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...]

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...]

THE Finest Chalk & Clay Paint & Wax Brushes from Vintiquities are now available in the U.S.!

Everybody has a "THING" for something ~ purses, shoes, jewelry...  I have a thing for funky eclectic necklaces (if anyone knows some cool places to shop, let me know), old barns, creative re-purposed treasures and brushes ~ I have a thing for brushes! I'm as laid back, easy … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Hang it up! Things that hang things

I concentrate most of my time painting furniture for my booth at Not So Shabby, but I'm also always looking for smaller items to fill in the gaps.  I have a million things on my "I wanna make this" list, it's just finding the time to do them. The themed link up Funky Junk … [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...]

Lamp Gets a Whole New Look with Unique Layering Technique

Several years ago I picked up a pair of lamps from J.C. Penney's.  Here's what they looked like when I bought them, minus the dust. I loved their lines but I didn't think about how heavy they'd make the room feel.   We live in a 100 year old home surrounded by towering … [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...]

Shizzle Style Workshop Makeovers Fall 2012

Happy Sunday to you! We're enjoying a relaxing spring day here today in Michigan... in December!   Today I'm sharing a couple more pieces of furniture that our students have painted during our Shizzle Style Paint-Your-Own-Furniture Workshops.   In this class, … [Read more...]

French Dining Set, Spray Guns & the dreaded orange bleed through

A nice couple hired us recently to paint a vintage dining room set.  Judging from the pictures, it appeared to be in great shape.  The finish on it had such a high sheen and was so thick, it almost appeared to be some kind of resin. The chairs had really nice lines.  All … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Workshop Paint Makeovers – #1 (Furniture painted by Students during our CeCe Caldwell’s Paints Workshops)

I love sharing my passion for painting furniture! I think that's why we end up having so much fun during our paint workshops.  My favorite  is our Paint-Your-Own-Furniture-Workshop.  Everyone brings in a small piece of their own furniture, we teach them how to do a Shizzle … [Read more...]

Antique Buffet in Layers of Frenchy Gray

Finally!  This buffet has undergone quite the transformation over the past few months. When this antique buffe, it looked like this.  I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to do it.  I gave it a quick coat of CeCe Caldwell's  Virginia Chestnut...  Then I painted the inside … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Petite Antique Dresser Painted in Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint

Last week, I mentioned we had another piece of furniture almost ready for the store.  Well, it’s finished and sitting pretty at our space in Not So Shabby Antiques & Fine Furniture in Zeeland, Michigan. This petite gem was transformed into an even more charming … [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...]