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Thrift Store Art Causes a Double Take

Thrift Store Art Causes a Double Take

Every thrift store is full of mass-produced artwork that once proudly adorned the walls of someone’s home. Some of it is charming, but most of it is alarming…ly bad.

But add a little paint, a little creativity and voila: you’ve recreating old art!

There’s a name for that…

The process of recreating art by adding new elements was coined “redirecting” by Canadian artist David Irvine. The pop culture twists Irvine puts on tired old thrift store art is the inspiration for the ReStore’s third annual art show: Double Take.

Thrift store art redirected by David Irvine

Donated by David Irvine for Double Take 2015


Art Submission Date

Again this year, the ReStore encourages local folks to get creative and participate in Double Take Art Show!  

Those interested in participating in Double Take should submit their redirected art to the Charleston or Teays Valley ReStore by Saturday September 16, 2017.


Thrift Store Art Redirected by Brenda Pinnell

“Tres Toreros” by Brenda Pinnell

We are taking the show on the road this year.

Double Take 2017 will be on display at the Teays Valley ReStore, located in Mid-Valley Square Shopping Plaza at 3554 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane, WV.

Show Dates

Tuesday, September 19 – Sunday, October 8, 2017

The exhibit can be viewed during normal  Teays Valley ReStore hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00.

Click here to join the Facebook Event for reminders and updates. 

You Determine the Winner!

Double Take visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit. The Community Choice Award, along with $100, will go to the artist that receives the most votes.

The winner will be announced on our Facebook pages on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Clever Redirected Art by Shawn Means

Clever Redirected Art by Shawn Means


Important Information for Participating Artists

  • Participants are NOT required to purchase art from the ReStore for reuse. Use what you already own or shop another local thrift store.
  • Participants may submit as many pieces as they like, but every piece must have an attached Submission Form. We will have these forms available on site, but feel free to print and prepare ahead of time.
  • All participants will receive one $10 off coupon that will be available for pickup at the Teays Valley ReStore the day the show opens – Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – through the close of the show.
  • All submitted art is considered a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam (thank you!) and cannot be returned.
  • Money raised from the sale of Double Take art – just like all ReStore proceeds – will fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam County.
  • There will not be a silent auction this year, but all art will be available for purchase – first come, first serve – after the winner has been announced on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

 Looking for a little inspiration? Click here to check out past Double Take entries.

Tile ReDesigns by Talented ReStore Customers

Tile ReDesigns by Talented ReStore Customers

Tile. Sometimes we get a little and some times we get a lot.

That’s the nature of ReStore donations: unpredictable but always welcome!

One thing about the ReStore IS predictable. Our customers will create the coolest projects from items they find at the ReStore.

Tile ReDesign by Skeens

The Skeen’s Countertop

Tile ReDesign by Cantrell

The Cantrell’s Shower

Tile ReDesign by Outman

Carolyn Outman’s Countertop

Tile ReDesign by Carolyn Outman

Carolyn Outman’s Table

Tile ReDesign Dutch

Chris Dutch’s Shower

Tile ReDesign by Debbie McCoy

Debbie McCoy’s Mosaic Table

Tile ReDesign by Debbie McCoy

Another Mosiac by Debbie McCoy

Tile ReDesign by Dennis Boyle

Dennis Boyle’s Entry Steps

Tile ReDesign by Frecks

Mosaic Table by Sandra Frecks

Like looking at furniture redesigns? Check out this ReStorie.

Tile ReDesign by Frecks

Another Mosaic Table by Sandra Frecks

Tile ReDesign by Jana Goodall

Side Table by Jana Goodall

Tile ReDesign by John Casey

Bathroom Tile Job by John Casey

Tile ReDesign by John Casey

Shower Stall by John Casey

Click here for DIY instructions for covering different areas of your home with tile.

Open Studio: The Charleston Art Group

Open Studio: The Charleston Art Group

New friends sharing their art and sharing their time.


The Charleston Art Group consists of individuals that came together for the opportunity to socialize with other local artists, make new friends and get inspired! Not knowing each other previously, they have now developed a creative network of like-minded cohorts that enjoy bouncing ideas off each other, learning new techniques, and admiring each other’s talent.


