1920’s Library Card Catalog

Worth the wait, wouldn’t you agree!? My first piece to the new year! Meeep!!! I want to start off by saying, I believe that every furniture refinisher out there wants to be able to say they refinished or restored an antique library card catalog storage cabinet, at least once. Secondly, I think it’s safe to assume that everybody wishes they owned one! I can check off one of those things! I completely swooned when I got my hands on this old fellow. He belonged to my great-grandfather and it was used to store his nick knacks and small tools in his garage. I am not sure how he encountered such a piece but let me just say- he used it for all its possibilities. After his passing in 2011 my mother held on to this lovely old gem, stored away in her garage, waiting for a Second Chance.

Before pictures:

The first thing I do when receiving a piece underway in the makeover process is take all the hardware off. Of course, this piece was an emotional experience for me. All the tags had my great grandfather’s hand writing on them. A little part of him was still here.

I giggled at my self a few times when I was stripping the paint away that he applied by hand and I would bet with some old paint he had stashed somewhere wanting a change, thinking to myself, I bet if he were here he would have said to me “Geez great grand-daughter, if I knew you would be knee-deep in toxic liquid, breathing in fumes, and scrubbing until your fingers were numb I wouldn’t have painted that darn thing”. But I know now that he would be so proud of how this piece looks today.

Stripping away all the old paint, my mother and I agreed to restore the base. The wood grain was in beautiful shape, apart from some cracks and missing pieces. I didn’t want to fill in certain flaws as it’s part of his charm and character. I stained the body and drawer faces using Minwax Early American.


Using four colors we enhanced only 20 of the 45 drawers for an artistic pop of color touch. My mom chose to use Sherwin-Williams Butternut, Rookwood Terra Cotta, Haven and Riverway.


I distressed the drawers that had color on them for the final vintage worn look. I am so proud of how this 1920’s Yawman & Erbe MFG. CO. Rochester N.Y. 45 drawer Library, Apothecary, Antique Industrial Card File turned out!! The card file has four sections: Top section with a brass plate identifying the manufacture (hidden behind paint in the before photo). Three sections with 15 card files each. Three boxes were built to replace the missing ones, two broken faces were repaired and four new catalog hardware was added to complete this restoration project!

Before and After:


Featured on The Artisan Markets

I woke up this morning to find that Second Chance Charms was featured over at The Artisan Markets- Phoenix AZ. How incredibility exciting is that!? Here is what was posted on Facebook and Instagram:

It’s Feature Friday!
Today we are featuring one of our very talented local artisans, Rebecca Flanigan Whitney!
Rebecca’s pieces are absolutely stunning, timeless and breathtaking!
Please take a moment to visit Rebecca at
Be sure to read the incredible reviews left by former and current clients. She’s amazing at what she does but also provides exceptional personal customer care.
Rebecca offers custom work and will deliver locally for a fee.
Please take a moment to visit her page, leave her some love and support by Liking her page and leaving a comment or two. ❤

These are the pieces that I have available (French Provincial Buffet SOLD). You can click over to The Artisan Markets- Phoenix AZ and visit both their Facebook or Instagram accounts to view along with some other amazing Arizona talent and available pieces!

Featured in The Chippy Barn Instagram Inspiration

Oh my goodness! Have you heard of The Chippy Barn? If you are a Do-It-Yourself kinda gal/guy, you will want to check this out! The ultimate industry newsletter sending out monthly inspiration. And I am featured in 2016’s Fall Guide!


 The FIRST EVER Chippy Barn Inspiration Guide is out and two of my pieces are featured in it!! Subscribe to their newsletter and you will receive your own free online copy of the guide filled with lots of beautiful furniture pieces by some very talented artist. Featuring 15 Instagram influences and artist, 48 pages that are jam-packed with amazing content. Click on the link to be taken to the site to sign up for your FREE guide! Click on The Chippy Barn!!

My first piece featured is of a buffet I refinished back in August and it so happened to be the 100th piece I refinished year to date for 2016!!  You can read all about her story here at Gorgeous Traditional Buffet.

They also included my personal Succulent Garden! You can read his debut here at Succulent Garden.

I cant even handle this right now!!! A huge thank you to The Chippy Barn team for including me in such an inspirational tool! I do hope you check The Chippy Barn out for some intense lovely DIY ideas! Enjoy!!

xoxo- Rebecca