Habitat Happenings

Meet us Monday: Mary Day

This post is part of a series to help you get to know the many faces at the Habitat Wake ReStores. Check back every other Monday to meet a new face and read a little about the people who make up our great team. 

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Mikey the lizard

Name and Title: Mary Day, Sales Associate at the Wake Forest ReStore

Home town: Albany, NY

Current town: Wake Forest, NC

When did you start working for Habitat?  January 19th, 2017

What is your favorite thing about working for habitat? I love meeting and talking with the customers, especially the people who come in often. I get to know new people all the time.

What does your typical work day look like? I usually come in for afternoon shifts, so often when I show up I jump right in to ringing people up and helping people who are waiting near the register with questions. Fielding phone calls from people looking for furniture to meet specific requirements is always a fun game, and it’s even better when they get to come in and pick up the perfect couch or desk.

What do you do in your spare time? I like to draw, read, and take care of plants. Right now I’m sprouting some mimosa trees, since last week the kiwis I was trying to grow got eaten by a certain mischievous cat.

Favorite Sport? My favorite sport is hockey because the rules are simple and it’s played on an ice rink, so going to watch a game doesn’t involve sitting on hot bleachers or batting away bugs.

Any pets? As far as pets, I have a cat named Pumpkin and a lizard, Mikey.

 What about strange hidden talents? I can individually raise either of my eyebrows.

Favorite place to take out-of-town guests in the Triangle? My favorite place to take out-of-town guests in the Triangle is downtown Raleigh. The architecture is really pretty, and there is always a lot to do.

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March Silent Auction at the Glenwood ReStore!

The Glenwood Store is hosting another ongoing silent auction for two weeks! During this time, customers can come in and bid on unique items.

This auction ends Friday, March 17th at 5:30pm.

Date: Friday, March 3rd – Friday, March 17th.
Location: 8009 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh

The nitty gritty:

  • You must come into the store to make your bids in person. None will be accepted over the phone, online, or via social media.
  • To bid, first register for a bidder number by filling out a quick form.
  • Once you have your bidder number in hand, bid away! Please be mindful of minimum increases. You can bid as many times as you want and on as many different pieces as you want.
  • When the auction concludes we will contact the winners to please come pay and collect their pieces within two business days.
  • All proceeds benefit Habitat Wake’s mission to build affordable homes in Wake County. We appreciate your support!

#1 Whitmans 1968 Ballet Paper Dolls

Starting bid: $8
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#2 1944 British Mortar Shell Box
Starting bid: $10
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#3 Turquoise vase
Starting bid: $15
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#4Vintage Blue Ribbon Stoneware Jug
Starting bid: $30
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#5 IBM Correcting Selectric III typewriter
Starting bid: $50
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#6 Enloe High School Student Art (temporarily displayed in NC Museum of Art)
Starting bid: $50
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#7 Zuni fetish necklace
Starting bid: $40
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#8 Smart Gear bike
Starting bid: $10
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#9 Heywood Hardy framed print
Starting bid: $125
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#10 Old fashioned saw
Starting bid: $10
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#11 Midcentury modern teak elephant pair
Starting bid: $10

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#12 Metal piggy bank
Starting bid: $3
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#13 Henredon Louis XV Style Burl Wood Bombe Nightstand Chest
Starting bid: $100
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#14 Umbrella stand
Starting bid: $8
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$15 Vintage Ampro imperial precision projector
Starting bid: $40
IMG 74331 300x300 March Silent Auction at the Glenwood ReStore!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#16 Set of two Chinoiserie lamps
Starting bid: $25
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#17 Blue vase
Starting bid: $10
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#18 Black end table
Starting bid: $10
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#19 Burlap headboard
Starting bid: $15
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#20 Crock
Starting bid: $3
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#21 Vintage red dragonfly sofa
Starting bid: $100
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#22 1960s Weekly Readers
Starting bid $10
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#23 Ron Burgundy cutout
Starting bid $10
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#24 Vintage Tools
Starting bid: $15
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$25 Pottery Barn sofa table
Starting bid:
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#26 Console shelf
Starting bid: $10
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Sanding 101

This blog post was written by Briana Gorman, who recently began volunteering at the Cary Store and is an amateur DIY-er.

As every good DIY-er knows, sanding is an important step when refinishing any project. It can help revitalize an old dresser or give new life to forgotten pieces of furniture. The Habitat Wake ReStores are full of great items where a little bit of sanding can go a long way.