The Charleston Art Group was the brainchild of Anna “Tookie” Nibert. Having recently moved to Charleston, Tookie was longing for the companionship she enjoyed during open studio time with various art groups  in Florida.  When Tookie couldn’t find a similar group in Charleston, she started her own! The Charleston Art Group now meets every Tuesday in Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center.

Join Tookie and the other Art Group regulars.

As Tookie would say, everyone has an artist inside of them, bring yours to the Charleston Art Group’s Open Studio!

No fees, memberships, experience or expectations apply.

Tuesday from 9:00 AM –  1:00 PM   &   Thursday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center.


All types of artists are welcome at Open Studio: jewelry makers, painters, fine artists, digital artists, knitters and crafters.

The group is for adults only and parking is available directly across the street from the Homeowner Education & Community Center at 815 Court St. in Charleston.


Learn more about the Charleston Art Group by joining their Facebook Group: Charleston, W.Va. Art Group.

Art ReDesigns by Our Artistic ReStore Customers

Art ReDesigns by Our Artistic ReStore Customers

In celebration of FestivALL 2017 we are presenting a few of our favorite art redesigns by ReStore customers!

Charly Hamilton made these crazy ladies from old wood diverted from a house deconstruction to the ReStore.

This piece by Mark Tobin Moore was on display at The Clay Center. Mark, a long-time ReStore shopper, picked up most of the materials for his installation at our ReStore.

Jack Rife used hardware from the ReStore to complete this thought-provoking sculpture.

“New Orleans” and “Same Old Song” are collages Mark Tobin Moore created on old cabinet doors.

The beautiful work of Chris Dutch is contained within this retail fixture purchased at the ReStore. “Crystal Lattice” was on display at The Clay Center.

"Chillin with Dog" by Bob Fisher

Popular artist Bob Fisher is a member of the Charleston Art Group that meets every Tuesday in our community center. His work contains many intricate part that he often procures at the ReStore.

“Navigator” by Mark Tobin Moore is full of ReStore treasures!


The process of recreating art by adding new elements was coined “redirecting” by Canadian artist David Irvine. The pop culture twists that Irvine puts on tired old thrift store art is the inspiration for the ReStore’s annual art show: Double Take.

Watch our short video to learn more about ReStore’s Double Take Art Show.


Adrienne Galloway shows off her redirected art that won the 2015 Double Take Art Show at the ReStore.

"Believe" by Beth Kerns

Another crowd favorite from Double Take 2015  was Beth Kern’s “Believe.”

Click here to view all the 2015 redirected art.

“Bookworm” by Brenda Pinnell received the most votes and won Double Take 2016.

Another crowd favorite from Double Take 2016 was Shawn Means’ “Americanization.”

Learn more about ReStore’s commitment to the arts here.

Tablescape Checklist: Life, Light and Layers

Tablescape Checklist: Life, Light and Layers

Necessity is the mother of invention, and no one knows this better than Food Network star, Sandra Lee.

On her popular show, Semi-Homemade Cooking, Sandra Lee created and assembled decorative elements for the tables on which she served her themed meals. The English word did not exist to describe the thoughtful arrangement of objects on a table, so she created it: tablescape.

The linguistic luminary Sandra Lee may have coined the term in 2003 but the idea has been around since Victorian times.

According to Slate Magazine, it was during the era of Downton Abbey that tablescapes went from just nicely arranged place settings to creative displays that would make Liberace proud. The reason? Victorian folks went from service à la française (bringing dishes to table all at once) to service à la russe (servants serving guests on individual plates from dishes brought to the sideboard).

The emptiness left on the table by service a la russe had to be filled, and filled it was with lavish displays of natural and manmade ornamentation.

Victorian tablescapes were meant to relate a rich and celebratory atmosphere and they are still common today at holiday dinners, weddings and children’s parties. The main components are elaborate place settings and a magnificent centerpiece. Other special touches like place markers, take-away keepsakes for the guests, and clever little napkin rings are often added.

Dining Tablescape

Nowadays there’s another kind of tablescape. Decorating enthusiasts world-wide gain great pleasure from creating home décor tablescapes. These displays are meant to create visual interest and showcase treasured items year round, not just for special events. Home décor tablescapes are common on mantles, side tables, coffee tables, bookshelves and dressers.

