Workshops are held at:
The Ironstone Nest
is located at 240 East Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.
Level 1 Classes: Milk Paint in a Nutshell | Chalk Paint® – The Basics | Milk Paint 101 | All About Wax
Level 2 Classes: Milk Paint Advanced Techniques | Chalk Paint® – Beyond The Basics | Bring Your Own Piece | Distress To Impress
Other Workshops: Fun Workshops & Wine Night | Vintage Sheet Music Wreath | Private Paint Party | Private Lesson | Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets
Coming soon: Furniture Fixing Basics | Basic Tools & Know-how | Basic Upholstery
Milk Paint in a Nutshell
This workshop is a very quick overview of Milk Paint and includes a thorough education of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint & companion products (bonding agent, hemp oil, furniture wax, antiquing wax, white wax). We skim the surface of Milk Paint by showing you how to properly mix the paint, use the paint as a stain & combine colors to make new colors.
For a more in depth education on Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and the different techniques you can achieve with the paint, please sign up for one of our Milk Paint 101, Level 1 classes:
This class will run approximately 1 ½ hours. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 people per class.
Chalk Paint® – The Basics – Level 1
In this incredible class you will learn from a trained Chalk Paint® Stockist about how to use Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. No previous painting experience is necessary. You will learn basic techniques, such as smooth, rustic, two-color distressed and textured on sample boards you will paint and take home. You will also learn the proper way to apply both clear and dark wax, to achieve beautiful, high end, durable finishes for your furniture.
The techniques you learn in this workshop compliment every style – from vintage to modern, farmhouse to French country and much more. Come away inspired, with samples and the confidence to complete your own projects at home with great results!
This class will run approximately 3 hours. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 people per class.
Cost: $95.00* per person and includes all supplies, instruction, a light snack and a painting apron for you to use. Payment in full reserves your spot in class.
Milk Paint 101 – Level 1
In this class you will learn all about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and companion products (hemp oil, furniture wax, antiquing wax, white wax & bonding agent), including mixing, preparing, layering, and how to achieve the trademark “chippy-ness” that milk paint is best known for. Utilizing what you’ve learned in class, you will then paint, distress and wax a small sign that you can take home and show off to your family and friends. You are guaranteed to leave this class with a new found confidence to tackle your next project!
This class will run approximately 3 hours. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 people per class.
All About Wax
Intimidated by wax? Not really sure when to use it or what you should use it on? Want to perfect your waxing skills and maybe try some different colors of wax? Well then, this is the class for you!
You will be using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Furniture Wax (clear), Antiquing Wax (Dark), Annie Sloan Soft Waxes (clear and dark), as well as Gilding Pastes. You will leave with 4 – 5 sample boards of your incredible work and confidence to wax like a pro!
This class runs approximately 3 hours. Minimum of 2 people and maximum of 8 people per class.
Milk Paint Advanced Techniques & Stool – Level 2
**Please note: Milk Paint 101 Workshop or significant experience using Milk Paint is recommended prior to taking this class.
You’ve mastered Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and are ready to take it to the next level!! You’ve asked for a fun project and we think we’ve found just the project for you!
In this class we will learn a few ADVANCED painting techniques: resist, decoupage, primitive build up and/or stenciling. We will execute these techniques on 3 sample boards and then we will paint and decorate a fun and practical raw, wooden STEP STOOL for you to take home!
This class will run approximately 4 – 5 hours. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 people per class.
Chalk Paint® – Beyond the Basics
**Please note: You must have attended a Chalk Paint® 101 class before attending this Level 2 class**
In this full hands-on class, we’ll take what you learned in the Chalk Paint® 101 workshop to the next level!! We will use Cracqueleur, Decoupage and Gold Size products and we’ll also practice stenciling, gilding and metal leaf! This is a fun-filled, creative class with techniques you can easily use on your future projects. No artistic background required. This class is for any and everyone, beginners or creative folks, looking for an artistic outlet!
This class will run approximately 4 – 5 hours. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 people per class.
