DIY paradise

Looking for good deals on new and gently used products and building materials? The recently opened ReStore home improvement outlet offers donated furniture, doors, windows, kitchen cabinets, flooring, bathroom vanities, lighting, tile and other supplies at the new location, 2700 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. All revenue supports Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s work building, rehabbing and repairing homes for local families. Call 612-588-3820 or go to and click on “Restore.”

Arts & crafts stenciling

“Mastering the Scary Stencil” is for owners of Craftsmans and Prairie School homes, as well as old house lovers and preservationists. The hands-on workshop will demonstrate various stenciling techniques used on walls, curtains and table linens often found in Arts & Crafts period homes, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. Cost $40; includes instructor Amy Miller’s book “Stenciling the Arts & Crafts Home.” Minnesota Historical Society members receive a class discount. Register at (under “Services,” then “Education”).

Green kitchen makeover

If you’re updating your kitchen, why not make it as eco-friendly as you can? Natural Built Home is holding a free class on “Planning a Green Kitchen Remodel” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at 4020 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. Learn about environmentally friendly features, the design process, budgets, rebates and affordable design tips. Bring photos or measurements of your space. Register at, click on “Education Center” or call 612-605-7999.

Vintage and antiques sale

Want to add a stained-glass window or carved stone character to a plain Jane room? The Architectural Antiques Fall Sale is a chance to re-use and recycle pre-1960s home-related functional and decorative salvaged stuff, discounted 25 to 60 percent from Oct. 14-16.

Peruse the aisles for antique and vintage lights, windows, doors, fireplace mantels, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, doorknobs, wrought-iron work and garden elements, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14-15 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16, 330 NE. Quincy St., Mpls. Call 612-332-8344 or go to

Fall creations

Design and assemble autumn-themed decor at Tonkadale workshops this month. “Pine Cone Chandelier” demonstrates how to create a hanging pine cone decoration, 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Make a pumpkin centerpiece from fresh fall foliage and succulents, 10 a.m. Oct. 22. Workshops include a short session detailing materials and design and participants leave with a completed project. Fee is $10 and does not include materials. Register at or call 952-938-6480. Tonkadale is at 3739 Tonkawood Rd., Minnetonka.