Hello August, Goodbye July

Summer break has come to an end and the 2017-2018 School Year is starting this week for my littles. We are all ready to rock and roll and make this year another great school year!  As always I ask for your patience as we adapt to our new schedule.


In July there were some amazing pieces that were completed for both customers and inventory!!  As always please email, text or call me for a quote! Remember to get yourself on the First Dibs Email to be notified first on available pieces. Let’s take a look at what was completed for the month of July. Click over to Shop Selections to view what is available for purchase!

 

Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.

-William Arthur Ward

Keeping on point with my 2017 New Years Resolution- Inspiration , I am happy to share with you that I started a Behind the Scenes with Second Chance Charms. A group on Facebook where clients, refinishers and friends that want to see ‘behind the scenes’ of what happens here at Second Chance Charms.

Refinishing furniture isn’t glamorous, easy or quick (well, when I do it at least). You will laugh with me at my corkiness, watch all the work that comes with refinishing a piece of furniture- beleive it or not, most pieces don’t require only paint. Find tips and advice on upcycling, staining and painting furniture. You can ask for help, color suggestions and more with a group of amazing individuals who share a common interest! There is an album where you can see all SCC pieces in my client homes!

You can find this group here: Second Chance Charms (Behind the Scenes) Furniture. Come and join in! As always, visit Facebook: Second Chance Charms to view Second Chance Charms custom pieces, inventory selections and more!scc.jpg

xoxo- Rebecca

Hello June, Goodbye May

School studies have officially come to an end and summer is just beginning! I know I am NOT alone when I say “Thank Goodness May is over!” May happened to be one of the busier months for my family this year. We had birthdays, out of town family visiting, graduations, faith ceremonies and an emtional goodbye to part of our family moving out of state. I am glad May is over. Lets take a look at what has been completed this month as one of my smallest group of refinished furniture by far, but all gorgeous none-the-less.

This month I wrote a blog post about Secrets, Tips & Tricks on a master bedroom overhaul that was completed. I shared with you products that I use and the process on how I do my furniture so that you can try it on your pieces at home. As always, if you rather have me do all the work (which I most certainly don’t mind) please emailtext or call me for a quote! Remember to get yourself on the First Dibs Email to be notified first on available pieces.

This month I received many customer photos of Second Chance pieces staged in their homes and I am completely swooning over them! Some pieces you may recognize, one that was my first piece of January of this year and another from December 2015!

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.

-Erma Bombeck

The 2016-2017 school year has ended and I am enthusiastic to finally share with you something that I started back in November of last year. If you recall my New Years resolution for 2017 was Inspiration; you can read about it on the 2016 Portfolio post.

Little back story:

We are days away from ending the first quarter of school and my first grader, Donovan, loads in the truck at Drive Line with an expression that literally looked like a light bulb went off in his head holding a sheet of paper in his hand.

D- “Mom, after school clubs came out for 2nd quarter I want to do one!”

Me- “That sounds amazing, which one?”

D- “Well that’s the thing, they don’t have THE ONE I want to do, will you run it with me?”

Art Club

What I wonderful idea my son had to host an after school Art Club for his peers! As the year was coming to an end I was Soul Searching what it was I wanted to work on for myself in 2017. Donovan inspired me to get out of my comfort zone. I am NOT a teacher by any means. I was nervous, sick and excited all at the same time about sharing my passion with children. Lets be honest children can be VERY candid. I was frightened. I kept reminding myself that talking in front of a group of adolescence might be less nerve-racking than lets say a group of adults. Public speaking is not my forte.

My first art club started off with 22 children ranging from Kinder to 6th grade. By the end of the school year we had a total of 48 kids split into 3 different age group classes.

“I went into this hoping to inspire children about the creativity of art and passion… but it was I who became inspired by them.”

– Rebecca Whitney

 

“Understand that you can be an inspiration to others, no matter what you feel you have or have not achieved. Even if you feel that you have not yet reached the endpoint, and even if you feel like you have reached a low point, you have the ability to inspire. No matter who you are, giving back and inspiring others comes equipped with many benefits. You never know who you’re going to impact when you give — and you never know who might be in position to reciprocate if you ever find yourself in a time of need. Giving back leaves a legacy that will live on far longer than you will. You will be amazed at the way inspiring others makes you feel. In fact, it is the only feeling that rivals the one you get when you realize you have achieved your dream.” -R. Kay Green

By the end of each class, and as each child focused on their projects, you could faintly hear a steady humming sound coming from each of them. An Artist ‘In The Zone’ moment. We did many creative art projects. As I would bring my samples into class to share with them what we would be working on, I became enriched with their ooh’s and aah’s. I encouraged the “Can I make mine different than yours?”. Never ONCE did any of my artist undermine another artist for his or her project. Those tiny artist taught me so much this school year.

xoxo -Rebecca

School’s Out for Summer!!

