Create a White Wash Finish the Easy Way on Painted Furniture

Want to create a beautiful finish like this?  You can!  It's easy with the right products... … [Read more...]

Beautiful French Country Wardrobe painted with Frenchic Furniture Paint

A while back I asked for opinions on color combinations for this piece and I'm thrilled with all the votes that came rolling in. Before Picture We offered different color combos to choose from ~ you voted and we painted it. The transformation began with two thin coats … [Read more...]

Check out the new Colors & Finishes on Painted Furniture at Shizzle Design

It's that time of year again when furniture is selling faster than we can paint it. Here's a few shots of pieces we either just finished or are finishing...   For details on these pieces, comment below.  For the time being, the best way to keep up on what we're doing, be … [Read more...]

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...]

IKEA Hack – Rast 3 Drawer Chest to Rustic Red Kitchen Island Cart

Several weeks ago we were asked us to take part in an IKEA hack. We joined several other bloggers in this pursuit.  Each of us were given an IKEA dresser, hardware of our choice from Hickory Hardware and a gift card to Menards for other supplies.  The top three will be … [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...]

Become a Retailer for Vintiquities Finest Quality Paint & Wax Brushes

We're now accepting retailers for Vintiquities Finest Brushes!   Shizzle Design is the Exclusive Distributor for the following states Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas California, Colorado, Hawaii Idaho, Illinois, Indiana Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky Louisiana, Michigan, … [Read more...]

Learn How to Paint w Chalk & Clay Paints at Our LAST Furniture Painting Workshop

Our last furniture painting workshop of 2014 will be held Wednesday, October 22nd.  This five hour class is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m..  We most likely won't host any more furniture painting workshops until some time next spring unless somebody wants to … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Last Furniture Paint Workshop of Summer ~ August 9

Just wanted to give a little heads up on a couple of new classes we just added to our schedule.  I'm playing catch-up after all the mission trips and vacation time we've juggled the past few weeks. I love this picture.  It's a group shot of all the kids the last night at … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Add Sparkle to Painted Furniture using American Paint Company’s Metallic Mica Powders VIDEO

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with American Paint Company’s Mica Powders the past couple of weeks as we prepare for West Michigan’s Michigan’s Women’s Expo on March 14-16 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.   I’ll share more on that tomorrow. In … [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...]

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...]

Shizzle Style Workshop Paint Makeovers #3

Hello Gang!  It's Sunday and that means it's time for me to share some more amazing transformations performed by of the guys and gals who have attended our Paint Your Own Furniture Workshops. Rose brought this table to refinish and left with this! Rose painted her … [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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

Black & Teal Console Table, heavily distressed

originally posted Aug 2013 Summer in Michigan is all about quality time spent with family and friends.  We were at the lake last month and hit a flea market up north. One of my husband’s friend is an exceptional chef.  In this picture, he's doing a shrimp boil for … [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...]

Whimsical Patchwork Painted Dresser

Do you ever have one of  THOSE days?  THOSE weeks?  THOSE months?  I do!  Sometimes I just need to walk away from everything and escape the chaos for a little while.  This is one of our favorite places to relax. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Lake Michigan's Beautiful … [Read more...]

So I like Color

I’ll never forget our first trip to The Children’s Museum in Portland, Oregon.  Our oldest daughter was absolutely IN LOVE with the interactive water part of the museum where little kids get to put on raincoats and play with all sorts of cool water contraptions!  I was … [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...]

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...]

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 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...]

End Grain Butcher Block Island by Cento Anni

One of the neatest things about my line of work is meeting other people who share the dream to create something truly unique.  There are so many talented people out there whose minds are bursting with innovative ideas. A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Ed … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Rustic Country Farm Table w/ Tips on Waxing

When I purchased this piece, it was covered with numerous layers of chipping paint.  I think I took pictures, but it was a good year ago, so I'll have to dig them up.  Don't get me wrong, I'm all about an old chippy,  look ~ but the multiple layers on this table seemed … [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...]

Paint & Stencil Glass Doors

I'm super busy this week but I wanted to share the cute little end table I just finished. Did you know you can paint directly over glass using chalk & clay paints? I snapped a shot to show you what the raw paint color looked like before I waxed it (left) and … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Solid Cedar Hope Chest Transformation

I love the smell of cedar.  It reminds me of our trips up to Indian River when I was a little girl.  The aroma of cedar from all the hand carved treasures filled the air in the local shops. So when I ran across a cedar chest recently, I couldn't resist the opportunity to … [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...]

Easy Garden Chair Planter

A month ago, we lost our cat and had to find an spot to bury her.  The kids thought it would be best to bury her under our magnolia tree in the back yard. We picked up flowers from our friend's greenhouse and cleared a spot for her. The kids threw in some of their … [Read more...]

They Soften Life with Sweetness & Love

This post has nothing to do with furniture or paint.  It has everything to do with the hurt and emptiness our family has experience the past two weeks.  This post is about Anna, the best cat a family could ever ask for. We buried Anna Sunday morning after church two weeks … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]