At the new boutique ReStore in Teays Valley you will find numerous examples of both types of tablescape. The ReStore Manager, Melanie James, is a gifted merchandiser trained in Kirkland’s style of display and her tablescapes would make Sandra Lee AND Liberace proud.

Melanie’s tablescapes always include three important components: light, life and layers.

Light comes in the form of lamps, candles and even mirrors. Life is achieved with real or faux flowers, and layers are easy with books, textiles, baskets and trays. All of these items are frequently donated to the Teays Valley ReStore which provides Melanie an ever-changing assortment of tablescaping components.

The first step when assembling a tablescape, according to Melanie, is to build a strong foundation.

  • Create a perimeter for the tablescape taking into account the empty space required for functionality.
  • In the perimeter, build the foundation. It should “support” the rest of the items in the display.
  • Place the very large decorative accessories first to anchor the foundation.
  • Use large books, trays and/or baskets to build strong layers.

After the foundation is set, the goal is to achieve depth.

  • Create peaks and valleys with decorative items. For example, separate two tall candleholders with a smaller vase of flowers. The peaks of the candleholders contrasted with the valley of the flowers creates depth.

Finally, use the pyramid principle to perfect the tablescape.

  • Assemble the decorative accessories so that they stair-step up and/or down from the height of your display.
  • It’s important to understand that peaks and valleys will exist within the overlay of the pyramid. A good tablescape has a gradual rise to the top with many peaks and valleys along the way.

Desk Tablescape

Get more tablescape tips from other creative types during the inaugural TableScape Championship at the new Teays Valley ReStore.

The following entrepreneurs have accepted our challenge to design and assemble their own tablescape including items that will promote their own small business. At the conclusion of the event, the contents of each tablescape will be donated to the ReStore and resold to fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

Rock Paper Sisters

Twin sisters Lindsay Rotella and Megan Hannah launched Rock Paper Sisters in January 2012 after deciding to turn their hobby into a business. They specialize in paper goods for all types of events.

Sweetly Salvaged

Kelly Mangus believes in repurposing and upcycling which is why she started Sweetly Salvaged in 2015. Her creativity shows in every vintage piece of furniture and decor that she restores.

Birds, Blooms & Butterflies by Design

Owners Rob and Liz O’Quinn have a passion for preserving and creating native habitat for wildlife and it shows in their very unique boutique located at 3475 Teays Valley Road.


Marisa Jackson’s love of art and her skill as an illustrator inspired her to open an shop in 2015. Through her online store Marisa sells stationary, prints, invitations and whimsical illustrations.

Community members are encouraged to visit the Teays Valley ReStore, across from Hurricane City Park on Teays Valley Rd., Tuesday, February 14 through Saturday, February 18 to vote for their favorite table. The tablescape artist with the most votes will be named the champion and invited to return for next year’s championship.


This article originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail in February of 2017.


Photo Facebook Contest Winner. Get Snap Happy!

Over the years we’ve seen a great photo or two of the ReStore and the treasures it contains. Our shoppers always capture unique shots that produce lots of “oooohs” and “aaaahs” from ReStore staff and volunteers.

But, We Wanted More!

We asked you to send us your photos from the Charleston or Teays Valley ReStore by January 31,2017.

You sent them and we love them!

Lisa Shinn


Tiana Stowers Allen


Lisa Shinn


Lisa Shinn


Rebecca Recco


Lisa Shinn


Lisa Shinn


Terry Linger


Carl McLaughlin

And the Winner is…

The Snap Happy winner of a $50 ReStore Gift Certificate is …

Lisa Shinn!

