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Police Station Makeover Community Service Project 2016

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Today I wanted to share with you our latest project, our local police station makeover. You know, sometimes as a blogger you get to do some really cool things. I feel so lucky that I happened to fall into the blogging world literally by accident, over 4 years ago. Never in my dreams did I think that writing about  our insane living arrangement and sharing our home renovation stories would lead to such amazing opportunities and a full time career. As many of you know, we work with Sherwin-Williams and Wayfair on a regular basis and we are thrilled again to be partnering with them for the upcoming National Painting Week in May. This is our third year working on the National Painting Week campaign with Sherwin-Williams and this year, it’s totally different.  Each year during National Painting Week Sherwin-Williams stores dedicate time to updating community spaces around the country, and this year, I was also tasked with finding a community project in my hometown that was in need of a makeover. Of course, I jumped at the chance and started visiting places in town to see what places were in need. After visiting a few places, it was evident that our local police station break room was the biggest space in need. When I tell you this space hasn’t been updated in years, I am not exaggerating. I was a little hesitant at first about this project. I mean, who goes into their local police department and asks if they can start ripping stuff out? Once you do that, you are kind of committed to finish. -ha. I certainly didn’t want to get myself in trouble with these guys and end up in the slammer.

Police Station Makeover

Our police station makeover. National Painting Week 2016

Here is another view of the space.

Our police station makeover. National Painting Week 2016

The other side of the room.

Our police station makeover. National Painting Week 2016

Our police station makeover. National Painting Week 2016

When I first approached the Chief about a possible makeover, I am pretty sure he thought that I was crazy. Initially, I planned on doing a small makeover consisting of some paint and working with what they already had. That strategy changed once I got in there and realized, we need to make this space amazing.  These officers deserved something fresh, new and really pretty -ha. I was originally planning to repaint the existing cabinets, reconfigure room and add some additional storage options and then that night happened when I couldn’t sleep. You know when you are working on a project and it keeps you up at night? It’s so annoying BUT the middle of night is when I have my best ideas.  I woke up the next morning and decided everything in the room needed to go. Like in a dumpster. The kitchen cabinets, the sink, the table, the old broken chairs, the filing cabinets, oven, microwave and whatever else they would let me throw away. I remember asking the Chief  if anyone would be sad if I got rid of everything including their kitchen wall and he laughed and said, “umm noooooo……but you are going to put stuff back there right? ”  Well yes! At this point, I know he thinks I am crazy. Stay tuned. You won’t believe what happens next ;). In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our other projects on our “interior” page.

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8 Comments

  1. Jessssss!!!! I don’t believe you did that!!
    No, it’s not about your crazy idea of making over the Police Station! (By the way, great, great idea! They deserve!)
    It’s about the fact that you stopped “case” in the middleeee!!
    I’m curious, I want to see all! Snif, snif, snif!

    If I was near you, I would offer help! ๐Ÿ™
    But thinking about something like that in Brazil… they might get me to jail! kkkkk

    kisses ML (your Brazilian fan)

  2. Juanita in OH says:

    I LOVE the way you think…and the officers are sooooooooooooooooo deserving! This reminds me of Joanna and Chip Gaines from “Fixer Upper”. I can’t wait, even though I must, to see the finished results and go through it with you. I would also like to see the officer’s faces when you do the big reveal. TFS.

  3. I could see feeling the same way. They needed and DESERVED new.
    But I hate you for doing that to me and I think you should at least get a ticket!!!

  4. Constance says:

    What a great thing you are doing! I am sure they appreciate it.

  5. Wow! You first caught my eye with four generations under one roof…for me it was 3. Then this! I have drippy eyes right now, I am a 911 dispatcher, this looks like my place of work even down to the blue! Ha! Can’t wait to see the results… Maybe I could take our ideas to work with me?! Bless your heart Jessica.