"I walk around and instead of "I can do that", I ask myself "How did she do that?"
I get asked every single day “Do I need (or, more so “have”) to take a workshop?” and the simple, straight forward answer is “No, of course not” I’ll still graciously sell you a quart of paint, give you a few pointers, cheer you on, remind you to have fun and ask for pictures of your finished project.
So, why take a workshop? The honest answer: because most people that come into my shop, want their pieces to look and feel like mine. They want to know the tricks of the trade, the short cuts for prep without sacrificing quality, the most durable,
best topcoats and the right maintenance for longevity after the piece is done. They want to know the best products to use, the steps to take to get the look they want and how to fix any mistakes. They want to skip years of lessons learned with trials and errors.
I’ve been painting furniture for over 20 –yes, twenty-years and let me tell you. I’ve done many things over; I’ve discovered shortcuts, broke a few rules, but also learned which ones to follow. I’ve laughed, cried, smiled, screamed, boosted and bled over pieces. I’ve spent a lot of time away from my family, and months researching online, reading the backs of cans, and having my nose in books. The time Ive also spent stripping and sanding the epic failures, having indepth conversations with other artisans about what they know and how they do it is countless. I’ve spent a huge deal of money buying every single primer/brush/roller/varnish/paint on the market, to find the very best one. The hunt for the elusive “lint free cloth” itself, took years. I’ve “zero prepped” to only be up all night watching the paint peel to the floor. I’ve followed the directions on the bottle to find out “well that didn’t work at all” and spent hours more finding how to do it right. Ive traveled to summits and retreats, taken classes and attended conferences to learn from industry leaders. I’ve spent a lot of time and a lot of money figuring out the science of refinishing furniture, and I learned thru the process, that refinishing isn’t an exact science.
Yes, of course you can create your own pieces the exact way you want without a workshop. For some, the journey is part of the fun… But for others, they want a fast pass, or the guidance on how to get started. I bring ALL of my experience and skill to each and every class to save you from doing it yourself. My knowledge is my product when it comes to workshops, with the end goal being; you going home, and having the confidence to paint your own piece, knowing how to create the look and feel you want, with the supplies you know are the best. You will know the rules you can break and the ones you need to follow. You know the steps that willl work, because they're the same ones I take to get the high quality finish Im known for.
So, feel free to join me at ReVived Vintage, for one of our up and coming workshops. All of our classes are hands on, so limited seating is available. Register early to avoid disapointment. Bring a friend or two and prepare to leave tired, but inspired with the confidence of years worth of knowledge to finish your own pieces of reVived vintage..