Mosaic Stepping Stone DIY

How to Make a Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone

1. Find the perfect mold. Aluminum pie plates or Jello molds commonly available at a dollar store work well.

2. Trace the opening of the mold on paper.

Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone Design

3. Layout your tile design on the paper within the boundaries of the traced mold.

4. Mix grout or mortar by following the instructions on the bag.

5. Spray the mold with Pam cooking spray if you would like to retain the mold for future use.

6. Pour 2’” – 3” of grout or mortar into the mold.

7. Tap the bubbles out by hitting the sides of the mold with a hard blunt object.

8. Allow the filling to set until it becomes a bit more solid (consistency similar to mashed potatoes).

Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone Gouted

9. Press tiles into the filling making sure they are level with the surface.

10. Gently remove any haze from the top of the tiles by wiping them with a sponge and water.

11. Allow the stepping stone to dry in the mold for two days.

12. Flip the mold over and pop out.

ReDesign Intern, Hannah Gilpen

ReStore Artist Making A Name For Himself

Emerging Artist

The Artist and His Accolades

We are so excited to hear that Anthony Young has been named to this year’s class of emerging artists by The Boston Globe! The Charleston native and West Virginia State University graduate impresses everyone he meets with his talent, hard work and dedication to his art.

As a graduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, Anthony is finalizing his thesis project. “I want to show the history of the black body. How it has been portrayed in American culture, and creates a false imagining of what black masculinity is,” he says. “I’m trying to think about how those images stick to the black psyche.”

Anthony is currently using gunpowder and bleach to create his powerful work, but not so long ago Anthony was using old decking and dried latex paint. In 2014 Anthony was awarded the first ReStore ReDesign Internship and used ReStore materials to represent Habitat for Humanity’s mission in our ReStore. Read local coverage of Anthony internship here.

Artist, Anthony Young

ReStore ReDesign Internship

Every year an art student from West Virginia State University with a strong appreciation of recycling and community participation is awarded a paid internship at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  This internship is designed to provide 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.

During the internship the artist is required to create one temporary ReStore window display and one piece of art representing Habitat for Humanity’s mission that remains on permanent display in the ReStore. In addition, the artist designs, coordinates and conducts one make-and-take recycled art workshop that is open to the public. The internship requires skill, ingenuity and the desire to work with people from all walks of life.

Arts are the Heart of the ReStore

The significance of the ReStore’s contributions to the arts are abundant.

At first look the ReStore displays a commitment to the arts by proudly displaying a 1,500 square foot mural executed by nine artists/art groups entitled, “Home is Where the Art is.” The mural is visible from the most heavily traveled section of interstate in West Virginia.

In addition to the five murals in and around the ReStore, and the numerous art classes and workshops offered in the ReStore’s Homeowner Education & Community Center, there are three specific ReStore initiatives that have fostered growth of the arts and influenced trends.

  • The ReStore ReDesign Internship is offered annually in partnership with West Virginia State University to a WVSU student majoring in Fine Arts. The paid eight-week internship is designed to provide practical experience to budding professional artists while establishing the long term goal of transforming the ReStore into a public art gallery. Selected participants are expected to complete three objectives during the internship: create a permanent departmental display using recycled materials; create a temporary window display using recycled materials; and organize and execute a make-and-take workshop that is open to the public.
  • The annual Double Take Art Show offered in partnership with Tamarack Foundation, West Virginia Craft Week and American Craft Week received a national Star Award from American Craft Week in 2015. The ReStore encouraged artists from across the state to participate by submitting a piece of thrift store art to which they added their own special touch. The show was displayed in the ReStore and members of the public voted for their favorite piece of “redirected” art, awarding the artist with the most votes a cash prize. Double Take received international attention when David Irvine, the Canadian artist whose art inspired the show, promoted Double Take in the media and by donating one of his original pieces to the show.
  • Every Tuesday for the past three years, the ReStore has opened the Homeowner Education & Community Center free of charge to anyone and everyone interested in working on art in a communal environment designed to encouraged fellowship, support and inspiration. Typically, 10 – 20 repeat and new artists from Kanawha and surrounding counties attend. The Charleston Art Group, as they call themselves, has participated in Festivall events together, organized informational group meetings with Tamarack officials regarding the jurying process (several have subsequently become Tamarack artisans), and organized field trips around the state for art classes and retreats. In addition, artworks from individuals in the group are always on display and for sale in ReStore’s Homeowner Education & Community Center.

ReStore has served the artistic community since opening in 2001, but the strong commitment to the arts began in 2007.

