Posts Tagged ‘karen guard’

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make me pretty – now it’s your turn

April 30, 2015

I am so excited about my new painting workshops offered at Governor’s Antiques. These workshops will be two hours each, on Wednesday evenings. Each workshop will focus on one or two paint techniques for furniture. The first workshop will focus on chalk paint – how to make your own, how to paint furniture with it, distressing and antiquing, perfecting the chippy layered look and the best ways to use wax.

We will also be offering workshops focusing on milk paint, stenciling, metallic finishes, dry brushing, distressing and antiquing, glazing, and decoupageIf you haven’t visited Governor’s Antiques you are missing out. Part salvage yard, part antiques shop, it’s like a giant candy store of cool old stuff! So stop by sometime and check it out or follow them on Instagram or Pinterest for lots of fun decorating ideas. And of course I would love to see you at one of the painting workshops!

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the wonderful world of chalk and milk paint

August 7, 2014

If you get into painting furniture you will eventually try chalk paint and you will most likely fall in love. Chalk paint has so many benefits (no sanding, no priming) but probably the best part is in the act of painting. Chalk paint goes on so smooth and covers so well. I could go on and on, and I will in my next class at the Visual Art Center.

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Join me Saturday and Sunday, August 16 – August 17 (Sat: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sun: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) and bring a piece of furniture. We will go over everything you need to know about re-doing furniture, from where to find it, to what to look for in a piece, types of paint, an upholstery tutorial and finishing steps. We will also paint and finish each piece that you bring in.

Visit Vis Arts to sign up.

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now you make things pretty!

January 27, 2014

Want to learn how to paint furniture like a pro? Want to try out chalk paint without making the $45 dollar investment for a quart of paint? Want to hang out with other fun creative people for a weekend while learning how to turn old furniture into beautiful new treasures? Then you should take my class!

I am teaching a weekend workshop of paint techniques for furniture at the Visual Arts Center on February 15th and 16th. The class is covers everything you need to know to start fixing up furniture on your own, from where to buy furniture, to what to look for in a piece, how to make repairs, and everything about how to paint and finish the piece.

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We talk about different paint options including chalk paint, milk paint and regular old latex. And we cover distressing, antiquing, how to get that layered chippy paint look, metallic paint, stencils, and decoupage. There is a lesson on basic upholstery and we go over the final finishing steps – providing a protective coat for your paint finish.

Each student will get to work on and complete 7-8 wooden test tiles and we will completely refinish one chair as a class.

I just checked and there are only two seats open so sign up quick. I teach the class four times a year so if you miss this one you can always sign up in the spring or summer!

Here is the chair that my last class put together. It is really fun to have everyone  vote on the fabric and paint. You never know what is going to happen but the chairs always turn out cool!

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paint techniques and finishes for furniture

July 3, 2012

I taught my first class at the Visual Arts Center this weekend and it was so much fun! I was a little nervous before we got started (ok, I had major butterflies). But once I met my students, and heard about all their crafty adventures, I knew we would have a good time!

The weekend workshop was about different paint techniques for furniture. We practiced on test tiles, covering seven different techniques. We also re-did a chair together.

I wasn’t sure how a chair re-do by consensus would turn out but I have to say I am impressed! And painting goes so much faster with four people!

Here are some of the paint finishes we practiced:

And here is our chair before:

And after we worked our magic:

I’m teaching this same workshop in the fall and an intensive at the end of August where everyone will bring their own piece of furniture and we will re-do them together. If you think you might like to sign up you should visit the Visual Arts Center’s website. They have tons of really great classes and it is such a fun space. I was a student there before I became a teacher!

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want to come over and see my furniture?

April 20, 2011

I’m throwing a party on May 14th. A kind of open house art party so people can come see my work in person. I am hoping to get a couple more local stores to carry my stuff and just get the word out that cool vintage furniture is being made pretty over here.

If you live near by I would like to invite you to come over. It should be a fun time. Walk around and look at my furniture and home decor while drinking wine and food made my husband, RVAFoodie. Also on display will be the paintings of Doug Thompson.

Get all the details and rsvp here. i hope to see you there!