Habitat Happenings

Upcycling is the NEW Upgrade

I don’t know about you, but I love to Google ideas. If I need something that might cost more than I can afford to pay—say, for instance, a large outdoor planter which typically might run more than a hundred bucks new in a gardening shop—I Google its image under “repurposed” or “upcycled.” Here’s what I found recently Googling “repurposed outdoor planters”

repurposed planter Upcycling is the NEW UpgradeCute, huh?

DIY Network Ideas

DIY Network’s website, too,offers easy and creative ideas on upcycling (a repurposed word, in itself): Click Here   repurposed planter ideas 300x225 Upcycling is the NEW Upgrade

Habitat ReStores—Your One-Stop Upcycle Shop

Anyone can make this stuff. You just need to know where to go to get a good deal on home improvement materials. Both the Raleigh and Cary Habitat ReStores offer a wide selection of paint types and colors, tiles, mirrors, glass, tools, tape, and all kinds of household items you can repurpose to give your home or garden a fresh look—indoors and out. From ladders, drawers, cans, and planters to sinks and bathtubs—even toilets.We often have plants and shrubbery, too.

New Chandelier for Less

Planters aside, a walk through Habitat’s Wake ReStores will inevitably present their own unique and thrifty ideas. How about spray painting on old outdated lighting fixture or ceiling fan? It’s much easier than you think. And you certainly can’t beat the price—a $1 or $2 can of spray paint vs. a new $200 chandelier.

brass lantern from the Wake ReStore 224x300 Upcycling is the NEW UpgradeYou can even take the electrical components out of the light fixtures you’ll find at Wake Habitat ReStores and upcycle them to use as hanging lanterns from jars or other bottles, kitchen utensils—just about anything. Check out these ideas on Pinterest (…make sure to scroll down to see the plastic spoon chandelier):

Seriously? Who thinks up these things?

You do, that’s who. Let Wake Habitat ReStores upcycle a corner of your world. Stop by this weekend and get inspired.

New Cabinets now available at Wake ReStore

Remodeling Your Kitchen? The Luck of the Irish is upon You.

Habitat Offers Kitchen Deconstruction, New Cabinets, and Design Expertise

Our newly launched professional kitchen design services, along with a wide selection of stunning new cabinetry, and a flat $400 kitchen deconstruction fee, can be your front-row ticket to the showroom kitchen you’ve dreamed of.

A Brand New Kitchen through Habitat ReStores?

Why not? It’s just another “anyone” service Habitat Wake offers. Whether it’s a DIY remodel or you’re working with a professional, visit Habitat ReStores in Raleigh or Cary to take advantage of our new cabinetry. Amazing quality cabinets in a wide selection of styles and finishes. You’ll find everything you need for a perfect kitchen or bath.

Are you working on a Home improvement, Home Remodel, or New Construction? Choose a service that suits you:

SELF SERVICE: Submit a completed order from to purchase cabinets for your project. We offer a full selection of style, sizes, and special features.

DESIGN ASSISTANCE: Just like Lowes,Home Depot,and other kitchen remodeling stores, a ReStore design specialist will work with you to help brainstorm design solutions that fit your available space. We provide you with a 3-D design layout and we’ll complete your order form. Design assistance is even available for salvaged cabinets, too.

FULL SERVICE: Phoenix Stone Solutions will visit your residence to measure and review your space and provide custom design assistance to meet your unique needs. Better yet, even if Phoenix designs a solution for you, you have the option of taking their design and cabinet order form to your installation vendor, using their solution for your own DIY project, or of course, utilizing Phoenix’s full custom installation services.

As the lucky Irish say, You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Visit Habitat Wake ReStores today and turn over your kitchen remodeling services to our professional team.

Spring Cleaning: Donate Household and Building Materials to Habitat ReStores

 Declutter your Garage 300x225 Spring Cleaning: Donate Household and Building Materials to Habitat ReStoresAs last week’s Arctic Blast stranded me, I fought back with a blast of my own—spring cleaning, de-cluttering, and re-organizing my home. I was amazed at what I found cluttering the garage: an unopened box of a lighting fixture, a lovely ceiling fan in working condition, even a garage storage shelving unit I haven’t had time to—nor ever will—assemble. Items that are still good but not useful to me.

It never fails to amaze me how freeing it can be to get rid of unwanted household and building materials. Try it this weekend. Ignore the winter weather, and make a fresh start by spring cleaning and de-cluttering your home. You may find your lost set of keys or holiday gifts that belong in the “re-gifting” pile.

Out with the Old, in with the New

If you don’t want the hassle of a garage sale or yard sale, donate your gently worn, usable, structurally-sound building materials, appliances, and furniture to Habitat’s Raleigh or Cary ReStore and take advantage of:

donate.truckheroimage Spring Cleaning: Donate Household and Building Materials to Habitat ReStoresAlso consider heading to the Wake ReStore for any of your home improvement projects. Shopping Wake ReStores for construction materials for your spring fixer-upper, honey-do, remodeling, or home improvement projects is the perfect place to start. The ReStore has two locations full of quality, yet inexpensive, household and building materials.  Check out the huge variety of tile (of all kinds), MDF board, flooring, cabinets and other building materials at a fraction of retail—or even wholesale—costs. You never know what you will find at the Wake ReStore but you will always find a bargain.

