Teleport your cottage from 1980 to 2017

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Teleport your cottage from 1980 to 2017

Is Grandma’s old furniture making your cottage feel tired and rundown? Check out these quick tips to bring your cottage into this decade!

It's Saturday morning at the cottage.  You've woken up to a beautiful morning.  The birds are chirping.  You've poured your hot, morning brew. You head outside to your patio to sit down and relax, and 'bam' it hits you.  Your patio isn't your dream paradise.

Is your cottage your definition of heaven or more of a place in need of some love? With these 5 easy tips, your cottage will be transformed from another task on the to-do list to your home-away-from-home.

1. Are Stains Just a Part of Our Cottage Furniture Decor?

Teleport your cottage from 1980 to 2017

What most people don't realize is how easy it is to bring a face-lift to a cottage by simply modifying your furniture. Changing out a couch, table or chairs is the difference between wanting to invite friends up to your cottage vs. pretending like your cottage doesn't exist.

One way to spruce up old furniture is by getting it reupholstered. This brings life back to your furniture and makes it look brand new. Consider a dark fabric to minimize the appearance of any future stains, or invest in a water-resistant fabric which could potentially save your couch from kids or dogs after they get out of the lake.

Alternatively, if you want new furniture entirely, browse your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You'll be able to find something that meets your needs at a price that won't break the bank. By purchasing from the ReStore, you're doing so much more than updating your cottage, you're also helping local families in need. Furthermore, your old furniture could be donated and you will receive a tax receipt to help save on cottage expenses.

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2. Do I Even Have a Decor Style At The Cottage?

Teleport your cottage from 1980 to 2017

Your cottage should have a piece of you around every corner, so why not add decor that is as original as you are? Create a gallery of photographs, kids' art or pressed leaves from the property.  Or try creating a wall of photos, giving each photo its own unique frame.

Another way to spice up your cottage is by doing some DIY. Homemade projects add character and put a unique spin on re-purposing items.  Pinterest is a great resource for finding inspiration.  For example, try changing an old log you found outside into a wine bottle holder. You'll have a one-of-a-kind item that will become the perfect centrepiece in your kitchen, not to mention a great conversation piece. Check out these other easy, DIY projects courtesy of Pinterest.

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Looking for materials for your next DIY project? Step into your local ReStore! We have everything you need from hammers, nails and screws to vintage tables, desks and mirrors. Try re-purposing items into something new! It is environmentally-friendly and will create a unique style at your cottage.  There is an environmental component to the ReStore, and it’s an important part of what we do. Much of the material we receive from our local donors would end up in the landfill.

3. Why Sit Inside When You Can Sit Under The Stars?

Teleport your cottage from 1980 to 2017

Most people forget about outdoor lighting when at the cottage. Why not hang a few strings of lights over an outdoor table or around a fire pit? Cards and board games are a staple on vacation and by hanging lights, you can now play games all night under the stars.

How about some night fishing or swimming?  Dock lights are definitely the way to go. They are easy to install and will help you to make the most of your vacation by extending your favourite activities into the dark.

In the market for some new lighting? A great place to shop is at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You'll find lights for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. What are you waiting for? Peruse the ReStore today and turn your place into the destination hangout spot for you and all your friends.

All the while, you're supporting local, hard-working families because the ReStore's proceeds cover 100% of the administrative costs for Habitat for Humanity.  That way, when you make a donation to us, 100% of that donation goes to building homes.

4. Life's a Garden. Start Digging

Teleport your cottage from 1980 to 2017

Those "exotic plants" that have been hanging around your garden at the cottage, a.k.a. weeds, are taking away from your weekend family time. Why not plant some plants you will actually enjoy?

Because you're not at the cottage all the time, the best way to keep plants alive is using drought-resistant and native ones. According to Cottage Life, here are the best plants to have at the cottage because they are easy for landscaping and extremely low maintenance:

  • Columbine
  • Bellflower
  • Catmint
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Daisies
  • Variegated Ribbon Grass
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Ferns
  • Delphinium

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To have these wonderful plants, you are going to need some soil and gardening tools. Did you know some ReStore's sell soil? Our inventory is 100% donation-based, so you never know what you're going to see in our aisles.

Generous donors also donate gardening equipment such as gloves, shoves, pots and planters, so it's a one-stop shop for all your gardening needs.

5. Loving The Patio Life

Teleport your cottage from 1980 to 2017

Transform your patio from ugly to utopia. Your patio is a place to experience nature first hand. Having patio furniture is a must.

When shopping for patio furniture, take note of the number of cushions on each chair as you'll have to find somewhere to store them for the winter.

Even though patio furniture is meant to be outside, you must bring it in for the winter. The freezing Canadian temperatures and harsh Canadian winters do a real number on patio furniture. Just like indoor furniture, your outdoor furniture needs to be highly durable and last for many years to come.

If you are in need of some affordable, high quality, patio furniture, stop by your local ReStore. We always carry a variety of outdoor items that will not disappoint. Our inventory is donation-based and once it's sold, it's gone. Be sure to check back frequently, as we get new donations daily.

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