4 Date Night DIYs for Valentine’s Day

 

How do you and your partner celebrate Valentine’s Day? The usual dinner and a movie? The expected flowers and chocolates? Sometimes the traditional can get a little tiresome. If you’re looking for a different way to spend V-Day, a DIY date night might be for you!

Habitat ReStore has all of the materials you’ll need to make these four DIY projects that can be enjoyed by two. Grab your Valentine, roll up your sleeves and get crafting!

  1. DIY Vintage Shutter Headboard

If you and your partner share a bedroom, add a romantic touch with a set of old shutters. Just scrub them down, add a coat of bright paint and you have a brand new headboard to love.

Shutter Headboard

  1. DIY Dresser Wine Rack

Whether you and your partner enjoy reds or whites, this clever dresser wine rack might be the perfect addition to your wine nights. Removing the drawers creates room to store all your favorite bottles!

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  1. DIY Pallet Wood Sign

If easy DIY décor is more your thing, you’ll fall head-over-heels for this project. Create a charming sign for your bedroom or living room out of pallet wood, then paint it with a design you love.

Love Sign

  1. DIY End Table Coffee Station

If you and your partner enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee every morning, you’ll love this handy coffee station. An old end table makes the perfect place to store your mugs, coffee pot, and all the extras.

Coffee Station

P.S. Please consider a donation to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity on Giving Hearts Day, Thursday, February 11th. 

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Local Crafter Turns Trash into Treasure with ReStore Materials

Angelique Goulet of Fargo, ND, has a passion for crafting. Especially when it comes to transforming old furniture into brand new, unique pieces. Angelique frequently repurposes ReStore materials, so we asked her to share with us the inspiration behind her projects.

What inspired you to start repurposing furniture?

I started redoing furniture a few years ago during Clean Up Week because I couldn’t believe the quality of things that were being thrown out. Many of them just needed minor fixes—tightening wobbly chair legs or a new coat of paint.

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Angelique created a beautiful tablescape with this repurposed table and set of chairs.

As a single parent, I decided to use my love for furniture both as a way to help fund my kids’ activities and as a creative outlet. My kids help out with projects, whether it’s sanding, painting or moving things out of our garage to make room for me to paint.

Where do you find the materials you repurpose?

I get most of my furniture from ReStore, local thrift and antique stores and garage sales.

I still have no problem doing the occasional dumpster dive and, though my children were initially embarrassed when I’d pull our car over to pick something up from the side of the road, it’s now become almost a game for us.

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Angelique used her repurposing magic on this bold and beautiful turquoise bench.

What do you find rewarding about repurposing?

When I worked for a local homeless shelter, it renewed my interest in repurposing as pieces would be donated that needed only minor repairs or paint.

Much like seeing potential in a piece of furniture, repurposing reflected the wonderful people I came to know and love at the shelter. Sometimes they didn’t see their own potential because many of them felt broken in their current situations, but because of the work of my colleagues, they discovered restored hope for their futures despite the circumstances they found themselves in.

There is definitely satisfaction in seeing a piece of furniture transform into something beautiful.

At Habitat ReStore, we love hearing stories like this one. Are you a fan of Habitat ReStore? Do you utilize ReStore materials for unique projects? Share your story with us on Facebook or by emailing restore@lakeagassizhabitat.org.

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

6 Last-Minute DIY Gifts Made with Materials You Already Own

Christmas is only 2 days away, and you might be one of many who are scrambling to find last-minute gifts. If you have a few hours and some basic crafting skills, give one of these quick, affordable (and adorable) DIY gifts a try! They’re made from materials that are likely lying around your house or garage, so you can whip them up in no time at all.

NUTS AND BOLTS

Snowflake Ornaments

Hex nuts, metal glue and ribbon. That’s literally everything you need to make these simple yet elegant hex nut snowflake ornaments. Just glue them together, let them dry overnight, and you have a great gift for anyone’s tree!

Chess Set

Who knew a few nuts and bolts could create such a classy gift? Make all the pawns and pieces of this homemade chess set with hardware you already have around the house! It’s the perfect gift for your brainy friend.

 

LIGHTBULBS

Light Bulb Snowman Ornaments

If you’ve got extra light bulbs lying around and a few simple craft supplies, you have everything you need to create these cute snowmen ornaments. Just spend a few hours decorating them and they’re ready to give to winter-loving friends, teachers or neighbors!

 Dip Mix Ornaments

Christmassy light bulbs make the perfect containers for these delicious dip mix ornaments. Whip up the mixes with ingredients you already have at home, pour them into the bulbs and give them in a gift basket to anyone who loves to cook.

 

WOOD SLICES

Wood Slice Ornaments

Wood slices make the perfect rustic, last-minute gifts. Create these unique wood slice ornaments by drawing or transferring a wintry design on each slice, then adding an eye hook and twine to make them hangable. Done!

