Habitat Happenings

eStore Grand Opening this Saturday!

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The Wake ReStore team has been hard at work collecting donations of electronics and refurbishing them for resale. We are excited to announce that we will now have a regular eStore in the Raleigh ReStore location.

The eStore will open on a Saturday once a quarter (future sale dates to be announced) and merchandise includes computers, flat screen TVs, printers, monitors and other electronics gear. Come see us this Saturday, June 4th, for our very first sale at 2420 N Raleigh Blvd, Raleigh.

Have electronics to donate? See our full list of needed items here. All proceeds go to fund our mission to help build affordable homes in Wake County.

See you there!

Blue Jeans Go Green at the ReStores

Do you have unwanted jeans sitting around? The average consumer has seven pairs! The next time you come to the ReStore to shop, donate, or volunteer, bring a couple to be recycled into housing insulation for communities in need! Habitat Wake ReStores have partnered with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycle program and all five locations will be a collection point through June 4.

Since 2006, the Cotton Incorporated Blue Jeans Go Green program has helped rebuild communities by providing hundreds of thousands of square feet of UltraTouch Denim Insulation to Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country.  Over that time span the program has diverted more than one million pieces of denim  — roughly 600 tons — from landfills, and created approximately two million square feet of insulation for communities in need. Thirteen houses currently under construction by Habitat Wake will include this insulation provided by Blue Jeans Go Green.

Make sure to bring your unwanted denim to the ReStores next time you’re passing by! Those jeans deserve a second life insulating a safe, affordable home.

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DIY Round-Up: 8 great ideas for cabinets

The warm weather is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to find new ways to reuse and re-purpose materials! DIY projects don’t have to be expensive or intimidating, and shopping at the ReStore makes it even easier.

The internet is full of different re-purposing ideas, so finding your next project can be tricky. One idea we love is finding new ways to re-purpose kitchen cabinets. Cabinets from the ReStore are an affordable way to make serving trays, chalkboards and so much more.

Why shop cabinets at the ReStore?

  • Whether you’re buying to re-purpose or you want a fresh set of cabinets in your kitchen, the ReStore has a great selection available.
  • Using recycled materials is a great way to shop green.
  • Supporting the ReStore helps Habitat Wake to build safe and affordable homes for our Wake County neighbors in need.
  • It helps you save money!

Check out our roundup of 8 ways to upcycle kitchen cabinets:

#1. Create a chalkboard and keep track of appointments, daily menus, and fun messages. (LollyJane)

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#2. Make trendy serving trays to use indoors or outdoors. (PumpkinPieCrafts)

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#3. Use them to display art created by your own little Picassos. (iheartorganizing)

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#4. Make your kids a play kitchen with real cabinets. (PurpleSageOriginals)

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#5. Save money on furniture and turn cabinets into a cool and unique headboard. (JenThousandWords)

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#6. Turn them into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind corner planter . (MyRepurposedLife)

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#7. With the help of some unique drawer pulls and door knobs, turn cabinets into hooks for your bathroom or mud room. (Brainstorm)

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#8. Turn cabinet doors into children’s desks. (MyRepurposedLife)

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ReStore ReMix Continues to Grow

Since the Fuquay-Varina ReStore began a paint recycling program in November 2015 — the only project of it’s kind in North Carolina — the store has reprocessed more than 3,000 gallons of paint that might otherwise have been put in the landfill or left to dry.Copy of IMG 651411 768x1024 ReStore ReMix Continues to Grow

The program, known as ReStore ReMix, was conceived by the ReStore management team and realized by Fuquay ReStore manager Ryan Stein and a regular ReStore volunteer, Tony Borzillo. Capitalizing on Ryan’s experience dealing with hazardous materials during his time in the military and Tony’s chemical knowledge from his work as a contractor, the two set up a paint recycling center in the back of the Fuquay-Varina store. Tony now runs the program during his three volunteer shifts each week.

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To start the process, Tony sorts paint donations by color group and sheen. After accumulating about 55 gallons of a color group and sheen, he mixes the paint and then filters the mixture three times to remove lint from paint rollers and brushes, dust, and other dirt that may have been trapped in the original paint. The entire process takes about three days, although Tony often has multiple batches running at one time and averages 600 gallons a month.

After the new paint has been filtered, it is re-branded as ReMix paint and poured into one- and five-gallon recycled buckets. The Fuquay-Varina store team huddles up to brainstorm a North Carolina-themed name for the new hue, and the buckets hit the shelves in all five ReStores in Wake County. 

One gallon of improperly disposed paint can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of drinking water, so instead of throwing away leftover paint, donate it to any of the five ReStores! Those cans will make their way to the Fuquay-Varina store, where they will be turned into new paint and see a second life. In order for donated paint to be recycled in the ReMix program, it must be in the original buckets with clearly labeled contents.

There are a lot of reasons to feel good about purchasing ReMix paint: it’s environmentally friendly, it’s inexpensive, and the dollars go to support Habitat Wake’s mission to build safe, affordable housing in Wake County.Copy of IMG 20151112 120637249 ReStore ReMix Continues to Grow


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