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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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 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...]

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...]

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...]