Shizzle Design is Pleased to Announce the addition of Junk Gypsy Paint


Rise & Shine!  The sun's not even up and I'm headed to the great state of Texas!  I'm absolutely bursting at the seams to finally experience Antiques Week in Round Top.  It's been on my bucket list for years! I'm meeting up with my good friend Ann in Ohare then we'll … [Read more...]

Shizzle on the Front Porch Furniture Painting Weekend Retreat at the Beautiful Stone Fences Farm in Dousman, WI

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We're joining forces with Ann Schneider of The Front Porch and hosting a Weekend Retreat of Furniture Painting, Creativity and Relaxation we're calling... Shizzle on The Front Porch This Spectacular Weekend Retreat will be held May 29 – 31, 2015 9:00 a.m. Friday - … [Read more...]

Let’s Make a Deal, Thursday March 26 at Not So Shabby

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Join us Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for Not So Shabby's Let's Make a Deal night. If you've never visited Not So Shabby, you're in for a treat.  With nearly 70 vendors, there's a unique treasure for everyone. Not So Shabby is located at 2975 West … [Read more...]

Psst! We have another surprise… Shizzle Design is thrilled to announce the addition of Chalk Style Finish Paint by Old Town Paints!

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I was six years old when the original version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory arrived at Studio 28 but I'll never forget how awestruck I was when they opened the doors to the Chocolate Room.  You know the room I'm talking about, that magical room where everything … [Read more...]

Join us at our Shizzle Design Paint Studio on March 13 & 14 for FREE Paint Demos on our NEW Paints & Finishes!

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Want the scoop on the hottest paints?   Confused about which paints are good, which are junk, what's safe, what's not, what works, what doesn't?  Then look no further because Cathy have already done the homework for you.  We've spent the past six months experimenting with … [Read more...]

I am so excited to finally spill the beans! Introducing the rich, luxurious colors of Faux Real Mineral Paint

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Cathy and I have been bursting at the seams to tell you all about what we've been up to the past six months.  We've researched and experimented with the hottest paints on the market and, after working with nearly 35 different brands, we narrowed our choices down to our … [Read more...]

It’s official, I’m headed to Texas! I need to do some serious pickin’ before I burst! Who wants to hook up with us at Round Top?

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I am SO excited I can hardly see straight!  My 50th birthday is in a few days and I'm escaping the reality of it with a trip to Round Top! I can't think of many other things I'd rather do on a day off than peruse through a great flea market with my best … [Read more...]

Black Lacquer Buffet gets a Whole New Look with Tarnished Platter Blue Gray, White Glaze & White Wax

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We seldom have time for custom work anymore but I made an exception recently for a client who originally had purchased one of the other buffets I had painted.   After she sent me the picture of what she was looking for, I realized what would work better was a piece with more … [Read more...]

Little Red Vintage Dresser

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Sharing a quick blog post on a little red dresser that I started almost a year ago.  I finally pulled it off the back burner to finish it.  I chose American Paint Company's Firework's Red for this antique piece using random brush strokes to build texture. Yes, I … [Read more...]

Broyhill Saga Premier Mid Century Modern Highboy & Dresser Updated in White and Java Gel Stain

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Last summer, we acquired several pieces of Mid Century Modern pieces of furniture.  I have to tell you, it's not my taste, so I was really stumped on what to do with them.  They sat in our workshop waiting for their turn and I finally decided to knock them out and get them … [Read more...]

Stunning Antique Black Bow Front Highboy ~ Take Two!

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Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful antique bow front mahogany highboy.  I wasn't sure how I wanted to paint it so I set it aside for a while until I came up with an idea.  I took it to Not So Shabby and it sold right away. Fast forward to a few months ago.  I was … [Read more...]

Add Depth & Texture to Painted Furniture

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The fact that I love creating unique finishes on my painted furniture is not a secret.  With so many people in West Michigan painting furniture, I really strive to create pieces that stand out.  I've never really followed the beaten path anyway. One of the things I … [Read more...]

Pretty Pink French Provincial Highboy with video

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I only caught a few shots of this little princess before she left the building. She was already a beauty when I purchased her.  The finish had really yellowed over time and she needed a little boost. Before I base coated the entire piece in American Paint … [Read more...]

