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Donations from companies like Darden help support Habitat for Humanity ReStores
February 4, 2016

How donations from companies provide ReStores with unique, useful items

Donations from companies like Darden Restaurants Inc. provide unique ReStore finds as well as great practical items for families that need them.

A kitchen island makeover with help from Habitat ReStore
January 22, 2016

A dream kitchen island makeover with help from the Habitat ReStore

Charlotte found the pieces of an old kitchen island at her local ReStore and transformed it into, as she calls it, her “kitchen savior.”

Homemade Christmas wreaths made from brushes from Habitat Restore
December 22, 2015

Make creative Christmas wreaths using tube brushes!

If you don’t have the traditional materials to make a wreath, get creative! Theresa shows us how she made Christmas wreaths using tube brushes she found at Habitat ReStore.

Upcycled cabinet door made into a holiday sign
December 9, 2015

Make your own holiday signs with upcycled cabinet doors

A little paint, creativity and an old cabinet door is all it takes to create great looking holiday signs. Check out how it’s done!

DIY Light switch wall art
November 24, 2015

Get inspired: Wall art ideas from Habitat ReStore

Theresa made this love wall art from light switches at Habitat for Humanity’s Philadelphia ReStore. See step-by-step instructions on how she created this work in the blog.

How to make a storage bench out of an old dresser
October 23, 2015

How to make a storage bench out of an old dresser

See how you can transform an old three-drawer dresser into a modern-looking storage bench.

Artists repurpose furniture to raise money for a local ReStore
October 5, 2015

Artists repurpose furniture to raise money for a local ReStore

Bend ReStore in Oregon recently launched the Furniture Flip Design Challenge to raise awareness for repurposing and money for their local Habitat for Humanity.

How to make a DIY room divider out of bifold closet doors
September 3, 2015

How to make a DIY room divider out of bifold closet doors

Wendi shows us how easy it is to repurpose bifold closet doors she bought at her local Habitat for Humanity ReStore into a DIY room divider.

How to refurbish old dining chairs
July 8, 2015

How to refurbish old dining chairs

See how to breathe new life into old dining chairs with paint and some fabric.

DIY worm tower: Great for your garden and the environment
June 24, 2015

DIY worm tower: Great for your garden and the environment

See how composting with a worm tower is easy to set up, will help your plants grow larger and healthier and is one of the most efficient recycling programs around.

Updating kitchen cabinets to create a dream craft room
June 1, 2015

Inspiration: Updating kitchen cabinets to create a dream craft room

See how Kathleen transformed a spare room with cabinets found at her local Habitat ReStore.

Join us in celebrating the first anniversary of our blog that launched on Earth Day 2014 by revisiting some of our favorite posts.
April 22, 2015

Happy anniversary to the 'Why ReStore?' blog!

Join us in celebrating the first anniversary of our blog that launched on Earth Day 2014 by revisiting some of our favorite posts.

Wendi found a broken wicker chest of drawers at her Habitat ReStore that she turned into a bedroom piece for her son.
April 7, 2015

How to create a faux wooden pallet look

See how to paint a faux wooden pallet finish on a white wicker dresser Wendi bought at her local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Step by step instructions to make your own natural Easter egg dye
March 26, 2015

Make your own natural Easter egg dye

Emily walks us through the step-by-step process of how to use natural Easter egg dye to make vibrantly colored organic eggs with your family at home.

A whimsical tea party in the woods was created using repurposed materials — many from the Habitat ReStore.
March 11, 2015

A secret garden of found treasures for my child

A whimsical tea party in the woods was created using repurposed materials — many from the Habitat ReStore.

Doors to the Future Upcycled Art Show fundraiser
February 6, 2015

An upcycled art show fundraiser benefits a reopened ReStore

See the stunning works of art created for “Doors to the Future Upcycled Art Show,” a fundraiser for a reopened Habitat ReStore.

Emily took an old pair of homemade lamps from the 1970s and gave them a fresh look with some primer, paint and new shades.
January 27, 2015

A new life for a pair of glass gallon jugs

Emily took an old pair of homemade lamps from the 1970s and gave them a fresh look with some primer, paint and new shades.

Check out a step-by-step tutorial of how to make your own unique planter to hang inside or outside your home.
January 14, 2015

Repurposing a light globe into a unique planter

Check out a step-by-step tutorial of how to make your own unique planter to hang inside or outside your home.

Ways to upcycle a coffee table
January 2, 2015

DIY: Ways to upcycle a coffee table

A donated item can be just the accent piece you're looking for! What treasures have you stumbled upon?

Make your own holiday decorations from buttons and burlap
December 17, 2014

Make your own holiday decorations from buttons and burlap

The Kruses made some simple holiday decorations out of items they found at their local Habitat ReStore. What crafty holiday decorations have you made?

Find creative holiday inspiration at your Habitat ReStore
December 4, 2014

Find creative holiday inspiration at your Habitat ReStore

What are some favorite holiday pieces you've repurposed from the Habitat ReStore? We’d love to hear about them!

Repurposing vintage furniture from the Habitat ReStore
November 19, 2014

Before & After: Repurposing vintage furniture from the Habitat ReStore

Get inspired with these before and after shots of repurposed furniture found at a Habitat ReStore and brought back to life!

Supplying a unique house with Habitat ReStore building materials
November 5, 2014

Supplying a unique house with Habitat ReStore building materials

One couple shares an inspiring story of how they supplied the interior portion of their dream house with a substantial amount of building materials from their local Habitat ReStore.

Secret treasures you can find at Habitat ReStores
October 21, 2014

The secret treasures of Habitat ReStores

Here are some great ideas to turn odds and ends you may normally pass over into useful and beautiful home decor.

DIY headboard from wooden pallets
September 30, 2014

DIY headboard from wooden pallets

We keep the pallet ideas and inspiration coming with this headboard made from old wooden pallets.

Painting upholstery to renew a vintage barrel chair
September 19, 2014

How painting upholstery can easily renew a vintage barrel chair

Learn how painting upholstery can easily renew a vintage barrel chair in this step-by-step DIY furniture project tutorial.