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The ReStoration Corner

ReStore Staff

Recent Posts

Not Scraping? Here's How to Paint Your Popcorn Ceiling Instead

Posted by ReStore Staff on Oct 1, 2020 11:46:23 AM

Over time ceilings can build up dust and dirt and just look dingy – especially popcorn ceilings (also known as stipple, stucco, or acoustic ceilings), which seem to be a magnet for grime. Scraping the "popcorn" from your ceiling is a lot of work – and it could even be dangerous. So consider giving your room a fresh look with a simple coat of paint.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: John Leier [VIDEO]

Posted by ReStore Staff on Sep 16, 2020 9:15:24 AM
"It's a great organization, and I really like all the people that I've met here."

Today, John Leier is one of the volunteers making ReStore a great resource for Twin Cities homeowners to find affordable home furnishings and building materials – but it wasn't always that way.

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Topics: Volunteer Spotlight, Videos, 2020

Used Cabinets: Save Big On Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted by ReStore Staff on Sep 9, 2020 10:04:07 AM

Remodeling your home can be a fun way to customize your space, but it can get expensive – even if you're frugal. Thrifting, reusing, and upcycling are all the rage in home improvement, meaning you've got to get creative if you wanna save – like buying gently used cabinets to lower the cost of a kitchen remodel.

We've got four handy tips to help you find the right used cabinets for your kitchen and make them fit your style.

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Topics: DIY, Kitchen Cabinets, 2020

How to Build Home Equity the Easy Way

Posted by ReStore Staff on Aug 26, 2020 12:22:48 PM

From the moment you move into a new house, you'll probably start thinking of ways to change it up. New colors, new materials, new… anything! It's great to have that mindset not just for your own personal enjoyment of the home, but for the added value those changes can bring to your home equity.

Building equity in a home doesn't have to break the bank, your back... or anything else, for that matter. Let's go over the basics and tips on how to build home equity with easy home improvements.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, Remodel, Kitchen Remodel, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Donna VonLehe [VIDEO]

Posted by ReStore Staff on Aug 14, 2020 11:25:06 AM
"It feels great working for the bigger cause of providing housing for families."

Volunteer Donna VonLehe chose Habitat for Humanity ReStore from a number of other volunteer opportunities after she retired for two great reasons:

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Topics: Volunteer Spotlight, 2020

7 Home Exterior Upgrades that Make a Big Impact

Posted by ReStore Staff on Aug 6, 2020 3:12:00 PM

Want to show off your style and personality? Let your house do the talking. Along with interior decorating, you can create a one-of-a-kind look to your house’s exterior. Whether it’s painting your front door an eye-catching color or planting flowers and shrubs in your front yard, your home should resemble you both inside and out.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Remodel, 2020

ReStore's Step-by-Step Guide for How to Stain a Deck

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jul 23, 2020 3:41:23 PM

Summer's here, the clouds have parted, and the sun is out – yep, it's time to stain the deck! Deck-staining might feel like a big, ongoing job, but it's necessary. The wood in your favorite summer gathering space will last longer, look nicer, and pop all season long. Here's everything you need to know about how to prep your deck for staining, when to undertake the project, and how to ensure a smooth, even finish.

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Topics: DIY, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: John Bagaglio [VIDEO]

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jul 14, 2020 1:45:00 PM

“At the end of the day, I can look back and say, ‘We got stuff done at the store and ultimately helped make a difference for people in the community.’”

John Bagaglio (or "Bags," as he's known to Twin Cities Habitat) is a part-time volunteer at the New Brighton ReStore. For a few hours a day a few days a week, he helps move donated items in and out of the shop – and to hear him tell it, he's been set on it for a while.

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Topics: Volunteer Spotlight, 2020

Rustic Rehab: 7 Ways to Distress Furniture to Get That Antique Look

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jul 13, 2020 12:17:07 PM

You don’t have to be a home décor expert to know that the rustic scheme rarely goes out of style, nor does the look of distressed antique furniture. Although, sometimes, it can be difficult to find a rustic one-of-a-kind piece that's still in good condition. This is where we challenge you to think outside of the box, because achieving that antique look for your wood furniture is possible if you're up for a fun project.

The next time you find a used table that’s in excellent condition, but lacks the character you love about antique finishes, don't swear it off. Here are seven ways to distress furniture to get the look you love.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY

Shopping and Donating at Our Stores Safely

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jun 2, 2020 1:39:36 PM

Before you head back or visit ReStore for the first time, there are a few things you need to know. Your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers are first and foremost. We've created new protocols and rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that you should know before visiting. 

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Topics: Shopping Tips, Donate, 2020