Shizzle Style Color Blending Furniture Workshop – Sunday, July 28

I have six spots open for the July 28 Color Blending Furniture Painting Workshop. Who’s going to join me? It’s a four hour class from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. held at The Honeysuckle Co., just off Plainfield in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I’ve always loved the look of old world look of paint finishes in Tuscany and have decided it’s time to share my some of my personal style for blending with the public.

Registration is open; sign up HERE.

This specialty Bring Your Own Piece of Furniture Paint Blending Workshop is Scheduled for July 28, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m..  For more info, click below.

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Furniture makeovers for Spring 2019 and the paint colors I used to refinish them

This first makeover is one of my personal favorites. I love the detail of this piece and I did my best to accentuate all the beautiful curves by layering two different shades of white then sealing with both Frenchic’s Gray Wax and White Wax.

Isn’t the detail pretty? I just love this table.

Next I have a Lane Cedar chest. I painted this in DIY’s Farm Fresh sealing it with DIY’s Clear wax. I used Dark wax to freshen up the top.

I love the charming mirror that goes with this classic vintage white dresser. I added several shades of white to APC’s Limoges to paint this beauty sealing it with APC’s Clear Wax

This solid mahogany dresser was a great find. Paint haters of America would have cringed at my painting such a nice piece but truth be told, this is a business and I wouldn’t be able to sell it unpainted. I painted it in DIY’s buttery Cake Batter and sealed it with DIY’s Clear Wax. I have to say, this is so much prettier in person. Sometimes the lighting in the store throws things off for my camera. It’s really pretty and solid as a rock.

This next piece is out of my norm but I fell in love with the beauty of this antique changing table. I painted this with DIY’s Old ’57 washing it with Mint Chip. I sealed the sides with Clear Wax and the top with Frenchic’s Finishing Coat.

I just got a pretty grain sack stencil and wanted to try it out. I love how it looks on this pair of bar stools. One is painted in DIY’s Apothecary, the other in Farm Fresh.

So there’s a little story behind this clock. I painted it DIY’s Apothecary for the store. Well my mom likes to check out my Facebook posts on my ShizzleLLC page and she spocked the clock.

Of course she wanted it in a different color, lol. I used my leftover bottle of random mixed whites for a vintage white color.

These antique sewing machine drawers aren’t furniture but they sure are cute. I scored a whole tote of these a couple monthss ago and I just love using them for storage around the house. I painted all four of these in DIY’s Farm Fresh. The top three were then sealed with DIY’s White Wax, the bottom drawer was sealed in Clear wax.

This large antique empire dresser has such cool lines. I simply applied our White Wax over the wood to get this washed lime affect.

White Wax

I used leftover bits of paint for this console table. The color turned out gorgeous. The white on the bottom was a rich bone china type of white and the top a subtle taupe gray but very light in value.

The person who purchased it asked me to paint it in Limoges by American Paint Company. I don’t do color changes. Ever. I must have had a soft heart that day because she talked me into it and I not only repainted this console table, I also painted two large nightstands she had at home.

I stopped doing custom orders five years ago. Every once in a while, somebody talks me into it again. I get asked several times a week so the demand definitely is out there; I just don’t like doing custom. Ninety percent of the time, it’s for something painted in white with no distressing. That doesn’t give me the opportunity to be creative and quite frankly, takes all the fun out of it.

I’m thankful that the demand is strong because if I ever need to go that route, there should be a lot of work out there.

Here’s the 2nd piece I painted for her in APC’s Limoges.

and here’s the third piece in Limoges. It really is a rich, creamy white.

I replaced the sofa table with another desk / console table immediately but then that one sold right away.

Fortunately, I had another one at home that I quickly painted up in, yes you guessed it, a custom mixed white. Why do I do that you ask? Because I think white whites are too white and creamy whites are too yellow so I mix them adding a touch of gray or taupe to the mix just to shake it up. It’s never exactly the same and I know that millions of others use the colors right out of the cans, I’m just weird like that. I sealed this sideboard with Frenchic’s Finishing Coat.

PINK – My friend always wants me to paint with pink. I’m not a pink person unless it’s bright and funky and whimsical but in reality, sometimes those funky, taste-specific pieces don’t sell right away at the store and I’m a single parent.

