Work Day and Reveal Day!

What a whirlwind the past couple of days have been! Kevin snapped this photo of me right before we left the hotel at 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning…

I think it was the only time I stood still the entire day! :-)

We worked a very fast-paced 16 hours to make sure the room was ready for its big reveal this morning. It was exhilarating and we had so much fun putting the room together! We ended up working on the room (with the help of the wonderful homeowners, Brandon and Heather) ’til after midnight last night. By the time we left, I could barely form a complete sentence and Kevin had managed to bleed on the curtains and the window seat cushion. :-( Long story short, around 12:30 a.m. he was working faster than he should’ve been with a box cutter. He wound up with the entire triangular-shaped razor blade embedded in the base of his thumb, on the top side of his left hand. Thankfully, Brandon is in med school and works in the E.R., so he immediately started helping Kevin get his bleeding under control. I had to leave the room. It was just too gruesome. But Kevin was completely calm throughout the whole ordeal. Heather said he actually yawned while they were wrapping his thumb up. :-)

Fortunately, after all that medical drama, we were able to get the room all put together, and even managed to get work in about four 4 hours of sleep too! :-)

Here are some before and after photos…



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I want to send out a big thank you to Teresa at Cherry Checkers for making three of the pillow shams and the window seat cushion. They were perfect and the homeowners were thrilled with them. Teresa is an incredible seamstress and I highly recommend her! :-)
(PS…Teresa- don’t worry, I used hydrogen peroxide to remove the blood from your beautiful cushion!)


If you want to check out our segment that aired today, you can find it here.


This afternoon I taped a Christmas decor segment that will air on the 17th. It was a lot of fun taping in the studio at CBN. We’re looking forward to heading back over there tomorrow morning to sit in on Sandra Lee’s taping. (We actually just passed her in the hallway here at our hotel. Turns out her room is just a few doors down from ours!) Wonder if she’d be up for a slumber party?




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  1. says

    Tonight I got inspiration and remembered this post from way back when. I’m trying to do a built in look similar to the billy bookcases that you have here. Only thing is, only one of the pictures is working on my computer. None of the interactive pics are working. Is there another place that I can get a look at these and find out how you did the bench? Thanks so much! Love your site and have been a follower (obviously if I’m remembering your 2009 post) since you painted your first kitchen black!

    • Layla says

      Hi Megan! 😀
      I just screenshotted a couple more pics into this post- I’m not sure we have a close up of the bench anywhere (I’m sorry!) but thank you for swinging by to ask about that today! 😀