IKEA Hack – Rast 3 Drawer Chest to Rustic Red Kitchen Island Cart

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Several weeks ago we were asked us to take part in an IKEA hack. We joined several other bloggers in this pursuit.  Each of us were given an IKEA dresser, hardware of our choice from Hickory Hardware and a gift card to Menards for other supplies.  The top three will be … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

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My sister Cathy and I would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas! May you and your family be blessed with the most incredible joy surrounded by the most amazing friends, enjoy the happiest of times and create treasured memories that will … [Read more...]

Congratulations to our 12 Sweepstakes winners! You’ll each get a Little Bit O’ Shizzle under Your Tree this Christmas!

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Congratulations to our 12 Days of Shizzle  Sweepstakes Winners!!! Congratulations Betsy White ~ you won 1st prize!! You'll receive: One Quart of American Paint Company's All Natural Chalk & Clay Paint (color of your choice), One Full Size Soft Wax (Clear or Dark), One … [Read more...]

Hand Crafted Home Accessories ~ Shizzle Style

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I'll never forget the sparkle in my dad's eyes when he'd open one of my handmade cards.  It meant so much to him that his little girl took the time to create something from the heart.  He told me time and time again how they were far better than any other gift that could be … [Read more...]

Become a Retailer for Vintiquities Finest Quality Paint & Wax Brushes

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We're now accepting retailers for Vintiquities Finest Brushes!   Shizzle Design is the Exclusive Distributor for the following states Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas California, Colorado, Hawaii Idaho, Illinois, Indiana Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky Louisiana, Michigan, … [Read more...]

In Search of Balance

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Maybe it's the Hallmark Christmas Movies, the loss of a dear friend or the two feet of snow that arrived five weeks ahead of schedule, but I'm feeling awfully sentimental lately. I closed the studio to enjoy the first Snow Day of the season with my kids. It was so … [Read more...]


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We just received our first small shipment of new American Home Collection colors from American Paint Company.  We received our pint size cans cans and will be getting sample size pots some time after the new year. For more photos & descriptions of the new colors, … [Read more...]

Introducing Hard Coat by American Paint Company

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The finish you've all been waiting for is here! American Paint Company's New Hard Coat  Tough Durable Hardest Finish Brush on Clear Coat  Hard Coat is toughest, most durable finish for cabinets and table tops! Look for it in the blue bottle. In stock now Online … [Read more...]

Christmas 2014 ~ Shizzle Design

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We're burning the midnight oil getting ready our Christmas Open Houses.   Two of the Greatest Christmas Open Houses in West Michigan open  Friday, November 7th, 2014! Doors are locked until 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon at Caledonia Vintage Marketplace. Doors are … [Read more...]

Learn How to Paint w Chalk & Clay Paints at Our LAST Furniture Painting Workshop

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Our last furniture painting workshop of 2014 will be held Wednesday, October 22nd.  This five hour class is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m..  We most likely won't host any more furniture painting workshops until some time next spring unless somebody wants to … [Read more...]

Workshop Makeovers September 2014 (part 1)

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Cathy and I always look forward to seeing the transformations that come out of our furniture painting workshops and September was no exception.  While I missed most of the before pictures, I caught most in the process.  Some pieces that were brought in were larger than the … [Read more...]

New Paint Colors, Retired Colors & Complete Main Line ~ American Paint Company including ideas & Inspiration from Shizzle Design

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I am pleased to announce the arrival of 12 new limited edition colors from American Paint Company.   Introducing the...  American Home Collection American Paint Company prides themselves in making the healthiest paint available for the DIY furniture painter while staying … [Read more...]

Display Cabinet Refinished with Chalk & Clay Paint, Reclaimed Barn Wood & Vintage Crates

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Our space at Shizzle Design continues to evolve as we strive to be more efficient with our small business.  You really have to work in a space before you know how that space is going to be used.  Our front room is one of those spaces.  When we first moved in, we set it up … [Read more...]

Charming Antique Vanity Blinged with Pewter and Copper Mica Powders

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Every once in a while, I'll get an email from someone who'd like to know if we're interested in a piece of furniture.  This happened a while back and I was SO excited when I saw the pictures of  a charming vintage vanity.  Here's what she looked like when we picked her … [Read more...]

