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Responsible Renovation

Submitted by on April 21, 2010 – 3 Comments

Earth Day poster in our stores

Recently, this blog featured photos and videos about the Noah’s ARC Interior Design Challenge, a partnership between The Salvation Army and American Society of Interior Designers.

Students from Orange County, California formed design teams to create theme rooms with items donated to Salvation Army Thrift Stores. For more information on the Noah’s ARC Interior Design Challenge, please click here and here.

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, one of the student designers has written an article on earth-friendly renovation. Here’s what she has to say:

Written by Tamara Stratton
Are you looking to, update, renovate, fill a space, or replace items in your home? You may not be aware that there is a valuable and affordable resource that is also a “Green” choice right in your neighborhood.

“Sustainability” is not only about using less of our natural resources it is also about using them better, reducing our impact on the planet, it is about helping us all thrive by giving back.

The Salvation Army is not only an affordable, creative and responsible source of buried treasure for your home and personal use but the proceeds also support Noah’s ARC, the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Anaheim that helps rebuild broken lives.

4 Rs of Responsible Renovation:
RE-Use – Find a once loved item and make it you own. You can always find something unique that is new-to-you. Example: accessory items, dishes, the perfect find!

RE-Finish – Change the color, change the stain, paint or add an accent to what you find.
Example: repaint a tray, refinish a table, restain a stool, and recolor a vase.

RE-Store – Take something Not-Usable and make it Usable. Repair, recover, reupholster. Example: Cover pillows, reupholster a chair, fix up a “beater”- strip, sand paint and completely rejuvenate a desk.

RE-Purpose – find a new and creative way to use an item for a distinctly different purpose than the original design. Think out of the box! Example: Turn a table lamp into a chandelier; use a stool for a table base. Cut a sofa table down into a bench. Turn a twin bed into a couch. Make a tray from a framed mirror.

By shopping at The Salvation Army you can make a difference with responsible renovation. You can improve your home while you improve lives.


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  • […] Speaking of our Thrift Stores,  student designer Tamara Stratton of the Noah’s ARC Interior Design Challenge, in which students designed living areas with all recycled pieces, wrote an article about responsible renovation with Salvation Army resources. Read her article here at our Western Terrirtory’s Expect Change blog! […]