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Quality Workshops in Gaithersburg, MD

Catfish Studios Signature Workshops

Chalk Paint 101 - Basics and Then Some

This three-hour beginner workshop gives you hands-on instruction in several of Annie Sloan’s signature techniques, including

  • Color mixing
  • Two-colored distressed finish
  • Smooth, modern finish
  • Textured, rustic finish
  • Color wash technique
  • Dry-brushing technique
  • Application of clear and colored waxes
  • Correcting mistakes
  • Application of gilding waxes

 

You will leave class with an Annie Sloan color card, all of your sample boards, instructions to replicate the techniques at home, and the confidence and inspiration to do something amazing with your first project. 

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $125 for one student; $210 for two students, so bring a buddy and save!

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Chalk Paint 102 - The Next Step

This three-hour workshop gives you hands-on instruction in several advanced techniques, including

  • Wet wax rustic farmhouse finish
  • Multi-colored washes
  • Application and blending of multi-colored waxes
  • Layered, super-chippy textured finish

There’s more! You will try out several other exciting products, including the application of

  • Pearl Plaster
  • Wood Icing Sculptural Effects
  • Efex Mouldings
  • Gold Foil

You will leave class with all of your sample boards, instructions to replicate the techniques at home, and the confidence and inspiration to take your imagination over the top!

Maximum of 10 students per workshop. Prerequisite, Basics Workshop

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $125 for one student; $210 for two students, so bring a buddy and save!

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Painting Cabinets Like a Pro

Kitchen cabinets that are simply painted in a beautiful color are in big demand these days. Changing a kitchen to suit one’s style can be time consuming and incredibly expensive. There is a less disruptive, more affordable way to bring a fresh new look to your kitchen—by refreshing it with Chalk Paint!

In this three-hour workshop you’ll learn all the essentials for creating a successful cabinet finish—prep, paint, wax, cure—all while embracing the beauty of subtle random brush marks that are the hallmark of a high-end handcrafted finish. You’ll leave with a sample cabinet door, instructions to replicate the techniques at home, and the confidence and inspiration to do some amazing transformations!

Can’t make the workshop? Celeste offers this as a private workshop, too, scheduled to accommodate your calendar.

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $99 for one student; $185 for two students, so bring a buddy and save!

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Fabric Painting & Design

Why spends hundreds to reupholster that chair if you can achieve an incredible look, that feels and wears beautifully, for pennies on the dollar? This three-hour workshop teaches you Annie Sloan’s signature techniques, including:

  • Application of paint and wax onto fabric to successfully achieve a velvety smooth finish
  • Using stencils on fabrics
  • How to block print on fabric
  • How to create a unique shibori design on fabric yardage
  • Free-hand painting and masking on fabric

You will leave class with an Annie Sloan color card, all of your sample fabrics with instructions to replicate the techniques at home, and the confidence and inspiration to do some amazing transformations!

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $99 for one student; $185 for two students, so bring a buddy and save!

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Bring Your Own Piece

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You paint your furniture; we’ll clean up the mess! Bring in one small piece (something you can carry unassisted—think occasional table, side chair, night stand, not armoire!) and we will provide the paint, wax, tools and the guidance you need to create a one-of-a-kind piece.  This three-hour studio workshop doesn’t include formal instruction, but we will be there to help you achieve the look you want.

Class fee includes use of paint, brushes, wax, etc. and project guidance and instruction.

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Can’t make the workshop? Celeste offers this as a private workshop, too, scheduled to accommodate your calendar.

Maximum of 6 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $99 for one student; $185 for two students, so bring a buddy and save!

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Specialty Workshops

Custom Notice Board

In this three-hour workshop, you’ll learn an exciting technique that only looks complicated, and apply it to a vintage frame.  Then you can choose a beautiful coordinating Annie Sloan fabric, or bring your own, and we’ll turn that frame into a useful and decorative notice board that you can hang in your kitchen, office, mudroom–anywhere!  We have several samples of completed notice boards in the shop, and lots of ideas to inspire you.

 

Maximum of 8 students per workshop.

 

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $35 per student.
 
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Weathered Chalkboard Sign

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Chalk Paint® and chalkboard paint are not at all the same thing, but they play beautifully together! Add a unique chalkboard to your décor, designed and made by you! This three-hour workshop will guide you through creating a beautiful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® finish on a vintage 8” x 10” frame. While the paint dries, you’ll learn lettering techniques and write a phrase or expression of your choice on your chalkboard insert. The finished product will add whimsy or wisdom to your home. 

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $35 per student

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Stenciling on Fabric

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Learn how versatile this technique is and leave the workshop with a beautiful 18” pillow cover, stenciled with your choice of design and color.