How We Decoupage Fabric to Furniture onto Painted Furniture

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Sometimes we start out with a piece that's lacking character.  This lil' gal has all sorts of different sized drawers but her personality was buried under a lot of homely, dated drawer pulls.  I had already removed them when I shot this picture, but the fade marks show you … [Read more...]

THE Finest Chalk & Clay Paint & Wax Brushes from Vintiquities are now available in the U.S.!

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Everybody has a "THING" for something ~ purses, shoes, jewelry...  I have a thing for funky eclectic necklaces (if anyone knows some cool places to shop, let me know), old barns, creative re-purposed treasures and brushes ~ I have a thing for brushes! I'm as laid back, easy … [Read more...]

Awesome Layering of Color by First Time User of American Paint Company Paints

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I'm so excited to share an awesome furniture makeover created during a recent workshop.  The table was refinished in one of my favorite colors combinations Beach Glass and Nana's Cupboard from American Paint Company. Laurie was a bit nervous about how her table would … [Read more...]

Ornate Round Antique Side Table Painted in Sackcloth & Custom Mixed Cameo Glaze by American Paint Company

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Hi guys!  We're working on switching things around at the shop this week to better utilize our space so I'm sharing  a cute little table I refinished recently. When I got it, it looked like it had been stained a dark brown but the color had faded quite a bit.  It had … [Read more...]

Vintage Library Table + Reclaimed Barn Wood = Cool Harvest Farm Table

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I purchased this vintage library table sight unseen because I loved the character these tables.  I've had this table for a long time and have no idea where I stored the "before" pictures, sorry!  This table has been in various places within my own home serving as everything … [Read more...]

More Great Ideas from Shizzle Design’s Furniture Workshops featuring American Paint Company’s Chalk & Clay Paints

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Sharing some great furniture makeovers from our last workshop... Nana's Cupboard & Spacious Skies   Metal Bench painted in Beach Glass over Coral Reef (prior to topcoating) Coat Tree painted in Wild Horses (brown) and Firework's Red (prior to … [Read more...]

Where it all Began ~ Shizzle Design launch at Holland’s Art in the Park, 2011


Three years ago today, my sister Cathy and I launched our painted furniture business at Holland's Art in the Park.   It was August, 2011.  I keep thinking it's been four years (the brain doesn't function quite like it used to!). We are so very thankful for where God … [Read more...]

Antique Bed with Beautifully Carved Headboard and Footboard in American Paint Company’s Navajo White and Rushmore

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Our Aunt Katie and Uncle Jim have helped Cathy and I out countless times throughout our lives.  This time, we want to give back to them by painting a beautiful antique bed they have.  The money we make off the sale of this piece will go back to them as a small token of our … [Read more...]

Last Furniture Paint Workshop of Summer ~ August 9

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Just wanted to give a little heads up on a couple of new classes we just added to our schedule.  I'm playing catch-up after all the mission trips and vacation time we've juggled the past few weeks. I love this picture.  It's a group shot of all the kids the last night at … [Read more...]

French Provincial Buffet Refinished with American Paint Company’s Chalk & Clay Paints & Black Mica Powder

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I know, I know, I know... It's been forever since I've posted any furniture renovations.  For everyone who's been asking, I didn't fall off the edge of the earth, though I did fall a hundred times last month while portaging canoes through steep, rocky portages in … [Read more...]

How to Create an Outdoor Solar Powered Chandelier out of an old Light Fixture

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I've been blessed with awesome friendships throughout my life.   Some I've had since Kindergarten and others I've just met recently through the love of painting.  Anastasia is one of my dearest friends, and though it seems like we've known each other a lifetime, it's only … [Read more...]

Spring – Early Summer Paint Class Schedule

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Hope you're all enjoying time with family and are blessed with beautiful weather this weekend. Just wanted to share a few of our upcoming workshops. Girl's Night Out Paint Party Class $75    Grab a small project from home such as a lamp, a bird house, a … [Read more...]

20 Painted Furniture Makeovers from our Latest Shizzle Style Paint Workshops

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My sister Cathy and I continue to be blessed in so many ways through our work here at Shizzle Design.  The best part of what we do are the friends we meet and the fun we have along the way. We want everyone to feel at home while they're here while giving them the … [Read more...]

