't complete without a fun flag...

New dresser and display items...

We always look forward to the lunchtime gathering of the volunteers...

More of the helpful volunteers that never let us down!!!

Tony, Ryan and Braden posing in Tony's new room...

The family after taking in the 3 rooms...They were all extremely happy with the rooms and very appreciative!!

Designing 4 Hope is a non-profit organization that creates bedroom makeovers for critically ill children and their siblings.

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Contributions can be made securely through the website and volunteers are always welcome!!

~ Darlene

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  1. Love these rooms and the cause! Those boys look so happy! Thank you for volunteering and creating beautiful rooms for these kids. :D

    1. Thank you! We love doing this each month!!

      ~ Darlene

  2. What a beautiful project, and the rooms all came out fantastic!

    1. Thanks!! We have fun meeting the families and seeing the happy kids at the end of the day!

      ~Darlene :)

  3. I'm stopping by from the Fun Friday blog hop and just started following on GFC. Those room makeovers look amazing!

    Ashley @ http://downsizingashley.blogspot.com/

    1. Thanks for stopping by and following! I do appreciate it! heading your way!

      ~ Darlene

  4. Each room is just beautiful and filled with personality! What a wonderful project and such caring volunteers!

  5. Lots of work, but it came out great! I just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award because I think your blog has a lot going for it! Check out the award and details Get Your Crap Together! Congratulations and see you soon!

  6. Such a wonderful thing that you did for the family, Darlene. Each room is beautiful. I know the boys really appreciate the efforts of you and the volunteers. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.