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.

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a hui hou!



Pretty Paint Combo for Inspiration – White over French blue – Ornate Antique Table

I love teaching furniture painting workshops and hope to start doing them again soon.  One of the best parts is seeing different color combinations that people choose.  Somebody asked me for inspiration yesterday on a table she just picked up and I had an idea immediately.  Several years ago, somebody in the workshop we taught at Michigan State University layered white over blue and it was absolutely gorgeous!  hand painted by student at today's Shizzle Style chalk clay furniture painting workshop at MSU Smoky Mountain Vintage White

There were so many awesome furniture makeovers from the workshop we taught at Michigan State University.  Everyone did an amazing job!!  I gave them a little guidance then was BLOWN AWAY by their finished pieces.

The first piece I’m sharing is this beautiful hand carved antique table

Martha had it in her shop for a while and it wasn’t getting much attention so she thought she’d take a whirl at painting it.  She started out by giving it a coat of blue/gray.   I typically use gray under white but I absolutely love the combo Martha did.  We no longer carry CeCe Caldwell.  If I were to replicate this look now, I’d use either Dollar Bill or Tarnished Platter from APC.


It was gorgeous with one quick coat!

Smoky Mountain base coat painted during a shizzle style paint class at MSU cece caldwells chalk clay paints michigan colors ideas

but she was on a roll… She wanted certain areas to have more coverage with the 2nd color while still popping the details with the first.  Demonstrating on her piece, I showed everyone how I do it.Shizzle Design Furniture Painting Workshop taught at Michigan State University CeCe Caldwell's Chalk Clay Paints ideas colors tables bench end tables tips MSU learn how to 12

Well, let me tell you ~ Martha is a quick learner!  While I was going around the room helping other gals ~ she did this with a little Vintage White!

Smoky Mountain Vintage White on ornate half table painted at a Shizzle Style Furniture Painting Workshop CeCe Caldwell's chalk clay paint MSU

A little wet distressing and a little Clear Wax sealed the deal.  Here’s a shot of the finished piece.  It hasn’t been buffed yet in this photo but it’s already breath taking!!

hand painted by student at today's Shizzle Style chalk clay furniture painting workshop at MSU Smoky Mountain Vintage White

Isn’t it AWESOME!!  I don’t think she’ll have any trouble selling it now!!

Great job Martha!!

I’ll start teaching again as soon as I’m able.  Right now I have my hands full dealing with cancer in my family.

a hui hou ~ Shelly

a hui hou!



How to Create a White Wash – Limed – Weathered Paint Finish

To create this finish, paint your piece in a medium to dark gray.  Apply a good coat of gray being sure to completely cover everything.  I typically apply two thin coats so I don’t miss anything.  Check out our large selection of colors here.
For the white washing, use any shade of white.  I personally don’t use the super bright whites or whites  that are too yellow for this application but you can use whatever you like to compliment your base color.
Water a little white paint down until it’s the consistency of milk.  I also pour a blob of paint onto a plate and use this in conjunction with the other.  It’s important to use a wide whispy dry-brushing brush for this application so you get random coverage otherwise you’ll completely cover the other color.

Dip brush into thinned paint and dab off on paper towel.  Make LONG, strokes in the direction of the grain.  While still wet, lightly dip the very tips of the bristles into the paint blob on the paint and dab so it’s not globby and thick anywhere.  Again, do very long strokes all the way across the piece of furniture without lifting if possible.  You’ll achieve much better results if there is hardly any paint on the brush.  It’s a lot easier to add more than it is to apply it to thick and then have to wipe some off.

I recommend messing around with this on a scrap piece until you get the hang of it.  I basically do this same technique for white wash, weathered wood and liming.

Create the look of Weathered Wood

Give a piece a faux lime wash
I layered a medium gray over a slate color before adding the white.  I love how it looks when you use three colors.
Create a Faux Zinc like to make your pieces resemble those pieces you love in 
Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.  This is requires several steps with dry time in between but I love the results.  If you’re interested in how to do this, let me know and I’ll do a tutorial.
Can you tell I love playing with this paint?
The possibilities are endless!  

