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These 6 Upcycled Projects Were Made Right at ReStore

Upcycled home projects have become one of the coolest ways to DIY. From re-purposed light fixtures that bring new style to a room to doors that function as tables, there are so many ways to upcycle old furniture and fixtures into new and unique pieces.

That’s exactly what a few staff members at ReStore have been doing. By putting some TLC into old, donated pieces, they’ve been able to turn them into completely new—and sellable—furnishings. All the materials used for these 6 projects came right from ReStore—and the amount each piece cost to make just might surprise you.

Upcycled Vanity 
It didn’t take much to give this old vanity a cool modern update. The vanity was sanded and painted white. Then a 2×12 piece of lumber was stained, sealed with 3 coats of polyurethane, and made into a counter top. The addition of a vessel sink and tall faucet added extra flair to this piece.
Total cost of ReStore materials (not including sink and faucet): $30

School Door Coffee Table 


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The antique wood used to create this table makes it a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for a room. The old school doors used in this project previously decorated the walls in the ReStore receiving room, and a piece of early-1900s hardwood salvaged from a deconstruction job was used for the bottom shelf. All it took to produce this unique table was some cutting, sanding, assembling and polyurethane sealing.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $35

Window Coffee Table 


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This coffee table doubles as a functional storage space. An old window from a salvage deconstruction job was used, as was the same 1900s hardwood used in the school door coffee table. 4 spindles were cut down for the legs and the outside of the table was painted white. Then hinges were attached to the inside of the table so the window top could be opened, creating a great space for storage.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $20

Console TV Shelf


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There’s no need to throw out an ancient console TV when you can make it functional! The insides of this old Zenith console TV were taken out and replaced with a middle shelf and a piece of wainscot on the back. The outside was painted Cool Breeze Blue and the inside was painted white.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $20

Door Mirror 
Here’s a creative and rustic way to display a mirror in a foyer, porch or other part of your home. This project was quick and easy—all it took was an old door and mirror. Some of the paint that was coming off the door was scraped away, and 3 coats of polyurethane were applied. Then the glass window panels were replaced with cut pieces of an old mirror.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $15

 

 

 

Upcycled Light Fixture 
Transforming an old light fixture into a more contemporary piece can completely change the look of a room—and it was a really simple project for the ReStore staff. This fixture was spray painted with metal paint. Then the globes were replaced with more modern ones from ReStore. Done!
Total cost of ReStore materials: $10

It’s amazing what you can create on a budget. Find these and more upcycled projects on the ReStore Facebook page at facebook.com/lahfhrestore. And don’t forget to stop into ReStore to check out our latest upcycled projects—or get the supplies to make your own!

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org.

 

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It was the 60’s in Americus, Georgia when the first inklings of what is now Habitat for Humanity took shape. On a small community farm called Koinonia, a farmer and a biblical scholar practiced the art of sharing goods, seeking to put God’s love into action. The scholar, a man named Clarence Jordan, met a couple named Millard and Linda Fuller who shared a similar mission. Together they developed the idea of “partnership housing.”

The idea was that those in need of adequate housing could work alongside volunteers to create affordable homes. The houses, built at no profit, would be paid for through no-interest loans provided by supporters. Fundraising would be pooled to build even more homes. They called it “The Fund for Humanity.”

Dream became reality when the first concrete-block home was given to a couple, Beau and Emma, and their five kids. They had a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system -- much different from the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.

After taking their mission global to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and then returning to the United States, the Fullers officially launched Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.

The Fullers in Zaire.

Today, over 40 years later, this global organization has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1,000,000 affordable houses. These homes are now sheltering more than 9.8 million people worldwide.

Locally, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) is proud to be a part of this global story that is changing lives.

LAHFH strives to eliminate substandard housing right here in the Fargo/Moorhead community by constructing and rehabilitating homes for low income families. We believe that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety. We believe that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

With the generous support of donors and volunteers, LAHFH has made a lasting and meaningful impact in our community by helping local families realize their dreams of home-ownership. We have served 55 families, by constructing or renovating homes in Cass and Clay Counties.

This Giving Hearts Day, we want to open even more doors for our partner families. To do this, we’ve determined that a donation of just $24 will purchase one doorknob. This is how YOU can help open the door for a local family so they can have a safe affordable place to call home.

On February 9, 2017, your donation will be multiplied by Western State Bank, First Lutheran, Olivet Lutheran and other generous donors. It the best way to show your support, and maximize your gift.

Join Lake Agassiz Habitat, and #givewhereyoulive this Giving Hearts Day, by giving HERE on February 9!