So I took Anastasia’s advise and painted this pretty dresser in DIY’s Petticoat Pink. It’s the perfect soft, pale, shabby chic pink. This picture does nothing for it. I’m not sure why but pastel pink is very hard to photograph. I sealed this piece with DIY’s Big Top. Imagine this solid maple dresser nestled in a nursery.

This is Skeleton Key. It’s a rich blue/green/smokey gray color that’s like no other. I love this color! It’s beautiful on it’s own but I love it with Black Wax which is how I sealed this table.

Isn’t Skeleton Key pretty?

This amazing kitchen island / family room table is still available. I think it’s the neatest piece. I’ve slashed the price in half which means my hours and hours of work on this are all for waste but I need to make room for the pieces I’m working on now. This piece was painted in APC’s Beach Glass and Frenchic’s Pea Soup. I know I used several other colors but I can’t remember which. I think the vise on it is pretty cool and hope it goes home with a fun family who’ll love it as much as I do. It was a labor of love. I started working on this piece right after my cancer diagnosis and I took a whole lot of frustration and anger out in sanding all the grime off this antique work table.

Isn’t it a cool piece? I just love it.

All of the furniture so far has been at or is currently for sale at Not So Shabby, 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI 49424. As of the date I’m writing this post, most is still available.

Changing Thymes – Grandville, MI

The next group of furniture is at my Changing Thymes location at 2900 Wilson Avenue SW, Grandville, Michigan 49424. You can’t really see it with all the smalls. I’m headed there today with the pink dresser, the skeleton key table and I’m doing a major reset of items.

Here’s a couple of pieces buried underneath all the smalls. The retro table is painted in APC’s Beach Glass. The white twin headboard still has it’s original paint finish. Isn’t it a great headboard? I love the farmhouse style grooves in it.

My booth at Changing Thymes is small. I primarily have paint supplies at this location but I recently made room for a few small pieces of furniture. It should look a lot better this afternoon.

Here’s what’s cooking…

No I didn’t attach the same picture twice. These are two separate pieces that just happened to be painted in the same color. I painted both of these in DIY’s Bohemian Blue. The buffet above will get a decorative paint finish on it. The bottom dresser will remain Bohemian Blue.

This is a masterpiece in the making, lol. It’s a disaster right now. I painted this one cold afternoon and haven’t touched it since. It needs A LOT of TLC before it will make it’s debut.

Here’s another piece I started months ago. Still sitting in my living room in the exact same state as it was the day I started painting it. #squirrel!

There’s one other location you might not be aware of which is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I don’t have furniture at that location right now but I do stock all my DIY paint supplies there. It’s at The Honeysuckle Co., 3900 Costa NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (off Plainfield just north of meijer).

The Honeysuckle Co. – Grand Rapids, MI

Want to replicate any of these looks on something you have? All the links to the products I used are listed below. Happy painting!

Debi’s DIY Paint:!/Debis-DIY-Paint/c/27143516/offset=0&sort=nameAsc

American Paint Company’s Paint (APC):!/American-Paint-Company-Chalk-&-Clay-Paints/c/12459911/offset=0&sort=nameAsc


Finishes: Clear Wax, Dark Wax, White Wax, DIY’s Big Top, Frenchic’s Finishing Coat…:!/FINISHES-Wax-Clear-Coats-Sealers-Metallic-Mica-Powders-Grit-Glaze-Stain/c/5414146/offset=0&sort=nameAsc

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Farm Fresh Oak & Cedar Hope Chest

I painted this hope chest in DIY’s Farm Fresh leaving the top it’s natural oak.

Simple and basic but oh so pretty. This cedar chest is now available at my Not So Shabby location in Holland, Michigan along with several other new pieces.

Upcoming Events… I have a few spots open for my April 18, 2019 Color Blending Furniture Painting Workshop from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. . Sign up here.

