Shizzle Design | Sideboard Buffet in Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint
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Sideboard Buffet in Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint

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 of business.
It was love at first sight.  I loved the look of all the hardware and the fact that it offered so much storage.  I knew the moment I saw it, it needed new legs and a d2011-06-04_28ash of red.  Of course I had no idea at the time HOW this would be accomplished, I just knew it needed to happen.

These are the kind of thoughts that constantly bounce around in my brain.  I have no control over them, they just enter and take over my mind.

I could hardly wait to get started.  I grabbed my Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint and slapped on a thin coat.  Then I found some legs for it.  I stacked boxes under the chest until it was just the right height then held them up against it to get the visual.  I’m weird like that.  Always need the visual.  PERFECT!  Just the look I imagined!

At that point, I was stuck.  How can I add tall legs to a piece?  It sat in my garage patiently waiting while I flew off to Maui for a family reunion.  Cathy waxed it while I was gone and when I returned there she sat, still anticipating her new legs.

I just couldn’t wrap my brain around how to attach those long legs in a way what would provide stability and still be all squared up.  I could have gotten the job done, it just wouldn’t have been done professionally.  Introduce Tim – he’s one of my lifelong friends who just happens to have a God given talent for carpentry.  He also happens to have the coolest, to-die-for, workshop on the planet and is a perfectionist in areas where I have no patience.

He knew immediately the best places to make the cuts and also had the coolest Japanese knife/saw to get it done accurately.  He made it look so easy, but I’m telling you, there’s a skill to it.  He was ready to bop me over the head about ten minutes into it, but we persevered.  Several hours later after meticulously squaring, cutting, drilling, sanding, gluing and clamping…. she had her new legs!

I touched up the paint and Cathy gave her one final glazing, okay two or three, but she got her done – lol!  Cath also finished off the inside with a cork tack board and fabric liner.  This would be a fabulous addition to any dining room or entry way providing lots of storage for treasured or seasonal items.

We just dropped her off to Not So Shabby and she’s proudly showing off those legs as you walk in the front door.  Come check out our new space!


Since this post, I’ve learned so much.  I worked around the clock for a year using these products but continued to have difficulties achieving a quality finish with their wax.  I tried other several other waxes by different companies, some were hard, other’s were a little easier to blend in and work with but also had those terrible fumes.
I experienced months of recurring respiratory problems and even with my exhaust system, I was advised to remove as many chemical hazards from my environment as possible or find another line of working order to get well.I replaced toxic, hand burning, chemical strippers with citrus based strippers (which work better anyway), pulled chemically laden paints, waxes, glues… and started searching for better products.
That search eventually led me to the products I choose today ~ American Paint Company’s all natural, eco-friendly chalk and clay based mineral paints.  From the first time I tried  them, I was sold.   I know that sounds so dramatic, but after everything I went through, It was a God send.  This type of paint is so much easier to work with.  It spreads easier, covers better, adheres well and the wax and finishes have been life changing for how much work I can accomplish on any given day.
For my style of painting, I can achieve a much more superior finish and can create it much faster eliminating the stress of working so hard to achieve something that’s easy with a chalk and clay mixture.

I love these paints so well that I decided to share what I do with our followers.  We proudly offer American Paint Company Paints locally in the Greater Grand Rapids area and sell worldwide on our Online Shizzle Shop.  

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    • Shizzle Design is a small family owned business in Jenison, Michigan.  My sister Cathy and I work, paint, ship and teach our chalk and clay paint workshops out of the same space where we paint all our furniture.  We are truly humbled to be known as a leader in the world of chalk and clay paints.
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    Linking up to these GREAT Parties!

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    a hui hou ~ Shelly

A hui hou!


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:39h, 09 October Reply

    Wow Shell, it turned out beautiful! Nice work! We’ll have to head out to the store and see it in person, if it doesn’t sell first. Kami

  • Lisa Lewis Koster
    Posted at 23:52h, 09 October Reply

    Ooh! I want you to do that with my old cedar chest buried down in the basement 🙂 Love the cork!

  • andrea
    Posted at 02:03h, 10 October Reply

    Totally time to party! This is a great transforamtion and I adore the spindly legs and the cork! Just beautiful! andrea@townandprairie

  • Deborah March
    Posted at 02:07h, 10 October Reply

    STUNNING!! LOVE the addition of the legs!

    Deborah ♥♥ (visiting happily from… hope you’ll drop by to say hi too…)

  • lauren @ West Furniture Revival
    Posted at 03:21h, 10 October Reply

    love this and i love the color, great idea!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 23:01h, 10 October Reply

    That is an amazing redo and I know it will just sell quickly!

