Create Beautiful Finishes with Frenchic Furniture Paint & Wax

Finding my way back For the first time in over a year, I'm thrilled to be creating again.  I lost my passion for painting this past year between the divorce, my diagnosis of cancer, major surgery, long recovery and almost losing our mom to an unexpected heart block. … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

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...]

MSU Workshop Makeover Series ~ Ornate Half Round Antique Table

Life seems to be a never-ending ride of busy-ness.  I’m so tired, I could tip over and fall asleep at this very moment and it’s only 7:00 p.m.!    How do you all find “down time”?  Is there even such a thing anymore? I’ve been dying to share the awesome furniture … [Read more...]

Online Shizzle Shop

Welcome to our new and improved Online Shizzle Shop!  I've streamlined it a bit to make it more user friendly.    On the main page, you'll find items broken down into their respective categories Store Sample Size Pots Color … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Announcing… Home for the Holidays 2012, a Christmas Link Party Nov. 27 – Dec. 20

Christmas is magical for so many reasons ~ cherished memories with friends and relatives, fabulous holiday meals and most importantly, the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This year, along with all the other festivities, I have one more thing to be … [Read more...]

Hand Painted Clock Table Transformation at Knick of Time

I'm so excited to be unveiling my hand painted clock table today over at Knick of Time! Angie asked me to do a post on one of my hand painted pieces of furniture and I just happened to be working on a perfect piece to share with Knick of Time.  We both have the same … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

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...]