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Have You Visited Your Local ReStore Lately?

Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by Kristi Linauer

If your answer is “no”, then you could be missing out on some real treasures! Yesterday, I decided to go have a look around. I wasn’t really needing to purchase anything, but it had been a while since I’ve been there, and I was just curious to see what they had. I spent an hour-and-a-half just walking around, perusing the various offerings, and wishing I had money just to blow. Here are some of the items that really caught my attention.

First, remember how I talked about wanting to change my bedroom and bathroom doors to let light into my dark hallway? Well this door would be PERFECT for such a project. I would cut out the top panel, replace it with glass, and then frost the glass for privacy.


And the door only cost about $30! My problem is that I need four matching doors of varying widths. That might be next to impossible to find if I limit my search to antique and salvaged doors.

Next up on my treasure hunt were these cabinet doors, priced at about $2.00 each.



Now you may be asking, “What in the world would I do with random cabinet doors?” The answer is simple: CHALKBOARDS!! It’s so easy to find cabinet doors with interesting shapes. A couple of coats of chalkboard paint in the center section, and then a different color on the “frame”, and you’ve got yourself a unique chalkboard for a kitchen, utility room, or child’s room.

Next up…chandeliers. I’m telling you, I can’t walk by chandeliers without looking. And I look past all of the gaudy brass and ugly wood finishes, and see them for what they could be. A few coats of paint in a unique color…or black or white…will take a chandelier from outdated to WOW! You can also add some strands of glass beads, crystals, and other fun items to dress it up. Here are a couple I found that have HUGE potential.



The first chandelier was only $8.00, and the larger one was $10.00. What a bargain! Add a little paint, and you could have a gorgeous chandelier for under $20.00.

Another great find…spindles!


These can be made into candlesticks very easily. Simply cut off the bottom so that it’s even, glue on a square piece of wood so that it’ll stand up, cut it to the desired height, and add a round piece of wood on top to hold a candle. Then paint the whole thing. And you’ve got a unique candlestick for around $7.

One last treasure I found today was this very unique stainless steel sink. Oh, I’m sooo tempted to go back and scoop it up for one of my bathrooms.


Priced at $60.00, it was the most expensive item that tempted me during my trip to ReStore. But it’s also new. Every once in a while, you CAN find new items there.

So have you been lately? Did you find any treasures?

Edit: I wanted to share a cabinet door project from The Little Brown House. She turned salvaged cabinet doors (that she purchased for about $2.50 each) into family name signs. Brilliant!


You can see her step-by-step process here.

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    Christine
    January 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I just popped over from Today's Creative Blog – – and so funny, but I hit the ReStore yesterday. It was my first time, and I was seriously drooling over all the possibilities. I came away with a sweet little cabinet door (that I'm going to use to make a plaque) and a gallon of paint (on sale for $7.50). It was so cold and the warehouse doesn't have heat. There I was freezing to death, but having such a great time! I'll definitely be going again soon! Oh, and I'm in Central TX too 😀

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    January 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Christine, what fun finds!! Okay, now I'm so curious to know where you live. I'm in Waco…and yes, I froze at the ReStore too. If you're in Waco also, you may have just found yourself a ReStore junking buddy!! 🙂

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    Thelittlebrownhouse.us
    January 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Hi! Stoppin by from Today's Creative Blog – love your site! I have a store near me that has things like this too! You had some idea's I hadn't thought of – here is what I did with the used cabinet doors I found there –

    http://thelittlebrownhouse.us/2010/01/05/frugal-family-name-sign/

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    January 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Thelittlebrownhouse, thanks so much for sharing your project!! It's beautiful. I've edited my blog post to include a photo/link of your project.

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    Ellen
    January 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    We're planning on getting pavers from the Waco ReStore when we fix up our backyard. And I'm hoping to do a few little projects with cabinet doors and drawers too…

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    Laura
    January 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Just wanted you to know that I love the fish bowl! My goldfish loves it too. I posted today about it if you'd like to see. http://www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

    Take care!
    Laura

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    Kim -today's creative blog
    January 11, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I was doing peep widget shout outs today and you were on my list. But I don't see your widget…..I hope you didn't cancel between the time I wrote and posted. LOL

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    Kim -today's creative blog
    April 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I was doing peep widget shout outs today and you were on my list. But I don't see your widget…..I hope you didn't cancel between the time I wrote and posted. LOL