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The ReStoration Corner

Meet Trish, winner of the Workspace Upcycle Challenge!

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 16, 2020 2:59:29 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: Upcycle, 2020

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

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: DIY, Upcycle, 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