IT’S TODAY!!! Here’s a SNEAK PEEK of Not So Shabby’s Christmas Open House – Doors OPEN 10:00 a.m. Nov 4!

If you can’t hear my voice in this blog post video, watch it on our Facebook Page ShizzleLLC.  You’ll find it in the Sneak Peek post with all the pictures.

Bust through the doors at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov 4 for best selection!  It was like Santa’s Workshop last night with all the elves busy at work.  Lots of  Christmas, furniture, hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind treasures.  Plus most is 20%!!  Can you tell how excited I am??  LOVE this event!!

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Saturday, November 4th

Shizzle Design is offering:

20% OFF

Painted Furniture

Click HERE to see what’s currently in stock

20% OFF

Home Decor 

 

Farmhouse Style Decor, Christmas & Vintage

10% OFF

Paint Supplies

Paint, Brushes, Applicators, Finishes, Wax, Glazes, Mica Powder…

 

The store is packed full of new items!

To all the good times we had prepping for the Christmas Open Houses!  

We miss you Cath!

a hui hou,

Shelly

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Island from Antique Work Table

I’m feeling a bit emotional as I write this next post as it brings me back to a time  just before the first surgery.  Cathy was still here and it was business as usual at Shizzle Design.  I was nervous about my upcoming surgery to remove the cancer from within my humerus so I took out my frustration sanding an old work table.   I fell in love with this old thing at a local flea market.  It had been well loved in it’s previous life , as a matter of fact, it was downright filthy and it took hours upon hours to clean her all up.

 

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I hope you dance

It’s taken me a long time to put this together because I simply couldn’t find the words.  I know some of you don’t follow us on Facebook so you may not even know but I lost my sister almost two months ago now.  “I Hope You Dance” was played at her graveside burial.  From now on, every time I hear that song, it will take me back to that moment in time.

Cathy passed away on August 2nd, 2017

Six years earlier on that very same day, Cathy and I unveiled our first pieces of painted furniture.  Ironic, isn’t it?  That debut happened at Holland’s Art in the Park in Holland, Michigan in 2011 and every year since, we celebrated lunch in Holland on August 2nd..

Boatwerks on Lake Macatawa ~ Holland, Michigan  2015

Never did I imagine that August 2nd would take on a whole new meaning 

 

Cath’s battle with Cancer began on Thanksgiving 2016

Horrific back pain led her to Urgent Care the day before Thanksgiving.  She was diagnosed with Stage IV Extensive Small Cell Lung Cancer with mets to her spine and skull on Thanksgiving Day, 2016.  We were all shocked to find out her back was broken in eight different locations.  How she even drove herself to ER is beyond me.

Cathy’s journey with this damn cancer would prove to be eight months of hell on earth.  Her vocal cords were damaged during one of the very first tests they ran over Thanksgiving and we would never hear her real voice again.  There were countless oversights, delays, screw-ups, mixed-up patient files and mis-communications between departments, insurance companies and the lead oncologist.  I wouldn’t wish her experience on my worst enemy.

If I hadn’t gone through this with her, I wouldn’t have believed it was true.  

This isn’t a post about the horror of Cath’s journey though, it’s a post about the good times, those diamonds in the rough that we so desperately sought out along the way.

Cath on the way to her first chemo appt

She felt good during her first round of chemo

Don’t let it fool you, it’s poison!

Christmas Day 2017 ~ a few good hours

She loved her grandchildren more than anything!

She was in so much pain Christmas Day but had a couple decent hours to enjoy the kids opening gifts

I love this shot of Cathy and all her mini-me’s

God spared Cath her hair long enough to celebrate Christmas Day.  The next morning, most of her locks were found on her pillow.

January 2017 – We moved our Jenison Shizzle Shop to Grandville

With my arm completely immobilized for two months and Cathy’s terminal cancer, we had to think fast.  It just didn’t make cents (pun intended) to keep our Jenison location open with that kind of overhead.  We moved out of Jenison and Hudsonville and moved into Changing Thymes at 2900 Wilson Avenue in Grandville.

Together, with the help of many friends, customers, volunteers and our landlord, we were able to dramatically downsize and move the business back to my home.    My eyes were blurry from failed Lasik surgery and my arm literally immobilized.  Even with all the volunteers, I seriously don’t know how we did it.  We resigned as U.S. Distributor for Frenchic  in exchange for just being a retailer, sold a lot of furniture, donated a bunch of projects we never started, gave things away, and filled our dumpster – twice.  After a month of  very hard work, everything was moved out.  I am STILL sorting through boxes and trying to organize everything so I can work at home again.

