It’s National Tile Day!

Tile is a wonderful material that is both practical and decorative. In the ReStores we currently have an abundance of tile in various colors and sizes. Below are some fun little crafts and bigger home improvement projects you can complete using tile from the ReStore! Not only can you find affordable tile pieces at the ReStore, you can also find grout and other supplies to help you complete your projects. Happy National Tile Day!

 Watercolor-Style Tile Coasters – Create some beautiful tile coasters in just a few steps! This project is easy to learn and a fun activity for kids! All you need are some tiles, oil-based pens, isopropyl alcohol, and a spray sealer. Check it out here!sharpie-tiles

ModgePodge Tile Projects – ModgePodge is an aweseome and easy way to transfer images onto tiles. The blog CraftyNest has a nice tutorial to make home address numbers using tiles and ModgePodge, even including templates they used. It’s a Lovely Life also has a tile and ModgePodge project where you can transfer home photos onto tiles. I have included photos of other people’s projects that can be completed the same way.

Tiled Kitchen Island – Add some artistic flair to your kitchen by creating a mosaic countertop on your kitchen island. This project is a little more hands-on than the previous ones. Thankfully, the instructions from HoosierHomemade are easy to follow. This blogger uses the same tile colors throughout, but feel free to mix things up with varying colors or patterned pieces.


Tiled Stair Risers – Make your stairs pop by adding tile to the risers! You can find a lot of different photos of inspiration online, but this tutorial by HomeGuides walks you through how to go about the project yourself.

Itching to start tiling yet? Make sure to pick up some tile and grout from the store that builds homes, community, and hope: the ReStore!


Doorway to DIY Heaven

At the ReStores you can find all kinds of doors: French doors, panel doors, shutter doors, sliding doors…a door of every kind! You many not necessarily have a need to replace all of the doors in your home, but if you think outside the box, you can actually use doors for many purposes!

Below are some fun DIY projects you can complete that use doors. Some are pretty straightforward, but others require a little more assembly. Luckily at the ReStore, you can find your door and other materials that can help you complete your project!

Kitchen Organizer – This DIY project involves using a shutter door to organize your kitchen necessities that allows for easy access and a nice display. You can secure the door to your wall or even replace your previous door with a shutter door to maximize your space! Learn how to create an awesome door kitchen organizer by the blogger at C.R.A.F.T.


Privacy Screen – Make your yard a little more intimate by adding a charming privacy screen made from doors. Get creative with your screen by selecting mismatched doors and painting them complimenting colors. Check out Stacey Risenmay’s privacy screen she made and her advice of how to prep the doors for outdoor weather.


Hanging Desk– If you are short on space, it is nice to have some furniture that has a dual purpose. Adding a hanging or floating desk in your home allows you to have desk space when you need it and a place to add notes, pictures, or décor when not in use. Below are some pictures of hanging desks made from doors. I could not find a tutorial that specifically transformed a door into a hanging desk, but this blogger’s instructions can be followed using a door.


Hanging Table -Perfect for an outdoor picnic or a wedding photo shoot, these beautiful hanging table ideas create a romantic and fanciful environment. Check out this tutorial that teaches you how to assemble a hanging table indoors. In addition, the ladies at Live Well Network provide a video and step by step instructions of how to set up an outdoor hanging door table.

Bed Headboard – Finally, a quick fun project is to repurpose a door as a headboard. Click here  or here for some general instructions as to how to approach this project but feel free to get creative and add your own twist! Below are some photos of different approaches people have taken. 

What are you waiting for! Stop by the ReStore today to find the perfect door for your project!

5 Ways to Repurpose File Cabinets

When people see a file cabinet they tend to be reminded of the office and possibly of their deadlines that they have coming up. However, a file cabinet has much more potential other than filing away important documents. Here are 5 fun projects to repurpose file cabinets from work to play!

Planter – Sometimes you have to look at objects with a new perspective. Check out these fun and easy planters made from filing cabinets. Learn how to make one here.

Kitchen Cart – If you are up for a more challenging project, transform a filing cabinet into a portable kitchen cart. Make this rolling cart by following the instructions here.


Desk-Another more involved project is to use filing cabinets to make a desk. The bloggers at The Tortoise and the Hare used filing cabinets and a door to create this unique desk, both of which you can find at the ReStore!