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Check out what’s new at Shizzle Design and get a Sneak Peek of what’s in the Works

I’ve been working around the clock to get more painted furniture, vintage treasures, home decor and paint supplies into my three West Michigan locations in Grand Rapids, Grandville and Holland. In this post, I’m grouping numerous pieces together as I haven’t had time to post individual tutorials. Click the link to see what’s new and get a sneak peek of all the things I am working on at home. _________________________________________________________________

Shizzle Design at Not So Shabby

2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI  49424 (East of US31, S. of Riley)  Open 10-7 Weekdays and 10-5 on Saturdays

Flip Top Desk / Secretary – just in!

Vintage Farmhouse Style End Table – just in!

Rough Sawn Cedar Butcher Block Island – great piece!

Farmhouse Style Gray and White Coffee Table – on sale now

Square Shades of Gray Solid Wood Coffee Table – on sale now

Antique China Cabinet – on sale now

Stickley Farmhouse Style Cottage Table – on sale now. I think someone put this on 24 hour hold Saturday.

42″ Mirror and Blue Solid Wood Book Shelf. The green buffet sold

Oval Cheval Mirror, 42″ Round Mirror & Bar Stool – just in

Farmhouse Style Bench – just in

Solid Wood Bookcase (it’s drying in this picture) – on sale now

This Blue Dresser just sold

This blue dresser just sold

Shizzle Style Pink Highboy – on sale

Antique Work Table / One-of-a-Kind Kitchen Island

Vintage British Trunk – price slashed for quick sale

We offer our complete line of chalk & clay paint supplies and brushes online and at Not So Shabby and Changing Thymes

New Blending Brushes are also available online and at all three locations


Shizzle Design’s Changing Thyme’s Location

Changing Thymes, 2900 Wilson Avenue, Grandville, MI  49418 

Teal MCM End Table

Retro Nightstand

Changing Thymes, 2900 Wilson Avenue SW, Grandville, MI 49418 is open 7 Days a Week


Shizzle Design at The Honeysuckle Co.


Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the works…

Beautiful White Washed Large Antique Empire Dresser is ready, just waiting for room at the store. Message me if interested.

The Victrola sold before it got to the store.

The white washed dresser and the vintage white dresser (has beautiful mirror with it too) are ready, just waiting for room at the store. Message me if interested. I’m I’m still working on the gray buffet and almost finished with the changing table.

This is just the initial base coat. It’s going to be really cool when I’m finished but this is an outdoor project so I need to wait for warmer weather. I froze my butt off doing this first coat.

Base Coat for this beautiful buffet. Should I seal it so it’s the deep color of the other Bohemian Blue piece I did recently or do you see this layered with colors? Anyone shopping for a buffet? I still have time to customize it. Message me if interested.

I still have a ways to go with this one as I need to fill in the missing veneer on the doors and I’m going to apply appliques with Iron Orchid Design’s molds to really customize this piece. The last one like this was sold and used as a bathroom vanity. Message me if interested.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful sunny Sunday.

A hui hou!


Vintage dresser chalk painted Shizzle Style in DIY’s Bohemian Blue clay based paint

Yes, I paint mahogany.  I paint oak.  I paint all sorts of wood furniture so if you’re an avid lover of all wood furniture being stained to accentuate all the grain, this probably isn’t a read for you.

I am a furniture painter by trade and I personally prefer chalk painted furniture hands down over solid wood pieces unless it’s something really special like a piece made out of Koa.  If you do like chalk painted furniture and want to see the beautiful results on this buffet makeover, continue reading below.

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Shizzle Design Chalk / Clay Paint Class – Saturday, January 12 – Grand Rapids, Michigan

The first paint class has been scheduled and spaces are already filling up for this Saturday’s Workshop.  I’ll be teaching this at the amazing new store fantastic new store call The Honeysuckle Co. on the North end of Grand Rapids.

1st Shizzle Class of 2019 – Chalk Painting 101 – $48

Saturday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m. 

Our January 12 class is $48.00 per person and is limited to 25 people.  Spots are already filling up.  To register, please go to

Learn about our chalk & clay paints, Saturday, January 12 in this two hour hands on class while creating a beautiful chalk painted finish on a hand picked vintage sewing machine drawer.  We will also have mason jars available for purchase at a minimal price if you’re interested in adding/painting a few of those for your centerpiece.

