Nick and I just returned from the most amazing, exhausting, rewarding, stressful, memorable week of our entire lives. After being in 4 different airports, driving 1,105 miles, sleeping in 5 different hotels, having a cancelled flight and lost luggage….ummmmm we’re ready for a nap.
A few months ago, we were asked by GMC to participate in adventure with a beautiful cause behind it. Along with a group of other bloggers, we would be flown to Atlanta, and spend 4 days driving along the World’s Longest Yard Sale… picking up treasures along the way to fix up a home for a family in need (in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity).
Nick and I were outfitted with a fully-loaded 2015 Yukon Denali… talk about luxury!
Once we all met in Atlanta, each blogger drew a room out of a hat. I got the kitchen/dining room and Nick got the little boy’s room. We were the only couple along for the adventure, so we just decided to do these rooms together instead of as individuals.
Being given a budget of $250 each, we had to FULLY furnish these rooms. That means dining table/chairs, dishes and small appliances for the kitchen, bedding/dresser for little boy’s room, ETC ETC! There was no time (or money) to waste!
If you’re not familiar with The World’s Longest Yard Sale… it’s basically 700 miles of country highway where people bring their stuff to the side of the road to sell. IT.IS.INSANE.
Which ones do we stop at? Should we buy this dresser or wait for a better deal? What makes people think someone is going to buy a mason jar for $35 dollars? …all questions that went through our heads daily. Some yard sales were legit homes with their belongings in the yard for sale. Others were vendors that would bring a truck full of junk treasures and think they’re going to make a killing. Some were downright nasty. #justsayin
We realized just how big a deal this all was when Nick was interviewed by the local Cincinnati Fox News station. He totally killed it. You can watch his newscast here. I was without makeup and feeling a little janky, so I got outta there like a jack-rabbit eating a Dilly Bar on a hot summer’s day.
After each 10-hour day of ‘shopping’, we would spend our evening in hotel rooms fixing up a few of our purchases that needed attention. Nick re-wired some outdoor sconce lights to be hanging pendant lanterns, and I took a very neutral piece of artwork ($2) and gave it some color. What? You don’t carry a tiny paintbrush in your purse?
We knew that we would only have a handful of hours on the last day to get the furniture pieces fixed up and ‘aesthetically pleasing to the eye’ ..as Nick would say. Heh.
Our BFF’s at Rustoleum gave each blogger a $50 Home Depot gift card to help with some of the expenses. We picked up paint and supplies and unloaded everything into the parking lot at the Marriott to get busy. This is what a parking lot full of DIY bloggers in the middle of the night looks like.
In one evening, we built a headboard and started/finished TWO dresser transformations… among a few other smaller projects.
I was running on adrenaline, and refused to look at the time… because I knew it was late. We ended up going to bed at 2:30am, and awoke at 5:30 to load everything up to head over to the family’s home. We hadn’t seen the house yet (only pictures), so all the designing had been going on in our imaginations. We would have a total of 6 hours to finish all our projects and completely transform our two rooms to be beautiful and feel like HOME for this family in need.
Amy Huntley says
So much fun! So glad I was a part of it and got to know you two better! Great post and your rooms turned out fabulous! xo
Nick did such a great job! I wish they had given him more props as a DIYer instead of just assuming he tagged along for the ride. Such a nice long clip about it though! YAY Nick
Very cool. I so wanted to go to this but couldn’t swing it.
What the deuce is a dilly bar?
Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos says
Haha! Don’t you live near a Dairy Queen?! They’re a classic ice cream bar on a stick!
Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek says
This sound like SO MUCH FUN! Can’t wait to see the reveal!
Hope you guys have caught up on sleep 😉 and found your lost luggage! I can’t wait for everyone to see your a-maz-ing rooms!!!! Oh, wow, I can’t believe the picture of that truck with all the junk falling out. We certainly saw some amazing sights – some breathe taking and some um, not so much… x
Ahhh! The suspense might kill me! 😉
What!!!! You are just plain mean to let us hanging like this!! I cannot wait to see the finished results. I am sure the homeowners were thrilled to death!
Leanne Barley says
You two are so awesome! I think I would crack under that kind of time pressure. The midnight refinishing in the hotel parking lot is epic though!
What an adventure! Excited to see the results!
I am exhausted just reading about this adventure, and you and your little preggers self just kept going like the Energizer Bunny. After watching the news clip, I think Denise was more than a little condescending about a male’s ability to shop. Nick was very polite and agreeable, but we know he offered a lot more than just muscle.
Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos says
Haha! I agree Pamela! He did just as much or MORE than I did!
Tina Plumstead says
Can’t wait for the reveal! PS…I love love love those whiskey barrel planters in the pic of Nick during his interview. I may had had to just find a way to bring a couple of those home..;o)
Ahhh! You left us hanging! I can’t wait to see the reveal tomorrow! What a fun adventure!
Mary IN NY says
You big tease! Can’t wait! So happy for you guys. Thanks for doing that. Mary
Pam @ Over the Big Moon says
You guys are awesome! What an adventure! Can’t wait to see the full reveal tomorrow!