Give the Gift of Creativity with Shizzle Design

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Give the Gift of Creativity this Mother's Day with Shizzle Design Stop in today and we'll help you put together a one-of-a-kind gift bag with paints and paint supplies. Create a One-of-a-Kind Gift Bag We have a HUGE inventory of chalk and clay paints and paint … [Read more...]

Highboy Whimsically Dry-brushed in Green and Blue & We Miss You Syd!

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Her eyes were as blue as the ocean, her smile as bright as the sun and her personality stole the heart of every person blessed by her presence. I so wish Sydney Grace was outside enjoying our first 80 degree day since last October but she's not, not here on earth … [Read more...]

Look What’s New at Shizzle Design ~ Painted Chalk & Clay Furniture for Sale in West Michigan + Paint Sale

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We knocked out some new pieces of furniture recently which are now available either in our Shizzle Shop or in our Shizzle Design booth within Not So Shabby.  We dropped several of them off yesterday along with some new signs and accessories. In case you're new around … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss this FREE Opportunity Experiment with American Paint Company’s Paints & Finishes at Caledonia Vintage Marketplace Anniversary & Flea Market Event

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Calling all DIY'ers to Caledonia, Michigan! Stop in and Get Messy with Me Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. during Caledonia Vintage Marketplace's One Year Anniversary Sale. Don't miss this unique hands-on opportunity to play around with some of … [Read more...]

Vintage Vanity gets Vibrant & Whimsical Makeover

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Hi guys!  I'm slowly getting back into the groove after relaxing at mom's condo in Fort Myers but I have to tell you, it's taking a while. The 30 degree drop in temperature from Florida to Michigan was a rude awakening.  I knew what we were returning home too so I … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Shizzle Style Workshop Paint Makeovers #3

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Hello Gang!  It's Sunday and that means it's time for me to share some more amazing transformations performed by of the guys and gals who have attended our Paint Your Own Furniture Workshops. Rose brought this table to refinish and left with this! Rose painted her … [Read more...]

Why Shizzle Design chose American Paint Company Chalk & Clay Paints over 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.  This post was written to let our customers know why we suddenly stopped carrying CeCe Caldwell's Paints. My sister and I … [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!


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...]

Happy Camper Vintage Flea Market

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I'm headed out to Not So Shabby's Vintage Flea Market with all sorts of hand picked architectural finds.  I'll be helping out this morning from 10:00 a.m. (if I get there on time :) until 1:30 p.m. Here are some of the things available. Not So Shabby is located … [Read more...]

Flea Market Treasures I Couldn’t Resist


After spending all day Saturday purging this... BEFORE into this!  We had half the garage as organized as it gets and packed the other half with unfinished pieces we're selling this week at our Huge furniture sale (things we never had a chance to paint this … [Read more...]

Shizzle Design’s Autumn Pickin’ Sale


Our garages are bursting at the seams and we can’t take it any more. Shizzle Design is having a HUGE Ready-to-Paint Furniture Sale in BYRON CENTER, MI on Wed & Thursday Night Cathy, Laurie and I have cleaned house.  We're purging half the unpainted furniture we've … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Furniture Paint Workshops – Sept 2013

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I've said it before and I'll say it again... our students ROCK!   I don't know who gets more excited about seeing their transformations, me or the people who paint them, but we've had a ton of incredible furniture makeovers take place again with our last workshops. I've … [Read more...]

Antique Double Bow Front Dresser & Highboy Chest

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Earlier this summer I was fortunate to come across two beautiful French Provincial pieces by Dixie ~ a single highboy chest and matching double bow front dresser with mirror.  I must not have shot a before of the long one but I did snap a picture of this earlier this … [Read more...]

Little Girl’s White Princess Bed


Hi guys!  Last week, I posted about several projects I hadn't had a chance to write about and asked you all which one you'd like to see first.  Well, this little gal won the survey so, as promised... here's the story behind the little girl's dream bed. Sometimes in life … [Read more...]

I can’t believe I never shared THIS!

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Days have been coming and going so fast the past two years that I often feel like a top spinning out of control.   I’m exhausted, working two to three times the hours a person should.  Even though I constantly try to improve on efficiency, I still can’t seem to put a … [Read more...]

