About Me

ProfileWelcome to Restoration Redoux!

I’m Shanna. I’m a wife, a stay at home mom of 3 dogs, and a teenage daughter.

I’m a Kansas girl who quit my job when the stress and not seeing my family because too much. After years of working on projects for my own house, I began doing custom work for friends and family. Word spread, and I had an overnight furniture business. My blog began simply to show before and after shots of my furniture pieces to clients, and I realized I could make a career out of it.

I’m a lover of yard sales, decorating, DIY and great deals. I believe decorating doesn’t require a lot of money … just a lot of creativity.

I’m far from a DIY expert, but hopefully in this blog you can learn from some triumphs, and mistakes, and have a little fun along the way.







Here’s 25 Weird Quirky Things About Me

1. I hate spoons. I will avoid them at all costs and only use them when I eat soup or cereal. I even eat ice cream with a fork.

2. I have crazy curly hair. In the picture above that is after they have been tamed with a curling iron. Humidity is not my friend.

3. I hate all green foods. Yes I know I’m an adult and I should get over it but I can’t all green foods taste like dirt. The only way greens pass these lips is in a smoothie drown out by yummy fruits.

4. My hubby’s actual name is Chris but I call him Topher. My dad’s name is also Chris and it’s just too creepy having your hubby and your dad have the same name.

5. I’m super afraid of heights and am claustrophobic. Topher and I toured a cave once where we had to go down “the domino” staircase (where one person slips and we all go down) and had to ride a trolley to get out that went completely vertical. That is where I lost it and I’m pretty sure Topher thought about leaving me there.

6. I have an unhealthy attachment to my three dogs Charlie, Gracie and LuLu.  I totally understand why crazy old people bequeath all their inheritance to their dogs.

7. I am a complete insomniac. If you’re ever up at 3 am and need someone to talk to, I’m your girl.

8. I love soup year round. 100 degrees out and I’m making chicken noodle soup.

9. I hate winter.

10. I am obsessed with all things blue but especially aqua.

11. I could eat my weight in Ben & Jerry’s Milk and Cookies ice cream.

12. I detest coffee which is good because I am a jittery mess if I have more than a quarter of a can of Pepsi.

13. I have the adverse reaction to sleeping pills. Doctors have tried giving me horse tranquilizers and I didn’t sleep for 3 days.

14. I love the beach but can’t be in the sun longer than 20 minutes without burning.

15. I threw up every single day of my pregnancy.

16. I only have one child. She goes by “the unnamed child” hence I don’t embarrass her on my blog.

17. I grew up in a small town 30 minutes away from where I live now in Kansas.

18. I eat everything plain. Condiments like ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise are the devil.

19. I could go vintage shopping for days. Topher couldn’t.

20. I listen to Christmas music all day everyday from Thanksgiving day to Christmas Day.

21. I only eat the tips of my french fries since I only really like the crispy parts.  Why waste the calories on the parts you don’t like?

22. I don’t like to eat any kind of meat that is served on the bone. I am a total animal lover, and if I didn’t despise vegetables I would become a vegetarian in a minute. Eating anything like ribs or buffalo wings creeps me out since I fixate on this covered in skin and fur/feathers. Yes I know that boneless chicken breasts used to have bones in them. but if I don’t see them, I can trick myself into thinking this thing on my plate wasn’t walking around on a farm a week ago.  For me, my meat is grown under the plastic wrapper in the back of the grocery store.

23. I love, love, love comfy jammies and robes. I have tons of them.  For Christmas:  jammies.  My birthday:  jammies.  Valentine’s Day:  jammies.  All comfy.  All super soft.

24.  I only eat green and clear colored gummy bears. With skittles it’s the red, purple and green. I’m just not a fan of orange or yellow anything.

25. 90% of the clothes that I own are covered in paint. In fact my favorite pair of painting pants actually crunch when I move because of so much paint crusted on them. Hazards of being a DIY blogger.


