Friday, November 2, 2012

A Visit with Shizzle...Shelly, that is!

I'm always amazed at Shelly's work and always thought
she gets such great results because she's really gifted (which she is!),
but I didn't realize what a difference the choice of paint can
make on a project.  I'll be honest, I've been a bit skeptical about
whether clay and mineral paint was really worth the expense.

I'm a total cheapo by nature, so I don't usually even pay full
price for off-the-shelf paint.  I look for "oops" cans for $5 whenever
I can find them.  Then, Shelly sent me some of CeCe Caldwell's paint to try,
and I'm an official paint snob now.
It really is a dream to work with and is the most
forgiving paint...even for novices like myself.

While my mom was visiting, she even created a few signs.
I gave her some basic instruction, then left her on her own
to paint, using stencils.  She accidentally spaced the letters wrong
and thought she'd ruined it.  It was so nice to show her just
how easy it is to take a damp cloth and wipe off the "error",
add more paint, then carry on.  Her sign turned out wonderful!
(Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a photo.)

I was so impressed with the results, that I invited Shelly
to come share with you today her latest project.
She knows I have an obsession for clocks, so
I'm thrilled she's sharing this fabulous little Clock Face Table.
Take it away, Shelly!
Hi, I'm Shelly Andrade from Shizzle Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I'm SO excited to be sharing my latest Clock Table Transformation with you today while guest posting for Angie at Knick of Time!
Just over a year ago, my sister Cathy and I started refinishing furniture.  It only seemed natural for us to tackle something like this after growing up in a house with a dad who spent every night in the workshop.  We lost him years ago now but are still proud to be following in his footsteps.  
Click Here to see our Portfolio of Painted Furniture
So What is Shizzle Design?
Basically, Cathy & I scour the area hunting for older, quality built pieces of furniture then use our own styles of painting to transform them into one-of-a-kind pieces of art, unique enough to steal the focus of any room.   Well... that's the goal anyway :).  This piece was one of my favorites!  I even learned how to use a router and cut a new top for this one.  Check out the post on the renovation of this vintage buffet here.  
Shizzle Design is also proud to be an authorized retailer for CeCe Caldwell's Paints
"You haven’t?  Well, it’s sweeping our nation like wildfire!" 
 "Oh yeah, how come?"  
"CeCe Caldwell’s Paints are all natural; we’re talking 100%  green with NO VOC’s and NO toxins!" 
"Really?  That's incredible!!"
"This paint is awesome!  It’s chalk and clay based mineral paint which has such superior adhesion that you can eliminate stripping, sanding and priming on almost any surface."
"Seriously!  Everyone is using it from beginner DIYers to the pros!  It’s so easy to use – it’s Paint Made Easy.  You want to know something else really cool?  It’s owned and operated right here in the USA!
Wow, now that’s something to chirp about!
OK... back to the clock table...
When I got the invite from Angie to do a guest post, I just happened to be working on the perfect piece for a clock face.  I had wanted to do it several times before but always chickened out for fear I'd mess it up.  This time, I took that leap of faith and dove right in.
I thought I shot a before photo, but it seems to have vanished among the thousands of other original photos I have stored on my computer.  Basically, it was stained a dark reddish-brown.  My first coat was a thin layer of CeCe Caldwell's Virginia Chestnut.  I applied that to the legs and to the perimeter of the top.  Sorry these pictures are so dark and gray but it was a super dreary rainy day the day I painted this.
By the time I had finished that, the first part had already dried so I went back over that with Pittsburgh Gray which I watered down quite a bit to create more of a wash.
I messed around with it a bit and realized I wanted it to be a bit darker so I went went over it one more time with another thin, sloppy, watered down coat of Vermont Slate.   Yes, much better!
I never just paint… I mean, I can’t seem to leave anything well enough alone.  There’s always some mixin’ and finessing that goes on once I get started.  I poured a dollop of three different colors onto the top of a... McDonalds lid?  Hahaha ~  I just realized what it was :D.

