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Happy Aloha Friday!
Well, today is the big reveal for my upcycle project…but before I get to that I wanted to share a bit more about this amazing opportunity I was given to not only make a piece of furniture cute again but to support our community.
Island Gypsy Hawaii was selected to participate in the 1st Annual Habitat for Humanity ReStore Upcycle Challenge back in May. This opportunity not only allows me to share my passion for making ugly things pretty again, but to help raise funds for a great cause: eliminating poverty housing on Maui.
The piece I upcycled will be on display this weekend at the Maui Contractors Association Home Expo, where attendees will vote on their favorite upcycled piece by the bloggers and businesses that participated in the challenge. There will also be online voting (that’s where YOU come in) and as soon as I know how that will be done, I’ll share it on the blog, facebook and twitter so you can help a sista out! The winner of the challenge will receive a $100 gift card for the ReStore, which is perfect for me because I’m always shopping there for my business and home.
The challenge? I got to select any piece from the ReStore (up to a $50 value) to upcycle. Then the ReStore will get to sell the piece, where the funds will go to support their effort in seeking to eliminate poverty housing in Maui. 🙂
Here’s the “before” of the piece I selected:
I loved the lines on this piece as well as the solid construction. I wanted to add a beachy-chic look to it, so after hours of sanding and preparing the piece, I painted it and here are the results:
Just to show off more of the details of this beachy-chic side table:
I know it’s not everyone’s style, man, I know some folks think it’s illegal to even paint wood. But this is how I roll…I love to give old furniture fresh looks with a bit of elbow grease and a new coat(s) of paint. It’s a rewarding and fun task for sure! I’m grateful I get to call this my “job” too.
Upcycle Furniture + Community Support = My Favorite Combo
So thankful for this opportunity! (And now I shall head to the pool with my family).
Happy Aloha Friday!