Several months ago I was contacted by Sherwin-Williams to participate in National Painting Week 2016.
If you’ve followed along with the blog, you’ve seen other rooms I’ve created for them.
Like this one.
Or this one.
Or this one.
But this time Sherwin-Williams wanted to try something different. Something bigger. Something better. Something much more amazing than a simple room makeover.
They wanted me to make over a space in my community.
A space with a view just like this.
I was so excited.
I live near fields and horse barns and cows and fences and meadows and acres and acres and acres of country side….
….and buildings like this one.
This is Carrsville, KY and the Carrsville Community Center.
It’s located along the Ohio River near the junction of KY 137 and KY 135.
At one time it was a bustling river town, full of shops and stores and boats and commerce and even a hospital.
It hosted famous dignitaries like Mark Twain who paddle-wheeled up the river and visited his uncle at what is now called the Clemens house.
You can see the history written all over the town with its historic buildings and homes still standing along the river.
In 2005, Dr. Doriss J. Hutchison donated the funds to restore a local grocery store and create a community center for the town.
The intent was to create a meeting place for events, like board meetings, city events, the local herb festival, fish fries, weddings and even Christmas parties.
The center is made up of a large meeting room, an office, community spaces and a brick front porch.
But eleven years later after it was first remodeled, it was showing signs of wear and tear.
The parties and events and festivals had faded and the building stood empty waiting for the next chapter in its long and illustrious career.
It needed a new outlook and a new perspective.
It had rooms that needed to be painted.
And a front porch area that needed a facelift.
And an office that needed to be organized and refreshed.
Kind of like Superman back when his red cape was super shiny.
Sherwin-Williams provided funds and supplies and asked me to draw up a design plan to bring back the community center to its former glory.
But Sherwin-Williams is only half the equation.
The heart and soul of this project are the volunteers who came together with elbow grease and determination and together transformed that community center on the Ohio.
We power-washed the front of the building and painted the door and the trim and added new furniture and cleaned out the flower beds and planted new plants.
In the main space we painted the entire room and the trim and rehung the curtains and made space for all the new tables and chairs.
And in the office we cleaned and organized and redecorated and made space so it can be used for board meetings again.
A community space refreshed and rejuvenated and ready once again for parties and festivals and events.
It was an honor to work on this project and I raise my coffee cup to all the volunteers and amazing individuals who made this project possible.
With this project, the most amazing thing happened. In refreshing the space….
….we refreshed a community, too.
And it all started with a can of paint. 🙂
PS These are just some before’s and a few sneak peeks of what the space looks like.
More pictures and the entire before and after reveal during National Painting Week.
I can’t wait to show you the spaces!
disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Sherwin-Williams.
All opinions are my own.
For more information, please see my full disclosure policy here.