Embracing Change guest post

It is my pleasure to have Stacey from Embracing Change here today to share with us her newest furniture transformation.


I met Stacey shortly after starting my blog two months ago. She had left a very nice comment on one of my posts which then led me over to her blog. While I was there, I was amazed by all of the beautiful furniture pieces that she had painted. I thought to myself, “this girl has loads of talent!”


After getting to know Stacey a little more, I learned that she is a modern day “Superwoman” of sorts. She works a full-time job, runs a furniture refinishing business with her friend, helps her husband with church duties, manages her own blog, and on top of all that she is a Mother to her two wonderful children. I am tired just writing about all of the things she does on a daily basis. I don’t quite know how she swings it, but somehow she does!


Well, I think I will let Stacey fill you in on the rest, so I won’t keep you waiting any longer.


Here’s Stacey…


Hi! I am Stacey from Embracing Change!



Carrie invited me to stop over today to her awesome blog and introduce myself as well as show you a little about what I am passionate about. I have a passion for restoring and recreating unloved furniture. I love to take the old and make it new. A good furniture makeover is what it is all about! I also craft and create home decor, but my true love is furniture!


 Here are examples of some past projects I’ve done:


Old Door Subway Art Table


Antique Telephone Bench


Antique Dresser


Hand-painted Chevron Antique Waterfall Dresser


Secretary Desk Makeover
I am a busy girl that really has no time for blogging
or restoring furniture yet I make time for what I love!
I am a pastor’s wife working alongside my love in ministry.
I have two adorable girls Emma (7) and Ana (4).


Here are my girlies this Easter:



During the day, I work full-time as a Director of a large day care.


I recently began a business with a friend of mine called The Blessed Nest
You can find our business website HERE.


Our little business is brand new. We are located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Blessed Nest specializes in recreating furniture and making home decor!


Needless to say, I deal with a great deal of stress in a day.
I find painting and creating to be my outlet.
I always feel better when I have a paint brush in my hand.


I would like to share a redo with you today!

I promised my husband I would paint his cute little antique desk for him.
We picked up this cutie at an antique shop outside of Gettysburg before we were married over 11 years ago.


 I promised Chris, my husband, that I would get to redoing it.

Now I know how a mechanic feels after working on so many cars
and he doesn’t have the time or energy to worry on his own.
Needless to say, months went by.


 The other day I decided I needed to buckle down

and get it done and keep true to what I had told my husband.
I knew it would mean a lot to him.


I spent this weekend finishing that little desk up.
I am very pleased with how it came out!


Here’s my favorite part…THE AFTER!











I love it!
Huge improvement!
My husband thinks so as well!


I used ASCP in Old White and the cool knobs
are from Anthropologie.
I used Antique Walnut stain from Minwax on the top.


I think it has an African feel with the style of the knobs

so I staged it with African figurines.
Quite suiting for Chris as he recently returned from
a mission trip to Kenya!


And in true Stacey style, I always name my pieces based upon
what I feel to be the personality they exude.
This one is named Majestic Mwamba in
which the African meaning of the name is strong.
I think that it is a fitting name!


Come and visit me sometime at Embracing Change. I would love for you to stop in or even follow me. I also have a Facebook page as well. I host a weekly linky party called Inspired Creations on Thursdays if you would like to link up any of your creations that may inspire others!


Thanks Carrie for the opportunity to guest post
on your amazing blog!
I am so thankful for the opportunity!


Thanks so much Stacey for sharing your desk makeover and your other gorgeous furniture transformations with us. It was great having you here.


If you haven’t already been over to Stacey’s blog, please take a few minutes to visit her at Embracing Change.




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  1. Jo @ To a Pretty Life

    Stacey, it’s lovely to meet you. What a beautiful desk! The wood top is gorgeous! I especially love that red dresser. I know that there is a red dresser in my future one day. Possibly for my son’s room.

  2. Leanne

    Hi Stacey, I agree with Joanna and Carrie… your desk is beautiful. I stopped in at your blog and just love your projects. (And now I am twice as excited to become a retailer of the same knobs and handles that Anthropologie carries… I LOVE the ones you used for your desk makeover!) Thanks for sharing this with Carrie and the rest of us in the blog world. ~Leanne

    1. Carrie

      Thanks Leanne. Stacey does a wonderful job on her furniture makeovers. I am excited to hear that you will be carrying Anthopologie style knobs. I will have to come and check them out once you get them in. When do you think you will have them in stock?