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The ReStoration Corner

Interior Design Tips from a Pro

Posted by Becky Engen on Aug 4, 2018 10:38:44 AM

At a very young age, Victoria Lambert found herself interested in the world of architecture and art.

"I always loved rearranging my room and our home whenever my parent’s finances would allow it," she said.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, Remodel, 2018

5 Tips to Consider When Staining a Deck

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jul 16, 2018 8:54:34 AM

One of the most common summer projects in Minnesota is staining your wood deck. It's a big project that requires prep work and patience, but it's also a necessary part of ongoing maintenance that will protect your deck for years to come. Whether you're staining a brand-new deck or re-staining an older one, we've got a few tips to make sure your project goes smoothly!

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Topics: DIY, 2018

Amy Matthews DIY: How to Install a Window [VIDEO]

Posted by Amy Matthews on Jul 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM

There are a lot of steps when installing an exterior window. As a Home Improvement Expert, I know that well. That’s why I’ve created a walkthrough to help you on your next window installation project.

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Topics: DIY, 2018, Amy Matthews DIY

Try these creative outdoor lighting ideas

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jun 30, 2018 8:41:00 AM

Summer is officially here and the fun is just beginning. Fire up the grill, invite some friends and family over, and enjoy the outdoors! There is no better place to "wow" your guests than the outdoors. Try these easy and fun DIY projects that will set your lawn or garden apart from everyone else.

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Topics: DIY, 2018

5 Father's Day DIY Ideas

Posted by Becky Engen on Jun 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

With Father's Day coming up on Sunday, June 17, there may be a few of us out there scrambling to come up with ideas for dad. We've compiled a list of five of our favorite projects that require few materials and can be done in an hour or less!

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Topics: DIY, 2018

DIY Planters That'll Have Your Friends Saying "Teach Me"

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jun 8, 2018 9:50:00 AM

When temperatures warm, trees begin to bud, and flowers start blooming, you know it's spring. And what better way to display those gorgeous flowers than in DIY planters?

Whether you’re making a planter of your own or looking for a new way to showcase those gorgeous flowers, we've got several ideas to get those creative juices flowing. And the planters will be so eye-catching, your friends will ask you to teach them how to make one of their own!

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Topics: DIY, 2018

Step-By-Step Guide to Paint, Stain, and Personalize Adirondack Chairs

Posted by ReStore Staff on May 30, 2018 12:39:54 PM

Spring has finally sprung, and summer is right around the corner! Nothing says summer like a group of friends huddled around a bonfire or a family barbecue in the backyard. And what better way to enjoy time with family and friends than relaxing in an Adirondack chair?! They're popular and comfortable, but most of the time you buy them as untreated wood. If you want your chair to maintain its quality longer, or you want to give it a new look, here's how to paint, stain, or personalize Adirondack chairs.

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Topics: DIY, 2018

7 Unique DIY Projects to Make Using Scrap Wood

Posted by ReStore Staff on Apr 12, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Did you know most scrap wood leftovers end up in landfills? While wood is biodegradable, most wood used in DIY household projects is chemically treated. When this type of wood is sent to the trash, chemicals can leak into the ground and eventually the water table.

If you have leftover scrap wood from that remodel you did last summer, or from the reclaimed wood headboard you created for your bedroom, don't throw it away. Use it to make something unique and beautiful. Here are some fun ideas to get you started.

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Topics: DIY, 2018

7 Creative DIY Projects Using Old Interior Doors

Posted by ReStore Staff on Apr 2, 2018 10:30:00 AM

When you think of repurposing old items, you probably don't think about your interior doors. You might consider repurposing the hardware from the door, but the entire door itself? What could you possibly make using an old door? Actually, a lot of things!

Interior doors are quite versatile and can be made into a variety of fun projects like a picture frame or a bookshelf. To help get the creative juices flowing, here are seven unique DIY projects using old interior doors.

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Topics: DIY, 2018

What to have in your homeowner maintenance kit

Posted by Becky Engen on Mar 1, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Being a first-time homebuyer can be the most exciting time of your life--and at the same time, be incredibly overwhelming. You've saved the money, secured a mortgage, found a home you love, and finally closed on it. But once the last document is signed and the keys are turned over, this beautiful home becomes YOUR responsibility. 

No matter if you're a member of a Homeowners Association or not, you're bound to have some maintenance and repair projects pop up in your first few years of owning your home. Never fear! We've asked our knowledgeable ReStore staff to weigh-in and consulted with Mark Larson, who leads Twin Cities Habitat's Maintenance & Repair homebuyer education course, to find out what you should include in your home toolkit. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY