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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

I’ll never forget the phone call…

Embracing Sydney's Memory... I’ll never forget the phone call I got seven years ago today.  Kami called to tell us they had been up all night but “he” would be coming any time.  Fifteen minutes later, Tim called stating “it’s a GIRL!”.  I was like “what?”  I was like … [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...]

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...]

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...]