  • Honey at 2805
    Posted at 00:48h, 11 October Reply

    Brilliant idea an brilliant color!

    Posted at 11:45h, 11 October Reply

    Amazing makeover and a beautiful color!

  • pam {simple details}
    Posted at 12:00h, 11 October Reply

    So clever! Love the color you chose!

  • Decor & Harmony @ 4290
    Posted at 12:22h, 11 October Reply

    I don’t believe my eyes! You are one clever chick! I love, love, love it!!

  • Angie
    Posted at 12:35h, 11 October Reply

    I LOVE it!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! The color is perfect and the way you decked her out if beautiful.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Knick of Time Tuesday.

    And yes…that song is stuck in my head now!

    Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

  • Anu@My Dream Canvas
    Posted at 20:24h, 11 October Reply

    Wow, this looks fabulous and your blog too. I am following you and I hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

  • scrapmebaby
    Posted at 00:30h, 12 October Reply

    What a beautiful piece! I love that color and am determined to find “something” one day to use it on!
    I can’t believe you added the legs, you really can’t tell at all.
    Wonderful work.
    Came by from Shades of Amber


  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    Posted at 02:29h, 12 October Reply

    WOW!!! i love the color, and the new legs totally make it! awesome redo!

  • I'm Busy Procrastinating
    Posted at 03:56h, 12 October Reply

    What a great idea to add legs! I never would have thought of that!

  • Judy
    Posted at 22:06h, 12 October Reply

    Who would have thought to add legs. They look awesome and the color is cool as well. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  • driftwoodesign
    Posted at 14:34h, 13 October Reply

    You definitely knew how to use those legs!
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  • Ms. A
    Posted at 20:32h, 13 October Reply

    Love that you put legs on this piece! I’m a new follower and I’ve given you a Versatile Blogger award over at Between the Rafters. Plase stop by and see who else got the award and maybe become my newest follower! Thanks! Amanda

  • TheCraftInMe
    Posted at 00:14h, 14 October Reply

    This is a very inspiring transformation. I’ve never thought of adding legs to a chest. The color is perfect, love it!

  • Katie
    Posted at 02:09h, 14 October Reply

    Beautiful color and love the legs!

  • Korrie@RedHenHome
    Posted at 02:29h, 14 October Reply

    Amazing! What a great vision you had. I can’t tell that the legs weren’t born there 😉

  • Laura
    Posted at 02:53h, 14 October Reply

    I love the legs!! now following you 🙂

  • May
    Posted at 04:12h, 14 October Reply

    I am really impressed with your vision.

  • Julia @ 551Eastdesign
    Posted at 04:32h, 14 October Reply

    I am blown away by this!! Can I please feature it on my blog tomorrow?! Please! 🙂

  • Janet
    Posted at 12:28h, 14 October Reply

    Fabulous! Did you use a glaze to “glaze” ( I know that sounds ridiculous) or did you use wax? Just curious as I have some ASCP Emperors Silk and can’t seem to get the tone that I want.

  • Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence
    Posted at 14:28h, 14 October Reply

    Ya, thanks, will be singing that all day :). I love this, such a fabulous piece, color, drooling! Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence.

  • Beth
    Posted at 16:01h, 14 October Reply

    Found you on Miss Mustard Seed and I would not have thought to put this on legs! But you did and pulled it off beautifully! The inside is fab also!

  • Revi
    Posted at 18:44h, 14 October Reply

    Love, love, love it! The legs are perfect, the red is perfect, and she looks beautiful!
    Visiting from MMS,

  • Renewed Upon a Dream
    Posted at 20:09h, 14 October Reply

    Oh my gosh I LOVE that you added legs to this! So creative. The red color is very bold & turned out amazing as well.

  • Between Blue and Yellow
    Posted at 20:22h, 14 October Reply

    So cool! I would have never thought about doing that, thanks for the inspiration. Have a great weekend!

  • Bobbie
    Posted at 23:28h, 14 October Reply

    OH my gosh…this is the little trunk that could…could become a beautiful 4 legged…beautiful table…wow!! It turned out amazing. Oh’ I’m following …I can’t wait to see what you do next. P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind comments. Have a lovely weekend. Bobbie

  • Honey at 2805
    Posted at 23:50h, 14 October Reply

    Just wanted to stop by again to say thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation! Hope you will make it a weekly party stop!

  • Kahli
    Posted at 02:27h, 15 October Reply

    Wow a trunk turned into a gorgeous table! I love the new look!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 02:48h, 15 October Reply

    Love that you thought to put legs on the chest. Nice job. My husband is in Zeeland today and flying home here in SC tomorrow, maybe one of these days I will make the trip with him to check out your shop, that and visit my family on the Lake Huron side of the state. Found you on 551 East Furniture Design.

