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Both for renovating our small, cute cottage (aka: Green Acres), as well as for our new house build, the Habitat for Humanity Restores have been our first stop, both for sourcing out items that we need as well as for recycling items we no longer need. Many communities have these wonderful stores, and if you haven’t been to one yet you’re definitely missing out. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 as a way to give people a hand up in providing them with affordable housing, not a hand-out. To this day they have facilitated housing for thousands of families all over the world. I and my family have been very blessed indeed to be able to take basic needs such as a roof over our heads for granted, but this is not the reality for many, so I love supporting this charity in any way I can.
The Restores obtain items from homeowners, renovators, liquidators, manufacturers, as well as big box stores such as Home Depot. You can often find brand new or nearly new items there for a fraction of the cost. Another bonus is that you pay no tax at all on any of the items, even the brand new ones.
One of my favourite Restores is in Bracebridge. It is giganormous, plus it’s right next to Muskoka Brewery, a tiny craft brewery where you can sample before you buy. Yum!
For our next project at Green Acres we desperately needed to renovate the bathroom, which had previously been renovated, but in such a shoddy fashion that (believe it or not), they had sort of plumbed in a marine toilet instead of a proper one, and had plumbed in the vanity without a P-trap. Needless to say, the smell was horrible, which is likely why the place was on the market so long. We purchased a Hennessy and Hinchcliffe ultra high efficiency toilet, (which I would highly recommend if you need a new toilet as it only uses 3 litres per flush), and we found a cute vanity at ReStore, as well as a slightly used faucet.
Tune in next week for the “Before and Afters”!

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Whether you’re looking for a light fixture,

 

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furniture to refinish with milk paint,

 

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a brand new window or door for a cottage or shed,

 

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a lavatory basin to replace a cracked one,

 

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a “new” kitchen that you could re-paint after it’s installed,

 

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or even a brand new vanity. Look at that price! And no tax!

 

Cottage Bathroom

So…..here’s the new and improved cottage bathroom along with the before shots (except for the marine toilet – no need for horror in my blogposts!)
As mentioned last week, we decided to go with an ultra high efficiency toilet. In my opinion this one by Hennessy & Hinchcliffe is fabulous. I find it truly astonishing that old school toilets can use up to 3 gallons of water per flush, when this one does a great job using just .8 gallons or 3 litres per flush. In these days of water consumption awareness you might want to think about switching out your old ones. Many municipalities offer financial incentives to do so.
We purchased a new vanity from the Habitat for Humanity ReStoreĀ for an astonishing $89 and a brand new faucet for $5 – no tax! A carrera marble-look quartz vanity top from Home Depot at $139 complete the new vanity. The main reason for switching out the vanities was that the existing one was very short at 28.5″, whereas the new one is 34.5″ high, making it a lot more comfortable to use. An added benefit is that we gained extra space in the bathroom because the new vanity is much narrower – enough to have a full-size drying rack – very important in a cottage because with all the guests you get inundated with towels, and this is a great way to keep them all dry.
I made extremely simple window coverings to allow privacy by just hemming and making a top pocket and hemming all around in a horizontally striped sheer fabric which I found at Fabricland. Total cost: $4.00 for both curtains (the curtain rods were already in the cottage – on different windows)
The position of the vanity (i.e. the plumbing) meant that it was mounted directly below the window, making the mounting of a mirror problematic. I solved this by mounting the mirror securely on screws which went into the window sill. The mirror was completely plain so I dressed it up a bit by hot-gluing a row of metallic birds to the bottom of it.
A good scrubbing and re-caulking of the shower as well as a new shower curtain and water efficient shower head make this once horrible bathroom a pleasure to use!
(Yes! That is an ironing board reflected in the mirror. Can’t sew without ironing!)

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Bathroom vanity “before”. Yes, we have exposed plumbing. It is a cottage after all.

 

 

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And the “After” I will never take a flushing toilet for granted again!

 

Room for an extendable drying rack – essential in a cottage with many guests, many towels!

 

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A new shower curtain and window curtain completes the look

 

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Make sure you check out Habitat for Humanity Restore when sourcing new items for your home or cottage!