Beautiful French Country Wardrobe painted with Frenchic Furniture Paint

A while back I asked for opinions on color combinations for this piece and I’m thrilled with all the votes that came rolling in.

Before Picture

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We offered different color combos to choose from ~ you voted and we painted it.

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The transformation began with two thin coats of Frenchic Furniture Paint’s beautiful Lady Grey, a rich, deep gray.  The spray gun saved a lot of time on this mammoth piece but it still took hours.  I can’t imagine hand painted the inside, outside and top of this all by hand.

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After the Lady Gray, Cath sprayed Frenchic’s Posh Nelly, a beautiful light taupe

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Oh my gosh! I just noticed how much the base of this armoire dwarfs the little cabinet it’s sitting on!

Now the fun part!!  Wet Distressing!!  

Shizzle Tip ~ With Frenchic Furniture Paint, you can wet distress your piece simply using a damp rag!  I love distressing furniture this way.  No Mess!  No Dust!  No damaging the wood!

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We worked on this piece as time allowed, finessing it as we went along.  Yes, we needed ladders and step stools to reach the top!  Height missed our side of the family, and I was wishing my friend Karen was here to help on several occasions ~ lol.

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I love how easy it is to wet distress Frenchic!

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Ready to see the finished piece?  Read on…

It’s one of those things where you distress a little bit, step back, look it over, do a little more ~ repeat…

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Cathy found the perfect wire baskets for it then mounted a clothing rod above.  Did you notice the contrast in colors?  Love how the Lady Grey pops against the combo on the outside!

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Once we had achieved the look we wanted through distressing, we simply waxed it using the best dark wax ever –Frenchic’s Rustic Wax!  This dark wax pulls more a black than brown which is so rich and I can honestly say this stuff is idiot proof.  It won’t streak, leave blotches, marks…  You don’t have to cut it with mineral spirits or mix it with clear, it simply glides on as easily as if you were applying the Clear Wax.  I just can’t say enough about this stuff!

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I shot a video of myself dark waxing this piece.  It’s dorky, mind you, as I’m still recovering from surgery, but you’ll be able to tell how easy this stuff is to work with.  To watch the video, visit out ShizzleLLC Facebook Page and scroll down until you see the video.  It should show up in your left-hand column, at least that’s where it is on mine.

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We also feathered in some White Wax giving our piece even more depth and dimension.  I love how the different layers of paint and wax pops all the fabulous details of this cabinet.

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It took a couple good friends and a large trailer to move it from our workshop to our space at Not So Shabby.

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The bottom half offers a ton of storage too.

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We stored shipping blankets on one half and large, Costco-sized packages of paper towel and toilet paper on the other side.

See the two little drawers on either side?  Those are super cool too.

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I already miss having this piece in our workshop!

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She’s now in our space at Not So Shabby awaiting her new venture.  Will she be filled with linens in a beautiful spa bathroom, provide amble storage for a guest room or be the focal point on a large living room wall?  The other option of course is to remove the clothing rod and shelf altogether and use it for an entertainment center.

How would you use it?

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This project’s Recipe Card

Frenchic Furniture Paint’s – Lady Grey

Frenchic Furniture Paint’s – Posh Nelly

Frenchic Furniture Paint’s – Rustic Wax

Frenchic Furniture Paint’s – White Wax

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Check out the new Colors & Finishes on Painted Furniture at Shizzle Design

It’s that time of year again when furniture is selling faster than we can paint it.

Here’s a few shots of pieces we either just finished or are finishing…  

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Anguilla with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax & White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Grey Pebble, Panther & Wedding Cake with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax & White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Grey Pebble with Frenchic’s White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Grey Pebble with Frenchic’s White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Posh Nelly & Lady Grey with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax & White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Posh Nelly & Lady Grey with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax & White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Posh Nelly & Lady Grey with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax & White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Pool Boy with Frenchic’s  White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Anguilla, Scotch Mist, Pea Soup & Polar Bear with Frenchic’s Clear Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Wedding Cake w their awesome Finishing Coat (available in 2 weeks)

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Wedding Cake w their awesome Finishing Coat (available in 2 weeks)

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Posh Nelly & Lady Grey with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax & White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Grey Pebble with Frenchic’s White Wax

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Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Grey Pebble, Panther & Wedding Cake with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax & White Wax

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There’s much more too.  Follow us on our ShizzleLLC Facebook Page for daily updates, especially if you’re looking for furniture as a lot of it is flying out the door before we can photograph it and get it to Not So Shabby.

