Three DIY experts were challenged to build home goods on a strict budget with a tight deadline.
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GMC DIY Challenge: Professional-Grade Creativity

DIY experts challenged to explore creative design, Build for Habitat for Humanity

It takes a keen eye and a sharp mind to create and build new home furnishings from repurposed materials, but doing so with a strict budget, a tight deadline, and the goal of producing a professional-looking design? That’s a true challenge -- and that’s exactly what teams were asked to do as part of the very first GMC DIY Challenge.

We gathered three experts in the field of DIY home furnishings – Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson, Brad Pennington of, and Dinah Wulf of -- to assemble teams to help them build innovative, inspiring home furnishings and accent pieces for use in a future Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) house.
That sounds straightforward, but then we threw a curveball. Each team was given $500 to spend on materials at Habitat LA ReStore in Torrance, CA, which recycles and re-sells donated furniture, and hardware materials. Further, they had only an hour to not only envision their entire project, but scrounge the store for the materials needed before loading them into their GMC pickup trucks. The pressure only intensified once the build began, as each team had only one day to build their dream designs before presenting to the judging panel.

Which team’s finished product best exhibited a professional-grade design and precise execution? Who walked away the winner? Watch the video below to see for yourself.