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Meet Rachel Elise of Restyle Junkie in Vallleywide

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Elise.

Rachel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Five and half years ago I found myself needing to have my right ankle, aka my driving foot, completely reconstructed. During my recovery, I reconnected with my love for home decor and painting. I decided to paint some things in my home while sitting on the floor and then posted them on Facebook. Within a few weeks, friends of friends were asking me when I’d be ready to come to their home and paint their cabinets and furniture.

I became a licensed contractor and started Restyle Junkie, specializing in refinishing cabinets throughout the Phoenix area. Painting cabinets is still the heart of Restyle Junkie, but I am also now able to share my passion for all things DIY through featured speaking opportunities for different brands, DIY seminars at the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show, numerous local and national television shows and of course, social media.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to success is always filled with twists and turns! Initially, it was a challenge because I was a one woman show. I had to figure out how to grow and what that would look like for my company.

I had a shop with an area for retail for several years, but more foot and ankle encouraged my decision to close the store. I had to figure out how to continue to grow the cabinet refinishing business while healing and developing different ways to be able to share my DIY talents beyond painting cabinets.

Please tell us about your work.
We are licensed contractors specializing in refinishing cabinets throughout the Valley. I also known for teaching DIY Cabinet Painting Classes and other do it yourself topics. While my team is working hard on cabinets, you can find me sharing fun projects in the media. Restyle Junkie is known for cabinet painting and me, Rachel is known for teaching all things DIY, including cabinet refinishing.

I am most proud of our excellent work and the results we produce for our clients. It is so satisfying to create dream spaces in our customer’s homes and empower others to take on projects for themselves.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in a smaller size town outside of Chicago with a small police force to serve our village of 8,000. My dog Sam was given several rides home in the back of patrol vehicles after he’d escape. I remember being home from school sick one day when and office rang our doorbell. Seeing my funny mutt smiling in the back of the police car stills seems funny.

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