Vintage Cement Trowel Hooks on Reclaimed Barn Wood


Last week we ran across an old collapsed barn.  When Opportunity Knocks... tear into an old barn and re-purpose that wood! The barn wood was free for the pickin’ so we dropped everything and started tearing into the remnants of it in search of pieces we could re-purpose … [Read more...]

Antique Vanity Painted in Custom Mixed Creamy White

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If you’re subscribed to my blog or follow our daily updates on our Facebook Page, you’ve already seen the first two posts in this series about our Mahogany bedroom Set Makeover.   I shared how we used My Favorite Stripper to refinish the beautiful Mahogany tops in the first … [Read more...]

Gorgeous Antique Mahogany Bed Painted in Creamy White

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I checked out a beautiful antique bedroom set over the 4th of July and was immediately drawn to the beautiful lines and details of the furniture. The entire set was very solid and well cared for ~ just needed a little TLC to give it new life. Cathy and I teamed up to … [Read more...]

My favorite Stripper for removing Paint & Finishes


I’ve tried many strippers over the years  Many burn holes through your skin if you splash the tiniest spec of it onto your hand or arms.  Some don't work for squat  but one is just right... Zinnser’s Magic Strip Citrus-Action Gel Why?  Because I’m … [Read more...]

Flea Market Flip ~ Black Console Table

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Summer time in Michigan is all about quality time spent with family and friends.  We were at the lake last month an hit a flea market up north. One of my husband’s friend is an exceptional chef.  In this picture, he's doing a shrimp boil for everyone ~ yum!! Tom is … [Read more...]

Sneak Peak – Vintage Mahogany Bedroom Set

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I’ll be posting all the details of this set next week, but I wanted to give you a sneak peak of what we’re taking into the store this afternoon ~ to keep up with daily progress, updates and bits & pieces of what we're working on throughout the week, follow us on our … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Painted Furniture Class Makeovers ~ July

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Hope you’re all enjoying summer!  Even though I’ve been working around the clock, I still savor each and every glorious day this time of year.  If there was a way to magically stretch our Michigan summers from several weeks to nine months, I’d do it!  In a … [Read more...]

Simple Things are Life’s Greatest Treasures


As I write this post, I’m up in northern Michigan taking a few days to unwind, clear my brain and relax. I can only imagine how creative I would be if I could go for a walk through here  every morning. The weather has been cold and rainy but we don’t care, there’s … [Read more...]

It’s Official! We’re Going to the World’s Longest Yard Sale ~ need your help, advice


I've wanted to do the World's Longest Yard Sale ever since I first heard about it but the timing always conflicted with something else.  This year I'm crossing it off my bucket list!   This is totally a last minute thing for us (YIKES!!) as we were waiting to find out if … [Read more...]

Whimsical Patchwork Painted Dresser

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Do you ever have one of  THOSE days?  THOSE weeks?  THOSE months?  I do!  Sometimes I just need to walk away from everything and escape the chaos for a little while.  This is one of our favorite places to relax. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Lake Michigan's Beautiful … [Read more...]

Fabulous Furniture Makeovers from our Latest Shizzle Workshop


I blinked and this week was gone!  Between hauling the kids back and forth to Vacation Bible School and Cathy out with a horrible Strep infection, the week just went poof. I’ve had a lot of requests for how some of the finishes were created so without further adieu, … [Read more...]

So I like Color

Two twin beds painted by Shizzle Design in West Michigan American Paint Company's Coral Reef and Orange Grove chalk clay mineral paint 2

I’ll never forget our first trip to The Children’s Museum in Portland, Oregon.  Our oldest daughter was absolutely IN LOVE with the interactive water part of the museum where little kids get to put on raincoats and play with all sorts of cool water contraptions!  I was … [Read more...]

French Country Armoire ~ includes Video on Wet Distressing

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I hope you’re all enjoying a picture perfect night like we are here in West Michigan!  The sun is setting as I write this post and I have to tell you ~ I’m so excited to share the pictures of this piece with all of you! I loved it when I purchased it, then I got it home … [Read more...]

Funky Finishes

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Anyone who follows our blog has probably figured out by now that we’re not the type to slap on a fresh coat of paint and call it good. We drive ourselves bonkers fussing over the smallest details. My sister and I definitely fall into the "Tinker" category and if you knew … [Read more...]