Habitat ReStore is the super thrift store with a mission—a mission to help others, help the environment, and help you get organized!

Wake ReStore is the Charity Partner for Pop Up Sunday on March 23

Pop Up Sunday graphic Wake ReStore is the Charity Partner for Pop Up Sunday on March 23Wake ReStore has been invited to be the charity partner for the March 23rd,  Pop Up Sunday event. POP-UP Sunday is a flea-market style, monthly event that gives local businesses, artists and the community a chance to mingle, share, interact, and purchase cool, eclectic items. It’s not just art, antiques or food trucks, it’s a collaborative mix of crafters, repurpose artists, those that are environmentally savvy and more! Plus, there is beer!

On the fourth Sunday of the month from March through November, Pop Up Sunday’s takes place in the parking lot of Ornamentea. The event is open to the public and  starts at noon and runs throught to 5 p.m. Located in downtown Raleigh at 509 N. West Street, Raleigh, NC  27603. You can shop for locally made craft items, unique gift ideas and other repuposed finds. You can also enjoy some delicious foods from local food trucks and experience some local brews. On this first event (3/23), these are the local merchants who will be included:

  • Lady and Librarian
  • Quirky Girl
  • Sankofa Vintage Boutique
  • Cockamamie Jewelry & Vintage
  • Art & Vintage
  • Up a Tree, Cup a Tea Co.
  • The Record Crate

Local food /beverage vendors:

  • Chick-N-Que
  • Sweet T’s Cakery
  • Jay’s Italian Ice
  • D’Burritos Fresh Mex
  • RA Jeffrey’s

Wake ReStore is thrilled to be included and will have a booth space during the event. We will be showcasing some simple DIY projects and selling some of our unique finds available for purchase in the ReStore. Plus, as the charity partner, Habitat Wake will benefit from donations and beer proceeds from the event. We will be the recipients of donations collected the whole month through Ornamentea’s Round-UP donation jar and adult beverages purchased while you shop at the Pop Us Sunday event (3/23). Beer vendor is  RA Jeffrey’s and their donation of Lonerider beer for the event.

So, if  you are looking for something to do, come by Ornamentea on Sunday March 23rd! Get your craft on at Pop Up Sunday!


Share the Love Home Dedication with Habitat Wake and Coastal Federal CU

IMG 5575 Share the Love Home Dedication with Habitat Wake and Coastal Federal CUIMG 5582 Share the Love Home Dedication with Habitat Wake and Coastal Federal CUIMG 5608 Share the Love Home Dedication with Habitat Wake and Coastal Federal CUIMG 5587 Share the Love Home Dedication with Habitat Wake and Coastal Federal CU

On Saturday, February 15, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and Coastal Federal Credit Union held a very special home dedication ceremony at the new Koledji home located in Raleigh, NC. This event was open to the public and had a large attendance from friends, co workers, family, and supporters were present. Coastal Federal Credit Union is the exclusive sponsor of this home construction project, which was generously funded by the company’s fundraising initiative, “Share the Love.” This home is one of 32 being constructed by Habitat Wake and its partners this year.

Coastal Federal Credit Union raised $100,000 for the construction of this home through the support of individuals, Coastal members, and Coastal associates. The “Share the Love” campaign included social media interaction through Facebook and Twitter, as well as numerous fundraising events. The dedication of this home so close to Valentine’s Day fits perfectly with the focus of Coastal’s goal to “Share the Love” within the community. While many will be giving roses and chocolates to their “Valentines,” Coastal Federal Credit Union is partnering with Habitat Wake and the Koledji Family to make the dream of homeownership a reality.

The family is purchasing an affordable, safe home that will make a difference in their lives for years to come. Coastal, Habitat Wake and the Koledji Family broke ground on the home in September 2013. Over the past five months, Coastal employees and the Koledji Family have worked side by side on the construction of this home. Mr. and Mrs. Koledji have completed 250 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction of their home. For nearly 30 years, Habitat Wake has brought people together to build homes, communities and hope.

“Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is one of our very important community partners. They are an organization that is living proof that the American dream of home ownership is still possible- even in today’s uncertain economy. We are pleased to see all of our initiatives to date generate awareness, funds and ultimately, spread our vision of building a new Habitat home for a well-deserving family,” said Chuck Purvis, Coastal Federal Credit Union’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Habitat Wake’s partnership with Coastal Federal has been so successful,” said Kevin Campbell, Habitat Wake President and CEO. “Coastal associates have brought so much enthusiasm and energy to this construction project. The members of Coastal and Koledji families have become close, and the “Share the Love” campaign has become more than just a name,” said Campbell.

If you would like additional information on how to apply to become a Habitat Wake homeowner, click here

Page 29 of 35