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October 19, 2011

Have you heard of The Habitat for Humanity ReStore? If not, you are in for a treat. Imagine a dusty warehouse filled with sinks, cabinets, tiles, hardwood flooring, door handles, plumbing, fixtures, mirrors, lights, toilets…if it’s in your house, there is probably a slightly more outdated version of it at ReStore. Some of it’s used, some new, from a school, a church,  an old office building and from homes like ours. We were sad to see this beauty go as our contribution to ReStore! Hopefully there is a family out there that will love it more than we did 😉

In a nutshell, Habitat’s ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public at a fraction of the cost (!) All the items in the store are donated by companies and folks like you and I. All proceeds from the sale of donated items help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.

ReStore resale outlets provide an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials (like the paint and stains in our basement!) out of the waste stream while providing funding for Habitat’s community improvement work.As much as I love a good thrift at Goodwill, this cause is equally as important to support. Your contributions to the ReSTORE not only keeps useable materials out of the landfill, but saves on your hauling costs and your donation is also tax deductible! If you are anything like us, we obtained a large supply of outdated light fixtures, appliances, paints and stains and had no idea what to do with them. Now we ReStore.

We not only donated, we made purchases as well! We got a full size mirror for our bedroom and two old outdoor garage lights for $20 total!

These two puppies were $10 for the pair, but were half off  on the day we were shopping (2.50 each…score!) When I initially saw these, I had no idea what I wanted to do with them, but for $5 total, they had a lot of potential!

I tried to keep the original glass and clean them up a bit to use on the mantel or table – but they required a little more work than I thought. Both lights still had all the electrical wiring and light bulbs in them. I had to strip all the guts of the light, and decided (after the glass was in the way) that I didn’t like the look of the glass anyways. Long story short, my amazing DIY friend (thanks Whit!) and I took a hammer to the glass, stripped out the guts and discovered that these lights used to be home to some striped creatures.

Whenever working with glass or mirrors, add some tape so when you break it, glass wont go everywhere.


And now for the hard part – stripping the lanterns of their guts…

… only to find this inside the tops of both lights!

After a serious squirm & scream clean out sesh…and two coats of left over spray paint from this… these babies were ready!

I added candles and some fall flair from Michaels and set them on the dining table. For Christmas I can update this with a clean cylinder inside, floating cranberries and water on the mantel…or pine twigs and berries…and in spring with some fresh moss…lots of options!

Before & after…and at $6.00 each, I think this project is a success!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    October 19, 2011 7:53 am

    Love it Katie. George Elias would be so proud of your advertising for re-store.

  2. October 19, 2011 8:50 am

    I love this!! It’s non-cheesy nautical..and I think that’s my new obsession! Is that a new dining room table?

  3. Lauren permalink
    October 19, 2011 9:17 am

    Awesome! You’re so talented!

  4. October 19, 2011 11:35 am

    Really cute! I have to say though, I probably would have stopped in my tracks at the wasp nests though (cause I’m a wimp like that)!

  5. Robin permalink
    October 19, 2011 3:33 pm

    OMG i didn’t know that’s where you got the lanterns from! nice job, yea i forgot we had went to that store once but you really have to dig and use your noggin for some ideas-it’s nice though!


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