Stunning Antique Black Bow Front Highboy ~ Take Two!

Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful antique bow front mahogany highboy.  I wasn't sure how I wanted to paint it so I set it aside for a while until I came up with an idea.  I took it to Not So Shabby and it sold right away. Fast forward to a few months ago.  I was … [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...]

Christmas 2014 ~ Shizzle Design

We're burning the midnight oil getting ready our Christmas Open Houses.   Two of the Greatest Christmas Open Houses in West Michigan open  Friday, November 7th, 2014! Doors are locked until 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon at Caledonia Vintage Marketplace. Doors are … [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...]

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...]

How to Create an Outdoor Solar Powered Chandelier out of an old Light Fixture

I've been blessed with awesome friendships throughout my life.   Some I've had since Kindergarten and others I've just met recently through the love of painting.  Anastasia is one of my dearest friends, and though it seems like we've known each other a lifetime, it's only … [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...]

Look What’s New at Shizzle Design ~ Painted Chalk & Clay Furniture for Sale in West Michigan + Paint Sale

We knocked out some new pieces of furniture recently which are now available either in our Shizzle Shop or in our Shizzle Design booth within Not So Shabby.  We dropped several of them off yesterday along with some new signs and accessories. In case you're new around … [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...]

Our Shizzle Design Booth at West Michigan’s Women’s Expo, DeVos ~ Grand Rapids, MI

In the midst of this long cold winter, Cathy and I were invited to be one of the featured speakers at West Michigan's Women's Expo. We immediately started preparing for it.  I was panicked about how we were going to pull something of this magnitude together in such a … [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...]

Join Shizzle Design on March 14-16 at West Michigan’s Women’s Expo, Grand Rapids, MI

Cathy and I are honored to be one of this year’s key presenters at West Michigan’s Women’s Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 14-16. Here's a Sneak Peek of Some of the Pieces FIRST Available at the Expo! See us on Stage! Cathy and I will be on stage three … [Read more...]

Retro Highboy Gets New Life with American Paint Company’s Gorgeous New Peacock Blue

This past fall, we lost our grandmother and inherited several pieces of furniture.  Cathy, aloong with my aunt and uncle spent a grueling afternoon in a horrible snow storm moving everything out of her place then hauled it all across town in an open bed trailer to our new … [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...]

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...]

Shizzle Design Paint Studio

I’m running a little behind on my furniture posts lately because my sister and I have been scurrying around like a couple of squirrels renovating our new space. Introducing…. The Shizzle Design Paint Studio at 2018 Chicago Drive, Jenison, MI  49428 We’ve been searching … [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...]

Chalk & Clay Painted Furniture Makeovers ~ Fall 2013

I'd like to thank each and every one of  you for all your thoughts and prayers over the past two weeks, they've really helped carry us through the sudden and unexpected hospitalization of our step Grandma Florence.  Surrounded by the ones she loved, Florence was welcomed … [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...]

Shizzle Design’s Autumn Pickin’ Sale

Our garages are bursting at the seams and we can’t take it any more. Shizzle Design is having a HUGE Ready-to-Paint Furniture Sale in BYRON CENTER, MI on Wed & Thursday Night Cathy, Laurie and I have cleaned house.  We're purging half the unpainted furniture we've … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Furniture Paint Workshops – Sept 2013

I've said it before and I'll say it again... our students ROCK!   I don't know who gets more excited about seeing their transformations, me or the people who paint them, but we've had a ton of incredible furniture makeovers take place again with our last workshops. I've … [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...]

Vintage Cement Trowel Hooks on Reclaimed Barn Wood

Last week we ran across an old collapsed barn.  When Opportunity Knocks... tear into an old barn and re-purpose that wood! The barn wood was free for the pickin’ so we dropped everything and started tearing into the remnants of it in search of pieces we could re-purpose … [Read more...]

Antique Vanity Painted in Custom Mixed Creamy White

If you’re subscribed to my blog or follow our daily updates on our Facebook Page, you’ve already seen the first two posts in this series about our Mahogany bedroom Set Makeover.   I shared how we used My Favorite Stripper to refinish the beautiful Mahogany tops in the first … [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...]

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...]

Shizzle Design Locations

Our Shizzle Design Paint Shop is now open in Jenison, Michigan!  We carry a huge inventory of American Paint Company’s all natural chalk, clay and mineral paints and finishes and Vintiquities Finest Quality Brushes. Shizzle Design Studio, 2018 Chicago Dr., Jenison, MI … [Read more...]

