Have You Visited Your Local ReStore Lately?

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 A few coats of paint in a unique color…or black or white…will take a chandelier from outdated to WOW!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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    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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    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 –


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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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    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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    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!

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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

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