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BY: Catherine Miller | February 13, 2013

SOUTH BUFFALO - Jessica Wangelin from Décor Adventures presented a Furniture Makeover Basics Workshop at Buffalo ReStore on Saturday, Feb 9.

Wangelin instructed a crowd of interested attendees how to turn a second-hand piece of furniture into a cherished home focal point using simple materials and techniques. Jessica has extensive experience refinishing furniture and blogs about her experiences on her website: Decor Adventures.com.

The first of ReStore’s series of do-it-yourself workshops teaching interested residents how to repurpose various items for their homes, the workshops focus on making the most of second-hand items and are held at the Habitat for Humanity’s South Buffalo ReStore site at 1675 South Park Avenue, directly behind South Park High School. All workshops are held on Saturdays from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM.

March 2, Tyra Johnson from Blue Sky Design Supply, will host the second workshop in the series and will demonstrate the use of eco-friendly paints on furniture, cabinet doors and picture frames, teaching attendees to create treasures from everyday items. Further information on Tyra Johnson can be found on her website at blueskydesignsupply.com.

The last workshop will be held on Saturday, Mar. 30 when Chuck Drumsta, Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, will use his extensive knowledge and experience to demonstrate the proper use of household tools for children ages 8 and up. Young people can learn and get a feel for how to use a screwdriver, hammer a nail, and safely use files and saws.

All workshops are free and limited to the first 20 registrants. You can register at the ReStore or via email to jwalzak@habitatbuffalo.org.

One of the little known resources of the South Buffalo area, South Buffalo ReStore is a part of the Habitat for Humanity project and sells quality home improvement merchandise at discount prices. Both new and used furniture, appliances, and fixtures are available at their 1675 South Park Ave location. Part of their current inventory includes several picture windows donated by Home Depot and priced at more than 50 percent off their retail price.

In addition to raising funds, the ReStore helps the environment by diverting tons of usable materials away from landfills and into useful locations. Aside from offering great house wares and fixtures to area residents and antique hunters, Habitat for Humanity also works to build or rebuild homes for people in need that are interested in home ownership. The owners are required to put sweat equity into the residence themselves, making them a vested owner. Habitat believes in giving a “hand up” to people in need, not a “hand-out”.

“We need to learn to rebuild the Buffalo area from the inside out,” explains Evan Quinn, manager for South Buffalo’s ReStore location and a Habitat for Humanity member, “So many people move to the suburbs assuming that will fix their problem regarding the deteriorating city, but the problems from the City just start to seep towards the suburbs. We need to learn to rebuild the existing homes within the city limits, and allow people in the renovated houses to take ownership of the homes and stop the issue of negligent landlords allowing these properties to decline to a point beyond saving.”

The Habitat for Humanity program that has assisted more than 250 people in the area reclaim homes and become homeowners since 1986.

Informational meetings regarding the Habitat for Humanity mission and the Habitat program deemed “Habitat 101” will be held at the 1675 South Park Ave location on Feb 23, March 23 and April 27 from 9-10 a.m.

All potential volunteers and homeowners interested in more information regarding upcoming projects are invited to attend.

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