  1. Nicole Weeks says

    Hi Shanna! My name is Nicole and I too live in the Wichita area. I share the same interest and have refinished a number of projects that I have sold at Absolute Vintage. If you haven’t been there you should go to just at least look. They have great ideas and the girls there are fun. I marked your blog as a favorite to follow you and I have also started a blog….I really need to get going with it. If you look at it just know I am in my infancy! Also, I am trying to get a few of us together to meet and see if we want to start a once a month meeting for “brainstorming” or working on projects. Let me know if you are interested. I’m a pharmaceutical sales rep by day and never run into people who do what we do…..garage saling, rescue curb trash, and get their hands dirty in repurposing “trash to treasure”! I hope that you will join me and another amazing girl (Karen) who loves to do the same.

  2. Nancy says

    Hello! Shanna, are you on FB or Twitter? I’d love to follow you. I’m a total tech-challenged person & embarrassed to say that I cannot figure out how to follow blogs :-/ And…not for lack of trying!! If anyone has any tips to explain to me, I’d greatly appreciate it. LOVE your site!

  3. Zulmira Borges says

    Seu blog é interessante, eu amo ver antes e depois, restauração de móveis…estou até fazendo um curso rápido de marcenaria.
    Moro no Brasil, Goiás.

  4. Joy says

    I just found you (it’s 4:30 am) and I have to write. I was perusing Better After and your amazing chandelier popped up and grabbed my attention immediately. Wow! I just love what you did to make it so beautiful.
    My first reason to write was to ask if you ever gave advice to us DIY challenged folks? But then, as I explored your site, I found Charlie and it was love at first sight! We have a Charlie, too, only her name is Lizzy. I am a stay-at-home-mom of two cats (kittens, really), one Maltese and a teen age daughter. I also love garage sales and such but lack the confidence to tackle projects. I can see the potential in things but lack the know-how and confidence to try it. The thought of buying something, trying to fix it up and then, heaven forbid, RUINING IT!!!, makes me shrink from even trying. So, back to my original question: Would you mind if I sent you some pictures and then asked your advice? I think my e-mail address will show up for you so if you don’t mind, please e-mail me an answer. I would greatly appreciate it!
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts and learning how some new decorating tips!

    • Shanna says

      Hi Joy! My advice would be to start small. I would get a $5 table you get at a yard sale, and start with that. As long as you are working on something that isn’t monumentally important to you (such as your great grandmothers dresser from the 1800’s) it won’t be the end of the world if you mess it up. The majority of the projects I work on, do not end up the way I thought they would. Most of the time I like them better though. I would just keep an open mind. Sometimes I think a piece will look great this gray color with light distressing, and it turns out that the gray looks a little pinkish and the distressing turns out very chippy. Working with furniture (especially vintage furniture) you never know what your going to get. What’s the worst that could happen? You get it finished and hate it and do it over? Or you just hate it so much you throw it away and you are out five bucks?(I have a table in my studio right now that I will be dropping off at goodwill because I can’t stand to look at it anymore). I’ve only ended up throwing out two pieces the rest have all worked out so I’m sure you will be fine. No one thinks they are crafty until they get up to their elbows in paint and realize this piece of furniture can be whatever you want it to be. There are no rules here. Just don’t take it seriously and have fun! You sound like me being up until 4:30, are you an insomniac also? I think it’s raising these teenagers, they stress you out. You are welcome to send me pictures, I would love to see what you are working on!

  5. Katie says


    I love your turquoise table & Set of white chairs and am very interested in purchasing them. I was wondering what you are asking for them? If you could email me, that would be great.

    Thank you!

  6. says

    Hi Shanna,

    I just hopped over from The Weekly Creative where I saw your entry. Love your blog & furniture pieces! I have one teen left who just turned 17, aren’t they just they fun ugh!/smile! I’m looking forward to following your blog! Have a great day. XXOO ~ Wendi

  7. Amy Hunt says

    I like arts and crafts, decorating..etc. and getting ideas from others is a helpful tool. However, my first passion is reading. When I found the two combined here of course I had to subscribe. It’s after 3:00 a.m and I cannot sleep. I decided to spend some time looking for ideas, one site led to another until I came across a cute little white table. Imagine my surprise when an entertaining story came along with it. I thought “that was entertaining, I wonder if there is more?”. On to the blue rocker…that was even more entertaining! I may never find the perfect rocker to paint blue but I am certainly happy that I found you.

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