Kid’s Kitchen – If you have a future little cook in your family, make them this fun play stove from a filing cabinet! Learn step by step how to make this creative toy from Kristin Rogers Photography.


Paint it!– Finally, a simple but effective way to make a filing cabinet a fun, unique piece to your home is to add a pop of color to it. Below are some fun examples of how paint can go a long way to make a filing cabinet a great addition to your home as a storage space with style.

Check out one of the ReStores today to see if they have any filing cabinets you can transform! While you are there, make sure to see what else we carry, you might find something that inspires you!


Transform Cabinet Doors into Much, Much More!

One doesn’t typically think much when they see a cabinet door, but with a little imagination, they can be transformed! At the ReStore we often have a copious amount of cabinet doors available varying in color, shape, and size. These doors can be used for some awesome DIY projects, all you need is a little inspiration!

Check out some of the neat things you can make out of cabinet doors below!

Chalkboards: This is a ReStore classic that we have made ourselves in the past. You can get a lot of the supplies to make these fun chalkboards right here at the ReStore. They are easy to make and look great! Click here for instructions on how to make the chalkboard, and click here for instructions on how to make your own chalkboard paint from grout (which you can find at the ReStore).


Towel Rack/Coat Rack: Add a little rustic touch to your home by making a hanging rack out of a cabinet door. All you need to do this is a door,  hardware, maybe some paint, and of course, some tools to put it all together. Check out some of these cool examples and learn how to make one!

Unique Clipboard/Photo Frames: Cabinet doors have unlimited potential to be transformed into something new. This blogger transformed some cabinet doors into clipboards to display her photos. Others have also to mounted their photos directly on the doors, using the doors as unique frames.

Serving Tray: While you are at the ReStore, make sure to browse for hardware and handles so you can make a cute serving tray like the ones below. Simply drill two handles into the cabinet door, and voilà! Learn how to make a vintage style tray here!

As you can see, cabinet doors have many possible uses! If you are in the crafting mood and want a way to add some character to your home or even make a unique and personal gift, make sure to stop by the ReStore! We have plenty of cabinet doors and also offer tools and other supplies that may help you with your project.



5 Way to Repurpose Window Shutters

At San Diego Habitat ReStores, we often have an ample amount of window shutters in stock.

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Although great for dressing up your windows, shutters can also be repurposed into something you never thought of! Below are some innovative projects people have completed with shutters.

1.Letter Organizer – Sort the clutter by repurposing a shutter into a cute, rustic letter organizer. Learn how to make this organizer here!


2. Holiday Décor/Crafts- Just in time for the holidays! Look at these fun crafts and holiday decorations you can make from shutters. They make great gifts and are fun projects to get the kids involved in.


Instructions for the Snowman, Tree, and Noel.

3. Headboard – Upgrade your bed to have a trendy look with a shutter headboard. This headboard was made by the bloggers at Shanty2Chic


4. Hanging Garden Wall – Put your garden on display with this Hanging Garden idea. Get instructions on how to make one here!succulent-hanging-wall

5. Coat Hanger – When you are at the ReStore, make sure to pick up some hardware as well to make this cute, yet simple coat rack!


Ready to get crafting? Not only will you find shutters at the ReStores, you can also find other tools and materials to help you with your project. Come on in today and see what inspires you!


What can you make from the ReStore?

The ReStore has many home improvement products to choose from and can be a great source for DIY projects. You can find anything from hardware to tile to wood and more! It is easy to create something amazing from the ReStore, all you need is a little imagination and some creativity.

Here are 3 products we often have in stock at the ReStores and some projects you can do with them!

  1. Wood — The ReStore receives a lot of wood pieces and pallets. Transform these wood pieces into something beautiful!

Sunburst Mirror: This mirror design was created by a local San Diego blogger!


Succulent Planter Box: The same blogger also made this cool hexagon decorated box.


Wooden Tree: Get into the holiday spirit with this cute Christmas tree!


2. Light Bulbs — At the ReStore we often have light bulbs in stock. Think outside the box and transform them into works of art!

Light Bulb Penguins: Create cute little penguins for the winter season!


