National (not really)-Take-a-Risk-Day

The Nester dubbed today “National (not really) Take A Risk Day”. Readers were encouraged to take at least a small risk in our homes – something we’ve wanted to try or paint or do that involved risk on our part. You can read more here. I didn’t take any decorating risks, per se, but I did take a creative one. This weekend some of my colleagues needed a location to film some important footage, and we agreed to let them use our home.
What’s so risky about that, right?
Usually, nothing…  but I can be am pretty OCD when it comes to my home, and I had an idea of what I might agree to before film’s end, and there lied the risk. Sometimes film-making is a risky business. When asked if we were sure, I told the producer, “It’s just paint.”
We let them sand the walls to give them a worn, battered appearance.

They covered the windows with cardboard and duct tape to complete the look. The first round of footage didn’t read the way it needed to, so the Hunk and I quickly agreed to whatever it took to meet those needs.
In the end, freshly-painted walls were sanded, painted and smeared – real dirt from the yard was rubbed across new windows (it could be removed easier than paint).
I can’t reveal the full set, but the empty room looks like this:

We then relocated to a hotel for the weekend to let them work their magic.  The film‘s creators aim to raise awareness of the growing problem of sex trafficking in the United States. The climactic scenes needed a location that would read true on film and not detract from the seriousness of its message. It’s a message the Hunk and I believe in strongly, and we felt God calling us to put our beliefs into action.
As I told the producer – it’s just paint, right?  Right?
UPDATE: You can watch the completed film, “Alone”, HERE. Yes, that’s me playing the grieving mother. 😉


  1. Stopping by from the ‘risk day’ party. 🙂 For a good cause… yes, it is just paint! Wonderful of you to help in this way!

  2. Oh my goodness, you are so good! I would have to have my head between my knees, breathing into a paper bag until my house was back to normal…

    And thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I totally and 100% believe that you would come and build me a new house all by yourself! Wow-


  3. It’s just paint! That’s what I tell my husband all the time too! LOL! Unfortunately he’s not easily convinced! How great of you and your husband to help for a good cause!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate your comments on my chairs.

  4. I just registered for you PS Elements course. I just found you via Nester. Hope it’s not too late. I have Elements 7.0 but I’m open to learning ANY.THING. besides cropping and text, heehee 😉

  5. Now THAT’s a risk! I’m so impressed with your courage and especially with your obedience in answering the call of God!

    • Don’t be! I love film-making and I think I was temporarily caught up in the excitement of the moment more than anything. After the dust settled I thought “What WAS I thinking?!” LOL!

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