Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Habitat For Humanity Benefit Event.... Drab to Fab!

Raise your hand if you have a Re-Store Habitat For Humanity store in your community.... Most of us do, but for those that don't let me just tell you, they are awesome!

Re-Store offers new and gently used building supplies, home repair items, and a little of "this and that". The items that are carried there are either donated or are left over from Habitat building projects. The proceeds from these stores go right back into building safe and affordable places to live.

Habitat for Humanity has always been one of my favorite charities to be involved with. In my younger years, also known as, "life before kids", I was able to help build and repair homes for a few deserving families. It was an amazing experience and I was so excited to be able to help out this organization again! 

Myself, along with many other artists from The Marketplace at Amberleaf were given the chance to turn Re-Store purchased items from "Drab to FAB!". These creations will be on display at our local Re-Store and will then be moved to The Marketplace at Amberleaf to be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

We were each given a $20 budget to purchase items from Re-Store and the only rules were to turn our finds into something fabulous.

So fun, right? 

Shopping was the best part... as you can see, Liam cracked up at seeing all the "potties" to choose from. I stayed clear of the toilets and come out with these goodies... 

Grand total for the night stand, solid wood kitchen cabinet door, and paint..... $19!!! I still had a dollar to spare! 

 My idea for this night stand was a mini, portable kitchen island! Here's what I did to create it...

To get this piece ready, I had a lot of prep work... sanding, sanding and more sanding...

The pressed board top was removed and replaced with the solid wood cabinet door... but first... it had to be sanded too. This part took the longest of the entire project, but on a nice sunny day I could sand for hours. {good thing, because it took that long!}

The paint color was just what I had in mind, and was so happy to find a quart of it there! 

To paint this piece, my dear dad helped me with a sprayer. The Paint is semi-gloss finish and took to the sanded wood really well, no other finish was needed.

I stained the top with a dark stain, and gave it two coats of poly to seal it up and make it a really durable kitchen piece. 

The castor wheels were recycled from a "crawler" {what mechanics use to slide under a car} that we had in the back of our garage. I did remember to ask the hubby if he was okay with that first ;) 

Now this mini kitchen island is able to wheel around as you need it! Perfect for a small kitchen, you can just park it up against the wall when you aren't using it.

Storage is not an issue at all with the piece either, the bottom drawer is big enough for pasta pots and the two top drawers are perfect for holding dishware, utensils, cutting boards.... you name it!

Another great feature, a place to hold larger cooking utensils right on the back..

It was such a great project to work on.. I can't wait to see all of the creations on display! 

Here are the details for the displays and auction, if you are local we would love to see you there!

1 comment:

  1. Wish I could get there to join in this event! Have seen 3 of the projects, and love them all.....I also am a dedicated fan of the Habitat ReStore......the proceeds from all their sales go right back into providing homes for deserving families. It is my 'go to' when I have anything to donate--because I know it will help someone else have a home. It has provided a few bargains for our home.


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