Chalk Paint Workshops

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BFF (Best Friends Forever) Workshop

We have found that there is a connection in learning & socialization with friends wanting to do a workshop together. This workshop brings this concept together in learning the different skills that we teach. In this workshop, we will lead you through the proper application of various paints and associated products in a number of  different styles. We will demonstrate various distressing techniques and the pros and cons of each. We will then show you how to finish using various types of finishes including a clear wax and an antiquing wax.

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Paintology 101

My wife Bobbie and I have been painting furniture for years and sold it in our store in Port Stanley. We followed the traditional ‘sand, prime, paint and varnish method’. Awhile back we changed to using the Cottage Paint and vGFP Collection products(as well as products from Modern Masters and other manufacturers) and have honed our skills in these techniques. Today we have a new location in the city of London where we display our work and also with a larger work shop at our Ernest Avenue Location (1770  Ernest Ave., London, ON). We are Certified Paintologists and the Trainers of the Trainers for Eastern North America through study at Studio van Gogh in Vancouver, B.C. Kathy Van Gogh 

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Hands On Level II

This hands on workshop is for those who have already completed the introductory course and want to take it to the next level. We designed this course for those who would like to refinish a piece of furniture they already own, but are not quite sure of how to go about refinishing it or even get started.

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Cotton and Burlap Throw Pillows

Customize for your pillows with the design of your choice. Choose from a number of stencils and learn how to paint fabric with the various paints available at Stan Portleys. If you want to add any embellishments (like the buttons etc) please bring them. We will have a few available too!

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Wooden Crates and Trays

Another fun and interesting workshop. Decorate through painting, decopage and stencilling these popular items. 

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Rustic Wood Signs Workshop

This is a fun workshop where you can learn an use some basic chalk paint skills to make a couple of the rustic signs which are popular today. Students get to choose from a selection of ideas. 

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Pallet Wood and Barn Board Workshop

Although it is  a prerequisite for you to take the Paintololgy 101 workshop or BBF workshop before taking this workshop, if you have prior proven experience we can wave this.  This workshop will teach you different ways to create the popular pallet wood and barn board effect that is so popular. You will learn various painting and  glazing techniques to get differnet colour effects

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Glazing / Furniture Makeup Master Class Workshop (Barn Board Technique)

Although it is  a prerequisite for you to take the Paintololgy 101 workshop or BFF workshop before taking this workshop, if you have prior proven experience we can wave this. This workshop will teach you four new ways to accent your furniture. You will learn embossing, texturing and  glazing (various types)!

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Furniture Makeup II Master Class Workshop

Although it is  a prerequisite for you to take the Paintololgy 101 workshop or BFF workshop before taking this workshop, if you have prior proven experience we can wave this. This workshop will teach you how to work with crackle, ancient crackle (stone plaster),  crystal embellishments stencils and gilding!

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Metal Finishes Master Class Workshop

Although it is a prerequisite for you to take the Paintololgy 101 workshop or BFF workshop before taking this workshop, if you have prior proven experience we can wave this.This workshop will teach you the many aspects of working with the Cottage Paint Urban paints, metallic waxes, Modern Masters and van Gogh Liquid Metals and various textures and plasters. You will also be introduced to our “Tye Dye” technique which is something that here at Stan Portley’s we are at the forefront.

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Tuxedo – 51 Shades of Gray Finish

This is one of the most stunning finishes we have created. Using our Cottage Paint texturing plaster, van Gogh fossil paint, our own Liquid Metals and our satin and dead flat . we will recreated this finish and show you how to adapt this finish to create other ones such as our Corinthian Bronze Finish.

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Reinventing The Chair

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This will be the best and most fun you could have. Students will bring one chair and one yard of fabric. With wine & hors d’oeurves, we will reinvent the chair!

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Cabinet Renaissance

Ever see a designer kitchen and say, “WOW, I want a kitchen like that!” Now redo your kitchen or bathroom into a room friends will be envious with the Cabinet Renaissance Workshop. At a fraction of the cost. Students bring photos and a cupboard door and a drawer front from their kitchen or bathroom for a personal consultation.

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Large Wall Clock Workshop

Large wall clocks are very popular but finding the one that is just right for you is very difficult. Here I this workshop we help you paint and embellish your own 

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Acrylic Venetian Plaster Workshop

Venetian plaster is a very popular wall finish but usually requires a high skill set and the cost is usually high. In this class we use an acrylic version which is very easy to use by the average D.I.Y.’r 

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