COPPERAS COVE — After five moves in 15 years, Army wife Maria Reed knows how to move and decorate on a budget. Now she’s using those skills and knowledge on her new web series, “Moving with the Military.” It is a home improvement and lifestyle series that gives a military family a free makeover of one room in their house.

The idea came from watching numerous do-it-yourself shows and a request from her daughter to paint her bedroom. “Whether it’s a year or however long that military family will have memories in that place, I want to make it as beautiful as possible for that time,” Reed said.

The Reeds came to Fort Hood in 2016 and settled in Copperas Cove. Staff Sgt. Patrick Reed is a cavalry scout with the 1st Cavalry Division. The couple has two children: Parker, 14, and Patrick, 13. Reed also worked in television and film production for 20 years, so she knows how to put a TV show together.

Families submit nominations​themselves​via the website or Facebook, or others nominate a family. Then Reed meets with the family, creates a design based on their lifestyle and gets to work. One episode recreated a child’s room with a 3-D flower wallpaper and decorations, while another project made over the outdoor area with a fire pit and new seating and dining space.

“We do it differently in the military because we have no choice. We get orders and we’re out in three days, but anyone can use these skills for their home improvement,” she said.

Some episodes were done in homes in Harker Heights and Fort Hood, with other projects at Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio. All items are movable, so Reed takes into account the family’s military’s weight limit.

Each episode is funded by the Reeds and a combination of some in-kind contributions from area businesses, plus many volunteers. A project must be completed in one day, not including the preliminary design work and shopping. After filming an episode, mostly on a cell phone, Reed edits it to about 10-minutes.

Amazing and unbelievable are common comments Reed hears from the families after a make-over.

“One spouse said that we gave her back her family,” she added. “The makeover boosts their morale to let them know that someone cares.”

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