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Community Connections by TGKVF

Community Connections

Community Connections is a monthly production of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Jane Powell, Marketing Director of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, hosts the informative and thought-provoking program. Amy McLaughlin, ReStore Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was her guest for the December 2015 episode.

During the 15 minute show, Amy discusses the way ReStore fits into Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s mission. She also talks about a few ReStore environmental initiatives including the remixed latex paint program and the rain garden. Jane ends the interview by inquiring about the expansion of Habitat for Humanity’s Master Homeowner Program and future plans for ReStore growth.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

The Mission of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is to make thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive. These forms of wealth include the individual, intellectual, social, political, natural, built, and financial assets within our community. The Foundation exists to help individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits improve the lives within the community now and for generations to come by creating charitable funds each with their own philanthropic purpose and providing grants to nonprofits that meet the needs of the community.

 

 

 

2015 ReDesign Contest

2015 ReDesign Contest

A file cabinet was remodeled to create a comfy home for Mushu the beaded dragon. Wrought iron headboards were used to create a decorative exterior fence. A bowling ball was transformed into a bumble bee. All these seemingly random and peculiar events can mean only one thing. It’s ReDesign by ReStore time!

How to Play ReDesign

Every summer ReStore shoppers send us pictures of projects they have tackled using items they purchased at the ReStore. Our customers submit shots of beautifully reupholstered furniture, custom jewelry made from antique hardware, and mosaic tile covered creations. We encourage this good behavior by giving them a $10 off coupon in return.

And the Winner is…

At the end of August the Habitat for Humanity Marketing Committee votes for their favorite ReStore ReDesign and the winner is awarded a two minute shopping spree in the ReStore. This year the marketing committee chose Leigh Anne Watts as the ReDesign by ReStore winner! And, she doesn’t know it yet. So…congratulations, Leigh Anne!

Leigh Anne Watts

Leigh Anne's ReDesign

Leigh Anne’s Craft Room

Leigh Anne, a loyal West Virginian since 2002, built a beautiful work bench from an old hollow core door she purchased at the ReStore in early 2015. She made the bench legs using wood and a saw horse kit. She dipped the legs in black paint which really gives the bench great flair.
The work bench is the centerpiece of Leigh Anne’s craft room; a craft room that would make Martha Stewart drool. This room is where all the DIY magic happens that she writes about in her blog: Houseologie.com. Leigh Anne calls her blog a study in house and home, and we think she’s a great student.

Beth Ann Walker

Beth Ann Walker ReDesign

Beth Ann Walker’s Artwork

It was a hard fought battle for Leigh Anne. We had so many great entries this year. Beth Ann Walker used $1.50 worth of scrap lumber from the ReStore’s lumber yard to create a lovely piece of art 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.

Dan Brunton

Dan Brunton's ReDesign 2

Dan Brunton’s ReStore Collection

Another crowd favorite came from Charlestonian, Dan Brunton. Using an old elevation rod, hardware he found at the ReStore, and his wife’s creativity, Dan constructed a stunning photo ledge. The antiqued cast of the ledge compliments his family’s well-appointed entryway. The entryway also contains a chandelier and an old church pew that Dan purchased from the ReStore and refinished.

Over 40 Entries This Year!

Every year we are impressed and inspired by the creativity, skill and ingenuity displayed by ReStore customers. To see all the 2015 ReDesign by ReStore entries, visit our Facebook page. And, stay tuned to see the video of Leigh Anne’s upcoming two minute shopping spree.

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.

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