Upcycling challenge nets charity big bucks 0
Our DIY columnist Julia Dilworth found this Sutton Place Hotel castaway at Vancouver ReStore and gave it new life with girly, retro mint. (SUBMITTED)
Writers and bloggers eager to reinvigorate the look of long-forgotten furniture squared off at the Vancouver Home and Design Show over the weekend in a bid to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
Competitors in the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge, including 24 hours’ DIY columnist Julia Dilworth, were given three weeks and $100 to repurpose items from the charity’s ReStore outlet into stylish furnishings.
Dilworth’s creation garnered the highest bid in the silent auction after she refinished a second-hand hotel desk of dark brown wood with a trendy mint-green paint job.
More than $1,000 was raised — including $250 for the “Mintage Desk” — for Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver.
“I was just happy to contribute to the challenge because it’s for such a good cause,” Dilworth said, adding the constant sanding and painting made for a much harder challenge than she anticipated.