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The ReStoration Corner

Have a seat! Refresh an old chair with these simple steps

Posted by Jared Laabs on Sep 8, 2021 9:43:09 AM

Guest blog by Rae Fleming, an independent blogger and DIYer in Minnesota.

Let's have a seat, rest, and catch up! It's been a busy summer for me: moving my folks to town, keeping up with baseball schedules, running to hockey clinics, a working teenager, starting a new job, and raising two teenagers. Even with everything going on, I'm thrilled to have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore again on this SUPER easy DIY project! Nothing is quite as easy as reupholstering a simple chair, so I'm hoping you give it a try.

Keep reading to see the steps I took to make the transformation with a $5 chair found at the ReStore in New Brighton.

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

Tips for Tiling [VIDEO]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Aug 26, 2021 9:13:41 AM

ReStore Manager Jan Hagerman shared some tiling tips and encouragement to start your own project on a recent DIY Friday segment on WCCO. It can be scary, but jump into a small tiling job and build up to a larger project.

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Topics: DIY, DIY Friday, 2021

Robin Henrichsen new Director of ReStore

Posted by Jared Laabs on Aug 20, 2021 9:44:56 AM

We're excited to announce that Robin Henrichsen is the new Director of ReStore Operations for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity! Robin will lead the strategy, business development, and operations for the ReStore Home Improvement Outlets located in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2021

Best place to buy dorm furniture... ReStore!

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jul 28, 2021 8:24:52 AM

It's back to school season, and if you need to find some furnishings for yourself or someone headed to college, odds are you need some storage, cost effective furniture, maybe a bed frame, or some materials to make a sweet loft bed. Here comes ReStore to the rescue!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2021, Project Ideas

How to Buy Used Furniture: 9 Tips to Score Second Hand Treasure

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jul 14, 2021 9:58:51 AM

Buying used furniture is a great way to save money, keep reusable items out of landfills, and have a little shopping adventure while you're at it. While some pieces of furniture have years of life left in them, others might need a light (or heavy) makeover. How can you tell the difference?

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Shopping Tips, 2021

Here are the winners of the Birdhouse Upcycle Challenge!

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jul 7, 2021 9:31:25 AM

We are amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of the entries in our Birdhouse Upcycle Challenge. Materials were old wood, metal, plastics, and the designs were modern to rustic. Thank you to all who contributed and shared your work with us. 

We asked everyone to vote for the best on social media, then took the top three to WCCO's studio so on-air anchors, Jason DeRusha and Heather Brown, could rank them first, second, and third place. Here are the results:

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Topics: ReStore, DIY, Upcycle, DIY Friday, 2021

Meet ReStore's Assistant Store Manager, Jan Hagerman!

Posted by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity on Jun 30, 2021 2:00:00 PM

This is an updated version of a previously published blog, written by Kaitlyn Dormer.

Do you recognize that face? Maybe you’ve seen her at the State Fair? Or was it on her regular DIY Friday segment on WCCO? You could’ve spotted Jan Hagerman in either of those places, or where she spends quite a bit of her time—at the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore in New Brighton where she’s the Assistant Store Manager.

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Topics: DIY, ReStore Staff, 2021

DIY Garden Ideas for Small Yards and Apartments

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jun 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Don’t let a tiny space deter you from growing the backyard or balcony garden you’ve always wanted. Whether you're a horticultural hobbyist or your thumb isn't even a little bit green, you can grow a space to be proud of with these cute, easy DIY garden ideas – the secret is to use your limitations to your advantage.

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Topics: DIY, Tips and Tricks, 2021, Project Ideas

Business Donor Spotlight: Bellacor

Posted by Jackie Moore on Jun 11, 2021 10:00:00 AM

For an online home furnishings retailer going up against companies like Amazon and Wayfair, quality of both products and service is really important.

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Topics: Donor Spotlight, Donate, 2021

5 Tips for Refurbishing Any Kind of Furniture the Right Way

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jun 8, 2021 1:11:08 PM

So you've decided to refurbish a piece of furniture – great! Refurbishing is a rewarding experience that lets you breathe new life into vintage and antique pieces. It's also great for sustainable living, because every piece of furniture you reuse or upcycle is one less piece of furniture that could end up in a landfill.

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Topics: How To, DIY, Tips and Tricks, 2021, Project Ideas