Friday evening I participated in the Habitat for Humanity Restore Restyle Event. You can read more about the event and the rules here, here and here. The event raised over $6,000 for Habitat for Humanity and showcased how, with a little creativity and effort, you can transform something old into something new.
Each designer had a 10 X 10 space to decorate using only restore items and we each had a different type of room. We had everything from a playroom, a man cave, an outdoor room, an office, a wedding reception room, a nursery, and my room, which was a little girls room.
Here’s an image of the space after I finished painting and before I set the room up.
And here it is after I moved in.
BEFORE AND AFTER
To get a good idea of how far these items came, Here’s a look at the before and after of each item.
The original headboard had to wonky wooden legs that didn’t make much sense. I remove the legs and cut them to size to create an art holder (with clothespins) and a little clothes rack (using closet door knobs). A little plum spray paint gave them a whole new look. I added D-ring hooks to the back of the headboard so that it could be hung on the wall instead of propped up on wobbly legs.
If you are in the market for an upholstered headboard, I would highly recommend shopping the restore as I came across quite a few. I’ve made my own headboard before but buying and recovering one from the Restore is a much easier and cheaper option.
The Restore was charging $25 for this headboard. I used a $5 piece of lavender burlap fabric and some leftover nailhead strips that I had from my other headboard project to give it a new look.
The dresser had beautiful detail and hardware. A little paint made it look fresh and modern.
Builder grade chandeliers are a dime a dozen at the Restore. I just added some wired beads I found on the wedding aisle at Michael’s to sweeten it up for a little girl’s room.
This lamp had a stained shade. I recovered the shade and painted the base to give it a fresh, modern look.
Is it just me or does it seem like everything in the Restore is brown? Try looking beyond the brown, dated wood and add a glossy coat of paint in a fun color to take something from drab to fab.
With this mirror and the nightstand below, I wanted to show how you could do two different things with the same item. I used one mirror as a message center and simply spray painted the other in a glossy plum finish.
With two identical nightstands I painted one and added fun knobs. The other I transformed into a cute little kitchenette. The burners are old CD’s.
I used an upper cabinet you might find in a laundry room to create a bookcase and recovered these tired pillows in fun fabric.
This angel wall art was made with a drawer front, metal brackets and a wooden plaque. The country bears were replaced with plastic animals and spray painted to match the mirror.
I replaced the fabric on this tired valance and made a little flag border made from fabric swatches.
Lastly, each designer had to incorporate the mystery item, this plastic outlet cover, into their room.
I used mine as a temperature gauge on my kitchenette.
I’ll be sharing the other amazing rooms and their designers all week.