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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

Weekend Warrior 101: The Ultimate Garage Organization Checklist

Posted by ReStore Staff on Aug 1, 2018 11:25:43 AM

Let's face it, the garage is likely to be one of the most notoriously disorganized spaces of your home. Don't have room for it in your house? Throw it in the garage! Only need it for one season? There’s space for it in the garage! Is it too dirty to keep inside but will get ruined if left outside? Store it in the garage! 

As you can see, it's easy to turn your garage into a catch-all room for anything that doesn't fit or belong indoors. But just because it’s a multi-functional space, that doesn't mean you can't organize it!

Here are some great and easy ways to organize your garage:

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2018

Declutter and organize your home

Posted by Becky Engen on May 22, 2018 2:24:03 PM

Since spring-like weather was a bit delayed, that might also mean that you've allowed your annual spring cleaning tasks to slide. Whether you're going to dedicate an entire day to decluttering your home, or you only have 10 minutes to spare, we've got some ideas to get you on your way to a clutter free home!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2018

How to Pick an Exterior Paint Color for Your Home

Posted by ReStore Staff on May 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Choosing a new exterior paint color for your house is a lot of fun! With every fresh coat, you’re customizing your home to look just the way you like it. But, there are so many different paint color schemes, and sometimes it can be tough to decide between all the options.

Don't worry! If you consider these key factors when choosing an exterior paint color, you'll find the perfect hue in no time.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2018

Spring Projects: When is the Best Time to Paint Outside?

Posted by ReStore Staff on Apr 24, 2018 10:19:40 AM

As the snow melts and the weather warms up, it's time to tackle some of those outdoor painting projects you couldn't complete during the winter months. Whether you're painting your deck, trim, or a large project you weren't able to paint indoors, temperature plays a role in your project.

Here are some tips about temperature and prep work to make sure your spring painting jobs turn out just right.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2018

Bicycle Benefits now at ReStore

Posted by Becky Engen on Mar 26, 2018 9:45:00 AM

The ReStore team is proud to announce that we are officially a Bicycle Benefits participant!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Green Initiatives

6 Home Exterior Upgrades that Make a Big Impact

Posted by ReStore Staff on Mar 15, 2018 10:40:05 AM

Showing off your style and personality isn’t limited to the way you decorate the rooms inside your home; you can create a one-of-a-kind look to your house’s exterior too. 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.

Personalizing your space is what shows like HGTV’s Curb Appeal, Design on a Dime, Color Splash, and House to Home are all about. So, channel your inner designer and try some of these home exterior upgrades that will make a big impact.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Remodel

Spring Cleaning: What to Toss and What to Donate

Posted by ReStore Staff on Mar 13, 2018 4:01:59 PM

Sun shining late into the evening, warming temperatures, and melting snow can only mean one thing: Spring is near. And it's the perfect time do some spring cleaning.

Before you get trash-happy, consider items you can donate. You may be surprised to find that much of what you don't need or want anymore can be donated. You'll not only keep items out of the landfill, but you'll make another family very happy.

But where do you start? We'll help you identify some of those things you didn't know you could donate (and tell you where to donate them) and some things that are better sent to the trash.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Donate

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

10 Cost Saving Tips for Your Next Bathroom Remodel Project

Posted by ReStore Staff on Feb 17, 2018 9:04:00 AM

Bathroom remodels are known to be expensive, but they don't have to be. This is especially true if it's a cosmetic makeover. That’s because a good chunk of the expense often comes from changing the plumbing. If you forgo major changes, you can give your bathroom a fresh look at a low cost.

To do so, consider these ten cost saving tips for your next bathroom remodel:


Create a Budget

Many homeowners struggle with creating a budget for their bathroom project, simply because they're unfamiliar with the cost of materials and services.

Before creating your budget, put together your bathroom wish list. Then, visit home improvement stores and make note of what each item costs if purchased new. Often times the big-ticket items will present the biggest opportunities to save money.

Browse thrift and resale stores, like either of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Restore locations, to find items at affordable prices.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Remodel