Archive for month: July, 2015

Our Favorite Recycled Paint Names

One thing everybody knows about Carolyn, our recycled paint guru, is that she has a very strong and very diverse love of music. Pass by the paint room one day and you might hear Hazel Dickens clucking out old timey tunes. Pass by another and zone out to Pink Floyd. To say that Carolyn is an eclectic listener is putting it mildly. Not many people can jump from Boy George to George Strait with equal levels of appreciation.

Twice a week, Carolyn works in the ReStore’s paint room checking, filtering, mixing and packaging our donor’s leftover latex paint. Every gallon she creates gets a name, and if you pay attention, you’ll see many references to bands, titles and lyrics in her paint name choices. We lost several important voices in the music industry this year and our recycled paint department was an homage to their work.

Because we are remixing paints that are donated to the ReStore, we do not have the ability to duplicate paint colors. Each color is unique and can only be reproduced through color matching technology at Lowes or Home Depot. But, unlike the big box stores, our paint comes with a $11/gallon price tag.

Help us keep Carolyn busy! Please drop off your leftover latex paint at the ReStore Monday – Saturday from 9-6. Remember, we don’t have the proper permits to handle oil-based paints. If more than soap and water are required for cleanup, we can’t take it. Click here to learn more about our remixed latex paint program.

Home Is Where The Art Is, RESTORED

Damage to the Mural

In 2008, ten artists and organizations worked together to create “Home Is Where the Art Is.” This beautiful mural stretches across the entire back (south) side of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore building at 301 Piedmont Road in Charleston.

The Background

Prior to the installation of the mural, the back of the building was covered in graffiti and the mismatched paint city workers use to cover graffiti. Local artist, Andy King, suggested that the installation of a mural by a local artist might deter graffiti artists from tagging the wall. Boy, he was right! Not one tag has been placed on building since it was installed seven years ago.

Sherwin Williams sponsored the project by donating primer and background paint. The Charleston Job Corp prepped, primed and painted the background as a free service to Habitat for Humanity and the community. The nine  “houses” were assigned to different artists and art organizations.

The “Home is…” Artists

  • Andy King created the first house using spray paint. He showed how Habitat for Humanity’s program can help people move from sub-standard housing into the light of home ownership.
  • Beloved artist Charly Jupiter Hamilton did the second house which contains a little meditation in the lower left corner.
  • Kelly Osborn-Huffman painted the third house to look like a xylophone. But, if you look closely, it is actually a row of Habitat for Humanity houses.
  • Amanda Miller chose to represent all the tools that go into housebuilding in the fourth house, and her design won her first price in the community contest.
  • Rick Goosman patiently directed a group of children from the End End After School Step-by-Step program while painting the fifth house.
  • Mark Wolfe, a local graphic designer, painted house number six.
  • House seven was done by Amy Williams. Amy’s house captures the international work of Habitat for Humanity.
  • The advanced art class at Charleston Catholic, led by Rebecca Recco, used Keith Haring’s art as inspiration for house number eight.
  • Dane Klingaman showcased the ReStore’s recycling mission in the final house, and he even painted a rain barrel to represent our strong dedication to storm water management.

The blazing sun and harsh weather are not kind to the ReStore’s mural. In 2015 it is in need of a little love and attention, and we knew just the man for the job.

Jesse Corlis spent a big part of his summer touching up the mural and resealing the entire surface. ReStore shoppers may remember, Jesse painted the ReStore logo behind the new cash register area.

Jesse also has experience with artwork restoration and preservation, and his work can be seen in Pies and Pints of Charleston. He carefully preserved the uncovered elephant mural which went on to become a major component of the Pies and Pints logo.

Click here to download the Charleston, WV Public Art Guide, which contains our mural.

Home Is Where the Art Is

Amy Williams

Home Is Where the Art Is

Charleston Catholic Art Class

Home is Where the Art Is


Home Is Where the Art Is

The Charleston Job Corp prepped and painted the background.

Andy King, the inspiration for Home Is Where the Art Is.

Andy King, the inspiration for Home Is Where the Art Is.

Jesse Corlis restoring the the ReStore's mural.

Jesse Corlis restoring the the ReStore’s mural.

Home Is Where the Art Is

Home Is Where the Art Is

ReStore ReDesign Internship 2015

ReStore ReDesign Internship 2015

Everything looks better covered in mosaics! So says the 2015 Habitat for Humanity ReStore ReDesign Intern, Elexus Dennis. During Elexus’s sophomore year at West Virginia State University she discovered her love of this ancient art form and declared her major – Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics. The ReDesign Internship has allowed Elexus the freedom to explore her passion, a passion that will hopefully lead her to a career designing and installing residential mosaics.

The ReStore ReDesign Internship provides a blank canvas for students to create resume-building projects, raise awareness of the arts, and hone organizational skills including project management, volunteer coordination and budgeting. This is the second year the West Virginia State University Art Department selected an exemplary student to participate in the 10 week paid internship. As you might imagine, Elexus is using broken ceramic tile to create permanent mosaic displays that will be mounted in the ReStore’s used furniture department.

Over the years, many mosaic tile workshops have been offered in Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center. Volunteer Instructors have generously led workshops on traditional tiling techniques which involve mixing and applying a cement adhesive, laying the tile, waiting for the adhesive to dry, and then grouting the entire project. Several different tools are used in the time-consuming process, and the multiple clean-ups make for a very complex project.

But, there is another way to tackle a mosaic project in fewer steps – Pre-Mixed Grout Adhesive. It is a fabulous product sold at Lowes and Home Depot for about $10 a quart. It takes the mess and time out of creating a mosaic masterpiece. Simply apply a thick coat of the adhesive to your prepared surface and gently push your tile mosaic into the mixture allowing the excess to fill the space between the tiles. There is no mixing, no waiting between steps, and no tools required. Elexus agrees, this product will get us much closer much faster to covering the world in mosaics!


Top 10 Customer Projects. Our ReStore Favs!

Just think, all this stuff was headed for the landfill.

Isn’t it fun to see all the interesting redesigns our talented ReStore customers envision and create? It always amazes us that without the generous contributions of our donors, all this good stuff would have ended up in a landfill. Our donors took the time to get this stuff to the ReStore, and look how their efforts have paid off. Other ReStore supporters have turned one man’s trash into quick fabulous treasures!

Reba's ReStore Hall Tree

Reba McGhee’s hall tree made from an old door and scrap lumber.

Megan's ReStore Chair

Megan Douglas’s Chair. Simple but sassy!

Mary Bradley's ReStore Patio

Mary Bradley’s patio is made from numerous ReStore finds.

Mark's ReStore Art

Mark Tobin Moore’s “Navigator,” once on display at the Clay Center, is made from ReStore shutters and pegboard.

Jason's ReStore Chair

Jason Rucker’s chair is clean and classy!

Chris's ReStore Shower

Chris Dutch’s shower is made from donated ceramic tile.

Jim's ReStore Vanity

Jim’s vanity was once an old dresser.

Aimee's ReStore Crazy Daisy

Aimee Figgatt’s Crazy Daisy renovation!

Jason's ReStore Hotdog Cart

Jason Myer used great finds to make his cart and sold hotdogs at the ReStore!

Lindsay's ReStore Chair

Lindsay Cummings’s chair won the fist ReDesign competition!

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