Back to School! Kinda?

This summer was a completely different summer then we have ever experienced. Towards the end of school last year we were quarantined and did online distance learning. While we did our best, the chaos of the world weighed pretty heavy on everyone across the board. Nonetheless, my husband and I had an amazing time with loved ones.

We took our boys to multiple staycations in Arizona (the first for us and definitely a must do going forward!) This past weekend just the hubby and I did a trip across Nevada, visiting Vegas and Reno. During this pandemic, we are so fortunate to have four families in our neighborhood that made swimming parties, game nights and conversation in daily life, worth living and not forgetting the beauty during a pandemic. Surrounded by love, positivity and laughter really helped keep us all sane and grounded. Our nephews from Oklahoma made their annual trip out to visit us and sleepovers, Fortnite and movies made the world less crazy still. I don’t feel like I am someone who takes life for granted, but these past experiences are worth more to me now then before. Take time and relax. Enjoy the small things once again. Breath. Pray.

Last year I took the summer off from refinishing furniture to really enjoy my growing family. This summer I relied heavily on Second Chance Charms. I needed my artistic creative outlet to not only keep myself level, but to still be connected to my wonderful clientele. To be connected to people. To make sure you all were happy. Safe. And healthy.

School is back in session- kinda. We were givin a few options to decide how we wanted to educated our children. I truly believe there is NO wrong choice. Every family unit will chose what is best for them, and I support each one of you. I know it wasn’t easy making it. Finding our new schedule, online distance learning, will have some bumps, learning curves and new insights that may lead to other paths for us down the line. I look forward to the day when my kiddos can go back to school and be with their teachers and friends. To gain independence. To make decisions. Until that day arrives, we will distance learn and hopefully grow in ways we never thought possible. Take one semester at a time.

With a 7th grader, 5th grader and 1st grader my resume just grew to adding the title ‘Teacher’. I have customs and inventory pieces that I will work on for August and hope to find a nice balance with all of this… Stay tuned in! Continue to be positive, and support one another with love and prayer.

xoxo

Becca

Antique Dining Chairs

Three more custom chairs finished! Two more to go.

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Software and glazed in Cyberspace. My client picked out a cream and grey damask fabric from Joanns Fabric Store. Finally adding a dark grey cord to match and to finish them off!

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Buffet

“Oh my gosh! It’s so beautiful. I can’t believe I contemplated getting rid of it and buying a new piece for my space.”

Really in love with this gal! My client had a vision and although she didn’t quite push me out of my comfort zone, I found a challenge worth the reward.

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Anonymous and glazed in one shade darker using Porpoise. (The challenge in glazing one shade darker was I couldn’t tell how much of the glaze I was applying and taking off. When paint is wet its lighter. So during the glazing process I felt like I was reapplying the same base color. Talk about nervousness!) The top is stained using Varathane Wood Stain in Weathered Oak. The original hardware is cleaned up, however, the two long plates were more gold. In order to match them to the pulls I sprayed the two plates in Oil Rubbed Bronze and wet sanded them to bring a little gold out to match the existing pulls.

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Antique Chest of Drawers

A returning client wanted her antique chest of drawers refinished. Loving the pattern on the original wood she wanted the faces stained.

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Gray Matters and glazed in Cyberspace. The top and drawer faces are stained in Minwax Weathered Teak. The casters are revamped in Oil Rubbed Bronze and the original hardware cleaned up and left alone.

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Antique Trunk, Peter Rabbit

This gorgeous antique trunk used to be my clients grandmothers. The inside is laced with adorable Peter Rabbit fabric.

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Cyberspace, Well-Bred Brown, Tin Lizzie and Dovetail. I did a blending video on Instagram! All the metal is revamped in Black. Don’t mind Miss Justice showing off her Vogue look 😉

Seriously, I love her
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Nightstands

Last year I refinished a bedroom set for a client in a white lightly distressed in the lines, with stained tops. Another customer saw them and said “Hey!!! I have that exact set and I love them done in white!”

My new customer wanted the same look only more distressing! Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Alabaster and heavily distressed. Tops stained in Minwax Jacobean. Original hardware revamped in Oil Rubbed Bronze.

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Hutch

A few weeks back I refinished a chair and a buffet that matches this hutch. My client has many more chairs and a dining table that I will be work on soon. Meep!!!

Refinishing these custom pieces in my clients style is so satisfying. I love her taste and can’t wait to see her dining room all set up once completed!

Using the color Software by Sherwin-Williams and glazing in Cyberspace. I stained the top in Weathered Teak. Added new hardware that my client purchased, Crystal Knobs matched with silver plates changes this piece to the better! Like most of my customs, I will have my clients keep the glass at home, in this case, two glass doors and glass shelves are at home waiting to be put back in.

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