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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Spring – Early Summer Paint Class Schedule

Hope you're all enjoying time with family and are blessed with beautiful weather this weekend. Just wanted to share a few of our upcoming workshops. Girl's Night Out Paint Party Class $75    Grab a small project from home such as a lamp, a bird house, a … [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...]

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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]