Weekend tip: Hit Habitat Restore’s grand opening

Weekend tip: Hit Habitat Restore’s grand opening
Michelle Li

When I bought my home on Madison’s east side, I couldn’t wait to fill it with new-to-me furniture. I have rarely bought new furniture — my husband ordered new leather living room furniture before we were married. I also bought some new furniture when one of my favorite boutique stores in Missouri sadly went out of business. Other than that, we’ve mostly purchased furniture second-hand because we like real wood, great deals and lots of character.

There’s a good chance I’ll call you if you put something cute up on Craigslist or on one of the resale pages of Facebook.  And if you’re wondering, I’m in search of a daybed, an outdoor couch and an old dresser.

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That is one reason I am thrilled for the opening of Habitat Restore East in Monona. The store is expanding and moving to the former Rubin’s Furniture building at 4207 Monona Drive and offers about 8,000 more square feet than its previous location just around the corner.

Another reason?  The party.

The grand opening day is Saturday, April 25 and aside from food, drinks and entertainment, the event will also offer some demonstrations to help upcycle your old furniture or furniture you may be able to find at the Restore.

The good folks at Studio 184 will give some chalk paint seminars in the early afternoon Saturday. The owners, Barry and Cindy Gazso, are all about saving our planet one salvaged piece at a time! They sell Annie Sloan chalk paint in their Stoughton studio and offer technique classes there as well. It is one of the most beautiful and simple ways to dress up old furniture — the paint has a lot of character and you don’t need to sand or prime. I have become obsessed with chalk paint lately, so I’m really excited to see what Barry and Cindy are going to show us.

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Anyway, I know a lot of Pinterest and DIYers so I thought I’d pass the info along… and hopefully I’ll see you there on Saturday! I have plans on going there so if you want something to do, come join me!  And, if you have a daybed to sell, let me know that, too.