Light Bulb Chandelier: A modern and stylish chandelier for an affordable price!light-bulb-chandelier

Light Bulb Hot Air Balloons: Entertain the kids with these adorable hot air balloons!light-bulb-hot-air-balloon

Look at more Light Bulb ideas here!

3. Tiles — The ReStore has tiles in various shapes, colors and sizes. Use them to liven up your home décor with these charming DIY projects.

Modge Podge Tile Coasters: Add your favorite photo or design on tiles to create unique coasters.


Mosaic Table Top: Update an old table by adding a mosaic tile top to it.


Tile Mirror Frame: Make a mirror stand out with a tile frame.

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Come on in an see what inspires you! Make sure to check out the tools the ReStores offer as they might help you in completing your projects. Have fun and get creative!

5 Ways to Upcycle Doors from the ReStore

Usually when we look at a door, we only see it for what it is – a door. But, there are many uses for doors that don’t come to us on first glance. If you’re looking for your next super creative DIY project look no further than upcycling a door from the ReStore. Below we’ve listed a few ingenious ideas for your door DIY project.

1.Door Entry Bench


A door entry bench is the perfect place to hang your coats, take off your shoes and store miscellaneous household objects. The Friendly Bench provides instructions on how to create your own door entry bench and you can easily customize the bench design to fit your home’s needs.

2. Corner Door Shelf

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A corner door shelf is an easy way to spruce up any room and give you much needed storage for your smaller items. Craftaholics Anonymous provides step-by-step instructions for creating a corner door shelf and the design is easily customizable to your tastes.

3. Baby Gate

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Keeping little ones from getting into areas where they shouldn’t be usually involves installing an unsightly plastic baby gate. A Snap Guide user posted a step-by-step instruction guide on how to use an old door as a baby gate that is not as harsh on the eyes.

4. Bench


This door bench can be used anywhere in your home that you need an extra space to sit and looks fantastic. Love Grows Wild has great advice for how to use every part of a door to create a bench for your home.

5. Outdoor Beverage Station

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Just in time for summer! Build your own outdoor beverage station out of an old door. A user on Home Talk has a beautiful design for a beverage station that you can customize to your heart’s desire.

5 Ways to Upcycle Tile from the ReStore

At the Mission Valley and Escondido ReStores, there are a large variety of tiles that can be upcycled in cost-effective, creative ways to create beautiful items for your home. Also, feel good doing your DIY tile project knowing that the proceeds of every tile you buy from the ReStore goes towards giving a hardworking, deserving family the opportunity to own their own home.

1.Tile Coasters

Tile Coasters

Use tiles you buy at the ReStore to create your own DIY coasters using scrapbook paper. These tile coasters can be used in your own home or given to someone as a gift. The Cottage Mama Blog  provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to create these beautiful tile coasters.

2. Planter Boxes

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Some of the larger tiles you will find at the ReStore can be used to create planter boxes to be used anywhere in your yard. Just glue together 5 large tiles and you have yourself a planter box! Decor It Darling gives you a few tips on what tiles work best for this project and how simple it is to do.

3. Marble Tray

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Use a marble tile, or really any nice looking tile, and drawer pulls you find at the ReStore to create your own beautiful (and inexpensive) tray. The House of Wood has step-by-step instructions for how to create your own marble tray on the cheap.

4. Ceramic Tile Menu Board


Meal planning is a big thing these days with many families only having time to visit the grocery store once a week. Let your family know what the meals of the week will be with your own ceramic tile menu board. Somewhat Simple has a great example of the simple menu board she made that looks elegant in any kitchen.

5. Mosaic Table Top

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Turn your old patio table that might be looking a little raggedy these days a face lift by making it into a mosaic table top! This DIY project requires a little more elbow grease than the othersk, but gives you the opportunity to give your old table a new life. Hub Pages has an extensive step-by-step instruction guide on how to turn your old patio table into a beautiful mosaic table top using upcycled tiles.

DIY: Storage Bench

Create a wonderful storage bench for your patio. Not only is it handy for friends and family to sit on, it is also great to stash items inside it. Very creative and helpful for your home! Make sure to try it out! Items for this project could be found at our San Diego Habitat for Humanity in Mission Valley and Escondido.