New Paint Colors, Retired Colors & Complete Main Line ~ American Paint Company including ideas & Inspiration from Shizzle Design

I am pleased to announce the arrival of 12 new limited edition colors from American Paint Company.   Introducing the...  American Home Collection American Paint Company prides themselves in making the healthiest paint available for the DIY furniture painter while staying … [Read more...]

French Provincial Buffet Refinished with American Paint Company’s Chalk & Clay Paints & Black Mica Powder

I know, I know, I know... It's been forever since I've posted any furniture renovations.  For everyone who's been asking, I didn't fall off the edge of the earth, though I did fall a hundred times last month while portaging canoes through steep, rocky portages in … [Read more...]

20 Painted Furniture Makeovers from our Latest Shizzle Style Paint Workshops

My sister Cathy and I continue to be blessed in so many ways through our work here at Shizzle Design.  The best part of what we do are the friends we meet and the fun we have along the way. We want everyone to feel at home while they're here while giving them the … [Read more...]

How to Create Beautiful Old World Finishes on Brass Chandeliers

I love the lines of brass chandeliers but I have to admit, I'm not a fan of brass.   I do however LOVE the look of Venetian Bronze and old world finishes.   This was the very first chandelier I ever transformed. The European paint finish we create on brass chandeliers … [Read more...]

Waistcoat ~ One of My Favorite New Colors from American Paint Company

When the Ellis Collection from American Paint Company arrived, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.  Peacock, Limoges, Sackcloth, Crushed Tea, Cannonball and Cameo just to name a few are flying off the shelves every day but there is one color that might be overlooked and … [Read more...]

It’s Christmas at Shizzle Design

How is it that on November 25th, there are already snowflakes dancing around outside our paint studio's window? We typically don't have white stuff on the ground until just before Christmas but this year, we had snow in October and tornadoes in November.  I don't know … [Read more...]

One More Shizzle Workshop 2013

We've had so many emails and messages asking for another Shizzle Style Two Color Furniture Paint Class before the end of the year, so we broke down and added one more before the end of the year. Our next Workshop is: December 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..   Click … [Read more...]

I can’t believe I never shared THIS!

Days have been coming and going so fast the past two years that I often feel like a top spinning out of control.   I’m exhausted, working two to three times the hours a person should.  Even though I constantly try to improve on efficiency, I still can’t seem to put a … [Read more...]

Gorgeous Antique Mahogany Bed Painted in Creamy White

I checked out a beautiful antique bedroom set over the 4th of July and was immediately drawn to the beautiful lines and details of the furniture. The entire set was very solid and well cared for ~ just needed a little TLC to give it new life. Cathy and I teamed up to … [Read more...]

My favorite Stripper for removing Paint & Finishes

I’ve tried many strippers over the years  Many burn holes through your skin if you splash the tiniest spec of it onto your hand or arms.  Some don't work for squat  but one is just right... Zinnser’s Magic Strip Citrus-Action Gel Why?  Because I’m … [Read more...]

Sneak Peak – Vintage Mahogany Bedroom Set

I’ll be posting all the details of this set next week, but I wanted to give you a sneak peak of what we’re taking into the store this afternoon ~ to keep up with daily progress, updates and bits & pieces of what we're working on throughout the week, follow us on our … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Painted Furniture Class Makeovers ~ July

Hope you’re all enjoying summer!  Even though I’ve been working around the clock, I still savor each and every glorious day this time of year.  If there was a way to magically stretch our Michigan summers from several weeks to nine months, I’d do it!  In a … [Read more...]

Whimsical Patchwork Painted Dresser

Do you ever have one of  THOSE days?  THOSE weeks?  THOSE months?  I do!  Sometimes I just need to walk away from everything and escape the chaos for a little while.  This is one of our favorite places to relax. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Lake Michigan's Beautiful … [Read more...]

How I Created a Faux Zinc Finish

Does it ever take way longer for anyone else to accomplish things?  It does for me like ALL THE TIME. I painted this in one of my favorite colors, Young Kansas Wheat the day I got it but it just didn't do anything for me.  It was too plane Jane for my liking.  It needed … [Read more...]