 

 

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 Shizzle Style Painted Furniture Makeovers

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  • It’s just the two of us:  My sister and I own and operate Shizzle Design which originated in my garage.  We have and will continue to work hard providing the best customer service.
  • We specialize in painting furniture and are truly humbled to be known as a leader in the world of chalk and clay paints.  Stop in for paint and we’ll offer you honest and knowledgeable
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Our Favorite Wax for Painted Furniture

5.25.16  This post is a bit jumbled.  My laptop is being serviced but I wanted to get this post out.  I’ll come back in and add a bunch of pictures as soon as I can.

I love the look and feel of hand painted furniture sealed with wax.  When done properly, the depth and silky smooth finish can’t be beat.  I didn’t always love waxing though ~ when I first started, I dreaded waxing like the plague.  Getting it right was nearly impossible because I wasn’t using the right products.  I tried every trick in the book and still couldn’t master a professional finish.

Cathy and I used to spend weeks trying to get the wax right on a single piece of furniture because it was so difficult to achieve good results.  That wax we were using had so much movement to it even months after application.  It never seemed to cure properly no matter what we did or how hard we buffed it.  I’d dust a piece of furniture with a dry rag and it would leave swirls, so I’d dust it again only to see new swirl marks ~ ugh, drove me bazerko!

Applying dark wax was even more difficult for me leaving me extremely frustrated on many occasions.  I was so sick of having to fix finishes and was ready give up on painting furniture altogether.

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We didn’t realize then how enormous the differences could be from one brand to another.  Many waxes are highly toxic, omitting fumes that are bad for you, your pets and the environment.

What we know now is, choosing the right wax makes all the difference!

We searched everywhere for the perfect wax.  Many stockists shared their “tricks” on how to use them but those tips didn’t work.  Thank God those nightmare days are over because we’ve discovered this!

Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Wax

Those bad experiences were a blessing in disguise because it led us on an intense search for much better waxes which we now use ourselves and highly recommend to our customers.

Of all the waxes we’ve tried to date, Frenchic’s Waxes are our favorite.  There is no odor, and is so smooth and creamy, it practically spreads itself.  Stop into our Jenison studio any time and feel some of the pieces we’ve just waxed, they’re so silky smooth.  We’ll even hand you something and let you try it yourself.

Easily Create this look with Frenchic White Wax!

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It’s fool proof!  Order yours today – here

Create this look using Frenchic’s Rustic Wax (dark)

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They’re not made with toxic chemicals or horrible smelling ingredients found in many other waxes and finishes and are so much easier to use.  

Have you ever taken the time to read the ingredients on your wax?  You haven’t?  Really?  If you haven’t – you should; especially if you’re using them without a respirator, in an enclosed area or around your family.  Your not using other waxes around your kids – are you?

Hmm – better go grab your can of wax and read the ingredients on the back.  If your wax makes the hairs on your nose curl when you open it, it’s probably bad for you and your family.  The ingredients should be listed on your can.  If they’re not – beware!  Either get rid of it or contact the company and demand to know what you’re exposing yourself to.

 

Frenchic’s Wax

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Frenchic’s Wax is softer than a paste wax and glide on like butter.  They can be applied with a rag or a brush which is a personal choice but it’s much easier for me to use my favorite brushes.  Frenchic’s Waxes are non-petroleum based.  The ingredients are listed on the can so you don’t have to guess what’s in it.  They’re much easier to use than most other waxes and they don’t stink because they’re not laden with awful chemicals.

