ALPENA – Local DIY artists have transformed old furniture and household items into beautiful treasures you can bid on Saturday.
Habitat for Northeast Michigan is hosting Repurpose for a Reason from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday at the ReStore, 2630 US-23 South in Alpena. Final bids in the silent auction will be at 5 pm
The fundraiser will feature unique, hand-painted and repurposed items for guests to bid on, as well as a chance raffle featuring about 15 themed gift baskets donated by area businesses and organizations.
All proceeds from the auction will be used to help fund local veterans, families and senior programs including Critical Home Repair and Aging in Place, according to Jenny Nestell, community outreach coordinator for Habitat Northeast Michigan. This will be the first in-person fundraiser the nonprofit has hosted since the pandemic began a little over two years ago.
Nestell is amazed with the creativity and talent people have put into these repurposed pieces.
“I was not sure what we were going to get,” Nestell said. “People are so artistic, and it’s really cool.”
A group of Alpena Community College design students came in recently to pick out pieces to upcycle for the silent auction.
“All sorts of different things went out of here with those students,” Nestell said. “I am very anxious to see what they come up with.”
She said one of them is repurposing a microwave in an artistic way.
ACC student Alexis Lask upcycled a large round mirror with a wooden frame, adding black and teal accents and turning it into a gorgeous statement piece.
Other unique and beautiful items include a hand-painted end table and book / magazine rack by Amy Stepaniak of Presque Isle, a hand-painted bench with storage by Susan Skibbe of Alpena, a framed Lake Huron beach glass piece by Diane Mitchell of Ossineke, a stained glass chandelier by Kathy Maynard of Hubbard Lake, barn board home decor by Connie Johnson of Alpena, a reupholstered mission rocking sewing chair and white sitting chair by Yvonne Meden of Alpena, a brightly painted chair by Ellen LaCross of Alpena, a picture frame , lamp and stool by Tara Boliek of Alpena, hand-painted light switch covers and glass by Christine Brennan of Ossineke, an adorable Murphy dog bed by Kathy Phillips of Alpena, and a hand-painted multipurpose hutch by Elizabeth Molinaro and Erin Bailey.
“I’m just amazed,” Nestell said. “I did not know what to expect. This has exceeded it. ”
“She has spent a tremendous amount of time,” said Habitat Executive Director Ted Fines. “I’m very proud of what she’s done here.”