Shizzle Design Locations


Our Shizzle Design Paint Shop is now open in Jenison, Michigan!  We carry a huge inventory of American Paint Company’s all natural chalk, clay and mineral paints and finishes and Vintiquities Finest Quality Brushes. Shizzle Design Studio, 2018 Chicago Dr., Jenison, MI … [Read more...]

Design Gallery Room Competition using Flea Market Picks


We just got back from a fun overnight trip of pickin’ at the Michigan Antiques and Collectible Festival in Midland, Michigan.  It’s a flea market spread over 80 acres with over 1,000 vendors near the thumb area on the east side of the state. We went there to hunt for … [Read more...]

Vintage Dresser in Chesapeake Blue

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" Well ~ Hello there!"   That's how much confidence I think this old gal has now all decked out  in her new threads!  I think the look fits her personality perfectly ~ a little vintage chic yet colorful, classy and full of pizzaz. My sister Cathy is the one who did this … [Read more...]

Paris Flea Market Fundraiser


Three weeks ago, I traveled to the bay area to help out at the Paris Flea Market Fundraising Paint Workshop that was put on for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. Karen Berg, my blogging BFF from Redoux Interiors picked me up at the airport and we were off and … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Makeovers from 5/18 Workshop


It never ceases to amaze me how incredible old pieces of furniture can look after one of our Shizzle Style Furniture Painting Workshops. The morning of the workshop is always a bustle of activity and then there is the calm before the storm… Then, almost … [Read more...]

Everybody’s Gone Surfing…

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Surfing U.S.A.   I couldn’t help but sing when I finally finished this dresser that I’ve been tinkering with on and off for several weeks.  I painted it three times trying to get it just right but each time I wasn’t feeling it.  Am I the only one who does this? The … [Read more...]

Pickin’, Junkin’ and Up-cyclin’ in the Bay Area with Karen from Redoux Interiors


Last week I finally had the privilege of meeting Karen Berg of Redoux Interiors.  Even though we had never met in person prior to this, it felt like we had known each other forever. As soon as my flight landed in California, we were off and running…  Karen is VERY serious … [Read more...]

MSU Workshop Makeover Series Part III ~ Two Cool Chairs


A lot of chairs are refinished during our Shizzle Style Furniture Paint Workshops and our special workshop taught at MSU was no exception.  We had two gals bring in chairs that day and both of them turned out FABULOUS!!! Stephanie brought in a typical kitchen chair to … [Read more...]

Shizzle Style Workshop Makeovers ~ MSU Part 2 Vintage Table


Here’s another really cool vintage table that was painted by one of the gals at our Shizzle Workshop taught at Michigan State University. Leslie brought in a table she had picked up at the MSU Surplus Store. When she found it, the top was in need of some TLC.  I … [Read more...]

MSU Workshop Makeover Series ~ Ornate Half Round Antique Table


Life seems to be a never-ending ride of busy-ness.  I’m so tired, I could tip over and fall asleep at this very moment and it’s only 7:00 p.m.!    How do you all find “down time”?  Is there even such a thing anymore? I’ve been dying to share the awesome furniture … [Read more...]

Shizzle Design Paint Specials & Giveaways

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In celebration of our one year anniversary, Shizzle Design is offering a ONE DAY ONLY paint specials, TODAY ONLY 4.12.13 at Not So Shabby in Holland, Michigan. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stock up on quarts and sample sizes Sale includes all … [Read more...]

End Grain Butcher Block Island by Cento Anni


One of the neatest things about my line of work is meeting other people who share the dream to create something truly unique.  There are so many talented people out there whose minds are bursting with innovative ideas. A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Ed … [Read more...]

American Paint Company Paint Chalk & Clay Paints Have Arrived in Michigan!

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The truck has been spotted en-route to Michigan ~ we’ll have our first shipment VERY soon  WE HAVE IT!! Here’s a sneak peak of their beautiful colors.  I love the rich tones of this chalk and clay based paint and the coverage is the best! For many more details, stop by … [Read more...]

Shizzle Videos ~ Easy Waxing & Buffing


Here's a couple videos I'd like to share with all of you.  The first one shows you how easy it is to apply an all natural Clear Wax. This second one shows you the Wax Buffing Brush Attachment that we use to achieve a fabulous finish in … [Read more...]