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Who will Win the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge?

I am one of the bloggers participating in the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge to support the Vancouver Habitat for Humanity around the Vancouver Home + Design Show coming up in two weeks!

Okay so I’m going to win because you my lovelies will hopefully vote for me, but this might be serious optimistic thinking, considering I am not handy, nor much of a do-it-yourselfer. Check out what some of the bloggers in Toronto did!! So many amazing before’s and after’s!

I can paint though. You can’t be a colour expert and not know how to paint!

Mediterranean roof tiles

I bet you did not know now how many renovation related kinds of things you can buy at the Habitat for Humanity?



All of this stuff is currently at the ReStore at the Burnaby location. For a list of all locations in canada, click here.

Wall sconces

 If you have some brown 70’s doors to replace, this is the spot to buy them!

Bankers chairs, I almost bought two to paint but then I realized they would need to be heavily sanded and I bailed. Here’s what they look like painted:


Lots of tile, lightbulbs, leftover paint if you need a fun colour, bathroom sinks and toilets, kitchen sinks, cabinets, the list goes on and on.

Where blue tile could go.

This was my purchase. . . can you guess what colour it will be when it’s painted?

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  • Donna Frasca says:

    Let’s see … White? LoL – I love Habitat for Humanity – you never know what you’ll find! With a little TLC, it can transform into something beautiful.

  • Carol says:

    Maria’s signature yellow, maybe?? 🙂

  • We don’t have Habitat for Humanity in our town but we did get some fabulous things at the ReStore in my sister’s town when I staged their home.

    I think you ought to have gotten a couple of those chairs. Sanding’s not that bad…and sometimes you don’t have to do that either 😉

  • Hmm. I’m voting green. It looks great with yellow and pink so I could see it fitting into your home.

    You should get in the car and get some of those banker’s chairs STAT. I have one I painted black and it wasn’t hard to sand at all (just used an electric sander) and it is so comfortable.

  • Julie from Australia says:

    Maria – you are just teasing all of us here in Australia!

  • I think you’ll paint it turquoise. As for sanding the bankers chairs – have you tried using chalk paint? The Annie Sloan brand requires little to no sanding before painting. I use it on all my furniture now. Seal it with her clear wax and you have a very durable surface.

  • lisa says:

    You can make your own chalk paint very inexpensively. J

  • Nancy O'Brien says:

    I’m intrigued and lots of options are running through my mind. I think you won’t use just a simple paint job but I do believe you will use a happy colour and maybe a combo of values. So I’m discarding the trending plum colours and going with shades of a warm amber or terra cotta to pop that great hardware on the drawers. I do hope you are keeping the hardware.

  • Debbie says:

    You don’t have to sand before you paint. Have you heard of Annie Sloan chalk paint? Research it, no sanding , no priming. Distresses beautifully , then wax. Leaves a very beautiful hard durable finish. Very user friendly. Love, love ,love it. Try it you won’t be disappointed. Made for furniture painting.


  • Vicky Rizzardo says:

    I’m thinking a little more muted “Tiffany” blue?

  • Judy says:

    All of those articles you showed would be lucky if they lasted a week here in Southern California. Great stuff!

  • Jude says:


  • I can’t guess which color you’ll use, but I bet it will be a clean, clear one. You’re not the murky type.

  • Kay says:

    I vote that you will choose white and change out the hardware for that cabinet. Of course, it all depends on where you decide to use it…….

    But oh Maria, maybe you want to re-think those banker’s chairs! Such great lines. They look fabulous in any glossy strong color. Friends have 6 in shiny black with a glass and stainless steel dining table. Classic!

  • I think you’ll paint it red…have fun with it anyways. Restores are used extensively out here also and they are so practical on a budget.

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