DIY Up-Cycling – Light Fixture!

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Here at the ReStore we have several light fixtures that may not be the most modern or cool light fixtures ever created.  Last week, we decided to do a little experiment to see if we could bring one lucky little light fixture from old and stuffy to young, modern and hip!  We hope you enjoy this epic tale of a light fixture’s journey to coolness!

Here is our heroic light fixture before; sad, not confident, dated, too shiny.

The first thing we did was give him a good polish to make sure there was no dust or other residue left on its surface.

Next, we took a tiny bit of paper towel and stuffed it in each candle tube (I’m not sure what it’s actually called, but I’m sure you get the gist!).  This will prevent the spray paint from getting into the part where the lightbulb is screwed in.

Next we took our trusty blue spray paint (almost exactly Habitat blue colored!) and started spraying.  We sprayed, and sprayed, and sprayed until our light fixture was completely and evenly covered.  We let him dry outside for about an hour and when we returned we saw the amazing transformation!

It is amazing what a $4 can of spray paint can do!  Look at how snazzy our little light fixture looks now!  He will be so happy and proud hanging in someone’s dining room!

Lucky for you, we have plenty of other light fixtures here looking for a new home and a makeover!

Help Richmond Habitat win $1000 in 5 minutes!

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Help Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity win $1000 by entering the Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest! 

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Richmond Region Energy Alliance to promote the first-ever Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest. 

One lucky Richmond area homeowner will win a Home Energy Makeover valued at up to $10,000. Home energy improvements range from small to large solutions and often include air and duct sealing, HVAC upgrades, insulation, sealing and/or replacing windows and doors, and lighting. With these upgrades, homeowners can enjoy lower energy bills, increased comfort and higher home values.

Enter today at

Besides the chance to win, everyone who enters the Challenge will receive a free home energy report (it takes just five minutes to enter your information) with an energy efficiency score and recommendations for what you can do to improve that score, lower your bills and enhance your comfort.

Bonus: When you go to our partner’s website, don’t forget to click on the name of our organization, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. If we refer the most number of entries for the contest, we will win $1,000! Please click on link below for more details and to enter.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Kristin Vinagro, Communications Manager, at 

804-232-7001 x113. 

Thank you so much for your participation and support!   

Support Richmond Habitat in the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest!

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Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity is lucky to be a participant in the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest this year. The trees will be unveiled on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30PM and will be displayed in the windows of the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Richmond.

Be sure to head downtown in the next few weeks to check out our tree in person. Also, vote for us online as your favorite starting on Saturday, December 10th.
The charity that has the favorite tree will win $1000.  Help Richmond Habitat be that charity!