So for all those sanding newbies out there, here are some sanding basics to make sure all your projects turn out looking better than ever.IMG 09031 225x300 Sanding 101

When to sand?

  •         The main purpose of sanding is to remove any previous paint or varnish when refinishing a piece of furniture and to smooth over any unwanted scratches
  •         Depending on the item, you made need to use paint or varnish chemical strippers before you can begin sanding
  •         Typically if you are just re-painting a piece of furniture it will only requiring sanding. Staining will require chemical stripping.

Picking a paper

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  •         Sandpaper is categorized by “grit”, which is the number of sand granules per square inch of paper. The lower the number the more abrasive the paper, while higher numbers indicate a finer finish.
  •         For most projects for household objects, sandpaper with grit number between 60 and 220 will suffice.
  •         In general, start with the coarser paper to remove material faster and work your way up to the higher numbered paper for a polished finish.
  •         The finer paper is also ideal for using on corners and smoothing out unique shapes or designs in furniture.

Sanding method

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For household projects, there are two main types of sanding methods. The choice depends on the type of piece, the size of the piece and the amount of time you want to spend sanding.

  • Hand sanding – This method is self-explanatory as it involves using a piece of sandpaper to sand furniture by hand. Sanding by hand gives you total control of whatever you are sanding, but it can be a time-consuming process.
  •  Orbital sander – This handheld tool is commonly used for household projects and consists of a small circular disc covered in sandpaper. The orbital sander is ideal for large, flat surfaces as it allows you to quickly sand an item. You will still need to sand hard to reach corners by hand, however.

Sanding tips

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  •         This one might seem a bit obvious but it’s worth stating out loud. The best place to do your sanding project is outside. Sanding is messy business and you don’t want all that dust in your house.
  •         Safety first. Always make sure you wear a mask and some eye protection when sanding. Just as you don’t want that dust in your house, you don’t want that dust in your body!
  •         Be sure to always sand in the direction of the grain. Sanding across the grain will be noticeable after you apply the finish and it does not look good. Trust me!
  •         After you finish sanding, be sure to remove all dust from the surface of the piece before applying paint or stain as you don’t want any rough patches. A damp cloth or a tack cloth are the best methods to ensure the dust is entirely removed.

Happy sanding y’all!

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Pantone’s Color of the Year: ReStore Style

Color giant Pantone releases a “Color of the Year” each year as a “snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” This year’s color is a beautiful, springy green.

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According to Pantone’s website: “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally.”

 

Expect it to show up on fashion runways, interior design blogs, and in other new products hitting the market. But guess what? You don’t have to wait, because we already have this trendy color all over the ReStores!

 

Now is the perfect time to hop on 2017’s color trend — heading into spring, with a fresh perspective. And you can spend less doing it at Habitat Wake ReStores! See below for some different ways to go about incorporating this fresh hue into your home.

 

*Please call ahead to the store if you are interested in any of these pieces — inventory moves quickly!

 

 

1: Go all in 

Just commit! These fully green pieces are a great example of how to commit to a color in a big way. But it doesn’t have to become the centerpiece of the whole room. The great thing about this year’s color is that it is still fairly neutral, so you don’t have to get nervous about putting a large piece like these in an already-established room.

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Secretary desk, available in Apex.

Glenwood Sofa1 300x300 Pantones Color of the Year: ReStore Style

Sofa available at Glenwood Ave.

2. Stick with subtle
Is understated more your style? Patterns are a wonderful, low-key way to introduce color. Pieces like this rug and chair are the perfect opportunity to bring in some of that spring Greenery into your home without feeling like you live in a jungle.

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Rug available at Glenwood Ave.

Raleigh Chair1 300x300 Pantones Color of the Year: ReStore Style

Side chair available at Raleigh Blvd.

3. Choose bold, bright accents
You can go for a large, single-color piece or the subtle pattern route, but pops of color are also really fun and can easily fit into both a colorful home or a minimalist one. Unexpected color adds whimsy and makes a room feel intentional — like someone has paid attention to even small details.

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Hand-painted end table at the Cary ReStore

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Matching lamps at Glenwood Ave.

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Wall art available at Raleigh Blvd. location

4. Take advantage of small accessories
Easily switched up and fairly inexpensive, accessories are a great way to add trendy color to your home without overwhelming it (or fully committing if you’re not sold on Greenery). Wall art and table decor are all low-maintenance options, and easy to swap when Pantone releases its 2018 Color of the Year.

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Table decor available in Apex

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Wall art available at Raleigh Blvd. location

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Faux artichokes available at Raleigh Blvd. location

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