Design Gallery Room Competition using Flea Market Picks

We just got back from a fun overnight trip of pickin’ at the Michigan Antiques and Collectible Festival in Midland, Michigan.  It’s a flea market spread over 80 acres with over 1,000 vendors near the thumb area on the east side of the state. We went there to hunt for … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Makeovers from 5/18 Workshop

It never ceases to amaze me how incredible old pieces of furniture can look after one of our Shizzle Style Furniture Painting Workshops. The morning of the workshop is always a bustle of activity and then there is the calm before the storm… Then, almost … [Read more...]

Everybody’s Gone Surfing…

Surfing U.S.A.   I couldn’t help but sing when I finally finished this dresser that I’ve been tinkering with on and off for several weeks.  I painted it three times trying to get it just right but each time I wasn’t feeling it.  Am I the only one who does this? I … [Read more...]

MSU Workshop Makeover Series Part III ~ Two Cool Chairs

A lot of chairs are refinished during our Shizzle Style Furniture Paint Workshops and our special workshop taught at MSU was no exception.  We had two gals bring in chairs that day and both of them turned out FABULOUS!!! Stephanie brought in a typical kitchen chair to … [Read more...]

"Quiet Place" Beach Table

I've been buried lately in an endless mountain of paperwork.  Can I just say that getting everything ready for your accountant is pain in the butt when you're self employed with a painting business?  I can't stand paperwork, so for me, this is torture. "Lets go off by … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Paint Workshop at Michigan State University

Michigan State University is BIG on being GREEN! Table painted by one of our students at our last workshop Their hopes are once you "Go Green", you'll "Stay Green" They have an amazing facility on campus called the MSU Surplus Store.  They're rethinking every aspect … [Read more...]

Repurposed Turquoise Highboy Dresser Serves as Coffee Station in Hair Salon on Lake Macatawa

I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a "blue" person, but when I picked up this antique highboy a while back, I kept imagining it in shades of turquoise blues and greens. The original finish on the piece was an antique white which looked pretty in and of itself until you … [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...]

VIDEO – How to Wet Distress Paint

Hi guys!  Happy snowy morning to ya. The storm that's rolling through just dumped another foot of snow on West Michigan ~ you know what that means ~ SNOW DAY!!! No worries though, 'cuz my cousin Matt of Pro Mow Landscaping is to the rescue! The kids are still … [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...]

Not So Shabby’s Grand Re-Opening

It happened again ~ I blinked and the year flashed before my eyes.   When I opened my them, I found myself in the middle of November 2012  Time goes by so fast, I've been working way too hard, putting in between 80-100 hours every week for the past year.  Something's … [Read more...]

Shizzle Design has relocated to Holland, MI

There's been a whole lot of moving and shaking going on around here this past week.We rent space from Not So Shabby Antiques and Fine Furniture where we sell CeCe Caldwell's Paints along side our painted furniture, re-purposed treasures and home decor.This past week the … [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...]

Vintage Charmer China Cabinet

This just may be my favorite transformations to date. The hardest part was deciding on which color to paint it. I didn't like the red on this one, so I wiped it off, but should I do the Destin or the custom Green recipe that was left over from the CeCe Caldwell's … [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...]

Antique Bed in Georgia Clay

My sister Cathy just finished painting this bed in Georgia Clay.  It was layered over Vermont Slate and Vintage White then distressed to create an old world finish. This was her first project using CeCe Caldwell's Paints and I think she knocked it out of the … [Read more...]

Antique Buffet Painted in Blue Montana Sky

I love the character of antique buffets when they have been painted.  You can create so many different looks when you paint them and they offer such a pretty focal point in a room. I picked up another buffet recently and I KNEW how I wanted to paint it but something happened … [Read more...]

Funky Antique Drum Table & a Winner for our CeCe Caldwell’s Paint Giveaway

Funky Color Combo on an Antique Drum Table It’s been crazy busy here between painting furniture for clients and painting other furniture to replace the pieces which keep selling at Not So Shabby Antiques and Fine Furniture in downtown Zeeland. I’ve also been really busy … [Read more...]