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and at our West Michigan locations

Not So Shabby – Holland, Michigan 

  (2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI  49424 ~ East of US31, South of Riley)

Shizzle Design’s – Changing Thymes Location – Grandville, Michigan

We carry a large supply of chalk and clay paints, finishes, clear coats, glazes, mica powders, wax and brushes at both our locations.  Shop both our West Michigan locations seven days a week or order online HERE.

Have fun painting!!   Shelly

How to Make Farmhouse Mud Room Lockers out of an Antique Bookcase

A friend recently asked me to come over and grab some of the stuff they were clearing out of their garage.  I only planned on grabbing one lingerie chest but, as usual, she started packing other things in my van including two end tables.  On my way out, I noticed an old bookcase and an idea popped into my mind.  I took it home and quickly got to work.

This old bookcase came out of an elementary school and was very solid.  It was pretty rough to the touch so I ended up doing a lot of sanding with my mouse sander to smooth things out.

While most people would see it as a horizontal bookcase, I saw a cool locker for somebody’s mudroom.  After everything was sanded, I flipped it on it’s back and marked four spots to screw in the new feet.

I glued and screwed them into place.  I wasn’t able to clamp the back two feet so I taped those into place and let them set up overnight.

I did a little more fine sanding by hand to smooth out the rough edges then gave everything two coats of our chalk and clay paints.

I added three vintage coat hooks to my new lockers to complete the farmhouse look then found a scrap piece of wood to make the shelf.

I am not the most patient person so accuracy is not my strong point.  Instead of making a bunch of measurements, I simply laid the board up against the lockers and marked the inside and outside edges of each locker.  Using a square and my miter saw, I made as many cuts as I could then used a chisel to chip out the 1″ pieces at the ends.  I glued supports underneath and secured everything into place.

I’m pretty geeked that it turned out as I had envisioned.  I brought it to Not So shabby where it sold before I could get many more pictures.

I’d love to know where it ended up.  It’s not often than I actually create something like this and I’d love to make more of these.

Here are some other items available at our Not So Shabby location, 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI  49424 (East of US31, South of Riley).


Both our locations are open 7 days a week.  Shop paint at Not So Shabby in Holland or Changing Thymes – Wilson, 2900 Wilson Avenue SW, Grandville, MI  49418.  Hours are listed on our website towards the bottom of the page at


a hui hou kau kou!


Who wants to win a prize for a painted piece? Over $17,000 in Prizes awarded to winners

I’ve been chosen to judge this year’s General Finishes Design Competition. Working on a great piece? Then by all means, enter it!!! There are tons of categories and ALL manufacturers’ finishing products are welcome! I’d enter for sure but I can’t as one of the judges, lol.


General Finishes is proud to present an exciting opportunity to showcase your talent by entering our international wood finishing and upcyling competition. Submit your rescued and refinished furniture, turned wood, and woodworking projects in any of our 52 categories for a chance to win one of our 160+ prizes valued at over $17,000 from our supportive sponsors! New this year: All manufacturers’ finishing products are welcome! You may use any finish(es) of your choice.

THIS YEAR’S POPULAR VOTE CATEGORY: Chalk Up Another One! Show us your best work completed in any chalk style paint.

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I’ve seen the beautiful pieces many of you have created and I know you have it in you!!  What are you waiting for, check out all the categories and get busy!!  Can’t wait to see the entries!!

a hui hou kau kou!!



Easy Vintage White Makeover on a Classic Solid Cherry Highboy

I ran across my latest furniture makeover a few months ago at one of my favorite pickin’ spots.

To be honest, at first glance I thought it was an inexpensive, pressed particle wood dresser (sorry, I never took a before picture).  As I got closer, I noticed the original antique porcelain pulls and I think I probably gasped out loud when I pulled the drawer open and realized it was a Koehler Custom Made piece of furniture.   Yeah baby, that’s what I’m talking about!

Whoa, I had stumbled onto something good and as a bonus, the price was right for flipping it.  I grabbed it faster than I could blink and loaded that puppy in the back of my van.

I sat on this for a while trying to figure out what kind of funky finish I could do with it.  Then it dawned on me.  I don’t have to do whimsical, funky finished on every single piece I do.  What threw me off on this piece were the pulls.  Aren’t the cool?

If I did my typical colorful finish, the pulls would look dorky and they really awesome pulls.  Each pull is made up of five different pieces.  Why on earth would I want to replace these with something else?  I decided to keep the finish on this clean and simple so the pulls would be the star of the show.

