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The ReStoration Corner

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: DIY, Tips and Tricks

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

Rustic Rehab: 7 Ways to Distress Furniture to Get That Antique Look

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jan 29, 2018 2:57:28 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: DIY, Tips and Tricks

6 Unique DIY Decor Projects to Make with Extra Building Materials

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jan 24, 2018 9:04:00 AM

Updating your home decor is a fun way to spruce up the look of your house, but it can be expensive to redecorate a room if you shop at big box stores. Have you ever thought about repurposing building materials to make one-of-a-kind decor for your home?

It's cost-efficient and allows you to be creative, too. Having trouble imagining it? Here are six inexpensive building materials to use in your next room facelift—if you're willing to think outside the (tool) box:

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Topics: DIY, Tips and Tricks

Furniture Facelift: 4 Ways to Restore Old Wood Furniture

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jan 22, 2018 9:34:29 AM

Think back to the last time you saw a piece of wood furniture at a resale store or garage sale. The height and width were perfect, the shape was perfect, but the finish was not. Did you walk away from it? If you did, you might have missed out on a great find. 

Wood furniture is surprisingly simple to transform, and it’s less expensive to refurbish than to go out and buy something brand new. Here are four powerful restoration techniques that will have that used item looking like new.

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Topics: DIY, Tips and Tricks

DIY Tips: How to make the best of a small space

Posted by Becky Engen on Jan 19, 2018 10:26:03 AM

Whether you're squeezing yourself and several friends or family members into a tiny apartment, or you just have an abundance of stuff that needs some organization, we're going to give you a few tips to make some big changes with limited space.

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Topics: DIY, Tips and Tricks

Tips & Tricks When Buying New or Used Doors [VIDEO]

Posted by ReStore Staff on Dec 14, 2017 9:18:00 AM

Looking to give the exterior of your home a new look? Changing out your front door is a simple change with big impact. Same goes for the doors inside your home, and you don't have to buy them brand new.

At the ReStore, we're always getting door donations in great condition—interior, exterior, storm, patio, bi-folding closet doors, you name it! In this video, Jan Hagerman with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore shares some simple tips on how to find what you're looking for.

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Topics: Donate, Tips and Tricks, Shopping Tips

9 Tips to Consider When Shopping for Used Furniture

Posted by ReStore Staff on Nov 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Whether you're looking to save money or just enjoy a good shopping adventure, buying used furniture is a great way to do both these things and keep good, reusable items out of landfills. Some used furniture needs a little makeover, other items have years-worth of life left in them, and a few (although rare) still have original tags.

The key to shopping for used furniture is making sure you really are getting a bargain, and adding in how much you think it will cost to refurbish the piece, if it needs it. Let these nine tips guide you as you shop for used furniture:

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Topics: Shopping Tips, Tips and Tricks

Tips & Tricks When Buying New or Used Kitchen Cabinets [VIDEO]

Posted by ReStore Staff on Nov 2, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Are you looking to remodel your home kitchen, a rental property, or lake home? Or maybe you want to install cabinets in your garage as a place to organize tools and seasonal decorations?

Whether you're buying new or used cabinets, Jan Hagerman, of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore, has some tips and tricks for finding the perfect fit. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Kitchen Cabinets

Simple, Quick & Affordable Halloween DIY Projects

Posted by Becky Engen on Oct 11, 2017 11:26:00 AM

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to drive around local neighborhoods and drool over all the creative and fun exterior decor that people put on display in their yards. This year, I wanted to try and step up my game in holiday decorations, without spending too much money. Thus began my search for cheap Halloween DIY decor ideas, and down the Google and Pinterest rabbit hole I went...

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Topics: DIY, Tips and Tricks