Aspen Wood Coasters

Looking for another super-easy DIY with wood slices? Try these woodsy coasters with the slices you have lying around—or made with your own fresh-cut wood. Nature lovers will adore them.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our holiday hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm December 29th-31st and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm January 2nd. We’ll be closed December 24th-28th and January 1st. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org, or find us on Facebook under Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore.

Four Reasons Why We’re Thankful for You!

It’s the time of year for reflecting on people who have made a difference in your life. To us, that’s everyone who has played a part in making Habitat ReStore successful. Here are four reasons why we’re thankful for YOU:

  1. Your DONATIONS

At ReStore, we appreciate every donation of gently used home materials that we receive. Tax-deductible donations from homeowners, contractors and local businesses help us provide low-cost materials to our shoppers and raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

  1. Your SHOPPING

When you shop at ReStore, you become part of the cycle, helping divert thousands of tons of building materials from area landfills. And all proceeds from ReStore sales support Habitat programming and the building of affordable housing in Cass and Clay counties.

  1. Your VOLUNTEERING

We’re extremely grateful for everyone who volunteers for ReStore, and we’re always looking for more help. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available, from processing donations to helping our crew salvage materials for our Deconstruction Program. If you’re interested in helping out, give us a call at 218-284-5253 or email habitat@lakeagassizhabitat.org.

  1. Your SUPPORT

Whether you attend ReStore events and workshops, follow us on Facebook or recommend us to your family and friends, we truly appreciate all of your support. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving from ReStore!

 

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

 

 

 

A “Wild” Way to Utilize ReStore – A Chat with the Red River Zoo

Usually Habitat ReStore shoppers are DIYers, contractors and homeowners. But sometimes the customers are a little unexpected.

The Red River Zoo in Fargo is a regular customer of the ReStore. We talked with the Executive Director, Lisa Tate, to find out how they use ReStore to improve the zoo.

Tate first heard about Habitat ReStore through word of mouth.  The Red River Zoo is a nonprofit, so they are always looking for ways to save money.

The zoo has purchased a variety of products from ReStore to build exhibits and improve their visitor displays.  They have picked up everything from windows and lumber to sinks and water heaters. They even purchase carpet from ReStore for their indoor viewing areas.

The Red River Zoo used ReStore Windows to build the Brown-Eared Pheasant Exhibit.

The Red River Zoo used ReStore Windows to build the Brown-Eared Pheasant Exhibit.

Tate says that they keep coming back to ReStore for a multitude of reasons. They like that they can buy items in small quantities at low prices and that there is a unique selection of items available. Part of the Red River Zoo’s mission is conservation, so working with ReStore is a natural fit.

When asked if there was anything else she’d like to say about ReStore, Tate added, “We are a small non profit with no tax based or other anchor support. Stretching a penny is the reality for us and the ReStore makes it easy for us to do that.  Thank you!”

At Habitat ReStore, we love hearing stories like this one. Are you a fan of Habitat ReStore? Do you utilize ReStore materials for unique projects? Share your story with us on Facebook or by emailing restore@lakeagassizhabitat.org.

 

 

 

Four Frugal Décor DIYs for Fall

Sunny sunflowers, crimson leaves, bright orange pumpkins. Fall is full of colorful ways to decorate! It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up and get crafty with affordable DIY décor projects. Get in the mood for autumn with these four upcycled projects, and stop into ReStore for many of the materials you’ll need at low prices!

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Birds need a place to bathe, even in autumn! Upcycle an old lamp to create a striking bird bath for your backyard or garden. When the weather gets too cold for water, you can fill it with bird seed.

 

 

 

 

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Repurposed fence boards can be crafted into an eye-catching art piece
for your front porch. Make it fall-themed with gold paint and sunflowers, or create a spooky Halloween
scene with glow-in-the-dark paint and cobwebs!

 

 

 

 

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Fence Pumpkin Sign

Here’s another idea for those old fence boards (you can also use scrap wood). Cut them down to the right size and craft them into a cute pumpkin décor piece for your yard or home.

 

 

 

 

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Who knew a simple scrap of wood could be transformed into a fall decoration? Create a rustic candle holder using only a piece of wood, an old ladle and some foliage.

 

5 Dual-Purpose DIYs for Your College Dwelling

Bunk beds. Bulky desks. No room to store ANYTHING. Welcome back to college life!

Whether you live in a dorm or an apartment, space is often tight when you’re in college. Finding places to store everything can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be.

Check out these five DIY projects that provide you with a functional furniture piece AND a place to store your stuff. You’ll find all the affordable materials you need to build them at ReStore. And now when you stop by, you’ll receive anextra 10% off your purchase when you show us your college ID!

1. DIY Rolling Ottoman

If you enjoy building things from scratch, you’ll love this project. Just pick up some wood, hardware and stain from ReStore and create this simple rolling ottoman! It’s the perfect place to rest your feet while lounging—and store those extra books and snacks.​

2. DIY Magazine End Table

Whether you’re into Cosmo or Sports Illustrated, this rolling magazine end table is a multi-functional place to store magazines AND set your coffee mug while you write last-minute essays at 3 a.m. You can build one from scratch, or save time by using pallets from ReStore!

