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The ReStoration Corner

5 Creative DIY Fire Pit Ideas You Can Totally Make at Home

Posted by ReStore Staff on Apr 14, 2021 9:07:56 AM

Blog Update (4/15/2021): It was brought to our attention that the project idea using window wells is not recommended. High-heat can cause the zinc coating on galvanized metal to come off and be harmful if inhaled. Be mindful when DIY-ing, and learn something new everyday. We did!

There's a reason s'mores and smiles are all common sights around a backyard fire pit. The backyard fire pit is kind of a national symbol of warm weather togetherness: friends, family, and neighbors can all huddle around for warmth and welcoming conversation under clear skies.

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

Get ready for great weather with this upcycled planting station

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 9, 2021 9:25:22 AM

Guest blog by Rae Fleming, an independent blogger and DIY-er in Minnesota.

I love to garden, but I hate rummaging around the garage for my supplies. Pots here, soil there, tools everywhere! I wanted to create a station to park my tools and supplies that was easily, but discreetly accessible. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore was the perfect place for inspiration. Enter the secretary desk. Two of my favorite things collide: writing and gardening! My partner in crime, Maria, was more than happy to explore the aisles of the ReStore for embellishments and adventure!

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

Donor Spotlight: Shaughnessy Flooring & Schwieters Companies

Posted by Jackie Moore on Apr 6, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Individuals and families aren’t the only ones who donate to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore. A significant amount of ReStore’s building materials also come from business donors. Shaughnessy Flooring and Schwieters Companies have both been working with Habitat for a long time.

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Topics: Donate, 2021, Donor Spotlight

Here's how you can make Earth Month last all year long

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 1, 2021 8:42:25 AM

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is well known for its mission of bringing people together to create, preserve, and promote affordable homeownership and advancing racial equity in housing. But you might be surprised to learn how shopping and donating to ReStore home improvement outlets help divert 3 million pounds of refuse from being thrown in landfills.

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Topics: Green Initiatives, 2021

Expert design advice when preparing to sell your home

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 30, 2021 8:31:56 AM

Guest blog by Jill O'Gorman, owner and designer of Ravishing Rooms

Jill O'Gorman realized she had a creative side and unknown talents in decorating and design while in college. Pursuing a Psychology degree, she added a year of design courses and obtained her real estate license. With over a decade of experience as a designer and home staging, we wanted to learn more about what you should do before selling your home to get the best price.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2021

7 Great Mini Makeover Ideas to Spruce Up Any Living Space

Posted by ReStore Staff on Mar 16, 2021 9:35:04 AM

It's almost time for spring cleaning, and that means tough decisions. How do you change your space to welcome the warm weather when your time, space, and budget are all competing?

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, 2021

Meet ReStore Manager Jill

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mar 12, 2021 9:45:26 AM

Guest Blog by Jill Carmody, ReStore Manager at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore

I have always enjoyed the responsible reuse industry. We live on a crowded planet where some have too much and others not enough, and the secondhand market has always been an effective bridge between those two disparate extremes. I like to think of thrift as the original form of recycling, and it is still an incredible way to bring a second, or sometimes third and fourth, life to a product.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2021

Open a new door at ReStore [VIDEO]

Posted by ReStore Staff on Mar 10, 2021 9:07:13 AM

Jan Hagerman, ReStore Assistant Manager, shared some great tips about doors and door knobs on a recent DIY Friday segment on WCCO. Take a quick peek, then head on over to ReStore to see what's currently available in our ever-changing selection of inventory.

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Topics: DIY, DIY Friday, 2021, Door

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets By Yourself

Posted by ReStore Staff on Mar 4, 2021 12:25:31 PM

Cabinets are such a fixture of any kitchen that it's hard to imagine installing them yourself. While it's true that it does take a bit of skill, some time, and a couple pairs of helpful hands, it's totally possible for even first-time homeowners to DIY a kitchen cabinet installation.

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Topics: DIY, Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchen Remodel, 2021

The Environmental Impact of Buying

Posted by Jackie Moore on Feb 17, 2021 10:30:00 AM

What happens to the items you buy once you’re finished with them? More often than not, they end up in a landfill. The pollution caused by manufacturing these items also negatively impacts the environment. Understanding the environmental costs of your purchases is an important part of being a responsible consumer, so let's take a look.

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Topics: 2021