Kasey Kahne Volunteers to Build a Home in Richmond

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On Thursday, August 25th, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Kasey Kahne volunteered his time to help build a home for Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.  Kasey joined other local volunteers, the CEO of Richmond Habitat, Jane Helfrich, and the future homeowner, Chaquitta Barbee.

Here are a few photos from the event:

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Women Hammer it Home for Habitat

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By Brandy Brubaker, Richmond Bizsense

wbsmallLocal women are picking up a hammer and nails in support of a local nonprofit.

Fifty-nine women volunteered at a Church Hill construction site this week with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.

The crew, which was on the job Wednesday as part of National Women Build Week, included many who are very new to construction. They were busy hammering nails and cutting boards on the future home of Spence Daniels. Daniels, who is disabled, will live in the North 35th Street house with his three daughters and his mother.

Habitat broke ground on the property, which will hold Daniels’ home and two others, on Feb. 25. And it’s the second time Habitat brought in an unusual team to the property.

wbsmall2The women were led by Bill Erhart, Habitat construction supervisor, who gave them a lesson about construction and safety before they got started. They also got a building basics course at Lowe’s.

Jane Johnson, a Lowe’s employee who came down from Fredericksburg, said it’s the second time she’s participated in the annual event.

“The first time I did it, I had never used a tool,” Johnson said. “I’ve learned to use a table saw, a circular saw, you name it.”

Daniels’ house is expected to be completed in September, Kristin Vinagro, Habitat’s communications manager.

Female volunteers are also rehabbing a house Bank of America donated on Edgefield Drive in Henrico County.

This is the second year the local Habitat affiliate has worked with Lowe’s for the annual event, which began nationally in 2008. Lowe’s gave Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity a $5,000 gift card in celebration of the week.

ReStore DIY – Give Your Wood Furniture a POP of Color!

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Yesterday, while taking pictures of some of the awesome new stuff we have at the store – I came upon this sad little table…completely unfinished and a blah natural wood color.  It was on sale for only $5 – only five dollars! I just knew something had to be done to bring some life to this little table.  So guess what I decided to do?  PAINT IT A CRAZY COLOR OF COURSE!

Nothing adds life to a boring piece of wood furniture like a little bit of bright green paint (Habitat green, I might add!).  Here’s a short how to for you on how I made this little table pop!


STEP 1:  Pick your piece of furniture and give it a good polish to make sure no dirt or dust is present.



STEP 2:  If there is varnish on your piece of furniture, rough up the finish a bit with some sand paper.  Wipe off excess dust.  Lucky for me this table was unfinished so I got to skip this step!


STEP 3:  Pick a bright, fun color of paint, grab a paintbrush and start painting!

TIP:  It’s easiest to start painting from the bottom up and paint in stages.  For our table – we flipped it over and painted the legs and bottom first, let it dry and then flipped it to paint the top.










STEP 4:  Reapply several coats to ensure full coverage.



STEP 5:  To keep your furniture looking good – apply a coat or two of varnish to seal in the paint.


STEP 6:  Enjoy your awesomely, awesome new table!


We can’t wait to display it in the store – it will look perfect with a neutral couch and some fun decorative items displayed on top!  We definitely don’t recommend you go crazy and paint every piece of wood furniture in your house – but a few pops of color can really make your room fun!

And it’s so easy!