Kicking off the Blog with the Habitat For Humanity Restore Montco Upcycle Challenge!

Wahoo!  I am so excited to kick off my blog by sharing some great news!  I was selected as one of five participants to take part in the Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, PA (HFHMC) and ReStore Montco Upcycle Challenge!


Here are the challenge details:

Before HFHMC fills their brand new home with a partner family, they had a contest for local designers to apply to design their own space in one of the rooms using ReStore Montco building materials, furniture and home furnishings, as well as, any of our own goods for the chance to win ReStore Montco gift cards.  This is a wonderful opportunity for both professional and amateur designers to flex their skills, and also to showcase how we can save landfill space and disposal fees by reusing, restoring, reclaiming and repurposing used materials into fabulous new pieces.

On a whim, with no design degree or formal experience, I decided to apply as a Mother / Daughter team with my Mom.  We love DIY, thrift stores, upcycling, and helping out in our community.  I figured there would be many applicants and since I have a business (Vintage Vinyl Journals) upcycling old LPs and album covers that would help us to get selected – and it did!  Wahoo!  I cannot think of a better way to help out in the community then with this challenge.  Can you tell I’m excited!?!

We get to “shop” ReStore Montco for our  items (on their tab) and also have a $500 budget (on our tab) that we can spend on any additional items or supplies we need.

So, what’s in it for us?

There will be two home tours for the grand revealing of the rooms on April 19 and April 26.  The home tours will be open to the public for a small fee ($10) to vote on their favorite room. All proceeds from the home tours will benefit HFHMC programs in Montgomery County, PA (where we live).

There will be a VIP Open House to announce the winners on Tuesday, April 29. First place, a $100 ReStore Montco gift certificate, will go to the UpCycle Challenge contestant who received the most votes. The second place UpCycle Challenge contestant will win a $50 gift certificate.  And a randomly chosen audience member will win a $25 gift certificate.

We were randomly assigned the largest room in the house, the first bedroom, to transform and have some awesome projects already started.  Stay tuned for some amazing furniture transformations and how we make this empty space into a bedroom we would want for ourselves!  We cannot wait to transform our plain space into a Pinterest worthy room with upcycled and vintage items!  I know this challenge is for us. Game on!

I plan on posting updates here on the blog, but also be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even more updates.

We're in it to win it and help HFHMC! …and have fun too!
We’re in it to win it and help HFHMC! …and have fun too!

Love, Kate

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  1. Reply

    So excited to see the open house, all of your sneak peeks on Instagram look awesome!! Yay team Busy Bee Kate!! Blog looks amazing!

    • Liz Tunney-Philippi
    • March 21, 2014

    Yay! First comment! I can’t wait to see what you have in store. Best of luck in the competition and on your blog!

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