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The ReStoration Corner

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

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

Fathers Day Gift Brainstorm

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jun 17, 2020 3:00:25 PM

Some of us have already planned out a social distance party or celebration in honor of Fathers Day, but some of us react a moment before the big day. Either way, we've got some ideas that are worth the scroll.

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Topics: DIY, 2020

DIY Spotlight: Meet Jake, a Generous Craftsman

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jun 11, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Meet Jake Cisar, a generous craftsman who donated two wonderful wood artworks for our Twin Cities Hard Hat and Black Tie Gala. We were so blown away by his work that we asked if he could share his work and describe the process of creating a wooden American Flag. 

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Topics: DIY

Easy Mothers Day gifts

Posted by Jared Laabs on May 7, 2020 11:50:00 AM

It's easy to take for granted the matriarch of the family... mom. But when Mothers Day comes around, you have to really think about how you can show your appreciation for everything she's done. Here are some quick and easy gifts for that will make her smile!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, 2020

Backstage with the Latest Upcycle Challenge Winner

Posted by Jared Laabs on Dec 21, 2019 9:00:29 AM

Sadie was a first-time contender in the Freestyle Flip Upcycle Challenge and she won! After a short conversation, it was clear why everyone loved her creation. Sadie had a ton of experience with upcycling, designing, and creating things from recycled items so this wasn't her first curtain call.

Back in August, ReStore announce its second Upcycle Challenge where people competed in upcycling and transforming items found on the sales floor. Each participant was given up to $50 worth of merchandise or material. The goal was to use your creativity to build anything you could imagine. No limits! Sadie had heard of the first ReStore Upcycle Challenge and decided this time, she was in!

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Topics: DIY, 2019, Upcycle

If You're a Foodie, Then Make This Charcuterie Tray [Gift idea under $5]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Nov 26, 2019 9:29:15 AM

When the winter holidays roll around, it's often time to spend big bucks on gifts for friends and family. Well, you don't have to break the bank or spend any time in long lines at big box stores. With a little elbow grease and a trip to ReStore, you can whip up some homemade gifts for under $5 each.

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Topics: DIY, 2019

Dream Big with Building Materials

Posted by Anna Skemp on Oct 16, 2019 3:03:00 PM

The ReStore is your place to shop for the best deals on building materials and to get the creative juices flowing for your next upcycle project. From donating building materials to shopping for them, make the ReStore your next stop!

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Topics: Donate, DIY, 2019

Do you need Carpet or Flooring? Check out ReStore!

Posted by Laura Duque on Oct 11, 2019 12:23:53 PM

Thinking of refurbishing your home? Before you begin your search for carpet and flooring, be sure to check out Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

It’s likely you’ll find quality items at a much lower price than at any home improvement store. The best part? All sales at each of our ReStore locations benefit Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

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Topics: DIY, Tile, 2019, Upcycle

DIY Spotlight: Lisa's Wall Shelf

Posted by Anna Skemp on Sep 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

It’s time for another ReStore Upcycle Challenge and we can’t wait to see what our ReStore shoppers have in store for our Freestyle Flip. It is truly amazing to see how many talented DIY-ers live in the Twin Cities area, including Lisa Jepsen, who participated in our last ReStore Upcycle Challenge back in April.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, DIY, 2019, Upcycle