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...]

How We Decoupage Fabric to Furniture onto Painted Furniture

Sometimes we start out with a piece that's lacking character.  This lil' gal has all sorts of different sized drawers but her personality was buried under a lot of homely, dated drawer pulls.  I had already removed them when I shot this picture, but the fade marks show you … [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...]

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...]

Highboy Whimsically Dry-brushed in Green and Blue & We Miss You Syd!

Her eyes were as blue as the ocean, her smile as bright as the sun and her personality stole the heart of every person blessed by her presence. I so wish Sydney Grace was outside enjoying our first 80 degree day since last October but she's not, not here on earth … [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...]

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...]

I Finally Finished My Very First Piece!

Three years ago I picked up my first dresser in an attempt to see how hard it was to re-purpose a piece of furniture.  Friends were giving us grief because we were still using our old TV.  They couldn't understand why the flat screen my husband earned at work years earlier … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

Vintage Dresser in Chesapeake Blue

" Well ~ Hello there!"   That's how much confidence I think this old gal has now all decked out  in her new threads!  I think the look fits her personality perfectly ~ a little vintage chic yet colorful, classy and full of pizzaz. My sister Cathy is the one who did this … [Read more...]

Shizzle Videos ~ Easy Waxing & Buffing

Here's a couple videos I'd like to share with all of you.  The first one shows you how easy it is to apply an all natural Clear Wax. http://youtu.be/jIs9DOPuZ7o This second one shows you the Wax Buffing Brush Attachment that we use to achieve a fabulous finish in … [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...]

Wax Video on Emerald Green Dresser

Pantone named Emerald Green the Color of the year for 2013 Well you can imagine my excitement then, when I saw the first case of CeCe Caldwell's Emerald Isle Paint on my pallet. I'm sure the guy on the dock thought I was totally goofy when he saw me beam from ear to … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Little Red Dresser

I’m writing this post from our hotel room as we’re getting a little R&R in Northern Michigan.  Since we’ll be travelling through Traverse City on our annual trip around the Leelanau Peninsula, it only made sense that I feature the little red dresser I finished just … [Read more...]

Whimsical Little Girl’s Dresser with Hand Painted Flowers

I’ve been inspired with color ever since we took our daughter to the Children’s Museum in Portland, Oregon years ago.  The museum was filled with vibrant colors and I couldn't help but embrace the joy in my daughter’s eyes as she explored everything in sight. Since I … [Read more...]

Save Money ~ Update outdated furniture hardware with paint!

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you loved except for the hardware?  Don't throw it out, in just a few minutes, you can give it new life with paint! This French Provincial lingerie chest was in excellent condition when I found it but it had that funky speckled … [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...]

Chalk & Clay Painted Furniture Selling Like Hotcakes!

Things are selling at the store left and right which means I need to kick it into overdrive to fill my space back up with new inventory.  Here's some of the furniture that has recently sold.  Antique Dresser in Destin Gulf & Spring Hill Green See entire … [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...]

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...]

Tall Black Dresser with Pottery Barn Appeal

I've been getting a lot of requests from followers to get a heads up on pieces before they reach the store, so here goes ~ sneak peak of the black highboy dresser I finished tonight. I had a lot of fun distressing this one. I learned how to do this reading Guide to … [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...]

Little Black Dresser inspired by Pottery Barn

I’ve been busy with custom paint jobs lately; one of them being an adorable dresser a grandmother had passed down to her granddaughter.  After discussing several options, we decided to refinish the top and paint the rest black, lightly distressing the edges. Here’s how she … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]