My sweet boxer pup is photo bombing my pictures, I’ll let it slide since Miss Justice is too dang cute!
These adorable wooden captain chairs are a dream! Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Black Fox, and the arms and tops in oil rubbed bronze. Lightly glazed in brown to match the table that is original brown. Just in time for my clients Thanksgiving day party!!
What a lovely surprise to be featured in VoyagePhoenix Magazine! VoyagePhoenix is built on recommendations from the community! I can’t thank you all enough for the amazing support you have given me through the years! Read the full interview at VoyagePhoenix- Rebecca Whitney!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Whitney.
Rebecca, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
“Remember when you wished for the things that you have today?” My husband and I were in between houses, living in an apartment when I can recall juggling our two sons; three and one at the time, brainstorming WHAT I could do to help contribute towards the family. I will be the first to say that becoming a stay at home parent is one of the toughest jobs I have ever had. It wasn’t until we had a kitchen fire that set some real crazy motions into effect. God gives blessings, even if they don’t seem like it at the time.
Second Chance Charms started in 2012 when my husband and I bought a house in Sun City, Arizona. We could only afford to fill it with second-hand items and hand-me-down furnishings from family members and garage sales. To make it our own and give it our style I started to refinish them, slowly but surely, trial and error, this DIY became an obsession. Soon, our friends and family would bring me their old unwanted pieces of décor and furniture to give new life and love to. Before I knew it, I was a mother of three amazing boys and on the journey of refinishing and restoring furniture for not just myself, but for anyone and everyone!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Refinishing and restoring unwanted furniture pieces is like writing another page to their stories, giving another chapter in their life. A Second Chance. I drew my first real art piece when I was ten years old of my bicycle I had received for Christmas. I was so proud of my bike and being a part of the guys (I am the eldest of three boys). I remember laying on the concrete floor in the garage pencil drawing my bike and watching my mother as she painted her oils on canvas in her studio. I believe it’s from her that I have this passion for creativity. Every piece is carefully loved and forever a part of my soul.
In school, I dabbled in all sorts of sports. Swimming became my outlet, and art class was always a given. In college, I branched out in interior design and fine arts. My husband and I started a family, and all my energies were put forth in raising our boys that I soon quickly had forgotten my happiness in the artistic world.
One day, when we were moving furniture around trying to find places for all our mixed matched broken and hand-me-down pieces, I found myself staring at this small dresser that used to be my mothers as a girl. The paint was chipped everywhere, showing the many different color layers it had. I didn’t have the heart to get rid of the thing. How could I? The memories my mother had. The many layers of paint my grandfather gave it throughout the years to appease his daughter. It was my first piece that I refinished and is still used as my coffee bar in my house today. The entire process from start to finish thrilled me. I had found Becca. She wasn’t forgotten just laid dormant for a time.
To breathe new life in something forgotten is a simple reminder to me that there is beauty in second chances. Every morning I use my coffee bar and its sentimental in so many ways. Different pieces of furniture have meaning to us all… a family heirloom first set a husband and wife bought together, a gift for a child. Instead of getting rid of these pieces that have aged over time and is not the best of ways, refinishing them writes another page to their wonderful stories. Express yourself with your home decor, be bold, classy and colorful!
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Art can be found where ever we look, from our fashion and architecture to the meals we eat and what is displayed within our homes. I think we all have a creative flame burning within ourselves. Some of us have a dancing blaze that cannot be extinguished, while others have a slow and steady light. Regardless of your flame- find what fuels it, and find warmth in all you do. Surround yourself with the ones who help you blaze on, and to remember to feed not only your fire but those around you.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My webpage www.SecondChanceCharms.com is always up to date with blog posts on each piece I do. Viewing my portfolio, check out what is available for both customization and what is available for purchase, as well as a list of the different refinishing technique styles I offer, are all a click away. I can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest! Second Chance Charms also has a Behind The Scenes Furniture Facebook page for tips and tricks! I always enjoy receiving reviews from my clients! One huge impact that you can do to show support for your local artist is to be involved in their social media pages. Show support by liking, commenting and sharing their posts! As always, word of mouth is the best praise an artist can receive!
Leave a comment on their website and recommend your local artist!
I’d like to think I saved this glorious gal from the dump. Her veneer was peeling, she lost most of her original hardware and she was in overall really bad shape. I gave her a second chance and I am absolutely in love with how she turned out! Not only that, but she is available for purchase! Check out Shop Selections for details!
After scrapping off her veneer, filling in all areas with wood filler, adding a new top, sanding and proper prep this beauty is ready to showcase her new look! A French provincial style hutch refinished in a dark gray using Sherwin-Williams Rock Bottom. Heavily glazed in Tricorn Black. Inside, backing and shelves are refinished in Snowbound White. Hardware revamped in Black and heavily antiqued in White for an added pop!
Before and during:
Ended October with painted goodness! Which one is your favorite piece? If you missed out on any of these debuts, you can always click over and read all about them! Three custom pieces and a bedroom set from inventory that sold within an hour of posting on Facebook!
No matter the size, you can still make a statement! Custom small display cabinet refinished in Sherwin-Williams Creamy and glazed in brown. Original hardware cleaned.
We lost count on the number of pieces I have done for this client, not to mention for her parents and her friends. Word of mouth is the best compliment you can give! When a neighbor, friend or family member is visiting your home and states they love your *insert piece of furniture* and you have nothing but wonderful things to say about your Second Chance Charms piece- I seriously am on Cloud Nine.
Over 90% of my clientele are referrals and the things they tell me, you say about working with me, or how your expectations were reached and then some, I smile from ear to ear and tears fill my eyes. I can not express how touched I am that you love something that I created with my hands, heart and soul. I am YOUR biggest fan!!! Thank you!!!
We are finally getting to my lovely clients Display Cabinet in her house of Second Chance Charms. I can’t help but laugh- when she called me she said “I want to go blue”. There was a short pause on the line. She HATES blue. Of course she assured me that the blue she is going for is Frank Sinatra blue. I love her ideas and her colorful home.
Refinished in a custom color mix by me using three different shades of Sherwin-Williams blues, I will call it ‘Frank Sinatra Blue’. Glazed in Brown and hardware revamped in champagne bronze.