A Portfolio of My First Year ~ Which one is your favorite?


It’s hard to believe that just last year I joined this venture of refurbishing furniture.  Since I practically work around the clock, I seldom look back on all the things I’ve painted.

I finally took the time to do that and I can only give thanks to God, because there is no way I could have accomplished any of this on my own.

Shizzle Design’s furniture was first debuted at 
Art in the Park in Holland, Michigan in August 2011. 

It rained, no it POURED all day long.  We didn’t enjoy being ankle deep in water, but you came and you purchased half our furniture and gave us such rave reviews that three weeks later, we moved into a space at 

Not So Shabby’s old location in downtown Zeeland

Another gal was interested in my cedar chest but the rain was too much.  She planned to stop by when the rain let up but it never did.  She ended up tracking me down the following week and drove back up from Chicago to buy it.  

see more info on this cedar chest here
I created the an old leather look with this finish

more details on this piece here

 I replicated a Venetian bronze finish on this candelier

more info and photos on this piece here

We have been blessed from the start as this dresser sold the day we moved into Not So Shabby

more details here

This was a funky little desk redo

 I love to combine paint and stain on a piece

see all the photos and info here 

While I was painting the highboy

My Sister painted this Charming Little Dresser

you can see all the details on this piece here

This buffet table was a real labor of or should I say anxiety.  The process of learning how to add the legs was taught by a true craftsman but the hours and hours we spent on the phone and emails trying to work through the problems we had with the dark wax was a nightmare.

Transforming this Sideboard Table was a Chore

see the details of this transformation here

We purchased this and the following vanity from an estate sale and received them in pristine condition, the funniest thing was trying to load up a vanity, dresser, bed, mirror and bench in our small truck.  We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies on this trip home, but it all made it home safe and sound and each found great new homes after we transformed them.

This is one of my favorite dressers to date

See the transformation here

I developed a love of layering paint transforming this 
Gentleman’s Chest

I didn’t care for Annie Sloan’s Paris Gray, but instead of dumping the whole quart, I stained it with a glaze to change the color and loved the end results.

Lady’s Dressing Vanity

See the transformation here
I did the same paint treatment on the drawer fronts as I did on the Gentleman’s Chest

See the transformation here

There have been lots of different tables

Unveiled Treasures like this beautiful Walnut
details here
French Provincial Coffee Table 


Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table w/ French Label 

Click here to see more pictures of this unique piece! 

Hand Painted Oak End Tables 
Several colors of paint and wax were layered to achieve the unique finish on these
Mesa Sunset Plant Stand 

I love to shabby paint treatments on vintage doors

I restored this one for me!

check it out here

Antique skirted Oak Chair, Vintage French Coffee Table & Antique End Table
Cow Parsley Dresser Inspired by Annie Sloan 

Ornate Wrought Iron Bird Cage
Primitive Wooden Bench 
French Dining Room Set
details on this here
Little Red Chest of Drawers Dresser
See much on this piece by clicking here

Vintage Stereo Cabinet

 details on this piece HERE
This Vintage Chic Bed hand painted in Georgia Clay 
found a new home on Long Island, New York
More on this bed HERE

One of a Kind Antique Buffet

More on this buffet here.

Primitive Table with Drawer

Top completely refinished, base painted in CeCe Caldwell’s Georgia Clay. 
Vintage Drum Table
This table has two drawers w/ lion head pulls & claw feet, much more on this piece here


Vintage French Provincial Lingerie Chest

See the entire transformation of this piece here

I even painted the hardware on this piece, they were white when I purchased it.  Gotta love CeCe Caldwell’s Paints!!

See the entire transformation of this piece here

Solid Cedar Hope Chest

Click here for more photos & information on this piece

Antique Hand Painted Buffet / Sideboard 
Many more pictures of this buffet are available here.  
Tall Black Dresser Inspired by Pottery Barn

See many more photos of this highboy here.  
Gorgeous Antique Dresser in Destin Gulf Green 

Click here to see more photos of this transformation.  

Antique Dresser Re-Design

Primitive Desk / Table

Hand Painted Accent Chair

Hand painted, waxed and buffed to perfection.  Check out the great finish on this piece!  I love how the gold plays off the beautiful fabric ~ almost didn’t make it to the store:)

Vintage Solid Wood Door from old blg. in Kalamazoo, MI

Still sporting the words “Fire Escape”
Great Patina on this Accent Table
Hand painted and waxed in CeCe Caldwell’s Eco-Friendly Paints ~ read more here.
Beautifully refinished Antique Walnut Parlor Table 

A beautiful piece of walnut was unveiled when I refinished this antique parlor table.  For more  photos and information on this piece, click here.