Learn the basics for your centerpiece while watching me paint a small piece of furniture while I give you a sneak peek of some of my more advanced blending techniques that I’ll be teaching in next month’s furniture painting workshop

The Honeysuckle Co.  

A good friend of mine talked me into expanding my horizons by placing all my DIY Chalk & Clay paint supplies and Vintiquities Brushes in their amazing new store.

This is where you’ll be taking the class!

I sell Debi’s DIY paints and finishes along with all my brushes at this location so you’ll be able to grab supplies after the class.  Paint supplies purchased the day of the class will be discounted for everyone in the workshop so it’s a great time to stock up.  If you intend to buy a bunch of product, please email your list along with sizes of each item to:  That way you’ll be sure to get everything you want at the discounted price the day of class.  Please email or message me your list by Friday and I’ll have everything ready for you when you arrive.  You of course can swap things out or change your mind the day of class but at least you’ll be sure to get what you want.  I do sell paint at that location but I typically only stock a couple of each size and color.


Teaching is one of the best parts about my job and after putting that on hold for almost four years, I’m excited to finally have a date on the schedule.   I’ve taught hundreds of people over the years how to work with chalk and clay paints.

I’ve enjoyed teaching every class from the workshops I taught at home,

to the free demo’s at our Shizzle Shop

to the amazing workshop taught at MSU

Keynote Speakers at the Women’s Expo at Devos

but I’m super excited about the new space to teach at The Honeysuckle Co.

The Honeysuckle Co. is open for business Tuesday – Saturday, see hours in photo below

For hours and directions to my other West Michigan locations, scroll down to the bottom of any page on our website.

Contact me for more information on upcoming classes following along by liking my ShizzleLLC Facebook Page and turning all notifications on.

a hui hou!



Blast from the Past – This Post was Lost in the Shuffle – Hand Painted and Dressed in Classy Fabric Black, Gray, White Antique Buffet

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 wall of stain.  Sorry ~ I forgot to snap a before picture.
I knew from the get go I wanted to transform her outfit into something spectacular, something for a night out on a town, but I couldn’t decide where to start.

So I turned on the radio, popped open a few cans of paint and let her speak to me.  That happens you know, when you’re all alone in the workshop, day after day – the furniture starts talking to you ~ lol

As the colors were going on I remembered an old piece of fabric left over from another project and decided to apply it to the drawer fronts.  Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

I also lined the drawers with upholstery fabric.
I kept tweaking things here and there until she was dressed to kill in her new outfit.

We dropped her off to my booth in Not So Shabby last night just as they were closing:) sold

You like?

This piece was painted in Annie Sloan back years ago.  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 work in order to get well.  I donated all the paints I had on hand and started searching for better products.
That search eventually led me to the products I use today, all natural, eco-friendly chalk and clay based paints.  From the first time I tried  them, I was sold.   It may seem drastic, but after mohths of appts, tests, MRI’s and breathing tests at the hospital, it was a God send.  The paints I use now are so much easier to work with.  It spreads easier, covers better, adheres well and the wax and finishes have been life changing!  I can’t believe how easy they are to work with and it’s so awesome not to work with those horrible chemicals.  They also cure well so you’re not left with a smeary mess that never seems to stop smearing months after it’s finished.
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.  Follow me at ShizzleLLC on Facebook or ShizzleDesign on Instagram for daily updates on projects I’m working on.  Visit one of our three locations in West Michigan or shop online to see our vast selection of chalk & clay paints here.


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Shop Shizzle ~ Three West Michigan Locations

Shop our large selection of chalk and paint supplies Online at: or locally in

Grand RapidsGrandville Holland

Our paint supplies are now offered at several

Shizzle Design Locations in West Michigan

Location #3

The Honeysuckle Co. – Grand Rapids NEW LOCATION (paint supplies & workshops)

Our newest location is on the North end of Grand Rapids just off Plainfield.  Turn at the traffic light just north of meijer.

Shop our DIY paint supplies and brushes Tues – Saturday during hours below.  This is also the location were furniture workshops are taught.