Everyone has something they “HAVE” to have.  For me, it’s my pillow, my LaZboy, my heating pad and my brushes.  Everyone has “something” they have to have whether it be certain clothes, cars, ice cream…  

I don’t need fancy cars or fancy clothes, but I do have a thing for good brushes!

My favorite brush for applying wax is Frenchic’s Large Waxing brush

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I’m light handed when I paint but when it comes to waxing, I’m not.  I work the wax into the paint, almost scrubbing it in with my brush.  The method in which wax is applied varies from one person to the next, some wipe on then wipe off (I don’t), other’s apply with a rag.  I recommend trying different methods to see what works best for you. 

I prefer to apply wax with brushes; the process is very quick.  I really scrub my wax into the paint to make sure it provides a thorough seal.  The color of the paint immediately deepens as the wax goes on so you can see where you’ve applied it and then it will lighten back up to it’s intended color once the wax has dried and is buffed.

I also choose to apply my wax generously however, I do NOT waste the wax by wiping it back off with a rag.  I work in sections scrubbing the wax into the paint.  I let it set a few minutes then continue onto the next section.  When my brush has less wax on it, I go back over the first areas and use the brush to sweep any wax that didn’t soak in onto the next area…  Do NOT leave a thick layer of wax on your piece, make sure you work it in and then use any remaining on an adjacent area.  I have waxing videos on our ShizzleLLC Facebook page.

Because it brushes on so easily, you’ll save time and end up with a superior finish.  I’m not kidding!  I used to dread waxing, especially when working with dark wax, but now I look forward to it.  I know that sounds totally geeky, but I’m serious.  This stuff is awesome!

Frenchic’s Wax is available in Clear, Rustic & White

 

 

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It is used to seal and protect.  It’s super easy to apply using a rag or brush and creates the most incredible finish.  I love the feel of a waxed piece of furniture when it’s done right which is so easy to do with this brand (directions are on the cans).  Cathy and I also include our personal tips with each purchase in the store and at our Online Shizzle Shop.

Your finished piece should feel silky smooth.  It won’t be tacky or sticky and it won’t smear.  Applying the wax will make the raw paint come alive with deep, rich color and a depth that you just don’t get from a clear coat.   This is more noticeable on more deeply pigmented colors than it is on whites and pastels, but regardless, the finish is amazing.  It’s the combination of our paint and wax that creates this magical finish!

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It won’t leave you with a smeary mess that doesn’t cure right.  You apply it, give it a quick buff and you’re done!

This is the best way to pop those amazing details on furniture, cabinets, lamps and picture frames.

Frenchic’s Rustic Wax is a gorgeous black/brown color unlike most other dark waxes which pull more towards brown.  Apply it over any color including whites and pastels without it streaking.  It will affect the color of your paint, so I prefer to use the Rustic wax over medium to dark colors but you can certainly apply it over pastels as well, just realize that it will change the color of the raw paint.   I advise you to test it on something before you apply it to your piece.   ..  

 

If you want an antique look but are worried about changing your paint color or getting it too dark, simply create a barrier by applying a coat of Clear Wax.  Then you can come back over it and feather in some Rustic wax to pop the details.  

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Frenchic’s Rustic Wax is easy to use Another thing you an do is mix a little Clear and Dark wax together.  Mess around with it a little on a spare piece of wood or in an inconspicuous area of what you’re painting to see which method is easiest for you.

How do I care for my waxed piece of furniture?  

I recommend caring for a hand painted and waxed piece in much the same way as you care for a fine piece of wood furniture.  You’ve either put a lot of time into refinishing the piece yourself or you’ve invested a lot of money into paying someone else to create a one of a kind piece of art, so you want to take care of it.

It it’s a coffee or end table, use coasters.  If it’s a dining room table, put the pads on it and cover with a tablecloth ~ just like your mother did with her solid wood dining room table.

For every day cleaning, it can be wiped off with a dry or slightly damp cloth.  You don’t want to saturate the cloth with water an wipe down every single day because the constant exposure to water can start breaking down the wax.

