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Light Fixture ReDesigns Brighten Customer’s Lives

Light Fixture ReDesigns Brighten Customer’s Lives

Many of the light fixtures donated to the ReStore are beautiful and ready to hang in your home.

Some need a little extra love and attention.

Our clever customers see the hidden potential in these donations. They use their creativity and good old-fashion elbow grease to turn out-of-style light fixtures into beautiful adornments for their homes.

Here are just a few of our favorites.

Amy McLaughlin - Lighting

This beautiful turquoise chandelier at Lafayette Flats was once brass plated and hanging at the Charleston ReStore.

Geoff Bourne - Lighting WineGeoff Bourne - Beer Lighting

ReStore volunteer, Geoff Bourne, turned boring metal light fixtures into show-stopping wine and beer bottle displays for the ReStore’s 10th anniversary party in 2011.

Tiffany Steele - Lighting

ReStore shopper extraordinaire and Halloween queen, Tiffany Steele, didn’t need a hand creating her creepy ReStore chandelier. She had plenty. No bones about it, her redesign turned out great.

Brandi Bass - Lighting

We love this shappy chic redesigned light fixture by Brandi Bass.

Lafayette Flats Lighting

Here’s another great hand-crafted wine bottle chanelier make by our ReStore Director, Amy McLaughlin.

Click here to Read “Bottoms Up”  an article Amy wrote for the Gazette-Mail about creating the chandelier.

Lynn Degen - Lighting

Yep, that’s a colander. Lynn Degen turned her ReStore kitchen find into a stellar light fixture.

Beth Kerns - Lighting

Spray paint and beads go a long way! Beth Kern’s lighting redesign is adorable.

Solar Chandelier - Lighting

This chandelier, which was only $20 at the ReStore, is now powered by the sun.

Click here to read “Solar Powered Chandelier: DIY”

Ruth Ann Knabb - Lighting

Ruth Ann Knabb went in the opposite direct and removed the electrical wires to make way for dirt! We love her little planter chandelier.

Pet Redesigns for the Fur Babies of Our Customers

Pet Redesigns for the Fur Babies of Our Customers

There is no doubt about it. We love our pets.

Just look at these great redesigns our customers have created for their fur babies.

We love this glittery canopy that Kirsten Williams made for her puppy.

Look closely at the table Kara Nabors’ redesigned. It doubles as a dog bed.

Puppy Bed Pet Redesign

Lisa Fields-Eaton turned a dresser drawer into a comfy bed for her precious pooch.

Sherry Smith used many different building materials she found at the ReStore to make this cat condo.

Cat on Chair Pet Redesign

When Karen Cook redesigned this ReStore chair it wasn’t specifically for the feline, but…

Prancer's Palace

Amy, the ReStore Director, turned a table upside down to create a palace for Prancer the Pomeranian. Click here to find out how she did it.

As Bob Barker would say, help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered. There’s now a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness center on Greenbrier Street in Charleston. Click here for more information.

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.

ReDesign 2017: A Showcase of ReStore Customer Projects

ReDesign 2017: A Showcase of ReStore Customer Projects

Enter a photo of your redesign project that contains materials purchased from the Charleston or Teays Valley ReStore for a chance to win a two-minute shopping spree!

We’ll give you a $10 off coupon just for entering!

Beth Ann Walker ReDesign

Check out past entries in our annual ReDesign Contest.

The showcase of projects is impressive!

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Send Us Your Photos!

Email photos to ReStoreLove@HfHKP.org.

Please include your name and a brief description of the ReStore materials you used.

Be Part of the 2017 ReDesign Showcase.

Photos will be on display on our Facebook pages: ReStore, Charleston WV and ReStore, Teays Valley WV.

Garden ReDesign

Win Big!

The Habitat for Humanity Marketing Committee will choose one grand prize winner for most creative ReDesign.

You could win a two minute shopping spree in the ReStore!

Watch last year’s winning shopping spree here. 

Rules & Regulations

You may submit one or many projects.  More projects = better chance of winning!

Projects must be new to us. Previously submitted photos will not be eligible.

All participants will  receive ONE $10 off ReStore coupon regardless of the number of projects they submit.

Only digital images will be accepted.

Photos will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2017.

Your $10 off coupon will be available for pickup at the CHARLESTON ReStore on September 1, 2017.

In order to win the shopping spree, you must be willing to allow us to video your winning dash!

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!

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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.

arts

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.

Garden ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Garden ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Get out in the garden!

Summer is almost here and our customers have been busy creating ReStore redesigns for their outdoor living space.