What do you do when you have four hours to kill between total body bone scans?

 Why you go for a pedicure of course!  Kell  had gift certificates and treated all of us to twinkle toes.  Thanks Kelly!

Cathy’s Surprise Birthday Party at Rob & Kelly’s

It was so bitter sweet.  We all knew it would be her last but she truly was surrounded by all who loved her.

Easter 2017 at Pat & Angie’s

Cath getting chemo with her little sidekicks

One of the highlights of the 8 month journey was a road trip to Uniquely Chic.  Cath was in her glory that day feeling well enough to help Karen paint signs while Karli and I worked on our new website.  Have any of you checked it out lately?  New layout, easier shopping, easier navigation and a whole new look!  Ummm yeah, I kind of forgot to announce that upgrade with everything else happening.

Our Day Trip to Uniquely Chic ~ Brushes & Timber

Cath was able to visit the new Shizzle Paint Booth at Changing Thymes

2900 Wilson Avenue, Grandville, Michigan 49418

She was also able to watch both her sons play a game

Cake Pop’s at Metro

Somebody was getting her last chemo treatment so she passed out treats to everyone.  Cath was planning to switch to Metro after our vacation but it wasn’t in the cards.

Our Last Hurrah ~ Trip to Leelanau Peninsula – July 2017

We rented a great cottage for a week in Interlochen, Michigan.  Cathy, her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, myself and girls were all able to stay together.  Cath reserved it months earlier so we would all be up there for my other niece’s wedding.  Our mom planned to go, but was too sick battling her cancer to go with us on this trip.  Mom continues to battle her cancer to this day.  Prayers are definitely appreciated for our dear mom; she’s simply the best!

Cottage on Bass Lake – Interlochen, MI

Puzzles help take her mind off the cancer

I think we all had fun on Cathy’s motorized scooter.  I’ll try to add some of the videos from our vacation.

Somebody’s pouting, lol

Our First trip ever to Moomers

Talk about Farm Fresh Dairy ~ YUM!

We brought some back for Cath the first night; she loved it so much Cath and I went back the next day.

 

Cath loved Petoskey Stones!  She had all of us hunting for them in Glen Haven

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park ~ Empire, MI

Great Candy Store / Ice Cream Shop at Boondocks in Glen Haven

Maritime Museum

Cathy and I enjoying the BEST Raspberry Moscow Mules with lunch at Boondocks

Lunch at Boondocks

 

Duck Lake

 

 

Kelly and Cathy sampling wine at Cherry Republic in Traverse City

Lunch at La’ Senoritas in Traverse City

July 22, 2017 ~ Angela & Tyler’s Wedding

The Dance

There wasn’t a dry eye in the place

Of course our brother had to try out Cath’s Scooter

We’re cracking up because he managed to pop a wheelie

Checking out Steve n Joyce’s new home

I have no idea, lol! 

They have quite the view though

August 2, 2017

Cathy passed away peacefully on August 2, 2017.  Minutes later our sunny skies had turned black and it rained cats and dogs for 30 minutes.  This is the view out her kitchen door that morning.

Cath’s Celebration of Life Party

We gathered some of the things Cath had made for each of us and displayed them at her party.  This was the last piece of furniture she painted.  She worked on it from her couch at home, little by little as pain permitted.  It is not finished but it is absolutely perfect.

 

Unfinished Works of Art Frozen in Time

Here’s another blanket she putted around with when she felt up to it the last few months.

The blanket she got on Christmas was on her bed the morning she passed away

It reads “Let our love surround you”

 

Things Cathy had made for us over the years lined the walls

Cath was laid to rest next to her husband on a beautiful August day

Everything is still so surreal

It seems like all we did over the course of those eight months was run back and forth for daily appointments at Lack’s Cancer Center.  As I look back on these pictures, I am very thankful for the things we were able to squeeze in between.  Our hearts are sad but she’s in a much better place.

A hui hou kau Cath!

We miss you like crazy!  Your little sister ~ Shell

a hui hou!  Shelly

Our Favorite Paint, Wax & Buffing Brushes + One of Our Professional Buffing Tips Kept Secret until Now

I have a THING for brushes! 
my favorite paint brushes 2 Purdy 2 inch angled brush, Frenchic oval, round wax
Paint brushes, wax brushes, buffing brushes, foam brushes, artist brushes ~ you name it, I have a thing for them and have become a wee bit finicky over the years in what I choose to paint furniture.  I’ve learned through my own experiences that using the right brush makes all the difference in a quality finish.  Below I’ve listed my absolute favorite brushes that I couldn’t do without.