If you’ve doing something like a kitchen table that is going to be used and abused daily, seal the top with one of our clear coats.  I’ll write about those in another post.

 

One of the cool things I like about having a waxed piece is the ease of buffing out any imperfections.  For instance, you can wipe off marks by putting a little bit of Frenchic’s Wax onto a cloth and gently rubbing the spot.  It works similar to one of those magic erasers, poof ~ it’s gone.  The biggest thing you want to avoid with a waxed piece is oil, that’s why for kitchen tables and kitchen cabinets, I don’t recommend using wax.  It can and has been done, but I wouldn’t do it in my kitchen because I’m a messy cook.

I used both White Wax & Rustic Wax on this piece

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Frenchic’s wax truly is the cream of the crop!

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It’s offered in Clear, Rustic (a black/brown) and White and all three are as easy to use as the other.  Sometimes a brand’s clear wax is great but their dark wax lacks in comparison but this this isn’t the case with Frenchic ~ All three  glide on and blend as easily as the other!

Hate using Wax?  Then you haven’t tried Frenchic!

Cathy and I are very fussy about the finishes we use and have used some pretty good waxes over the years, but this soft, creamy wax is our number one favorite.  Here’s why!

Environmentally Safe – Who wants to risk exposing pets or children to harmful chemicals?  I don’t.  My first bout with cancer was scary enough and I’m on a mission to remove as many chemicals as I can from my home.

Frenchic’s soft wax is all natural and environmentally safe made out of quality ingredients clearly listed on the side of each can.  No secrets to hide here, it’s simply amazing!

Easy to Use – Not only is it all natural, it’s incredibly easy to apply, making you feel like a pro even if it’s your very first time applying wax to a chalk painted piece of furniture.  All three wax colors are as easy to use as the other and buff to an absolute dream!  Frenchic’s wax is fool proof, gliding on like butter with no streaks, tackiness or drag.

Luxurious Finishes –  If you’re an experienced painter, you’ll immediately up your game over the competition by creating finishes that are richer in depth.  Create old world finishes in a matter of minutes.  If you’re like Cathy and I, you’ll be dancing around like a couple of kids the first time you use it!

Available in Clear, White and Rustic:   The white is great for highlighting details, white-washing and creating that limed effect.  Rustic is black-brown in color, more black than brown.  It richly deepens and enriches the paint color and can be used alone on darker colors.  For whites and pastels, I prefer to apply a coat of clear wax first to provide a barrier.  That’s just my personal opinion because I think dark wax over whites make the finish look dirty.   Use them individually or layer them to create incredibly rich depth and dimension. You can also custom tint any of the waxes by mixing in a little bit of Frenchic Furniture Paint.

Toss your toxic, tacky waxes and learn how easy it is to transform a solid paint color into a masterpiece in a few minutes. It really is all it’s hyped up to be.

There’s so much more to share about Frenchic Furniture Paint®

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Frenchic is flying out the door.  Stop in to visit Cathy and I and see what all the buzz is about!.  We’re located at 2018 Chicago Drive, Jenison, MI  49428 and are available M-F from 10-5.  To order from our Online Shizzle Shop, click here.

Mid Century Modern Dresser goes from Bright Green & Blue to Classic White

This dresser stuck out like a sore thumb at a local thrift store and I have to admit, I almost didn’t bother looking at it because it’s so not my style.  At first glance, I thought it was something a dad had made for one of his little kids  The combination of baby blue and bright green was enough to make me grab for my sunglasses.

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I didn’t care for the extremely high gloss finish on it, but that’s just me.  Retro just isn’t my style – AT ALL – but it had a great price on it, so I started checking it out.  What I discovered is, it was very well made dresser.  The entire piece is well built and definitely not homemade.  The metal seal on the inside reads “Tri-Bond Furniture III”.

