Monday, June 27, 2011

ReStore Shopping and Projects Galore

This weekend, we went on a shopping trip to a local ReStore.  Habitat for Humanity's ReStore sells reusable and surplus building materials to the public I've been reading a lot about the great things that bloggers have been finding in these stores, so I've been eager to visit one.  I have to say...

I wasn't all that excited about the store in our area.

I feel kind of bad saying this, as I've seen a lot of posts lately from bloggers who buy and refinish some great pieces from these stores.  Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations.  I was expecting more furniture, but we only found a few pieces.  We only saw one set of kitchen cabinets.  We don't need cabinets for our kitchen, but a small set of cabinets can be good for storage in other areas. 

The best "stuff" was in the basement, which was very dark.  It was hard to take pictures, but of course I had to try.  They had great prices on light fixtures and globes.

The 1980s called, they want their hot tub back!

Handy Man wished he knew about this store before he built his shed, but we couldn't find two windows in the same size.  (He used three in our shed).

Rob would absolutely love to install steam radiators into our house.  We had them in our last home, which was built in the 1850s.  They were selling these for $5 per fin, or section.  This is a good price, since these radiators can be expensive.

I've been using this Bin Primer to cover some knot holes in some of our wood trim.  We painted all of our door and window trim white, but I noticed a few spots had bled through since I first painted in early 2006.  I used this primer, than some more glossy white paint to touch up the spots.

I've also been painting some trim around the side door in the kitchen.  When we installed new doors, I somehow forgot to paint the wood around the door.  The framing came pre-primed, but I wanted to give it a coat of glossy white.
How did I miss this??


I also tried taking some photos of our Fiesta Ware using a light box that Handy Man made.  I was inspired by this light box tutorial on Cheri Quite Contrary.
Salt and pepper shakers posing for me

I think that I need one more light.  It's not bright enough with three.  (Really!)  I have positioned the lights a million different ways, and I'm still getting some shadows and "off" colors.  As soon as I get it right, I'll be taking pictures of our Fiesta and start showing you more of our pieces.

Phew, I'm all over the place lately.  What have you been up to?

26 comments:

gin said...

I didn't find anything in our restore but I was really only looking for shutters. I love that light box your husband made; it's fantastic!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

We saw a LOT of shutters there. And doors.

I think I'll do a separate post on the light box, it was quite a project!

Amanda said...

Our ReStore is the same way--not as fabulous as others I hear about. :-( I'd love to support them, but they rarely have anything I'm looking for.

Tracy said...

Coincidentally, I visited our new "ReStore" today for the first time, and was seriously underwhelmed. There was one cool thing in the whole place, and it had a big "sold" sign on it!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Our ReStore is pretty good, we live in San Antonio so there are a lot of people who donate to it. It is hit or miss though, sometimes I find good stuff sometimes not. That said they don't have a ton of furniture either, they mainly have building supplies which we've used for our home.

Susan said...

Oh, I love ReStore. Just went to our local one, looking for a birdbath and garden statuary. Didn't find either but I did get a gift certificate for a birthday gift for someone who is always doing house projects. Susan

Becky@OrganizingMadeFun said...

The ReStore is hit or miss...you have to sort of go back and sometimes you find great stuff, sometimes you don't - like the thrift store :)

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.com
Organizing Made Fun

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Great project..loved it! ReStore is cool:) Beautiful space you got here!
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Jill said...

I LOVE ReStore! The tiles there are great for making coasters! http://envirocraftiness.blogspot.com/2011/04/recycled-tile-coasters.html

Anonymous said...

Lars..they have a website that you could've checked out before you went. I am looking for a fireplace surround and they are going to email me if they get one in. (Dover, yes?)

Beth

Carrie said...

So sorry you didn't have great success at your ReStore. We have two within 10 miles of us. One was a great disappointment when it came to the stuff I was "looking" for. The other one is where I've found so many great treasures.

Cheri said...

Thanks for the shout out on my lightbox tutorial!

Brenna @ Almost All The Truth said...

I have always wanted to be one of those people that could find great deals at ReStore (or garage sales, etc) and turn them into something amazing. I haven't been able to yet. Love the lightbox idea though!

phyllis said...

LOVE our ReStore in small town Georgia. Have found absolutely WONDERFUL bargains. Finished our entire basement with many things from there, INCLUDING all the granite for our bar and countertops.

LV said...

Would enjoy a place like this. We do have one any like that here.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I just went to our local ReStore a few weeks ago and did score a great chandelier (posting that soon!) and some cupboard doors, large wooden table legs (for another project!) and some misc. things. It does make sense that each one is different but I know ours told us the inventory changes DAILY so it's probably worth going often :) Love those radiators -- I think they'd be great just as a focal/decorating point in a room! Painted a funky color? Oh, my mind is going crazy with possibilities!!

BluBabesCreate said...

I'm really sad. I kinda want the hot tub.

Coloradolady said...

I so wish we had a good store like that here, we have one, but it only carries stuff no one would want!! I love the light box....great idea! Happy VTT!

Michelle said...

Wow, our ReStore has cabinets galore! Aisles and aisles of them even, that's where I got the vanity for my bathroom. I've found tons and tons of other stuff there too which you know if you've seen my blog, lol. Too bad your not closer, you could shop at mine!

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

I love going to restore, even just to look around! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.
Crystal
www.chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com

Sherry said...

I love those restores. I also like your light box, that is very interesting. Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home and have a great 4th weekend!
Sherry

sylvia said...

I just finished installing the battery operated spotlights like you have in your cabinet in the header. I have Fiestaware too. What a great idea!

Sweeter Hours said...

Oh we just got a Restore in our city! I find it to be pricer than I thought which made me a little bummed but nevertheless I am sure we will find a good deal :)
new follower here!

Meg said...

Isn't it amazing how much light you need to make a good picture? Who knew? I'm visiting my mom and just noticed they had a ReStore and I'm dying to go! I need to curb my expectations as well, though, I'm expecting them to have everything I want for a fraction of the cost! ;)

Waseem said...

Everything is better....like the shutters.


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