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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

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

DIY Patio Furniture: Creating the Backyard of Your Dreams on a Budget

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jun 3, 2021 9:03:25 AM

Backyard barbecues are a classic way to visit with family and friends. With COVID-19 still hanging around they are a great way to get together safely this summer. After a winter indoors, we could all use a breath of fresh air. You can start getting the yard in order with some DIY patio furniture for a one-of-a-kind aesthetic that won't break the bank. You can do it all yourself – all you need is a bit of imagination and the right materials.

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

Join the Birdhouse Upcycle Challenge

Posted by Jared Laabs on May 6, 2021 11:07:00 AM

We've had several upcycle challenges but are thrilled to announce that this next one is for the birds! Unleash your creativity and build a birdhouse using materials you already have or can find at ReStore. Not only will we be providing homes (for birds), but we're giving away some fantastic prizes to the top three winners!

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

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

Posted by ReStore Staff on Apr 14, 2021 9:07:00 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 9:25:00 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

Meet Trish, winner of the Workspace Upcycle Challenge!

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 16, 2020 2:59:00 PM

When we announced the Workspace Upcycle Challenge last month, we thought we had a winning idea. People were working from home a lot more, school was starting up again and many children were distance learning and needed a workspace too. The goal was simple. Upgrade your workspace no matter what or where it might be. Trish submitted photos of her entry, and as you can see, she's the real winner (of a brand new workspace)!

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Topics: 2020, Upcycle

Workspace Upcycle Challenge

Posted by Jared Laabs on Sep 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Last March, we attempted to host our third upcycle challenge, but COVID-19 rudely interrupted and we had to cancel. Well, dust off your DIY skills and creativity for a new challenge. We're happy to announce The Workspace Upcycle Challenge!

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Topics: 2020, DIY, Upcycle

Storage Solutions Upcycle Challenge

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 5, 2020 8:41:00 AM

***We're temporarily closing ReStore and realize this will effect build time for our upcyclers. The upcycle challenge is postponed. Read our Coronavirus Response page for updates***

We're happy to announce that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is hosting its 3rd Upcycle Challenge! The challenge theme was created around a common problem we all face at one point or another. How do we store and organize our stuff?

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Topics: 2020, Upcycle

Upcycle Challenge Spotlight: Meet Claire

Posted by Laura Duque on Jan 24, 2020 4:32:00 PM

When Claire Sorman first heard about ReStore’s Freestyle Flip Upcycle Challenge, she knew she wanted to participate.

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Topics: 2020, Upcycle