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Long story short, it came home with me.  We took a vote online for color choices and after all the votes came in, we decided on a classic white.  Check out the difference a little paint makes… Continue reading “Mid Century Modern Dresser goes from Bright Green & Blue to Classic White”

Check out the Latest Makeovers from Shizzle Design’s Paint Your Own Furniture Workshop – April 2016

This post is packed full of before and after pictures along with as many of our tips and color combinations as I can remember.  Please forgive me if I jump around a bit.  My brain is a little foggy lately.  Here’s where we started…13051702_10207525028581470_6205426927575223338_n Continue reading “Check out the Latest Makeovers from Shizzle Design’s Paint Your Own Furniture Workshop – April 2016”

Use Textured Wallpaper to Camouflage Missing Veneer on Vintage Furniture

I found this antique bow front dresser two years ago during a trip to one of my favorite places ~ Traverse City, Michigan.

I usually  bi-pass pieces that need a lot of work and this one was definitely in need of some TLC, but I knew there was a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

I hauled it home then stashed it in our workshop for years.  Each time I thought about working on it, I dreaded removing the damaged veneer so I’d push it aside and move on to another piece.  I had it so long that I actually tried listing it for $45.  Apparently nobody else wanted to make the repairs either so I decided to dig in and salvage it.  I had just returned to work after my surgery to remove Chondrosarcoma and I was on a mission for new beginnings!

Don’t fight the Character, Embrace it!

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American Paint Company’s Bold & Beautiful Color Collection of Chalk & Clay Paints

American Paint Company’s Bold & Beautiful Colors
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This is a Limited Edition Chalk and Clay Paint Color Collection by American Paint Company.  They are the same thick and rich original paint formula that you love from the Main Colors from APC.

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My Favorite Green!  Rich, Warm Green, deeper & more vibrant than Nana’s Cupboard

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Wedgewood is a rich, warm, dusty blue

Espresso
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Espresso is a chocolate brown paint color

Persimmon

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Persimmon is a vibrant orange

Purple Rain

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Rich Color between a purple and a plum

Sea Foam

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Medium Green, Cooler in tone than a Kelly Green

Soulful

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Soulful is a medium lavender with a cool undertone

Starry Night

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Starry is a bold, vibrant blue

Vixen

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I love this one too!  Great for kid’s chairs…  Vixen is a deep, cool-toned Magenta

 

A hui hou ~ Shelly

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 Shizzle Style Painted Furniture Makeovers

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 Shizzle Tips, How To Tutorials & Video’s

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 Funky Finishes

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Did you know…

  • It’s just the two of us:  My sister and I own and operate Shizzle Design which originated in my garage.  We have and will continue to work hard providing the best customer service.
  • We specialize in painting furniture and are truly humbled to be known as a leader in the world of chalk and clay paints.  Stop in for paint and we’ll offer you honest and knowledgeable
  • We are blessed to teach people from all over the U.S.  Join us for a super fun hands-on chalk and clay paint workshop in a casual & fun atmosphere.  For a list of current classes, click here.
  • Subscribe to our weekly blog posts for tips, tutorials, ideas & painted furniture inspiration.  Enter your email in the right hand column of our blog to stay in the loop.
  • Like our ShizzleLLC Facebook Page We share what we’re working on EVERY single DAY so you’ll usually find out about new classes, new products, new furniture, sales… if you follow us there. The more you comment, the higher your chance is of getting our daily posts.
  • Visit our Pinterest Page for our portfolio & more inspiration here.
  • Our Painted Furniture is offered at: Shizzle Design Paint Studio 2018 Chicago Dr., Jenison, MI 49428, Not So Shabby at 2975 West Shore Drive in Holland, MI 49424 & Landry’s Antiques in Hudsonville.
  • Shop Paint:  Shop our large inventory of chalk and clay paint and supplies on our Online Shizzle Shop and at our West Michigan LOCATIONS.

Vintage Stereo Cabinet Re-purposed into a Wine Rack Bar using Old Town Paints Vintage White, Deep Chocolate and Metallic Mica Powders

It was love at first sight when I spotted this piece at a local thrift shop.  Just look at her fabulous detail!

