Whimisical Patchwork Style Paint Technique with American Paint Company Paints

Today I'm revisiting one of our most popular posts written a couple years ago.  I love painting this whimsical patchwork style and on this cold, dreary, SNOWY April day, I needed a little whimsy to brighten my spirits.  Hoping for warmer days ahead this summer. … [Read more...]

Add Depth & Texture to Painted Furniture

The fact that I love creating unique finishes on my painted furniture is not a secret.  With so many people in West Michigan painting furniture, I really strive to create pieces that stand out.  I've never really followed the beaten path anyway. One of the things I … [Read more...]

Hand Crafted Home Accessories ~ Shizzle Style

I'll never forget the sparkle in my dad's eyes when he'd open one of my handmade cards.  It meant so much to him that his little girl took the time to create something from the heart.  He told me time and time again how they were far better than any other gift that could be … [Read more...]

Workshop Makeovers September 2014 (part 1)

Cathy and I always look forward to seeing the transformations that come out of our furniture painting workshops and September was no exception.  While I missed most of the before pictures, I caught most in the process.  Some pieces that were brought in were larger than the … [Read more...]

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...]

Display Cabinet Refinished with Chalk & Clay Paint, Reclaimed Barn Wood & Vintage Crates

Our space at Shizzle Design continues to evolve as we strive to be more efficient with our small business.  You really have to work in a space before you know how that space is going to be used.  Our front room is one of those spaces.  When we first moved in, we set it up … [Read more...]

Charming Antique Vanity Blinged with Pewter and Copper Mica Powders

Every once in a while, I'll get an email from someone who'd like to know if we're interested in a piece of furniture.  This happened a while back and I was SO excited when I saw the pictures of  a charming vintage vanity.  Here's what she looked like when we picked her … [Read more...]

Awesome Layering of Color by First Time User of American Paint Company Paints

I'm so excited to share an awesome furniture makeover created during a recent workshop.  The table was refinished in one of my favorite colors combinations Beach Glass and Nana's Cupboard from American Paint Company. Laurie was a bit nervous about how her table would … [Read more...]

Ornate Round Antique Side Table Painted in Sackcloth & Custom Mixed Cameo Glaze by American Paint Company

Hi guys!  We're working on switching things around at the shop this week to better utilize our space so I'm sharing  a cute little table I refinished recently. When I got it, it looked like it had been stained a dark brown but the color had faded quite a bit.  It had … [Read more...]

Vintage Library Table + Reclaimed Barn Wood = Cool Harvest Farm Table

I purchased this vintage library table sight unseen because I loved the character these tables.  I've had this table for a long time and have no idea where I stored the "before" pictures, sorry!  This table has been in various places within my own home serving as everything … [Read more...]

More Great Ideas from Shizzle Design’s Furniture Workshops featuring American Paint Company’s Chalk & Clay Paints

Sharing some great furniture makeovers from our last workshop... Nana's Cupboard & Spacious Skies   Metal Bench painted in Beach Glass over Coral Reef (prior to topcoating) Coat Tree painted in Wild Horses (brown) and Firework's Red (prior to … [Read more...]

Where it all Began ~ Shizzle Design launch at Holland’s Art in the Park, 2011

Three years ago today, my sister Cathy and I launched our painted furniture business at Holland's Art in the Park.   It was August, 2011.  I keep thinking it's been four years (the brain doesn't function quite like it used to!). We are so very thankful for where God … [Read more...]

Antique Bed with Beautifully Carved Headboard and Footboard in American Paint Company’s Navajo White and Rushmore

Our Aunt Katie and Uncle Jim have helped Cathy and I out countless times throughout our lives.  This time, we want to give back to them by painting a beautiful antique bed they have.  The money we make off the sale of this piece will go back to them as a small token of our … [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...]

Spring – Early Summer Paint Class Schedule

Hope you're all enjoying time with family and are blessed with beautiful weather this weekend. Just wanted to share a few of our upcoming workshops. Girl's Night Out Paint Party Class $75    Grab a small project from home such as a lamp, a bird house, a … [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...]

Don’t Miss this FREE Opportunity Experiment with American Paint Company’s Paints & Finishes at Caledonia Vintage Marketplace Anniversary & Flea Market Event

Calling all DIY'ers to Caledonia, Michigan! Stop in and Get Messy with Me Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. during Caledonia Vintage Marketplace's One Year Anniversary Sale. Don't miss this unique hands-on opportunity to play around with some of … [Read more...]

Vintage Vanity gets Vibrant & Whimsical Makeover

Hi guys!  I'm slowly getting back into the groove after relaxing at mom's condo in Fort Myers but I have to tell you, it's taking a while. The 30 degree drop in temperature from Florida to Michigan was a rude awakening.  I knew what we were returning home too so I … [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...]

Peacock Buffet with Rich Layers of Color

I'm super excited to share with all of you, my favorite piece to date! Anyone who knows me, knows I’m about as scattered as they come.  I drive myself bonkers on most days because my mind is always going in a million different directions.  I’m REALLY good at starting … [Read more...]