  • nightowl_72
    Posted at 11:59h, 15 October Reply

    First of all… WOW!

    I’d love to know how you put the legs on. A tutorial would be brilliant! Please, please?

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 15:00h, 15 October Reply

    This is beautiful!! I love the color!! Found you on a linky party!!

  • Rosemary@villabarnes
    Posted at 02:22h, 16 October Reply

    This is pretty awesome. I love it.

  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    Posted at 05:41h, 16 October Reply

    Love this color and how this turned out- how beautiful!! Would love for you to come share this at my weekend decorating party at my blog! Following along!

  • Jenny @ Simcoe Street
    Posted at 11:00h, 16 October Reply

    This turned out beautifully!


  • Pamma
    Posted at 18:03h, 16 October Reply

    Love that red…and just perfect for fall (here in the states!). Those legs were just what the doctor ordered.

  • Becca
    Posted at 10:31h, 18 October Reply

    What an incredible transformation! You really brought that piece back to life! *Becca* (new follower by way of Coastal Charm)

  • Tammy@Beatrice Banks
    Posted at 14:27h, 18 October Reply


  • SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    Posted at 00:43h, 19 October Reply

    Hi, friend! I pinned this on Pinterest. Btw, You’ve got tons of creativity and I’m admiring them all 🙂 Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

  • Jenny
    Posted at 01:11h, 19 October Reply

    What a unique piece! I love it. Never would have thought to put legs on it – and it turned out just beautifully. I’m digging the color too. 🙂

  • Audrey
    Posted at 01:53h, 19 October Reply

    That is such a beautiful shade of red and gorgeous legs! Love it. New follower.

  • Bonnie
    Posted at 02:10h, 19 October Reply

    This is amazing. Wonderful transformation. You have certainly wowed us.

  • Sarah, Three Boys
    Posted at 02:18h, 19 October Reply

    Ok girl, that is GORGEOUS. I love the paint color and legs are just PERFECT!

    If you would like I would love for you to stop over for my very first link party and chalk paint giveaway! I know my readers would just love it!

  • jessica
    Posted at 03:21h, 19 October Reply

    One Word:


    This is one gorgeous piece, you did such a fabulous job!!! I am so happy I found your blog thru Sarah’s link up party @ Three Boys!


  • Sibel
    Posted at 08:04h, 19 October Reply

    Hello, I’ve just become a follower of your blog when I saw what you have done with that chest. It’s soooo lovely. My eye is on you! By the way I am from Ankara, Turkey:)

  • eleven-o-one
    Posted at 11:06h, 19 October Reply

    I love the red! The legs are a great change, too. I don’t think I would have thought to do that. Beautiful.

  • Sue@Uniquely Chic
    Posted at 12:15h, 19 October Reply

    Unbelievable transformation!! Love the red, the cork and those legs…woo hoo!

  • Restoration House Interiors
    Posted at 18:15h, 19 October Reply

    Love love love…great restoration! hope you have time to come by my place and say hello! I’m ur newest follower!

  • Doubletake Decor
    Posted at 19:48h, 20 October Reply

    Oh my goodness! I am in love.

  • Kim @ Cheap Chic Home
    Posted at 20:48h, 20 October Reply

    THAT is amazingly perfect! The legs look like they’ve been there forever. You did a fantastic job.

  • A Touch of Country
    Posted at 12:24h, 03 November Reply

    I never would have thought to put it on legs…very creative! I love the look of this piece!

    Just found your blog and am loving it!


  • mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity
    Posted at 16:12h, 28 January Reply

    So creative. This has been featured here.
    If you get a chance grab a featured button…xo, mON

  • Laurel Stephens
    Posted at 03:24h, 25 May Reply

    I found this pretty red buffet on Pinterest today and have featured it. I love that you made it from a chest. You are so creative!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:16h, 15 September Reply

    This chest is so beautiful! Found you thru your link today from Donna’s Funky Junk and just kept clicking! Your stuff is outstanding. Wish I lived in Michigan!

  • India pied-à-terre
    Posted at 23:52h, 10 June Reply

    I was looking up Annie Sloane Emperor’s Silk on Google Images and saw this table. I HAD to click through because of those legs! And then to see they weren’t there originally and that was your idea to add that shape. Those legs are sexy gorgeous genius! I will have to swing through Holland sometime – we’re near Chicago and my family is in Michigan. Love your furniture makeovers.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 05:51h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you!! Yes, that was a tricky one to figure out. If it wasn’t for the help of my carpenter friend who had all the specialty cutting tools… I would never have been able to do it.

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