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...]

A Portfolio of My First Year ~ Which one is your favorite?

  It's hard to believe that just last year I joined this venture of refurbishing furniture.  Since I practically work around the clock, I seldom look back on all the things I've painted. I finally took the time to do that and I can only give thanks to God, because … [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...]

Rich Old World Graphite Patina on ASCP Painted Chest of Drawers

My husband ended up in emergency surgery over the weekend so I'm letting my pictures speak for themselves today - quite frankly, I'm beat! This Three Drawer Chest Would Make a Fabulous Entryway Piece! Of course you can use it anywhere, but I'd show it off a little.  I … [Read more...]

Thank You West Michigan for Loving Shizzle Design’s Painted Furniture!

The past couple weeks have been crazy busy with furniture sales.  Every time we think we're getting ahead of the game, we get a call from the store notifying us that another large piece has sold. I actually decided to move my furniture into a smaller space in the store so … [Read more...]

Antique Secretaries Make Great Charging Stations

Source: shizzle-design.com via Shizzle on Pinterest Last summer I purchase a bunch of furniture to renovate.  My sister had her eye on this secretary, so I told her to go for it.  We loaded it up in her Jeep and off she went to transform it at her house.  I never saw it … [Read more...]

Special Request Gentleman’s Chest

Last week, a gal came into Not So Shabby to check out one of my dressers she’d seen online.  Not only did she like it, she was already purchasing it as she called to see if I would paint a gentleman’s chest she had at home to coordinate with it.    This is the dresser she … [Read more...]

Custom Designed Bulletin Boards for Sale ~ Stylish Organization

Tired of shuffling through piles of clutter on your kitchen counters?  If you tend to miss appointments, lose receipts, coupons or still have school pictures from five years ago hanging on the fridge, I have a solution for you.Upholstered bulletin boards aren’t new, I just … [Read more...]

Antique French Dining Room Set in ASCP

This beautiful dining room set has been lovingly restored using Annie Sloan French Linen and Old White Chalk Paint. It was restored using a lot of old fashioned elbow grease, restoration skills and patience.  This is what we started out with.One of the chairs was beyond … [Read more...]

Vintage West Michigan Subway Art

I finally created my first Subway Art.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and I can truly say, I’ll be doing plenty more in the near future.  I took a door off our old entertainment center.  Seriously, I did!  My daughter wasn't too happy when she went to watch … [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...]

Antique Round Coffee Table with Old World Patina

I have a tendency to mess around with things.  I can’t make it from point “A” to point “B” without taking a detour.  This holds true for many areas of my life so it makes perfect sense that it would transfer over to my style of painting. Enter Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I … [Read more...]

Using my God Given Talent

This August we launched our furniture designs at Art in the Park in Holland, Michigan.  It down poured most of the day and many people left planning to come back when it let up.  It didn’t!   Shortly before closing, the rain finally let up and by the Grace of God, we were … [Read more...]

Our French Dining Table Featured by Redoux in San Francisco!

I am very humbled and excited to share with you that our dining room table and chair set has just been featured by Karen over at Redoux in San Francisco.  She's the spunkiest gal who lives in one of my all time favorite cities, San Francisco and I can't wait to go out and … [Read more...]

Empire Dresser Refinished in Old White Chalk Paint

They have solid construction yet sport the neatest lines which create a ton of character. When these babies are painted with just the right technique, they’re show stoppers! I refinished my first Empire Dresser in a Annie Sloan’s Graphite (see the post on that piece … [Read more...]

French Dining Room Table and Chair Set

Hot off the press, or should I say “fresh out of the workshop” is this beautiful French dining room table and chair set!  Our redesign gives it a cool eclectic style all of it’s own.  I like that!  (The seats weren't attached yet in this picture, but I took it anyway 'cause … [Read more...]

Nate Berkus, Shaunna West & Shelly Andrade – ha!

Hi everyone.  Just in case you're wondering where I've been...  I’ve spent the past 2-1/2 months battling some kind of lung infection.  My allergist said I have a really bad case of a viral mycoplasma pneumonia that’s taken it’s toll recently in our area, especially for … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek of Three New Pieces & More Features!