Color Inspiration & Ideas for Chalk & Clay Painted Furniture

If you're looking for ideas and color inspiration for painted furniture, this post is for you!  It's packed full of photos, tips, and ideas using all natural chalk and clay paints.  Stop by often as I update this post frequently when I finish new projects. American Paint … [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...]

Want to Know my Paint Layering Secrets?

Hey everyone, howzit?  I'm so excited to be guest posting today for my good friend Karen at Redoux in San Francisco!  She is one of the neatest people I've ever met.  She's spunky, sweet, witty, super upbeat and man is she  f u n n y !!!  I just love her to pieces!! Karen … [Read more...]

Antique Dresser Painted with Blue and White Ombre Drawers

This lovely antique oak dresser has just been refinished in CeCe Caldwell's Eco-Friendly, all natural paint and wax.  The solid oak top was stripped and refinished to show off the intricate design of this solid antique dresser. I painted the body of it in CeCe Caldwell's … [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...]

Whimsical Cottage Style Dresser

I have a passion for furniture built before the days of mass production, pieces created by the true craftsmen of years gone by.  I especially fall for dressers with fabulous curves, great legs and amazing details. I found a two such dressers recently and ended up paying … [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...]

Antique Walnut Parlor Table painted in Blue Montana Sky

Just wanted to share the antique walnut parlor table I used as part of my CeCe Caldwell's Paint Demonstration last week at Not So Shabby.   I painted it ahead of time so customers could see and experience how the feels and works with the paint.  To show off the beautiful … [Read more...]

Vintage White Drum Table with Gorgeous Detail

I had the honor of painting an antique drum table for a special person who's like a second mom to me.  She's the sweetest lady you'll ever meet and happens to be mom to one of my very best friends.  I've pretty much adopted the entire family over the years since the rest of … [Read more...]

Overwhelmed by Clutter in Your Workshop?

There's a lot of folks in blogland writing about the joys of painting and refurbishing furniture.  Most of the posts I read portray beautiful photographs of furniture and rooms that could be pulled straight out of a design magazine. I love painting furniture, but I find it a … [Read more...]

Why I love CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Clay and Chalk Paint

It seems like only yesterday when I had the pleasure of meeting the Mountain/Midwest Distributors for CeCe Caldwell.  I was able to learn about this amazing company and explore beautiful furniture transformations designed using CeCe Caldwell's all natural paint and wax.  I … [Read more...]

Spring Hill Green turns an Antique Dresser into One Sassy Piece!

A couple months ago, a friend from church asked me to come over and check out the antique dresser she purchased to use as a TV stand.  She was in the process of picking out fabrics and wall colors and wanted to know if the dresser she picked up was in good enough condition … [Read more...]

How to Get that Great Patina on Painted Furniture

I have to admit, I have a thing for green.  When I found an old sewing table a while back, I knew I wanted to tear it apart and make a side table out of it ~ and I knew it had to be green.  It's been patiently waiting for it's makeover - until now.I was playing with CeCe … [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...]

Saint Patrick’s Day Mosaic Party Tub / Chair Planter

Seriously?  It’s March?  It was Christmas like one minute ago!  I can’t believe how fast time flies.  If it’s really March, then it’s time to share the Saint Patrick’s Day Mosaic Chair planter that I made a while back.  I had tucked away until now.The business I have today … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Introducing… Guide to Furniture Finishes

Have you ever walked through a fine art show or home decor boutique and thought to yourself, “I could to THAT!”  Ha - I do it all the time!  However it almost always takes three times longer and twice the money as initially predicted. There are a million ways to paint … [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...]

I love this Cool Vintage Wooden Chair!

Several years ago, my Aunt Katie dug an old wooden chair out of her barn and brought to me so I could refinish it as an outdoor garden chair.  I was selling them at the time and she thought it would make a good garden planter. I was like “what?”  I was like “huh?”  This one … [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...]

Antique Walnut Accent Table hand painted in Old White

This parlor table was lacking pizzazz when I found her this summer. The octagon top, curved legs and all her details were GREAT but the finish on the wood was dull, dark and dreary. Zinnser Gel Strip to the rescue!    Zinnser Gel Strip is a green product – figuratively … [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...]

Three more features!

Guess what?  Our furniture was featured three times this week!Kim at Savvy Southern Style featured our red buffet table on her Wow Us Wednesdays party.  Kim gets some pretty awesome entries at her party.  Check out Savvy Southern Style out here. Linda at Coastal Charm also … [Read more...]