French Provincial Buffet Hand Painted with an Old World Patina

This petite French buffet was painted for our Shizzle Design office but we sold a couple large pieces at Not So Shabby and had to fill the void.  So much for decorating our own place; everything else takes priority.   I started out as I always do by giving her a good … [Read more...]

Whimsical Turquoise Coffee Table w/ a little Bling

It’s been a cold snowy winter in our neck of the woods with temperatures and wind chills in the negatives.  With a blizzard in tomorrow’s forecast, I’m looking forward to the lazy hazy days of summer. I picked up these drawer pulls for another dresser but ended up using … [Read more...]

Great Tips for Waxing Painted Furniture

My sister and I both used to dread waxing furniture when we first started painting furniture especially when using dark wax.  We spent over a year trying different brands and experimenting with different methods, techniques and suggestions with little improvement.  I … [Read more...]

Funky Chunky Distressed Red Highboy Dresser

We started this journey several years ago because we love to paint.  We were naive to other facets involved in running a business.  We've learned a lot since then and continue to learn more each and every day. When we think we're getting on top of things, something else … [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...]

Psst ~ We’re opening our own Shizzle Design’s Paint Studio!

Over the past two years, our little furniture painting business has grown exponentially outgrowing every space in our homes including the... GARAGE BASEMENT LIVING ROOM DINING ROOM DRIVEWAY  and even our BACKYARD It was time to find a place of … [Read more...]

Cute Little End Table Flip

We've been super busy with a new expansion going on right now at Shizzle Design but I did manage to do one quick flip the other day.  This post is so short and sweet, don't blink or you'll miss it ~ I'm REALLY tired tonight. This table served as a work table during the … [Read more...]

Layered Colors on Shizzle Design’s Paint Displays

We’ve painted our share of paint displays over the past few years to accommodate the growing demand for the paints we carry in our three West Michigan locations. One of my favorites was re-purposed out of an antique Victrola Cabinet.  I had never seen one like this before … [Read more...]

Antique Double Bow Front Dresser & Highboy Chest

Earlier this summer I was fortunate to come across two beautiful French Provincial pieces by Dixie ~ a single highboy chest and matching double bow front dresser with mirror.  I must not have shot a before of the long one but I did snap a picture of this earlier this … [Read more...]

Little Girl’s White Princess Bed

Hi guys!  Last week, I posted about several projects I hadn't had a chance to write about and asked you all which one you'd like to see first.  Well, this little gal won the survey so, as promised... here's the story behind the little girl's dream bed. Sometimes in life … [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...]

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...]

French Country Armoire ~ includes Video on Wet Distressing

I hope you’re all enjoying a picture perfect night like we are here in West Michigan!  The sun is setting as I write this post and I have to tell you ~ I’m so excited to share the pictures of this piece with all of you! I loved it when I purchased it, then I got it home … [Read more...]

Funky Finishes

Anyone who follows our blog has probably figured out by now that we’re not the type to slap on a fresh coat of paint and call it good. We drive ourselves bonkers fussing over the smallest details. My sister and I definitely fall into the "Tinker" category and if you knew … [Read more...]

American Paint Company Paint Chalk & Clay Paints Have Arrived in Michigan!

The truck has been spotted en-route to Michigan ~ we’ll have our first shipment VERY soon  WE HAVE IT!! Here’s a sneak peak of their beautiful colors.  I love the rich tones of this chalk and clay based paint and the coverage is the best! For many more details, stop by … [Read more...]

King Size Bed all Dressed up in Red

I thought Valentines Day was a great day to share the king size bed I painted in CeCe Caldwell's Traverse City Cherry. I decided to paint this in my living room so I'd have lots of room to spread out all the pieces.  LOVE working in here, so much nicer than my TINY … [Read more...]

Vintage Buffet Layered in Rich Color ~ One of my all time favorite Pieces

I am so honored to guest post for Karen Berg at Redoux Interiors today! Karen runs her own furniture and cabinet refurbishing company in the San Francisco Bay area and is AHmazingly talented. Karen and I have never met in person but we have laughed together so many … [Read more...]

How to Paint My Signature Finish

I've had this table for a while and couldn't decide which color to paint it.  I was leaning toward yellow, but something told me to start with brown.  When I created this finish, I was using CeCe Caldwell's products which we no longer use or carry.  To create this same look … [Read more...]

This Hand Painted Antique Buffet is Dressed to Impress!

Have you ever gotten sick of an old outfit?  Even if you have a great shape, the same old thing can get a little boring after say... 80 years or so. When I found this antique buffet, I felt sorry for her because all her beautiful features seemed to fade away in a giant … [Read more...]

Best Painted Furniture Reno’s 2011 by Shizzle Design

It seems like just last night I was sitting in the den of mom’s condo in Florida dreaming of starting my own furniture refurbishing business.   I remember reading an email from one of my friends suggesting I start a blog but I had no idea what she was talking about.  Blog?  … [Read more...]

42nd Art in the Park – Holland, Michigan

I vividly remember the lady telling me they had never been rained out... but... just as my sister got in the van, it started to sprinkle.  I didn't say anything but my jaw dropped when we pulled out the driveway and headed toward the lake shore.  Our raindrops weren't … [Read more...]