the ReFab Diaries

Thrift shopping in the summertime is so much fun because there are many good finds for the warmer months. You can even stock up on all your vacation and beach-going essentials. Here are three things to thrift for this summer season to get you started.

3 Things to Thrift for This Summer Season

Is solar energy worth the high upfront cost?
What impact does solar power even have on the environment?
Believe it or not, solar-powered homes have been around since 1973! However, the craze didn't catch fire until the last 20 years. Are you curious about the financial and environmental benefits of solar power? Discover why we should use solar energy.


Plastic is one of the most widely used materials in the world, and while it has many benefits, it also has a dark side. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our planet, and if we don't take steps to address it, the consequences could be disastrous. This article will explore the ways plastic contaminates the earth and what we can do about it.



There's something about working with wood (especially reclaimed wood!) that just feels right. Maybe it's the satisfaction of seeing a project come to life or the sense of accomplishment you feel when it's finished. Whatever the reason, if you're interested in woodworking, you need to have the right gear! In this blog post, we'll discuss some essential pieces of equipment that every woodworker should have. 

Recycling plays a vital role in reducing energy consumption, decreasing waste, and lowering environmental pollution. The process of recycling benefits the environment by lowering the need for procuring raw materials and facilitating the use of renewable materials. 

Might not be trendy to talk about anymore, but let's face it: our homes remain cluttered materials that can be recycled, including papers, plastic, glass, and tin. Read on as we share tips on how to recycle the clutter in your home and practice a zero-waste policy. 

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed a fascinating trend in the housing market—tiny houses and shipping container homes. What’s the deal with these steel-box homes? In this blog, I’ll explain why tiny houses are trendy right now and their benefits as container homes.

Why More People Are Choosing To Live in Shipping Containers

There is something so satisfying about creating an individual item from something that has been thrown away.  All it takes is a bit of imagination. Take your standard lampshade: remove the material and you are left with a structural joy that can be transformed into a myriad of items that you would pay good money for if you bought new. We have been looking at some of the ideas out there and curated the best 10. Come and take a look and see if you agree.


Are you looking to give your outdoor space a makeover? Whether you have a small patio or a sprawling backyard, there are lots of ways to redesign it! In this blog post, we will outline an easy guide to help you get started. We'll cover everything from choosing the right furniture and plants to creating a focal point in your space. So whether you're just getting started or you're ready for your next project, read on for some helpful tips!