How to Create Beautiful Old World Finishes on Brass Chandeliers

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I love the lines of brass chandeliers but I have to admit, I'm not a fan of brass.   I do however LOVE the look of Venetian Bronze and old world finishes.   This was the very first chandelier I ever transformed. The European paint finish we create on brass chandeliers … [Read more...]

Our Shizzle Design Booth at West Michigan’s Women’s Expo, DeVos ~ Grand Rapids, MI

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In the midst of this long cold winter, Cathy and I were invited to be one of the featured speakers at West Michigan's Women's Expo. We immediately started preparing for it.  I was panicked about how we were going to pull something of this magnitude together in such a … [Read more...]

Waistcoat ~ One of My Favorite New Colors from American Paint Company

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When the Ellis Collection from American Paint Company arrived, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.  Peacock, Limoges, Sackcloth, Crushed Tea, Cannonball and Cameo just to name a few are flying off the shelves every day but there is one color that might be overlooked and … [Read more...]

Last Day for Show Specials at West Michigan Women’s Expo ~ DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI. Check our Facebook page for more info as my computer crashed


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Peacock Buffet with Rich Layers of Color

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I'm super excited to share with all of you, my favorite piece to date! Anyone who knows me, knows I’m about as scattered as they come.  I drive myself bonkers on most days because my mind is always going in a million different directions.  I’m REALLY good at starting … [Read more...]

Join Shizzle Design on March 14-16 at West Michigan’s Women’s Expo, Grand Rapids, MI

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Cathy and I are honored to be one of this year’s key presenters at West Michigan’s Women’s Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 14-16. Here's a Sneak Peek of Some of the Pieces FIRST Available at the Expo! See us on Stage! Cathy and I will be on stage three … [Read more...]

Add Sparkle to Painted Furniture using American Paint Company’s Metallic Mica Powders VIDEO

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I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with American Paint Company’s Mica Powders the past couple of weeks as we prepare for West Michigan’s Michigan’s Women’s Expo on March 14-16 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.   I’ll share more on that tomorrow. In … [Read more...]

Retro Highboy Gets New Life with American Paint Company’s Gorgeous New Peacock Blue

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This past fall, we lost our grandmother and inherited several pieces of furniture.  Cathy, aloong with my aunt and uncle spent a grueling afternoon in a horrible snow storm moving everything out of her place then hauled it all across town in an open bed trailer to our new … [Read more...]

The Spectacular Ice of Lake Michigan ~ 2014

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GOT SNOW?  If you live anywhere near the Midwest you do, and by now you've probably had your fill.  I literally had to stop the truck last week on my way into work due to the extreme white out conditions. I didn't jerk the camera; the wind and snow is just blowing THAT … [Read more...]

CeCe Caldwell’s Paints Liquidation ~ Prices SLASHED!

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Prices have been slashed on all remaining CeCe Caldwell's Paints and Finishes both on our Online Shizzle Shop as well as in our Shizzle Design Paint Studio at 2018 Chicago Drive, Jenison, MI  49428 (just east of Port Sheldon, next door to John Deere).  If you missed why, … [Read more...]

I Finally Finished My Very First Piece!

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Three years ago I picked up my first dresser in an attempt to see how hard it was to re-purpose a piece of furniture.  Friends were giving us grief because we were still using our old TV.  They couldn't understand why the flat screen my husband earned at work years earlier … [Read more...]

French Provincial Buffet Hand Painted with an Old World Patina

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This petite French buffet was painted for our Shizzle Design office but we sold a couple large pieces at Not So Shabby and had to fill the void.  So much for decorating our own place; everything else takes priority.   I started out as I always do by giving her a good … [Read more...]

Whimsical Turquoise Coffee Table w/ a little Bling

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It’s been a cold snowy winter in our neck of the woods with temperatures and wind chills in the negatives.  With a blizzard in tomorrow’s forecast, I’m looking forward to the lazy hazy days of summer. I picked up these drawer pulls for another dresser but ended up using … [Read more...]

Great Tips for Waxing Painted Furniture

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My sister and I both used to dread waxing furniture when we first started painting furniture especially when using dark wax.  We spent over a year trying different brands and experimenting with different methods, techniques and suggestions with little improvement.  I … [Read more...]

American Paint Company or CeCe Caldwells?

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This is the most difficult blog post I have ever written.  Difficult because I feel like I’m walking on egg shells trying to find the right words to express how my true feelings.  I re-wrote this post numerous times before I posted it because I needed time to come to … [Read more...]

From Our Ohana to Yours ~ Merry Christmas!

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From Our Michigan Winter Wonderland to Yours ~ Merry Christmas!! Cathy & Shelly   … [Read more...]

Funky Chunky Distressed Red Highboy Dresser

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We started this journey several years ago because we love to paint.  We were naive to other facets involved in running a business.  We've learned a lot since then and continue to learn more each and every day. When we think we're getting on top of things, something else … [Read more...]

Shizzle Design Paint Studio

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I’m running a little behind on my furniture posts lately because my sister and I have been scurrying around like a couple of squirrels renovating our new space. Introducing…. The Shizzle Design Paint Studio at 2018 Chicago Drive, Jenison, MI  49428 We’ve been searching … [Read more...]

It’s Christmas at Shizzle Design

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How is it that on November 25th, there are already snowflakes dancing around outside our paint studio's window? We typically don't have white stuff on the ground until just before Christmas but this year, we had snow in October and tornadoes in November.  I don't know … [Read more...]

One More Shizzle Workshop 2013

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We've had so many emails and messages asking for another Shizzle Style Two Color Furniture Paint Class before the end of the year, so we broke down and added one more before the end of the year. Our next Workshop is: December 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..   Click … [Read more...]

Chalk & Clay Painted Furniture Makeovers ~ Fall 2013

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I'd like to thank each and every one of  you for all your thoughts and prayers over the past two weeks, they've really helped carry us through the sudden and unexpected hospitalization of our step Grandma Florence.  Surrounded by the ones she loved, Florence was welcomed … [Read more...]

Psst ~ We’re opening our own Shizzle Design’s Paint Studio!

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Over the past two years, our little furniture painting business has grown exponentially outgrowing every space in our homes including the... GARAGE BASEMENT LIVING ROOM DINING ROOM DRIVEWAY  and even our BACKYARD It was time to find a place of … [Read more...]

Cute Little End Table Flip

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We've been super busy with a new expansion going on right now at Shizzle Design but I did manage to do one quick flip the other day.  This post is so short and sweet, don't blink or you'll miss it ~ I'm REALLY tired tonight. This table served as a work table during the … [Read more...]

Layering Paint Colors


We’ve painted our share of paint displays over the past few months to accommodate the growing demand for the paints we carry in our three West Michigan locations. One of my favorites was re-purposed out of an antique Victrola Cabinet.  I had never seen one like this … [Read more...]

ArtPrize 2013

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For the past three weeks, art has filled the museums, hotels, restaurants, parks, bridges, parking lots, sidewalks and yes, there’s even some in the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Once a year, Art from around the world pops up in every place you can … [Read more...]