Hi My Everyday Friends! Happy Thursday!
I have added another fabulous Blogger to my
line-up of Guest Contributors.
Meet Shanna from Restoration ReDoux.
First of all, she is gorgeous.
Second of all, she is very talented and funny.
I can’t wait for you to read her story below and see
her fabulous Desk Makeover.
Please give her a warm “Everyday” welcome.
Hi everyone! I’m Shanna from Restoration Redoux. I have been a big
fan of Barb’s for quite a while now, so when she asked me to be a
contributor for her I jumped at the chance! I run a furniture business
from home, and I am a stay-at-home mom to 3 dogs, a cat and a crazy
teenage daughter (whom I’m not allowed to name due to the fact that
I might embarrass her). My husband, Topher (who has learned way
more about furniture rehab than he ever wanted to) is crucial to my
We were all sitting around the dining table the other night talking
about what season we liked best. My daughter is a snow baby, so we
were talking about some fun winter memories, and this is the one that
we all remembered the best.
The unnamed child must have been around five or six, and she had her
first loose tooth (it will soon become clear why I associate those two
events). And that front tooth was really, really loose — at that nasty point
where it was just hanging by a thread, but she refused to pull it.
It just so happened, that day was the first big snowfall of the winter, and
while I was at work, Topher bundled her up, and strapped her on her
brand new disc sled (the kind you can’t steer, but can go really, really fast).
Let me preface this story by referring to a previous post about how
accident prone my hubby is.
And a little more background: This is Kansas, and we’re a little challenged
when it comes to good sledding hills where we live, so Topher adopted the
role of sled dog and towed our giggling daughter diligently through the
deep, new snow.
They were having a blast! She’d scream “Faster”, and Topher, the sled
dog, would sprint faster. This went on and on for a while, until
Topher got to spinning in circles while she was at the end of the rope,
speeding up around him. The dizzier he got, the more speed she built up.
Until she let go.
The kid went sailing toward the house at Mach 2 … right into the trash
can, face first.
That’s their story. All I got was a phone call right before I left work. I
pick up the phone and hear Topher saying “Now when you get home
don’t freak out. It’s not that bad.”
Let’s just say, “not freaking out” isn’t what happened next.
I hurried home to find my little girl with a massive goose egg over her
right eye and a missing front tooth. Not the best look, especially when
(ready for this?) this was Saturday and school pictures were
It does get worse, though.
Sunday night, I put her hair in rollers to prepare for picture day and
hoping her cute hair would distract from her new black eye and missing
tooth. After I was done, I was on the phone telling my mom I should have
made an appointment to get my daughter a haircut before pictures, but I
didn’t have time.
The next morning, I got up and went into the bathroom to get ready and
something caught my eye. In the trash can were way more dark curls
than any parent wants to unexpectedly see. Oh Please No, I thought
while running into my daughter’s bedroom.
But – Oh Yes, she did. She chopped off her beautiful dark curls all around
her forehead. She had heard me on the phone and decided to cut her
How was I going to salvage this? So here she was in her pretty pink
dress and patent leather shoes — with her big black eye, missing tooth
AND her Edward Scissorhands haircut.
Needless to say, I bought the least expensive picture package, and when
I dropped her off at the teacher’s door I saw the horrified look on her
face as she said “oh my!”
Oh my indeed, I thought as I walked back to my car hoping CPS wouldn’t
be calling for an explanation. Also, for months after this happened, it
seemed like anytime we were out somewhere public, my daughter would
loudly ask “Hey, dad remember when you gave me a black eye and
knocked my tooth out?” causing everyone to turn and gawk.
I would like to say this was the only accident that happened while my
hubby and daughter where home by themselves, but sadly there were
several more — but those are for another day.
Speaking of pictures, here is my latest completed project. It is an
antique desk with carving on both sides. I stained the top of it a dark
walnut and painted the bottom with turquoise chalk-based paint,
distressed it, glazed it and coated it with clear wax. It’s a great size
and has wonderful old original hardware.
Before: In classic Shanna style, I forgot to take a before
picture. Luckily, I found this one. It’s the upside down desk
on top of darker desk.
After: And right-side-up.
See everyone – talented and funny and beautiful, too.
And I adore that desk.
Next week, Leslie, from Home on the Way,
The Everyday Home’s Craft Contributor will be here
sharing another great craft project.
Have a great day, my friends!!! xxoo, barb
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