Bring Your Own Piece
On these exclusive “TINpass™ Paint Pass Days“, you are allowed to bring in a piece of furniture (needs to fit within a 6 x 9 area) and use all of our paints, brushes, and even stencils if you like. One of our experienced painters will be on hand to answer questions. You are responsible for transportation and movement of all pieces. Floor roller dollies will be available.
We offer 2 days per month (minimum) as scheduled Paint Pass Days (Bring Your Own Piece). Sign up for those dates ahead of time (because space is limited) using your exclusive TINpass code, or pay the Drop In Day Rate, to reserve your spot on the dates you want to paint! It’s that easy!
You’ll love painting in our studio. We’ll even have a drop cloth already laid out and ready for you! Come & join us. It’s always better painting together!
Distress To Impress
Learn how to distress your furniture like a pro! Four different methods are taught with single layer and double layer looks: regular sanding, wax puck resist method, wet sanding & hemp oil resist. I’ll also give an overview of sandpaper, the different grits and when to use which grit (my gosh what do all those numbers mean?)
Both Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint & Chalk Paint® products are used in this class. You will leave with 4 – 5 sample boards of your incredible work and confidence to recreate that beautifully, well worn look so many of us love!
This class runs approximately 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Minimum of 2 people and maximum of 8 people per class.
Fun Workshops & Wine Night
Would you like a workshop with your friends making a unique work of art for your home? How about a complimentary glass of wine & a cupcake to go with it?
In these classes we will use reclaimed wood, vintage items, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint OR Chalk Paint® to create a unique piece of art for your home! You will go home with your own crafted art or decor ready to display and fun memories to go along with it!
These class will run approximately 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 people per class. A complimentary glass of wine and cupcake are included!
Vintage Sheet Music Wreath
You’ll learn how to create your own and bring it home just in time for your holiday decorations!!
This FUN workshop runs approximately 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Minimum of 2 people and maximum of 8 people per class.
Private Paint Party
A PRIVATE PAINT PARTY is perfect for girls’ night out, birthday parties, family fun night or hosting a special event. Private paint parties can be a quick mini project of your choice or a full day furniture finishing class. It’s completely up to you!
Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and to create a one-of-a-kind group experience tailored perfectly for you & your friends!
Private Painting Lesson
*Prerequisite – Milk Paint 101
Includes all instruction, techniques, supplies, paints, and all of my tips and tricks that are covered in all of the other workshops. However, in this setting, you receive the benefit of all of my attention while I help you transform your piece(s) of furniture! I provide all of the paint, supplies, and instructions. We can also discuss additional techniques such as Rub-N-Buff, metallic pigments, glaze, stencils and decoupage techniques.
DURATION: Private lessons last 4 hours and are available from 8 am – 12 pm on Saturdays only.
This is an excellent option if you are seeking assistance with a particular project that might be too large for a workshop setting, or if you are desiring more of a one-on-one experience, or if you’d like to start your own business. Dimensions and photo of the piece(s) must be emailed to me prior to the lesson, along with your vision to ensure it fits into the parameters of this class.
Most private lessons will be featured on my blog, so you can share with your friends and family your fantastic work of art!
To schedule a private lesson & for pricing, please contact me at email@example.com
Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets
Laura Distin will teach you the basics step-by-step in this hands-on informative class. You will leave with the knowledge and skills to transform your own kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Laura will guide you through the process, one step at a time so you will be able to confidently complete your own projects from start to finish.
You will learn how to prepare your cabinets & how to properly paint using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. We will then learn how to glaze the cabinets for an old world look and we will seal our doors with Clear Wax by Annie Sloan in one section and High Performance Top Coat by General Finishes on the other.
What to bring? A cabinet door from home.
What to wear? Painting clothes.
All other supplies are provided.
This class will run approximately 4 hours. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 people per class.
Cost: $105.00* per person and includes ALL supplies, instruction, a light snack & a painting apron for you to use during class. Payment in full reserves your spot in class.
*$25.00 will be retained by The Ironstone Nest if your spot in class is not canceled within 24 hours of your scheduled class or if you are a no-show. All classes are subject to change with low class attendance or scheduling conflicts. Participants will be notified via email.
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