3. DIY Coffee Table

If your dorm room or apartment has a little more room for living room furniture, consider creating this storage coffee table out of an old door from ReStore. It’s big enough to store larger items like blankets and pillows, while your textbooks will make themselves at home on top.

4. DIY Desk Divider

When you’re living in a dorm, there’s not much privacy involved. This clever desk divider can help. It’s created from a simple yet sturdy bookshelf—something you can find at ReStore. It provides you with extra privacy, and you’ll also get extra space to store your books and supplies!

5. DIY Drawer Shelves

Who knew salvaged drawers could be a lifesaver? Pick some up at ReStore, then paint and stack them to create drawer shelves (you could even mount them on your walls). Fill them with your favorite picture frames, plants and more. When it’s time to move out, use them as boxes!

Don’t forget to stop by ReStore for 10% off your DIY materials when you show us your college ID!

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

5 Kid-Approved (And Affordable) DIY Projects

5 Kid Approved (And Affordable) DIY Projects

Looking for something to keep the kids busy on this holiday break? Is your wallet looking a bit empty after all of those Christmas gift purchases?  Try a family DIY project! With a little spare time, creativity and Christmas magic, you can turn something old into something brand new. Create awesome DIY gifts with your kids that they’ll love to play with all year. And the best part? You can find most of the supplies you’ll need for an affordable price at ReStore.

LEGO Table

If your kids love to use their imaginations while playing with LEGOs, give them an inspiring space to both build and store their collection with a LEGO table. All it takes is an old table, a good paint job and some LEGO-friendly accessories!

Diner Playset

If you’ve got an old cabinet, it doesn’t take much to turn it into a brand new diner playset! With a kitchen on one side and a drive-up window on the other, it’ll provide hours of playtime for the kids and their friends.

Drawer Dollhouse

This adorable DIY dollhouse allows for lots of creativity—and all you need are a couple of old dresser drawers. Put the empty drawers together to create the house, then paint, decorate and it’s ready to be played with.

Kids’ Workbench

This project is perfect for all the little builders in your family. Create this kids’ workbench with an old end table and some pegboard. It’s a great place for your kids to play with their toy tools and help you with your next DIY project!

Play Vanity

A play vanity makes a great gift for an aspiring barber or stylist. You can either choose to build it yourself or make one out of an old desk. Add a mirror, some storage bins for all the supplies your kids need, and they’ll be ready for their first customer.

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

4th Annual Cruisin’ for Habitat

By Kim Ouren, Contributing Writer

On Saturday, October 11th, the Cruisin’ fun began at Sickies Garage with a group of 36 people and 11 classic cars cruising to the Silver Prairie Saloon in McLeod, ND for lunch. During lunch, the participants played BINGO and Sickies t-shirts were given as raffle prizes.

Over $3500 was raised to support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity!!

A special thank you to our event sponsors:Gate City Bank, Corey’s Customs and Collision, Rusco Window, Advanced Autobody & Glass, United Electric Service & Supply, Inc., Sickies Garage, Silver Prairie Saloon and Sandy’s Donuts.

Get your classic car ready and join us for next year’s cruise in the fall of 2015!

Veteran’s Build

By Amber Zolondek, Contributing Writer

With Veteran’s Day passing and we honor those who have served our country, I decided to do some research on our nation’s heroes. Sadly, what I found was heart wrenching. Nearly 1 million veterans who own homes are severely cost burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance. That is a number too large for those who have risked their lives for our freedom.

In response to these staggering numbers, Habitat for Humanity launched Veterans Build, a national initiative to provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families. Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation, a local partner, kicked off Veterans Build with its first build on June 3rd of this year. Veteran Sonia Greer and her daughter, Madison, were our first home recipients. As a past volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Greer had made connections and volunteered for other home builds while she served as a communication/navigational specialist and technical order data assistant at Beale Air Force Base in California.

What most people forget is that for programs like Veterans Build to work, Habitat for Humanity relies on the community and local businesses to give back. On average, a Habitat home costs around $132,000. Local businesses like lumberyards, carpenters, painters, and other Fargo-Moorhead civilians donate supplies and time in order for us to be as cost effective and community driven as possible. However, if you don’t have supplies or times to donate, one could always donate funds so that our veterans can be supplied with home to come back to.

That means if just 917 people of Fargo-Moorhead gave $12 a month to Habitat, we’d have enough funds to build a home for a well-deserving veteran. We’re slowly but surely getting to as many as we can, but according to the census, there are roughly 14,000 veterans in the Cass Clay Area, meaning we have some work to do!

Please help Habitat for Humanity build these houses for our veterans, they’ve given us a free country, let’s give them a home.

To learn more about the national Habitat for Humanity Veteran Build Program, check out http://www.habitat.org/getinv/volunteer_programs/veterans.aspx

To learn more about Lake Agassiz’s Veteran Build Program, stay tuned for recent updates on our Facebook and Twitter