About 2 years ago I purchased a house for my girls and I, a little red gingerbread house that is over 90 years old. I love old houses, but with an old house comes several challenges. I’m hesitant to do any kind of work that will change the original structure and feel of the house, however, my kitchen has been the bane of my existence.
For the past two years, I’ve sat and tried to figure out what I could do to update my kitchen with very little resources – you know D.I.Y. it. A year ago, friend, who knows how I feel about putting brand new items in an old house and knows I prefer to give old things new life, introduced me to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located only 5 minutes from my house. I knew about Habitat for Humanity because I have volunteer in the past hammering in some nails to help a friend get her required sweat equity hours for her home, but I didn’t know they had store locations where you could go in and by things. They actually have stores in the US and Canada.
The first time I walked through their doors, I felt like a kid in a candy store. How could such a fabulous place be such a well kept secret? At ReStore, you can find everything from gallons of paint to building materials, to entire sets of kitchen cabinets, bedroom, and livingroom furniture – even free pianos. What you won’t find is clothing, shoes or toys. What I love the most about ReStore is that the proceeds from their sales are used to accomplish Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes.
My first ReStore purchase was a huge score – a 1940’s hutch for my dinning room that has since been valued at $5,000. I only paid $100. My second major score was a leather couch for our game room for only $50. I have since introduced several family members to ReStore.
As I mentioned, I’m on a mission to update my kitchen on a very tight budget. I started with my floors, updating my outdated and infuriating white floors with vinyl peel and stick tile picked up at ReStore and adding a splash of paint to my walls. I also added created two magnetic chalkboards using the doors already in place in my kitchen. Total damage $130.
Since I’ve updated my floor and slapped some paint on my kitchen walls, I’ve been on the look out for a new-old cast iron sink for my kitchen. During my recent visit to Jacksonville, North Carolina, I had to stop into one of the two ReStore locations – the finds were just as good as the finds in my local ReStore.
Although, I did find a few sinks that fit my needs I was unable to bring them back home – hard to fit a large sink into a PT Cruiser with two other people on a 16 hour car ride. Lesson learned, next time rent a Hybrid SUV.
Have you visited your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore? If you haven’t you should check out their website and find a location near you – I’m telling you’ll be happy you did.
Update: My latest ReStore score? Shutters for my kitchen windows only $20.
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