Furniture re-dos van Gogh collection

an upcycle contest for Habitat

I received an email from the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and they mentioned a contest. They call it an upcycling contest. The basic idea is you receive $100 “credit” at the ReStore and grab some things, turn them into something else, and submit photos. Then you drop off your item at one of their ReStores and they take them to a local home show. People vote, the winner get a $500 Visa Gift Card. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I think so. I emailed the contact and begged to participate. Hooray- they wanted me!

After scouring both locations, I had this FABULOUS idea! I “bought” this amazing china cabinet. We had both kids so it wouldn’t fit in the van so they said I could pick it up the next weekend. Guess what?! It was still too big for the van- BOO! ok, quickly, run around and come up with something… the upside is that nearly EVERYTHING I need was there that day- Woot!

Read the email today again and realized they want the before and after pictures on Monday…oops. I better get working.

Here’s what I bought…..

Habitat contest before

Do you ever start doing something and then realize possibly you have no idea what you’re doing and maybe it wasn’t the greatest plan or idea…? Hmm… think that’s what happened here?


I’ll keep you posted on my progress…

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    March 12, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I can’t wait to see the after pictures! Good luck!

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      March 12, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Thanks love! I will post them as soon as I’m done- promise!

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    March 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Sounds like a fun challenge, I know you’ll come up with something cool! I already have an idea in my head of where you’re going …

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      March 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      I bet you do Gwen. 🙂

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    March 13, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    This is awesome! Fun to do something like this locally!

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    Kathy van Gogh
    March 13, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Scottie, you are so kind. THis piece is lovely. It’s the perfect canvas for some Furniture Makeup…I’m thinking Luminous Eye Shadow. If you still have it when I get there, could I work on it with you?


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      March 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Kathy, I would love it if you worked on it with me. I think the whole think has to be delivered by next week. 🙁 I’m only certain when you see this bed I bought at auction tonight, you’ll be even more excited.

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    March 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Sounds like a very fun thing to do. Habitat Restore is the best! Good luck and I can’t wait to see your finished project.

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