ReStore income has increased 120% since 2007, the year Habitat for Humanity leadership made the strategic decision to intertwine the organization’s mission with support for the arts. The year-after-year sales increase has a direct impact on our economy. ReStore proceeds fund Habitat for Humanity houses creating new homeowners/tax-payers/stable engaged residents. Proceeds from the ReStore also foster growth of the arts by enabling continued and new arts initiatives.

It is important to note that the ReStore puts its money where its mouth is when supporting the arts. ReStore leadership understands the importance of the arts community in achieving Habitat for Humanity’s mission and regularly implements initiatives that improve the economic development of arts in West Virginia; a significant portion of the ReStore’s budget is devoted to supporting the arts. For example, the ReDesign internship pays a living wage to the selected artists and covers the expense of their supplies. Additionally, artists have been contracted and paid to produce three internal murals and the extensive restoration of the external mural. Finally, all artists that participate in Double Take art show, and other shows hosted by the ReStore, are given an entry gift card and the community choice winner is awarded a cash prize.

Build Your Own Salon-Style Gallery

DIY Gallery

Creating a salon-style home gallery has been a popular trend for several years now. You can find ideas, inspiration and even templates for creating your own Parisian art salon on Pinterest. In addition to framed art and prints, designers often include non-traditional pieces of 3d wall décor like ceiling medallions, oversized letters and faux animal trophy heads. But if you really want to take your gallery wall up a notch, you will need to add layers!

Giving your home gallery depth by creating layers is possible with the addition of art risers. Unfortunately, art risers can be very expensive. So, Shawn and I created art risers for approximately $2 per riser from materials we found at the ReStore. This is a significant price savings from the varieties listed on national home-décor store websites for $15-$20 each. Here is a list of the materials and tools we used, and detailed instructions for creating your own art risers,

Materials Used

    • Scrap laminate flooring – because it is flat, light and stiff.
    • Poplar or oak 1” x 3” or similar size – use hardwood because it will not split easily – a split could cause a catastrophic failure and damage to expensive art.
    • Drywall screws – 1 1/4” are best, but 1 5/8” will do.

Tools Required

    • Power miter saw (AKA “Chop Saw”)
    • Battery powered drill
      • 3/32” bit to pre-drill hardwood for screws
      • 3/16 bit to predrill laminate
      • 5/16” to countersink screw heads (or a countersink bit)
      • Phillips screw driver bit

The Process

    • Cut 1 x hardwood to approximately 4” in length. This is the spacer.
    • Cross cut laminate flooring into a 3”-4” long piece and whatever the standard width is (usually 8”). This is the front.
    • Cut another piece of laminate into a 4” x 4” piece. This is the back.
    • Pre-drill the laminate with two 3/16” holes along the center line.
    • Use the 5/16” bit or countersink to make a slight dimple in the laminate so the screw heads will sink below the surface (this step is optional but will protect your wall from being scratched by the screw heads and make everything lay flatter).
    • Transfer the hole locations to the edge of the hardwood spacer and predrill the hardwood with the 3/32” bit. This will keep the wood from splitting when the screws are set. The hole needs to be as deep as the length of the screws you are using.
    • Attach the back to the spacer with two drywall screws. Make sure the screws are driven all the way in, but be careful not to over-tighten and break the screw or split the wood.
    • Lay the piece on its back and repeat the process with the laminate for the front. The front piece should hang down well below the bottom of the spacer.
    • Drill two holes near the top of the back piece of laminate to use to mount the spacer to the wall.
    • Lastly, pre-drill a hole with the 3/32” bit near the top of the hardwood spacer from which your framed art will hang. Angle this hole downward so your hanging screw will have a positive tilt so the art cannot easily slip off the screw.
    • Attach the spacer to the wall with whatever wall anchors you would use to hang the art – drywall anchors, nails, etc. It all depends on the construction of the wall.

Other Tips for Creating a Salon-Style Gallery

    • The size of the laminate can be adjusted for larger or smaller art pieces.
    • The pieces don’t have to be perfectly square because they will be completely hidden from view.
    • The width of the hardwood spacer needs to be at least the thickness of the frame of the art that it will be placed next to.

Gallery Prep 1  Gallery Prep 3 Hooking to wall

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