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ReStored Dresser with Matching Decor

  • By Riverside ReStore
  • 01 Jan, 2017

Furnishing a kitchen with DIY projects purchased at multiple Habitat for Humanity ReStores. 

Our DIY Guru Fern is a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity ReStores! Although she normally shops at the Riverside location, she does visit other local ReStores from time to time. These particular projects used products purchased at both the Riverside ReStore and the Redlands ReStore , supporting both Habitat for Humanity Riverside and the San Bernardino Area Habitat for Humanity .

Fern found a tall dresser and a single long cabinet door and was inspired to create a matching set! Perfect for a display in a kitchen or for a party! The pair is just beautiful together.

DIY, Dresser, Stained and Painted, Furniture, Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Fern started with a single long cabinet door (purchased at the Riverside ReStore for $2.50). Using paint, wax, and stain she created this beautiful sign for display in a kitchen or at a party. Upon completion of this project, she posed her sign on top of a tall dresser (purchased for only $20 at the Redlands ReStore). She was so pleased with the way her sign looked atop the dresser that she decided to repurpose the dresser in the same fashion to match the sign. See directions for this painting process below. 
DIY, Dresser, Stained and Painted, Furniture, Habitat for Humanity ReStore


  • General Purpose Paint (Red and White)
  • Wax paste
  • Stain
  • Dark Stain (Fern used Dark Walnut by Minwax)
  • (Supplies for additional supplies details)
  • Oil Paint Pen
  • Wire
  • Needle Nose Pliers


  1.  Depending on the surface of your piece, you may want to start by sandpapering the surface and adding a primer (Fern did not do this step for either piece)
  2.  Water down the red paint so that it is a lighter consistency. Paint the surface with 2 coats of paint, paint should be lightly coated and show detail of the wood underneath. (Fern painted everything but the door front and top)
  3. Once paint is dry (wait about a day), add wax paste to the surface of the piece. Let sit then buff it out.
  4. Apply stain to the surface of the red painted area then quickly wipe it off to keep the red from losing it’s bright color.
  5. For area not covered with red, add the dark stain with Minwax (for the sign, first paint the center with white, then once it dries apply the dark stain)

 For the Dresser:

  1. New knobs were added to complete the project.

 For the Sign:

  1.  “Sweet Tea Served Here” written with oil paint pen
  2. Curl Wire with Needle Nose Pliers
  3. Drill 2 holes into corners of the sign
  4. String wire through the holes to hang the sign on a wall.

 If you try this process at home, we want to see the results! Post your projects and tag us using #RiversideReStore. Your creation might get featured in our blog!

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Customer service, cashiering, stocking, merchandising , inventory handling, large furniture moving a BIG PLUS.

Cashier/Merchandiser/Warehouse Position:

Strength requirement:
Medium – exerts up to 50lbs of force occasionally and /or up to 20lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 10lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Regularly) 
Heavy – exerts up to 100lbs of force occasionally, and /or up to 50lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Often) 

Warehouse/Driver’s Assistant

Strength requirement:
Heavy – exerts up to 100lbs of force occasionally, and /or up to 50lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects.(Regularly)
Very Heavy – exerts in excess of 100lbs of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50lbs of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Often) 

Availability - must be available for up to 28 hours per week between the hours of 8:30 and 6:15. Shifts of 4 to 7 hour days.

Application process open until position is filled
Applications available in store or via email request
Request/Return Application to: Cindy Tyrolt with the subject line New Hire

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Using recycled content paint, prevents paint material from ending up in a landfill or, worse, down a drain. Recycled paint saves resources, saves energy, reduces pollution, and reduces landfill waste!

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