Whew, it’s been a whirlwind of busyness here for the past few months. Lots of DIY, home improvement projects going on in the background that I can’t wait to share, lots of pretty weather and outdoor yard work, and I’m now teaching furniture painting classes. My next one is this Thursday. I didn’t get to share my DIY class with you guys last month, so I’m sharing now. Can I tell you how much fun we had? I’m also pointing out how taking classes like my furniture painting class, builds skills and builds on the skills you already have.
Because no matter where you are in your DIY journey, there’s always room for learning.
Last month I taught my first class. I teamed up with our local Recreation Department and taught at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center.
Our workroom has the most spectacular views. That’s water out there guys!
When you’re talking DIY, there’s always something new to learn.
I learn new skills all the time. I read, attend classes, and work with lots of manufacturers and paint companies. I love that improving my painting and DIY skills is part of my job:) I also love that I get to share my knowledge.
How do you build your skill set if you don’t have the opportunity to be around the latest products and painting techniques?
Find a class.
Attending a furniture painting class builds skills.
A furniture painting class or workshop keeps you up to date on new products and techniques.
The paint industry has changed dramatically over the last few years. Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan used to be the main choice for furniture painters. That has changed, there are many varieties of chalk based paints and price points that are good quality to choose from. Finish styles have become more sophisticated with choices like matte and high gloss entering the picture. There are more sealing options than ever before as well.
I love using a good wax to seal my projects, but also use several different poly sealers too. I make a product choice based on how the furniture will be used, and how I want my furniture makeover to look. Guess what? I also mix and match brands and products because I have my favorites for different purposes.
When you’re in a class setting you learn from the instructor and from other classmates who all have different painting experiences.
In my class we talk about the products available, try painting techniques and chat about the best ways to use them.
Instead of making a pile of sample boards to take home, we make a home decor project using the techniques and products we covered. I supply several paint brands including Annie Sloan and Amy Howard At Home Paint, different types of waxes and products to try aging and antiquing methods.
It’s really something to see how unique each persons’ project turns out.
They are all beautiful!
Most importantly everyone has fun.
I had as much fun as the gals who took my class.
Attending a workshop is a great way to refresh your skills and learn new ones, try out new products and make new friends who love DIY as much as you do:)
Painting skills are great for so much more than just furniture painting too!
You’ll find a short list of a few of my favorite projects using furniture paint for different DIY projects below.
- Almost everything in my budget bedroom makeover was done with paint, right down to making my own DIY curtain rod.
- No reason to purchase expensive decorator table chargers when I made these from a thrift store find for pennies.
- Painted vintage book covers add a pop of color to a vignette any time of the year.
I’d love to see you in my workshop this Thursday evening if you are local to Madeira Beach, St Petersburg or in one of the nearby beach communities or are planning a trip to our area this summer:) Click here for more information.
If I’ve motivated you to learn more and freshen your painting skills and you aren’t local, try checking with your local community centers, or favorite paint stores to find classes in your area.