THE RESTORE ISYour DIY Headquarters

Tackling a Do-It-Yourself project is not only a great way to add customization and personalization to your home decor -- it's also a creative way to save money. Shop the ReStore to find great inspiration and low prices on tools and materials, and take a look at some of the inspiring DIY transformations below that were completed by both professionals and ReStore customers just like you!


Fall Chalkboard
"This sign was under $20 – with plenty of materials left over!"
- Alyse from A Piece of Alyse
Chair Makeover
"Old 70s chairs ... New 2016 beauties!"
- T. Luell, ReStore Shopper
DIY bench and coat rack
DIY Bench Seat and Coat Rack
"I built this bench from 1x12's, all wooden door purchased from the Restore."
- Marie G., ReStore Shopper
ReStore restoration
New French Style
"This 70's chair had a vinyl seat and no life. A little grey and white chalk paint and recovered seat and..voila! A French Country inspired piece."
- DIY by Marilyn P., ReStore Staff
DIY cabinet
DIY Cabinet
"I purchased a wall cabinet, large ceramic tiles, trim and a piece of 2x4. I added legs and a top to the cabinet and now use it to store items by my washing machine."
-DIY by Mary M.
DIY planter
DIY Planter
"I made this hanging planter from ReStore supplies- a pretty light shade, an old planter basket, a chandelier chain, & added some dangle earrings for decoration." - DIY by Wendy D.
Before and After Belle Junque dresser
A Cabinet for the Cottage
Belle Junque renews furniture and home decor, and is a local shabby paints stylist located in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area.
 - DIY by
Gossip Bench DIY
"Gossip Bench" DIY
"I bought this at the ReStore and upholstered the seat with vintage 1940's bark cloth curtains. I had to glue a few loose joints, primed and painted."
-DIY by Marilyn P., ReStore Staff
DIY Chair Makeover
DIY Chair Makeover
"I bought this chair for $7 at the ReStore. Primed it, painted it, and upholstered with new grey denim fabric."
-Marilyn P., ReStore Staff
DIY Bird Bath
DIY Bird Bath
"We took this hanging light that was 25% off and made it over into a pretty birdbath. We added 3 recovered antique wood spindles for legs."
- DIY by Wendy and Kirk D.
DIY Project Window
Window Project
"Wanna say thanks for everything! Just finished my DIY project with a new window and some thin trim pieces.
- DIY by Mallory M.
Before and After - DIY Dance Studio Floor
Dance Studio Dream
"This is the first time I've laid laminate. This single mom is having a blast learning how to spruce up my new home with your store's help!"
- DIY by Heather W.
Cabinet DIY Before & After
Cabinet DIY Before & After
I found this cabinet at ReStore & did a tutorial for my blog. It didn't take much to transform this into a lovely piece! (
- DIY by Joanna W. 
DIY Bathroom Makeover
Bathroom Makeover
"It took 9 months, but my bathroom is finally done. Lots of light, lots of tile, new windows, new fixtures, new everything!"
- DIY by Derek M.
DIY Project Instructions


If you're looking for more inspiration, visit our DIY with the ReStore and Upcycling Ideas boards on Pinterest!

Follow Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's board DIY with the ReStore on Pinterest.

Have photos to share?

If you have photos of your own DIY project you completed using materials or tools from the ReStore, or have a shot of one of the projects you tackled from our Pinterest board, we'd love to see it!

Complete the form to the right to share your photo, or if you have multiple photos, email them to us at, along with a short description of your project.

You can also share them on the Twin Cities ReStore Facebook page!



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Belle Junque is a local Twin Cities Business that specializes in using and selling SHABBY CHIC© by Rachel Ashwell chalk paint and The Real Milk Paint Company milk paint. Chalk and milk paint give older pieces (including ones found a the ReStore) a brand new look! 

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