2017 Portfolio

Second Chance Charms completed one hundred and twenty-one pieces for the year 2017, both custom projects for clients and inventory selections. I also completed thirteen decor items for returning clients. This year I worked on some of the biggest sized pieces I have ever done! SWOON!

Thank you. Thank you!

You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.

Looking back at my 2016 Portfolio inspiration was my 2017 goal for Second Chance Charms as well as in my personal life. I am constantly inspired by the many refinishers, blog post and Instagram accounts I follow daily, that I hope to one day be that for others.

As I look back on 2017 I am happy to say that I enjoyed all that I was a part of, from attending a seminar with Matthew Kelly, donating my hair, running an Art Club at my children’s school, creating The Artistic Home Design, my Shop Renovation and all the inbetweens like being a part of the Artisan Market and creating Second Chance Charms Behind the Scenes Furniture group. This year I was inspired to try new things by the people around me.

So what is next for Second Chance Charms, you ask?


This new year I want to focus more on sharing How-To’s, give examples, show tutorials and more. I’m looking forward to this 2018 year!

Thank you for being apart of my journey, supporting my business and allowing me to do what I love!

























Xoxo -Rebecca

Goodbye December, Hello January

Christmas left as fast as it came this year. It was hard to get in the Christmas spirit for me. We unexpectedly lost my grandfather on December 6th. Norman was an honorable man, married to my grandmother for 55 years and left behind 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His service was beautiful and the stories shared even more so. Rest in peace my grumpa, I love you.


I was able to complete a few projects this month, let’s take a look at what was completed at both custom pieces and inventory selection purchased for customizations.


I am completely happy with all of these gorgeous pieces. Ending December on a rather good note. I value the history that you share with me on your pieces. Most of them come from past relatives and this month was a reminder of that importance to me.

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.

-Arthur Schopenhauer

Although Christmas was different for us this year, spending time with our family was perfect and lovely. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.



Rocking Chair

This vintage rocking chair belonged to my clients husbands’ late father. Keeping this rocking chair with it’s lovely memories and stories needed to be refinished to match my clients home decor. Now this beauty can keeping rocking many more memories but look fabulous while doing so!

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black with a slight distressed look to bring out the gorgeous wood tones underneath.


Todd Reifers Signature Workstation

It’s not a secret that my mother is an artist specialising in oil painting on canvas. You can read all about my amazing mother on my blog post: Maureen.

A while back my mother had bought a Todd Reifers Signature Workstation for her Art Room. So when Maureen came to me and said she needs her station to have her daughter’s Second Chance Charms artistic touch, I was ecstatic! She is such an inspiration!

My mother basically gave me free range and I quote “Two toned, maybe a beige and white, and definitely glazed. Surprise me I know I will love it!”… I wanted to see a heavy glaze on her piece, especially with the doors and those pop outs. I used Sherwin-Williams Portico for the base. Glazed the body in both Van Dyke Brown and Turkish Coffee. Keeping some areas highlighted in Portico for that pop of contrast. Revamped all the knobs, metal signature plate, metal on the leather strap and casters in Oil Rubbed Bronze. The before picture really illustrates the difference between the Before and After reveal! “Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint”- Haruki Murakami



I am in love with the curves of this piece! I found her a few months back during one of my garage sale days and put her up over In the Studio for customization. A returning client of mine purchased her and wanted this buffet console to match a dining table and chairs I did for her back in 2014.

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa and glazed in Turkish Coffee. All hardware cleaned and kept original for that added sparkle. The top had been stained in Minwax Early American.


Curio Cabinet

This transformation rocks, my clients were over the original finish and plain look of this piece. They wanted change!

This curio cabinet has been revamped in a solid finish using Sherwin-Williams Snowbound and added iron pipe hardware. I also added brackets on the corners of the piece for more character. There are glass shelves for the inside of this piece that my clients held onto. I cant wait to see how she decorates her curio cabinet.