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I could see the potential for new life but I wanted to give her some function as well since the original stereo was missing.  We took it to DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan and used it as a demo to show how much easier our chalk and clay paints are to wet distress than others on the market.

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Since were one of the key speakers for the Women’s Expo at DeVos Place, we had to be on stage eight times, each time sharing our tips and techniques.

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Many people, including Cathy’s eight year old grand-daughter, had their chance to try wet distressing on this stereo cabinet.

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By the time we got it back to the shop, it was layered in numerous colors which looked a little too rustic for our style and the piece still had no real function.

… and then came the karate kid

One day, while his mother looked at paint, a little boy gave the intricate wooden cut-out design one swift kick with his boot ~ Guess he doesn’t like shopping for paint.  Now our antique, hand carved insert was smashed to smithereens.

Ummm…. thank you?!

The old stereo cabinet sat in our Jenison Paint Shop untouched until now.

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I needed to ease back into work since I’m still in a lot of pain and this seemed like something I could do using my left hand.   Even though I can paint, sand, wet-distress, wax and buff with either hand, I didn’t realize how much I actually use both hands simultaneously either for bracing myself or the piece of furniture.  Ugh!!!

1st Painted piece of Furniture painted by me after Surgery

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I chose Old Town Paint’s Vintage White and Deep Chocolate, two of my favorite, must-have, go-to colors.   I love the rich and silky feel of Old Town Paints, especially after a gentle buffing with a super fine grit sand paper or an all over wet distress.  It’s one of those crazy things, but I just can’t stop touching it.  I know, I’m weird, but there’s nothing better than a smooth as butta’ piece of painted furniture.  From the first time Cathy and I tried Old Town Paints, we were sold and there are so many beautiful colors to choose from!

We added character to the top space by adding burlap printed with vintage wine logos then added an antique, chippy door knob plate.

It’s all about the Detail!

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Umm Yeah… so I got carried away with the wet distressing!

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No worries, this paint is so forgiving!

I just let it dry then painted over it.  This time I took a different direction mixing some dark wax with four of my all time favorite Metallic Mica Powders ~ Bronze and Smoke from Old Town Paints along with Black and Pewter from American Paint Company.  These are my two personal favorites to mess around with.  I l mix these in with glazes, clear wax and dark wax all the time.

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I painted the legs Deep Chocolate then popped the details with my custom-mixed metallic wax concoction.

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I found a wine rack in another vendor’s booth at Not So Shabby and guess what?  It was just the right size, well almost.  I still needed Cathy to work her magic and build it into place.

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Since Cathy is much better at carpentry and building than I am!  Once in place, I finished painting the back and sealed the top and inside of the back with Old Town’s Paints durable and oh so easy-to-use Satin Clear Coat.  It’s another one of my favorite finishes here at Shizzle Design.

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This old gal is back in the game!!

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Wine Bar Re-purposed from an Old Stereo Cabinet

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I dropped it off to our Shizzle Design booth inside Not So Shabby, Holland, Michigan.

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Well… I’d love to hear what you think!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

 

 

A hui hou ~ Shelly

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Did you know…

  • It’s just the two of us:  My sister and I own and operate Shizzle Design which originated in my garage.  We have and will continue to work hard providing the best customer service.
  • We specialize in painting furniture and are truly humbled to be known as a leader in the world of chalk and clay paints.  Stop in for paint and we’ll offer you honest and knowledgeable
  • We are blessed to teach people from all over the U.S.  Join us for a super fun hands-on chalk and clay paint workshop in a casual & fun atmosphere.  For a list of current classes, click here.
  • Subscribe to our weekly blog posts for tips, tutorials, ideas & painted furniture inspiration.  Enter your email in the right hand column of our blog to stay in the loop.
  • Like our ShizzleLLC Facebook Page We share what we’re working on EVERY single DAY so you’ll usually find out about new classes, new products, new furniture, sales… if you follow us there. The more you comment, the higher your chance is of getting our daily posts.
  • Visit our Pinterest Page for our portfolio & more inspiration here.
  • Our Painted Furniture is offered at: Shizzle Design Paint Studio 2018 Chicago Dr., Jenison, MI 49428, Not So Shabby at 2975 West Shore Drive in Holland, MI 49424 & Landry’s Antiques in Hudsonville.
  • Shop Paint:  Shop our large inventory of chalk and clay paint and supplies on our Online Shizzle Shop and at our West Michigan LOCATIONS.