Best Painted Furniture 2012

Isn't it amazing how time seems to go faster and faster every year?  I swear, every time I blink, another year is torn off the calendar. Hand Painted Faux Clock Table Learn how to make a hand painted clock table here 2012 was filled with extremely heavy workloads, but … [Read more...]

Adorable Antique Buffet in Mesa Sunset

Holy cow is Christmas sneaking up on us or WHAT?  You'd think it wasn't on the very same day every year the way I'm scrambling around here.  Let's just say in a nutshell that this year has been CRAZY!! So many things have flashed before my eyes that I can't even keep … [Read more...]

Antique Waterfall Dresser with a Little Bit O’ Red

A good friend of ours gave us this dresser over the summer.  He had received it after cleaning out an old abandoned house and was just about to make kindling for his bon fire out of it when our neighbor mentioned he should check with us first. I usually pay a hefty … [Read more...]

Mississippi Mud Vanity Re-purposed out an Old Sewing Cabinet

My sister came across an old sewing machine cabinet a while back and immediately fell in love with it. Being the left-handed seamstress that she is, she appreciated the fact that it opened up double wide so you have two sides for your fabric. Because she's all set up … [Read more...]

Hand Painted Clock Table Transformation at Knick of Time

I'm so excited to be unveiling my hand painted clock table today over at Knick of Time! Angie asked me to do a post on one of my hand painted pieces of furniture and I just happened to be working on a perfect piece to share with Knick of Time.  We both have the same … [Read more...]

Learn How to Create Your Own Masterpiece our Paint Your Own Furniture Workshop ~ Shizzle Style!

If you've wanted to paint a piece of your furniture but are afraid to do it without a little guidance then this workshop is for you!  Our workshops have sold out so fast we added one more which will be the last one for 2012 on Sunday, November 18th noon - 5:00 p.m.  Space is … [Read more...]

Rustic Country Farm Table w/ Tips on Waxing

When I purchased this piece, it was covered with numerous layers of chipping paint.  I think I took pictures, but it was a good year ago, so I'll have to dig them up.  Don't get me wrong, I'm all about an old chippy,  look ~ but the multiple layers on this table seemed … [Read more...]

Vintage Highboy in Michigan Pine

Do you have a favorite color scheme when it comes to decorating? I think we all do.  I feel most comfortable surrounded by the earthy warm autumn colors that transform Michigan's landscape every October. It apparently isn't a phase either because I've loved the same … [Read more...]

Paint & Stencil Glass Doors

I'm super busy this week but I wanted to share the cute little end table I just finished. Did you know you can paint directly over glass using chalk & clay paints? I snapped a shot to show you what the raw paint color looked like before I waxed it (left) and … [Read more...]

Autumn Blessings Buffet

I love this time of year ~ sunshine without the humidity, high temps. in the mid 70's, cool crisp nights and football.   I love football!  If I could bottle up these perfect autumn days and serve them all year long ~ I would.     Michigan's landscape is breathtaking when … [Read more...]

Destin Color Wash

A couple weeks ago while we were on vacation with our entire family, we ventured out in the morning for some espresso and we ran across a moving sale.  Deedeedeedeedee deedeedeedeedee ~ our radar went off and there was no stopping us.  We followed the signs several miles … [Read more...]

CeCe Caldwell’s Paint Classes

The first Paint Class has been scheduled for fall 2012! The first class being offered is a beginner's workshop which teaches all the basics necessary for getting started with CeCe Caldwell's Paints.  It is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.  If you … [Read more...]

Solid Cedar Hope Chest Transformation

I love the smell of cedar.  It reminds me of our trips up to Indian River when I was a little girl.  The aroma of cedar from all the hand carved treasures filled the air in the local shops. So when I ran across a cedar chest recently, I couldn't resist the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Cool New Looks with Mississippi Mud, Pinkerington Violet & Texas Prairie

Have you seen some of the new colors from CeCe Caldwell's Paints?  What??  You haven't?  Don't worry, you're not the only one because these colors are brand new and are just being released. Let me share a few of my new favorites.  First is Mississippi Mud.  It's a beautiful … [Read more...]

Primitive Petite Wooden Table

My post today is short and sweet. I painted this primitive table in CeCe Caldwell's all natural Georgia Clay and sealed it with dark wax. I stripped and refinished the top to clean it up yet chose to leave the dings and marks that tell the story and create the … [Read more...]