I love that the top TWO drawers have dividers!

This piece is headed to my booth at Not So Shabby at 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI  49424.  I’m also hauling in a bunch of other home decor I hand picked last weekend.

Don’t worry, I haven’t given up my colorful, whimsical ways but every once in a while, I have to shake things up.  My pieces speak to me and this one quite frankly didn’t want your typical Shizzle finish, lol.

Things are expected to really heat up here the next 48 hours.  With heat indexes expected in the 108-110 range on Saturday, I’ll be headed to Lake Michigan early in the day, then will head back home to the comfort of air conditioning because those high temps have to be dangerous.

Me with one of my fav cousins at Lake Michigan

I think my knee is healed up enough to go in the water.  It’s been two weeks today since knee surgery and I’m doing so well with the recovery that I’ve already gotten the green light to resume all activity.

I cracked up when I unwrapped all the bandages and realized I put my maiden name’s initials.  Plus, my real name is Michelle, not Shelly so I’m surprised the surgeon didn’t question who I was.  I should have written MA for Michelle Andrade; they don’t know my nickname.

I can’t wait to get back to the blue mats at Fit Body Boot Camp on Monday.  Not sure how much I’ll be able to endure, but doc says I can use my own judgement based off any pain or swelling and nothing I do at this point should damage any of the work he did on it.

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!!  

Don’t miss out!  I added a few more cases of clearanced paint quarts to my online inventory.  Clearanced quarts are now as low as $9.99 each!  That’s less than most 4 oz pots!!  It’s going fast!!

a hui hou!



Vintage White Highboy with a Little Bit o’ Shizzle PLUS Clearance Sale

Apparently, I forgot to publish this post.  We have tons on sale including: Christmas, pieces of furniture and home decor.  Read through to the bottom to see  the pictures my latest Vintage White highboy.

Stop in and check it out. (This is our Not So Shabby location in Holland but all Christmas should also be on sale at our Grandville Changing Thymes (Wilson) location.

The reindeer, Christmas tree and one of the creates are gone

All the Christmas trees, garland and swags are gone but I still have some wreaths left and all should be on sale.  If not, have them call me.

Most of the home decor on this has sold but the hutch is still for sale.

Here’s the highboy I forgot to share with you.  I’m so used to sharing things on Instagram and Facebook now that I sometimes forget I haven’t added it here.  It’s a great vintage piece that I simple refinished in Old Town Paint’s All-in-One (primer/paint/sealer) Simply Finished Vintage White paint.  Doesn’t get any easier than that!.


Mention this blog post to receive 10% off the regular price of this highboy.  Cashier may want to call me to confirm.



This Year’s Little Red Dresser along with Lots of other Painted Red Furniture Makeovers at Shizzle

It’s that time of year when everyone is getting ready for the holidays.  Well… not everybody but ready or not, Thanksgiving is only two days away and before we know it, Christmas will be here.

It’s been Christmas for several weeks now at Shizzle.  When you sell home decor, you’re elbows deep in evergreens months before it hits the floor.

For whatever reason, I tend to paint something red around the holidays.  This year was no exception.  We have several fantastic reds across our three paint lines.  This time I I went with APC’s Cannonball & Firework’s Red.  This petite dresser is sealed with Clear and Dark Wax and is now available at our Shizzle Design space within Not So Shabby.  I used Cannonball because it was open but I actually prefer GunPowder as a base color.

Little Red Dresser

I painted this children’s rocking chair simultaneously with the same combo.  The chair is for sale at our Changing Thyme’s location at 2900 Wilson Avenue, Grandville, MI  49418.

Click “Continue” to see a bunch of other pieces we’ve painted red over the years.

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Beautiful Antique Buffet refinished in Frenchic Furniture Paint

This outstanding buffet came from a dear friend of mine who was unable to finish painting it because she was taking care of her mom as she battled cancer.  She passed this gorgeous gem onto me to do my magic.   Little did I know at the time, my life would also come to a screeching halt.

When her husband dropped it off, I immediately fell in love.  It had the most gorgeous lines and super cool hardware.  Continue reading “Beautiful Antique Buffet refinished in Frenchic Furniture Paint”