Several months ago, I came up with the crazy idea to start my own furniture refurbishing business.  I started asking around on how to build a website when a friend of mine suggested I try a blog instead.  BLOG?  I didn’t even know WHAT a blog was, let alone how to DO one.I … [Read more...]

Open House at Not So Shabby

Please mark your calendars and join us for Not So Shabby’s Annual Christmas Open House on Friday, November 11 from 4pm-8pm and Saturday, November 12 from 10am-4pm. This is the store Cathy and I moved our furniture and home décor into so if you haven’t had the chance to get … [Read more...]

Two More Amazing Features on Our Red Buffet!

We stand in awe at how many features we had this week!Honey at A Potpourri of Life at 2805 featured our red buffet table on her Potpourri Friday 2805 party.  Honey’s parties have an assortment of creative posts on home décor, decorating, photography…  Tons of inspiration!  … [Read more...]

Antique Vanity and Gentleman’s Chest in ASCP

I’ve been told many times throughout my lifetime that I’m “visual”.  Whether its the topography blueprint of a golf course or a dated piece of furniture,  I can see the finished design well in the initial stages of a project. There are moments though when I get hung up on … [Read more...]

Sideboard Buffet in Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint

Okay – sing it with me now and don’t get mad when that song is stuck in your head the rest of the day.  I found this wooden chest un-noticed in the corner of a resale store partially hidden by other missed treasures and came to it’s rescue shortly before the store went out … [Read more...]

More Painted Furniture Reno’s

Here's a quick sneak peak of a few things we just dropped off to the store! Adorable Red Buffet Gentleman's Dresser   which coordinates with this...  Ladies Dressing Table I'm still working on the bed... more to come It's Pumpkin Fest time in Zeeland, so stop by … [Read more...]

My Very First Chalk Painted Dresser

When I decided to start my furniture refurbishing business this summer, this is the first piece of real furniture I  transformed. I purchased this dresser at a garage sale in my home town several years ago.   I loved the lines of this piece, but at the time, I was only doing … [Read more...]

Vintage Highboy Dresser in Old White Chalk Paint

I’ve been searching for a highboy dresser like this for quite a while now.  I knew just how I wanted to refinish the little gem - just had to find it.  Well… three weeks ago, I found it (along with half a semi full of other great finds).  Many mahalos to Aunt Katie & … [Read more...]

In the Beginning…

Our furniture is now showcased at Not So Shabby Antiques & Fine Furniture in downtown Zeeland.  It'll take a while before our space is nicely staged with all the "fluff" but we're getting there. Our blue mahogany dresser sold immediately.  We moved a couple pieces of … [Read more...]

Vintage Desk

Okay... so maybe we're not really ready for a heap of homework yet, but at least we can prepare ourselves for what's to come.  This desk and chair combo is ready to help someone get organized.  I love the little cubbies and the book shelf underneath. The desk was painted, … [Read more...]

Lane Cedar Chest Transformation

While picking this spring, I came across a 1969 Lane Cedar Chest in disarray.  I know!  Can you believe it?  It actually looked a bit worse than this when I found it!  In this picture, I had already spent a couple hours peeling the veneer off the top and sides.  Halfway … [Read more...]

Not So Shabby Antiques & Fine Furniture

The past four months has been a whirlwind of activity - all because of an idea, one simple thought brought to reality.  As I stood out in the blustering snow sanding down my first dresser, I just knew this was what I was called to do.  During those four months, I became … [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...]

Holland’s 42nd Art in the Park

Well, today's the day.  Stop by and see us at Holland's Centennial Park.  Our booth is on River close to 12th.  We've just finished a few more pieces!  See ya there!  Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Don't miss any of our hand painted furniture … [Read more...]

Venetian Bronze Candelier

How to Create a Venetian Bronze Finish on a Brass Chandelier When I first wrote this post for the first candelier in this post, I was using toxic products to create this finish.  It makes me sick to think about the horrific odors I inhaled every day and even more sick to … [Read more...]

Antique Empire Dresser with a Rich Weathered Black Leather Finish

A blast from the Past ~ August, 2011 My sister Cathy and I have spent the past few months doing intensive research on how to paint furniture as we prepare for Holland’s 42nd Art in the Park on, August 6th, 2011 and I have to tell you… this piece is one of my favorites.  I … [Read more...]