Ok, so I’m a dork.  I have a whole pile of things I recycle for painting.  I guess whatever works, right?
I think the three colors I used were CeCe Caldwell's Cottonwood Sienna, Young Kansas Wheat and Vintage White for the three colors on the top.  I was going for an old worn look for the clock face so I just started slathering it all on, mixing and blending as I went along.
When I ended up with the look I wanted, I hauled it down to the basement and traced a clock face on it using a projector.  I sealed the entire table with CeCe Caldwell's Clear Wax then came back with three different waxes to antique it.
I used CeCe Caldwell's Light and Dark Aging Wax as well as a slate colored wax I made up by mixing in a little Vermont Slate with the Clear Wax.  Did you know you can tint CeCe Caldwell's Clear Wax any color you'd like simply by mixing in a little of our paint?  You can!!  It truly is Paint Made Easy!
We dropped it off to our Shizzle Design booth at Not So Shabby Antiques & Fine Furniture, in Holland, Michigan but we barely had the price tag on when a client contacted me who wanted to buy it, so... back into the truck it went.  Well, she looked cute there for a minute:)
 Thanx Tonya!  Enjoy!!!
So... that's about it on my clock table... Want to learn more about CeCe Caldwell's Paints?
You can see all of CeCe Caldwell's beautiful colors and get lots of ideas and inspiration by seeing pieces of furniture I've painted with them here.
Why is everyone going crazy over CeCe's Clear Wax?
find out here
I have lots of other tutorials and posts regarding CeCe Caldwell's Paints in the Blog Archive on the sidebar of my blog here.
Want to take a Shizzle Style Workshop?  
Our Next 5 hour Paint Your Own Piece of Furniture Workshop will be held at my home in Byron Center, Michigan on Saturday, November 17th from noon - 5:00 p.m.  
Find out all the details of this FUN Workshop and register here
Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Shizzle Design & CeCe Caldwell's Paints.  I hope you'll stop by my blog, Facebook Page, Pinterest boards...  
Keep up with all our newly painted creations:
  • Order CeCe Caldwell's Paints from our Online Shizzle Shop here
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  • Check out our pieces of painted furniture for sale in Holland, MI here 
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Thanx for having me Angie!!  I really appreciate the opportunity to share a little with you and your readers.  I thought you'd get a kick out of the table :)
Have a GREAT weekend!!
A hui hou, Shelly


  1. How cute that table is! I love the 3 color mix that gave it that aged white, tea stained look.

  2. Thanx Angie, You ROCK!!! It's really the chalk and clay mix that makes our paint stand out from the rest, it's amazing what a difference it's made in my painting career. I'm already looking to hire more help just to keep up with the demand!! Have a GREAT weekend!! Shelly

  3. Yay Shelly!! You finally painted a clock face table & it is awesome!!! I knew you could do it. My clock face pieces are always real good sellers. Congrats, Dee from My Painted Stuff.

    1. I know right! I had to put on my big girl panties, but I did it:D Thanx for the inspiration!!

  4. A little birdy told me Shelly once spilled paint and painted with it right from the ground. Not that I would also know anything about doing that......

    Shelly, your dad would be proud, I know Brawn is every time one of our daughters asks to join him in his workshop.


    1. Who ME? BAhahahahaha ~ yes, our driveway is speckled in CeCe Colors and the large Traverse City Cherry spot is STILL as vibrant and hard as it was the day I did it. I had NO idea, I wouldn't be able to wash it off that quickly. I just used the spill as my paint pallet while I busted out the table, then when I went to wash my pallet away (like 30 minutes later, I couldn't). We'll see if being buried under four feet of snow this winter will pop some of it back out.

  5. This is awesome. I know how hard it is to get numbers spaced right on a clock table and this is so pretty. I've been wanting to try CeCe Caldwell and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks!

  6. I love this little table! I can see why it sold so quickly! I haven't tried CC Caldwells but I've been wanting to. Now I'm even more motivated to try it.

  7. This is awesome. I know how hard it is to get numbers spaced right on a clock table and this is so pretty.

    Clock Table & Glass Memo Board


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