Congratulations to our 12 Winners!! You 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 Treasures ~ Tips on Making Your Own Home Decor Accessories

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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...]

Win FREE Paint, Wax & Brushes during our 12 Days of Shizzle Sweepstakes!

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ENTER  Our 12 Days of Shizzle Sweepstakes for a chance to WIN one of 12 Shizzle Style Paint & Brush Sets … [Read more...]

Become a Retailer for Vintiquities Finest Quality Paint & Wax Brushes

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We're now accepting retailers across theU.S. for Vintiquities Finest Brushes!   For the opportunity to retail these high quality paint and wax brushes in the following states, contact us at Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas California, Colorado, … [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...]

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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...]

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 to express my true feelings.  This post was written because I feel our customers deserve an explanation as to why we suddenly … [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...]