I can’t believe how fast this 2016-2017 school year has gone by!!!

I remember writing my blog post First Day Of School 2016! like it was yesterday. I am so proud to share with you that we now have a 4th grader and 2nd grader and a Preschooler for the 2017-2018 school year! Eeep!!

What an emotional morning! This is the first year where my kids are sad to have school come to an end. However, we are looking forward to summer and our summer plans!! What is in store for your family this summer?

Last year on Back to School 2016!! I built our work station over the summer which was completely helpful for this school years homework. This summer I have plans on making our laundry room a bit more organized for a nice steady flow.

As always thank you for your continued support and patience as my family and I find a new routine for this summer’s schedule.

Back to School 2016!!

My loves go back to school on Monday! I cant even handle it! The thought that I will have a 3rd grader and a first grader is just too much excitement! I am actually looking forward to washing their uniforms!Every year during the summer we like to have a project that will prepare us for the up coming school year. I like to think it gets my kids excited for school studies as well as understand that school is very much important! Two years ago we created a backpack wall.

2014 Backpack Wall

IMG_20150810_091450I was tired of spending my mornings looking for backpacks, lunch boxes and homework folders, not to mention all the tripping hazards around the house. Creating a backpack wall was the first thing to happen for our summer 2014 July project. The boys and I found the prefect spot in our home, right by the front door. We took measurements and drew up plans that we all wanted to incorporate. I am so happy with what we came up with! I always get compliments from my clients coming into our home and it always makes me smile!!! I went down to Homedepot and had the nice service guy cut my wood for me based off of my plans, and with a few dollars in supplies this saving grace was created! I can NOT express to you the importance of organization! And we totally nailed it with this one! Connor my eldest helped me paint and Donovan handed me the tools I needed.

Last year, July 2015, we created our Gallery wall with pictures of artwork that the kids will do daily. I change out the drawings and paintings every other week or until the next big thing has been born. The ones that are framed in glass are my favorites! I love to advertise my littles’ work, I feel like it makes them know how important their creativity is and that we are all artist! I created the sign above to remind me of the ‘big things’ in life.

2015 Gallery

However, this year was our first real big build! Daddy got a promotion and was going to be working from home a little bit more then normal and we all needed a special place for homework and office detail. Before, we would be scrambling to move our books, papers and bills from the kitchen table so we can make room for dinner plates. Complete chaos!! I absolutely hated the feeling of disorganization and clutter- moving one pile to another, losing paperwork, missing important details. ‘Time for change’ I said!!! And what better time then a summer project! So July 2016 we turned our playroom into a study work room! The boys went through their toys and made piles. Donation, trash and keep. Even my youngest, Emmett 2.5 years old, was excited to donate toys he had forgotten about or trashed the ones he played a little to hard with. My men went through their belongings, by the grace of God, I was surprised it wasn’t hard for them! Now their rooms housed their important things! After the room was completely cleared out we went straight to painting! The boys and I picked out the color Reposed Grey from Sherwin-Williams. This grey is so calming yet handsome! I had an idea that I wanted to create for our space. I found four black filings cabinets on a garage sale site for $40 bucks each. I felt that was pretty darn good- especially when they are originally $130 and up – brand new from Office Max. These came from an office close out, so they were in great shape still!

I then went to homedepot and bought my wood. I wanted to do a rustic industrial look for our space. I cut my pieces to my measurements and wanted the corner area to be a Herringbone pattern. It took me a bit- but once I had my mind set with silence (sorry boys you need to leave the room for this process) it was easy! After I cut my pieces, I stained and sealed them. Then I installed.

I built two cork board frames for the boys to pin their important notes and reminders on.

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I am still in the process of creating shelves for our space. Like I said before- I have a vision for this space, and what I want to do with the shelves is use rustic piping! I am in the process of learning how to bend pipe and installing it to the walls. I cant wait to share with you what it looks like once its all completed. But for now- check out some of our work!