Antique Desk gets Checkerboard Look using Faux Real Mineral Paints Carbone & Bella

Cathy and I grew up in a humble bungalow built by our Great Grandfather.  The entire top floor of the house was a large open space.  The hardwood floors were polished to perfection so of course we had to slide across the floor in our socks ~ didn’t take much to entertain us back then, I guess some things never change.

One of the things we shared in that room was an old desk like the one pictured below.  Ours had a sheet of glass carved and beveled to follow the shape of the top.  It was a great place to display pictures of friends…

This is the only “before” picture of the desk I could find…

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 We cleaned it up then Cathy gave it a base coat of Faux Real’s Carbone

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It looked gorgeous in this color but you know us, we had to layer another color over it to Shizzle it up a bit.  For the life of me, I can’t find the pictures I took at this stage.  It was just after my cancer diagnosis last summer and everything from that point on seems to be a blur.

Cath painted over the Carbone with Faux Real’s Bella, a rich creamy white and sat it aside for me to finish when I returned.  I spent the next four months having countless scans, major surgery to remove the cancer and most of my humerus bone in my right arm.  Yes, I’m right-handed.  They rebuilt my arm with bone cement, a large metal rod and plenty of screw.

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Cathy asked me to do the distressing and funk up the drawers a bit and this is what happened next 🙂

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I’m not sure what possessed me to do it but I thought it was kind of cool.  You never know though when you set something that’s more taste specific how long it will take to sell so I was taking a chance but…

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The top of the desk had a lot of neat texture which I played up by mixing several metallic mica powders into glaze.  I then layered it again with even more mica powders mixed in with the dark wax.  My personal favorites are Old Town Paints Smoke & Bronze followed by APC’s Pewter, Copper and Black.

I love that crackled weathered-leather look!

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The desk found a new owner immediately.

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The chair was still there tonight when I brought in a charming shabby chic bow front dresser and super cool re-purposed wine bar.  I can’t wait to share those two projects with you!  For a sneak peek, visit our Facebook Page here.

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A hui hou ~ Shelly

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 Shizzle Style Painted Furniture Makeovers

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 Shizzle Tips, How To Tutorials & Video’s

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 Funky Finishes

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Did you know…

  • It’s just the two of us:  My sister and I own and operate Shizzle Design which originated in my garage.  We have and will continue to work hard providing the best customer service.
  • We specialize in painting furniture and are truly humbled to be known as a leader in the world of chalk and clay paints.  Stop in for paint and we’ll offer you honest and knowledgeable
  • We are blessed to teach people from all over the U.S.  Join us for a super fun hands-on chalk and clay paint workshop in a casual & fun atmosphere.  For a list of current classes, click here.
  • Subscribe to our weekly blog posts for tips, tutorials, ideas & painted furniture inspiration.  Enter your email in the right hand column of our blog to stay in the loop.
  • Like our ShizzleLLC Facebook Page We share what we’re working on EVERY single DAY so you’ll usually find out about new classes, new products, new furniture, sales… if you follow us there. The more you comment, the higher your chance is of getting our daily posts.
  • Visit our Pinterest Page for our portfolio & more inspiration here.
  • Our Painted Furniture is offered at: Shizzle Design Paint Studio 2018 Chicago Dr., Jenison, MI 49428, Not So Shabby at 2975 West Shore Drive in Holland, MI 49424 & Landry’s Antiques in Hudsonville.
  • Shop Paint:  Shop our large inventory of chalk and clay paint and supplies on our Online Shizzle Shop and at our West Michigan LOCATIONS.