Garden ReDesign

Andi Thomas created this awesome bar/table from an old electrical spool. We love it!

Garden ReDesign

Bernice Deakins is so creative! Just look at these planters she created from old terracotta pipe.

Garden ReDesign

Donna Morgan Rose assembled dishes and dodads she found at the ReStore to create this birdfeeder.

Garden ReDesign

Can you tell what this beautiful arbor is made from? That’s right; Ellie Marshall used wood spindles to build this redesign.

Garden ReDesign

Garden ReDesign

John & Robin Grey used metal headboards ReStore received from a hotel remodel to build this lovely fence for their roses.

Garden ReDesign

Fairy gardens are so much fun! Just ask Laura Sullilvan. She made this one with a container and goodies she found at the ReStore.

Garden ReDesign

Just look at all the repurposed items in Mary Bradley’s garden bench!

Need your own garden bench? Check out this DIY article.

Garden ReDesign

With the help of some paint and a pallet, Pam King now has gorgeous flowers screening her unattractive heat pump.

Garden ReDesign

The beautiful screen door Randy Vanbibber found at the ReStore is the perfect addition to his cute-as-a-button garden shed!

Garden ReDesign

Ruth Ann Knabb turned an old chandelier into a unique hanging planter.

Click here for another idea for transforming old chandeliers into outdoor delights!

Scrap Wood Diverted from the Landfill and Redesigned

One of our favorite ReStore customers, Roger Spencer, created all of the birdhouses above from scrap wood he purchased at the ReStore. You’ll find Roger in the ReStore at least once a week checking out the recent donations to our lumber yard.


All aboard the Sherry Cummings Express. We are so impressed by this train Sherry and her husband crafted from ReStore wood, and we are thrilled that Sherry is now part of our team! She is remixing latex paint several times a week at the Charleston ReStore.

Beth Ann Walker Scrap Wood

Beth Ann Walker won second place in the 2015 ReDesign by ReStore contest with this beautiful artwork.

She used $1.50 worth of scrap wood from the ReStore’s lumber yard to create a lovely piece for her niece, Alyssa. She assembled the multiple pieces of wood to create a flat panel and then painted a lovely scene of dandelions caught in a breeze.

Aimee Figgatt has so many skills. One is creating very popular crafts from scrap wood.

Shelly Nichols-Stanley used scrap wood and pallets to create a ReStore chicken coop. Didn’t she do a great job? We’re sure her chickens love their new nest.

Several years ago, Julie Greathouse made these incredibly clever holiday plaques from scrap wood and hardware. She then donated them to the ReStore. The sale of Julie’s generous donation made a nice little chunk of money for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam.

Julie Greathouse Scrap Wood

Visit our Scrap Wood Pinterest Board for more great project ideas.

 

Rooms Redesigned: The Homes of ReStore Customers

Rooms Redesigned: The Homes of ReStore Customers

We all make our rooms our own, but these ReStore customers took it to the next level! Their thrifty ingenuity really paid off in these impressive redesigned rooms.

Geoff Bourne

ReStore volunteer, donor and shopper, Geoff Bourne, purchased all the wall cabinets in his beautiful old St. Albans home at the ReStore. Aren’t you jealous of his storage?

Rooms

The McClure Family

The McClure family needed space to work. So, they turned their sun room into an office with the purchase of a few ReStore file cabinets and counter tops.

Rooms

Shari Mamone

2016 ReDesign by ReStore winner, Shari Mamone, loves color and you can tell from her gorgeous dining room redesign. Not only did the dining table chairs come from the ReStore, the hutch and side chair did too! Read more about Shair’s winning redesign here.

Rooms Rooms
Tiffany Steele

Tiffany is a woman of many talents. One includes her impressive ability to design and install a band new kitchen using cabinets and tile she purchased at the ReStore.

Rooms

Tom Vasale

What a find! Tom purchased this beautiful antique mantel and bookshelf unit at the ReStore many years ago. He refinished the unit before installing it in his well-appointed family room. We love Tom’s eclectic style and mix of antiques and modern art.

Aimee Figgatt

So maybe this isn’t technically a room, BUT… we love Aimee’s camper redesign so much we had to include it in our list. How much fun would it be to go “glamping” in Aimee’s redesigned Crazy Daisy?

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More Rooms

We also love the makeover ReStore shopper Leigh Anne Watts gave her living room.

Check it our on her website: Houseologie.com.

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.

MarisaMade

Marisa Jackson’s love of art and her skill as an illustrator inspired her to open an Etsy.com 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.

View the original Gazette-Mail article here

 

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