Location #2

Changing Thymes – Grandville  (paint supplies and small furniture)

Shop American Paint Company and DIY Chalk & Clay paints supplies and brushes at our Changing Thymes location.  I’m located in the Changing Thymes store at 2900 Wilson Avenue SW, Grandville, Michigan 49418.  They’re open 7 days a week for your shopping convenience.  Stop in often to take advantage of special events and sale prices.

Changing Thymes – Wilson (We’re in the 2nd aisle)

2900 Wilson Avenue, Grandville, MI 49418

  • Monday          10:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday          10:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday    10:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday        10:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday              10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday          10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday              11:30 am – 6:00 pm


Location #1

Not So Shabby – Holland, MI

our largest selection of paint and furniture

(paint supplies, painted furniture, vintage treasures and home decor ~ this is our main location)

 Shizzle Design at Not So Shabby ~ Holland, MI

just East of US 31, South of Riley

2975 West Shore Dr., Holland, MI  49424

  • Monday          10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday          10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday    10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday        10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday              10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  •  Saturday          10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  •  Sunday             closed

Not So Shabby is the place it all began, a place we call home.  We stock all of our most popular chalk and paint supplies here.  We also sell our painted furniture, re-purposed home decor and vintage treasures out of this location.  Check out this awesome multi-vendor s store with more than 80 fabulous vendors.  Voted Best of West Michigan 2014, 2015, 2016!

Our Online Shizzle Shop is also fully stocked and Open for Business so please continue to shop that and our other two West Michigan locations.  

While we’re dealing with all the cancer in our family, I’m operating the business from home. Yes, you’re welcome to grab paint supplies here in Byron Center but you must call ahead to make arrangements for pick up.  (616) 438-2644.  Thanks, Shelly!

 We appreciate each and every one of you!


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Nine West

Thanx again for stopping by! We’re SO glad you’re here!

You can now shop Shizzle at our 3rd location in Grand Rapids, MI

I moved into my third location on the North end of Grand Rapids last week.

A good friend of mine talked me into expanding my horizons by placing all my DIY Chalk & Clay paint supplies and Vintiquities Brushes in their amazing new store.

Their family bought a building, completely renovated it in less than three months transforming it from a doctor’s office into a cool new store full of homegoods and hand picked vintage.

They’re big into creating community and one of the neatest twists to their store is the awesome venue space in the back.


Classes and workshops will be offered but this space is also available to rent for things such as bridal or baby showers…  I should have shot a panoramic because this is only half of the back room.

There’s also a kitchenette, bathroom of course and other fun nooks and crannies if you’re looking for a cool venue to rent.  The window side is pretty much all glass which allows for great lighting and I believe it will seat up to 50.  I’m not positive on that but will find out and pass along the info.

I painted this buffet yesterday during the Grand Opening of The Honeysuckle Co.

Thanks so much to all of you who came out for yesterday’s grand opening.  What an amazing turnout!  It was so fun to see so many old friends and to meet so many new and interesting people.  Such a fun day, plus I got a piece painted in the process.  I’ll do my best to get in and finish that this week.  I’m not sure if the buffet will be for sale at The Honey Suckle Co. or Not So Shabby but will let you know.

The Creamy White vintage highboy I recently refinished is also available for sale (below).  Amy literally snagged that out of my workshop last week.   Ummm yeah, I need to wax that bottom drawer.  It felt so smooth, I fooled myself but I knew it hadn’t been waxed yet.  Can somebody say squirrel?


I’m fortunate in that I’ve been asked to teach paint workshops in this amazing space.  Teaching is one of the best parts about my job and after putting that on hold for almost four years, I’m excited to finally have a date on the schedule.  The first furniture painting workshop is scheduled for January 12th.

I’ve enjoyed teaching every class from the workshops I taught at home,

to the free demo’s at our Shizzle Shop

to the workshop taught at Michigan State University

to being Keynote Speakers at the Women’s Expo at Devos

but I’m super excited about the new space to teach at The Honeysuckle Co.

Need paint supplies? 

I’m stocked up and The Honeysuckle Co. is officially open for business Tuesday – Saturday, see hours in photo below

For hours and directions to my other West Michigan locations, scroll down to the bottom of any page on our website.

Contact me for more information on upcoming classes following along by liking my ShizzleLLC Facebook Page and turning all notifications on.

a hui hou!