Elegant Secretary

Much more on this piece HERE

Three Drawer Chest with Amazing Patina

See much more on this piece here.


Antique Chest of Drawers

Read more on this piece HERE 

Empire Chest of Drawers in Old White

Click HERE for more pictures and info on this dresser.
Accent Table With Fabulous Green Pantina

Read all about this transformation and see many more photos of the paint process HERE.

Ladies Vanity w/ mirror and bench

For more photos and info on this vanity, click here to read post.

Tall Dresser w/ Eclectic Mix of Hardware

Reclaimed Barn Wood Hooks with Picture Frames

Gentleman’s Chest – Commissioned Piece
Click HERE to see much more about this renovation
  Antique Federal Chest of Drawers 

Click here to see more on this piece.

Small Vintage Accent Table
Antique Empire Chest of Drawers
Click HERE to see more on this piece.

Vintage Desk and Chair Combo
Architectural Bling Thing
Custom Designed Subway Art
Custom Designed Reclaimed Wood Picture Display
Antique Round Coffee Table
This table was one of my most labor intensive jobs, more on this table here.


Little Black Dresser Inspired by Pottery Barn – custom order
That’s about if for the first year, well at least the things I captured photos of and just like that, it’s out with the old…
and in with the new…

Shizzle Design has moved to Holland, Michigan
Not So Shabby has relocated from downtown, Zeeland, Michigan to 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI  49424.

but of all the furniture I’ve posted about, one story continues to rank higher than EVERYTHING else put together; it is the post I wrote about a chair I made in memory of our dear little Sydney Grace who we lost in May 2011.

We miss you Sydney Grace!!  Can’t wait to dance with you some day in Heaven; until then our precious angel, a hui hou!!
So which piece is your favorite and what would you like to see us paint next? 
Let me know in a comment below!

a hui hou!! 
Keep up with all our newly painted creations:
Linking up at these Great Sites:

aka Design – Do it Yourself
Embracing Change: Creative Inspirations
Restore Interiors – Restored it Wednesday
Primitive & Proper – POWW 95
Domestically Speaking – The Power of Paint Party

The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday
Homespun Happenings – Rusty Restorations Weekend 
Miss Mustardseed – Furniture Feature Friday

2805 – Potpourri Friday
Fox Hollow Cottage – The Power of Pinterest
Embracing Change – Creative Inspirations
Tatertots & Jello – Weekend Party Wrap Up
Homespun Happenings – Rustic Restorations Weekend
Funky Junk Interiors – Saturday Night Special
Too Much Time on My Hands – Get Schooled Saturday
1929 Charmer – Sunday’s Best Party
Boogie Board Cottage – Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch – Metamorphasis Monday
Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Knick of Time Interiors – Knick of Time Tuesday

Have a great week!!  Shelly 

17 Replies to “A Portfolio of My First Year ~ Which one is your favorite?”

  1. I love them all, but the elegant secretary is so pretty. I have a secretary almost like that, but I haven’t decided what I am going to do with it. Your painting is really an inspiration to me, keep up the good work!

  2. Good golly – I knew you’d done many pieces, but it’s amazing too see just how many! Honestly, I’d have a hard time choosing because I love so many of your pieces, the stereo cabinet ranks near the top, along with that beautiful bed!

  3. Did you stop to eat or sleep? I am inspired now that I see what is possible!

    I love the wrought iron birdcage, and the red table with the delicate legs…and your special chair of course…so sorry for your loss. Thank the Lord he makes a way for us to see our loved ones again..dancing and singing!

    Jan from the Pink Geranium

  4. Shelly, I had to go through your portfolio about a zillion times to even BEGIN to narrow it down!!! First, can I say that this is just a genius blog topic and I heart you so much for pulling it together. It’s such a gift to be able to see all of your pretties clustered together and not have to get buried thousands of layers deep into blogland.

    My very favorite piece is your One of a Kind Antique Buffet! Love Love Love it, but everything else I just Love Love love! Thanks again for a wonderful blog!

  5. Shelly, It’s impossible to pick just one favorite, I love them all. That is a body of work to be proud of. Thanks for sharing, Dee from My Painted Stuff.

  6. New follower here … I clicked to follow after seeing your second picture! Wow, I just can’t believe the beautiful things you all have created. And I love the picture frames, perhaps because those are something I might be able to actually do! The ‘patina’ on the primitive bench is just gorgeous. Kudos to you on many, many pieces very well done!!! What an inspiration! xoxo jules

  7. I would have to say the Antique Hand Painted Buffet / Sideboard. It was the inspiration for the antique dresser I painted. I love all of your work, you are so talented and you also inspire me.

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