Dramatic Transformation


About a year ago, before Ross went to boot camp, I cleaned out his room. Then as I started going through boxes downstairs getting started on my downstairs project, his clean room was a natural attractant to any box or thing I didn’t know what to do with. Empty space draws junk like a magnet. Ross’s room will eventually be one of the “farm stay” rooms, so it needs work–and lots of it.

Yesterday morning, his room looked like this:

It needed cleared out, cleaned, and painted. (It also needs trim, a ceiling, furnishings and decor, but let’s not get over-ambitious in one day. The only thing staying in this room long-term is the bed, an antique spindle bed my parents bought for me when I was eight.) By midday, Ross’s room looked like this and I started painting (antique white over the drywall prime–this room is drywalled on all four sides):

By the end of the day, it looked like this:

Holy cow!

Yeah, baby!


P.S. I made jam yesterday and milked a cow, TOO.

P.P.S. Bedding from Wal-Mart. (I know someone will ask!)


  1. danielsfamilyof5 says:

    The room looks WONDERFUL!!! Good Job!! I am so hoping when we get stateside to attend one of your weekends!

  2. Granny Trace says:

    :snoopy: Love it! Great job. Doesnt it feel great to get it done.
    I made jam yesterday too.
    Hugs Granny Trace


  3. KellyWalkerStudios says:

    Good job! I would tell you to take a break but you don’t know how. 🙂

  4. rurification says:

    Beautiful! Doesn’t it feel good to be at the end of a project! I finished 2 bushels of peaches yesterday. So glad to be done.

  5. Lish says:

    Great job!! I have that same bedding on my bed and love it! Wish I had your newly painted walls and a taste of jam as well, lol.

  6. TinaBell says:

    Looks really nice! What kind of jam did you make?

  7. Runningtrails says:

    Wow! You did a lot of work! My son moved out about six months ago so I know the work involved in that project! Good job!

    I still have to paint his old room. The gorund thawed and I just couldn’t work indoors any longer.

  8. JerseyMom says:

    Wow, you REALLY made a big dent in the overhaul. Milking and jam too….I’m so impressed!

  9. Liz Pike says:

    Wow!! What a contrast!! Bet you slept good last night! ‘Course with everything you do, there’s probably hardly a sleepless night anyway!

  10. lattelady says:

    Beautiful. Now, what did you do with what you removed from that room?

  11. Luann says:

    Beautiful beginnings Suzanne! :snoopy:

  12. holstein woman says:

    Suzanne, the transformation is beautiful. Congratulations, what a reward for you hard work. :fairy:

  13. Flowerpower says:

    Wow~! You have done good!!! A transformation for sure here! I suppose you did this in your spare time yesterday between milking and jam making? You are one amazing woman Suzanne! :shimmy:

  14. joykenn says:

    Looks very nice and inviting! It’s good start on your farm stays project. People will be very comfortable there I’m sure.

  15. Miss Judy says:

    Looks better than a HGTV room makeover! Great job. I do like the bedspread!

  16. farmershae says:

    Gorgeous!!! :woof:

  17. Pat says:

    You have wrought a miracle! Having lived through the same, I know the feeling.

    Pat in Eastern NC

  18. Ms.Becky says:

    good job Suzanne. it looks homey and inviting and very comfortable.

  19. jan n tn says:

    comment #12 lattelady asked: what did you do with what you removed from that room?
    Come on Suzanne…did you stash it under the stairs?

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Sorry! I meant to answer that. Some of the stuff I put away–I put shelves in Ross’s closet and I’m turning that into a storage area where I can organize canning and candle jars. Some other stuff got thrown out or set aside for my next Salvation Army run. Some other stuff went up to the attic.

  20. Glenda says:

    You sound like someone who lives on a farm! Work is never done….milking, canning, gardening, harvesting and


    The room looks wonderful. It is amazing what we can get done if we put our minds and bodies to it.

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