ATLANTA -- Many women are about intimidated by do-it-yourself projects, but one expert is urging them to give it a try.
Brittany Bailey authors the blog PrettyHandyGirl.com. She teaches do-it-yourself seminars to women around the country.
Bailey recently appeared at the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore with some ideas about repurposing castoffs into creations.
"I love going to places like the ReStore and thrift stores to find things that are a little dinged up and have a little bit of character," she said.
Bailey said she prefers to buy solid wood items at thrift stores for the same price one would find a particle board piece in a retail store.
"This is a $50 solid wood cabinet, which could become a book case," she said. Bailey demonstrated how removing the doors, inverting the cabinet and addig a bit of trim transormed it into a high quality piece of wood furniture.
Her blog is full of examples and tutorials to help women learn plumbing, electricity and basic construction.
Bailey often turns construction materials, like a sheet of tile, into home décor. "It's $7 for the whole sheet," she said. "If you take a pair of scissors and cut it in half, it becomes a charger or placemat."
The Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great resource for DIY fans, with new and gently used home improvement supplies. Money spent there benefits Habitat for Humanity projects. The ReStore is located at 519 Memorial Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30312-2218.
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ReStore's phone number is (404) 525-2114.