This two-hour workshop will introduce you to the stylish look you can achieve stenciling Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® directly onto fabric. With hundreds of stencils to choose from and all of Annie’s paints, you’ll have no difficulty finding something that suits your sensibilities.

 

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

 

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

 

Fee is $35 per student

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Revamp Your Lamp

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Do you have an old lamp base with beautiful bones, but in need of an update? This workshop is the answer! Create a stunning and unique lamp for your home, using Annie Sloan fabrics for the shade and Chalk Paint® for the base. Don’t have a lamp base? We’ll have an assortment of vintage lamp bases to choose from for an additional fee.

This three-hour workshop teaches you how to apply Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® onto a lamp base to achieve your desired look. While the paint dries, we’ll cover a drum lamp shade using a selection of your choice from Annie Sloan’s stunning fabric line.

Maximum of 6 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $45 per student

Vintage lamp bases are available from $5 to $15.

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Decoupage

Use this age-old technique to decorate a wooden tray, creating a unique and functional piece. Make yours boho, traditional, French country, eclectic, the choices are as broad as your imagination! In this three-hour workshop, you’ll finish the wooden tray base using Chalk Paint® and some of Annie Sloan’s signature finishes. Have fun choosing from our assortment of papers and ephemera and learning Annie Sloan’s techniques for applying them to your tray.

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $25 per student

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Floorcloth

Stencil, stamp, and freehand paint a canvas floor cloth using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and your imagination! We’ll start with a high-quality 2’ x 3’ canvas floor cloth, primed and ready to begin painting. In this three-hour workshop, you’ll learn techniques for stenciling, stamping using a wide variety of found objects, and freehand painting, techniques made famous by Annie. You’ll go home with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece to adorn your home.

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Maximum of 5 students per workshop.

 

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

 

Fee is $55 per student

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Introduction to Wood Icing

You’ll receive hands-on instruction on how to create textured finishes which can be used on any of your projects: décor, furniture, cabinetry, mixed media art. Once you see how easy and versatile this product is, you’ll find yourself applying it to everything!

This three-hour workshop includes:

  • Application of Fissure Size to create a cracked, vintage look.
  • Trowel or spatula application of Textura Paste
  • Using stamps, combs, stencils, and other assorted tools to create design and texture
  • Application of stain, glaze, or paint

You will leave class with all of your sample boards, instructions to replicate the techniques at home, and the confidence and inspiration to take your imagination over the top!

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $35 per student

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Dying Fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

Is there anything this paint can’t do? Use Annie’s stunning color selection to dye fabric to suit any décor. In this three-hour workshop, you will learn several techniques, including:

  • Mixing colors
  • Dying fabric and setting it to make it permanent
  • Creating an ombre effect
  • Shibori dying techniques

You’ll leave class with all of your sample fabrics, instructions to replicate the techniques at home, and the confidence and inspiration to take your imagination over the top!

Maximum of 6 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $45 per student

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Basic Furniture Repair

 We love the patina of vintage pieces, but sometimes they come with their own set of problems. Do you have a slightly wobbly piece of furniture that you would love to paint, if only it were a bit more sturdy? This two-and a half-hour class can help! Demonstrations and hands-on practice to understand the basics of using glues, dowels, and wood putty. Bring a photo of your own furniture challenge so we can help!

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

 

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

 

Fee is $25 per student

 

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Tabletop Workshop

workshop-tabletopsLooking for a simple, elegant, or weathered look for your tabletop?  Want to learn how to create a durable and resilient waxed finish for a hard-wearing surface?  This two-and-one-half-hour workshop will teach you how to create three tabletop finishes:  a simple two-color distressed painted finish; an elegant polished look, with a gilded edge; and the wildly popular rustic, weathered wood look.  You’ll learn how easy it is to use Annie Sloan wax to complete your tabletop with a strong, durable, resilient finish that will stand up to wear and tear. 

You will leave class with all of your sample boards, instructions to replicate the techniques at home, and the confidence and inspiration to do something amazing with your first project.

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Fee is $45 per student

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Private Party Workshop

We love a good party! Do you have a group of creative friends who would love to gather in an informal, relaxed setting to learn decorative painting techniques while having fun together? Any of the listed workshops can be adapted for a private party, or we can tailor a two- or three-hour workshop just for you. This is perfect for an intimate bridal or baby shower or a special birthday celebration. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Maximum of 10 students per workshop.

10% discount on all DIY supplies available on day of workshop.

Please talk directly to Celeste, the shop owner, for pricing information.

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Call us today at (240) 800-4270 for more details about our workshops.