Finishing Coat Video & Tutorial on How to Apply Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Durable & Easy-to-Use Finishing Coat

Have you struggled with using Clear Coats in the past?  Well I'm here to tell you, those days of frustration are over.  Why?  Because Frenchic's durable and Easy-to-Use Finishing Coat is here! Introducing Frenchic Finishing Coat! It's durable and so easy to … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

My favorite Stripper for removing Paint & Finishes

I’ve tried many strippers over the years  Many burn holes through your skin if you splash the tiniest spec of it onto your hand or arms.  Some don't work for squat  but one is just right... Zinnser’s Magic Strip Citrus-Action Gel Why?  Because I’m … [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...]

Sneak Peak – Vintage Mahogany Bedroom Set

I’ll be posting all the details of this set next week, but I wanted to give you a sneak peak of what we’re taking into the store this afternoon ~ to keep up with daily progress, updates and bits & pieces of what we're working on throughout the week, follow us on our … [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...]

It’s Official! We’re Going to the World’s Longest Yard Sale ~ need your help, advice

I've wanted to do the World's Longest Yard Sale ever since I first heard about it but the timing always conflicted with something else.  This year I'm crossing it off my bucket list!   This is totally a last minute thing for us (YIKES!!) as we were waiting to find out if … [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...]

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...]

Pickin’, Junkin’ and Up-cyclin’ in the Bay Area with Karen from Redoux Interiors

Last week I finally had the privilege of meeting Karen Berg of Redoux Interiors.  Even though we had never met in person prior to this, it felt like we had known each other forever. As soon as my flight landed in California, we were off and running…  Karen is VERY serious … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Favorite Brushes for Paint, Wax and Buffing Chalk & Clay Paints and How to Clean them

I have this THING for brushes!  Paint brushes, wax brushes, buffing brushes, foam brushes, artist brushes ~ you name it, I have a thing for them and have become a wee bit finicky over the years in what I choose to paint furniture.  I've learned through my own … [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...]

French Dining Set, Spray Guns & the dreaded orange bleed through

A nice couple hired us recently to paint a vintage dining room set.  Judging from the pictures, it appeared to be in great shape.  The finish on it had such a high sheen and was so thick, it almost appeared to be some kind of resin. The chairs had really nice lines.  All … [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...]

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...]

Save Money ~ Update outdated furniture hardware with paint!

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you loved except for the hardware?  Don't throw it out, in just a few minutes, you can give it new life with paint! This French Provincial lingerie chest was in excellent condition when I found it but it had that funky speckled … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]