Finding Your Next DIY Project

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You never know what you might find at Habitat for Humanity ReStore – that’s why it’s a thrilling shopping experience.

Furniture for sale at Habitat ReStore is in great condition as is, but some pieces that are perceived as outdated may get overlooked. That’s where the creative "DIYer" can find their best inspiration. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, you can transform almost any piece of furniture into something completely different, fun, and exciting.

Of course, when purchasing used furniture – even at great ReStore prices – consider the whole piece, your furniture needs, and your abilities, if you plan on turning it into your next DIY upcycle project.

Scouring Pinterest is a great way to gather upcycled furniture ideas before you even leave the house; it’s a great way to embrace the possibilities. Then, go straight to the Habitat ReStore, and open your eyes in new ways.

You may not find an exact furniture match, but if you keep your mind open, you can find a gem of a project. Before you take that find to the register, consider the following:

  • Is the furniture piece solid?
  • Is it the right size for the area you have available?
  • Does the piece feature dovetail joints, which are generally the strongest wood joints?
  • What are the estimated costs of improvements?
  • Is your skill level up to the task?

DIY: From Drab Credenza to Bang-up Bench

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and as furniture flies out of ReStore as fast as it arrives, some pieces get overlooked, begging for makeover magic.

That was the case with a credenza donated to ReStore. It was a solid piece, with dovetail joints and smooth-gliding drawers, but its dated style caused it to be overlooked by shoppers, even at a reduced price. Inspired by Pinterest, we began imagining the DIY transformation possibilities.

The Cape May County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 20 Court House South Dennis Rd., Court House, NJ 08210. For more information, call (609) 465-1626 or visit www.habitat.org/restores.