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The ReStoration Corner

5 Creative DIY Fire Pit Ideas You Can Totally Make at Home

Posted by ReStore Staff on Apr 14, 2021 9:07:56 AM

Blog Update (4/15/2021): It was brought to our attention that the project idea using window wells is not recommended. High-heat can cause the zinc coating on galvanized metal to come off and be harmful if inhaled. Be mindful when DIY-ing, and learn something new everyday. We did!

There's a reason s'mores and smiles are all common sights around a backyard fire pit. The backyard fire pit is kind of a national symbol of warm weather togetherness: friends, family, and neighbors can all huddle around for warmth and welcoming conversation under clear skies.

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

Get ready for great weather with this upcycled planting station

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 9, 2021 9:25:22 AM

Guest blog by Rae Fleming, an independent blogger and DIY-er in Minnesota.

I love to garden, but I hate rummaging around the garage for my supplies. Pots here, soil there, tools everywhere! I wanted to create a station to park my tools and supplies that was easily, but discreetly accessible. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore was the perfect place for inspiration. Enter the secretary desk. Two of my favorite things collide: writing and gardening! My partner in crime, Maria, was more than happy to explore the aisles of the ReStore for embellishments and adventure!

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

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

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

Storage Solutions Upcycle Challenge

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 5, 2020 8:41:28 AM

***We're temporarily closing ReStore and realize this will effect build time for our upcyclers. The upcycle challenge is postponed. Read our Coronavirus Response page for updates***

We're happy to announce that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is hosting its 3rd Upcycle Challenge! The challenge theme was created around a common problem we all face at one point or another. How do we store and organize our stuff?

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Topics: Upcycle, 2020

Upcycle Challenge Spotlight: Meet Claire

Posted by Laura Duque on Jan 24, 2020 4:32:11 PM

When Claire Sorman first heard about ReStore’s Freestyle Flip Upcycle Challenge, she knew she wanted to participate.

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Topics: Upcycle, 2020

ReStore Shopper Spotlight: Meet Julie

Posted by Anna Skemp on Dec 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

About five years ago, Julie O’Neil and her husband bought a house only blocks away from her old home. They decided to flip this new home and were about to start the search for the right materials when someone suggested the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore. From that moment on, Julie became one of the store's biggest fans and expert shoppers.

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Topics: Shopping Tips, 2019, Upcycle

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

ReStore projects bring joy

Posted by Becky Engen on Dec 4, 2019 3:18:02 PM

Gayle and her husband Bill have been loyal ReStore shoppers for over eight years now.

"I’ve always been someone who enjoyed repurposing things, so I originally came out to see what the store was all about," Gayle said.  "It’s very organized and clean, and there’s so much variety. I’ve always felt like this was a place that was a really good fit for me. That’s why I come back over and over again!"

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Topics: Shopping Tips, 2019, Upcycle

Explore Plumbing at ReStore

Posted by Laura Duque on Oct 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Are you looking to update your kitchen or bathroom? Explore plumbing options at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Whether you’re looking to replace your sink or buy a new bathtub, ReStore has something for everyone. Just visit one of our locations and see for yourself!

At ReStore you can donate or shop for a variety of new and gently used plumbing and fixtures. What’s more, all sales at the ReStore benefit Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

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Topics: Remodel, 2019, Upcycle