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How to Apply Frenchic Furniture Paint’s Durable & Easy-to-Use Finishing Coat

Have you struggled with using Clear Coats in the past?  Well I’m here to tell you, those days of frustration are over.  Why?  Because Frenchic’s durable and Easy-to-Use Finishing Coat is here!

Introducing Frenchic Finishing Coat!

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It’s durable and so easy to apply!

Frenchic’s Finishing Coat is a durable, Environmentally Friendly, top coat that seals and protects your painted or unpainted wood furniture. It’s a fantastic product for those of you who prefer a clear coat in lieu of a wax and is for areas that come into contact with water splash such as a kitchen or bathroom.

bathroom makover before and during

There’s not much I can show you via a photograph because the product dries clear but it will deepen the color of your paint in much the same way a clear wax does.  In the picture of the bed below, I’ve applied Frenchic Finishing Coat to the headboard but not the footboard.  You can see how light the raw paint is until it is sealed with Finishing Coat.  Sealing it turns the color into it’s intended shade, a warm, rich, creamy white called Wedding Cake.

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Super Easy to Use!

My favorite way to apply Frenchic’s Finishing Coat is using a sponge like the ones we carry here at Shizzle but it can also be applied with a smooth, quality brush.

Apply Finishing Coat with a Quality Brush or Sponge

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Frenchic Finishing Coat goes on easily and levels out beautifully leaving no brush marks. Frenchic Finishing Coat looks white in the bottle but dries clear and cures to a satin finish. It is dry to the touch in 15-30 minutes.

Watch this Video to see how easy it is to Apply Frenchic’s Finishing Coat!

I typically apply two coats to my pieces of furniture, applying additional coats to heavy traffic areas such as the kitchen cabinets and the tops of tables.

It’s also Environmentally Friendly!

Who wants to risk exposing pets or children to harmful chemicals? I certainly don’t. As someone who’s already battled cancer once, I’m on a mission to reduce the amount of chemicals I’m exposed to both at home and at work. Frenchic’s Finishing Coat is made without any chemical solvent from non-poisonous materials, in an ecologically beneficial way, preventing water pollution.

Thanks to it’s composition, it is virtually innocuous for people and the environment. As with all of Frenchic Furniture Paint’s products, the ingredients are clearly listed on the side of the container. No secrets to hide here, it’s simply amazing! Toss your toxic products 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.

Try Frenchic’s Finishing Coat today!

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Find a Frenchic Retailer near you here or order online.

For more ideas, tips, video tutorials, pictures and inspiration on what we have created using chalk and clay paints, visit the Shizzle Design Portfolio.

The best way to stay current on what we’re doing now is to LIKE our ShizzleLLC Facebook Page.  As  a single mom, I just can’t find time to write  weekly blog posts anymore.

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.  It’s super important though, after liking our ShizzleLLC Facebook page, to click the down arrow and choose your notifications so you’ll actually see our new posts ~ otherwise, Facebook doesn’t send them to you.  When I want to follow someone’s Facebook Page, I choose “See First” and then choose “

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. After you like our FB Page, be sure to click the down arrow behind the work “Liked” to choose which notifications you’d like to receive.  If you do not do this, you will miss 99% of our 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 and Not So Shabby at 2975 West Shore Drive in Holland, MI 49424
  • Shop Paint:  Shop our large inventory of chalk and clay paint and supplies on our Online Shizzle Shop and at our West Michigan LOCATIONS.

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…  

For details on these pieces, comment below.  For the time being, the best way to keep up on what we’re doing, be sure to LIKE our ShizzleLLC Facebook Page.  I don’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with blog posts now.

After liking our ShizzleLLC Facebook page, it’s super important to click the down arrow and choose your notifications so you’ll actually see our new posts ~ otherwise, Facebook doesn’t send them to you.

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.

 

 

A hui hou ~ Shelly

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 Shizzle Style Painted Furniture Makeovers

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 Shizzle Tips, How To Tutorials & Video’s

Shizzle-Tips-and-Tutorials3[1]

 Funky Finishes

Funky-Finishes3[1]

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. After you like our FB Page, be sure to click the down arrow behind the work “Liked” to choose which notifications you’d like to receive.  If you do not do this, you will miss 99% of our 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 and Not So Shabby at 2975 West Shore Drive in Holland, MI 49424
  • Shop Paint:  Shop our large inventory of chalk and clay paint and supplies on our Online Shizzle Shop and at our West Michigan LOCATIONS.

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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Order your brushes here

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.