This news is SO BIG we just have to scream it in all capital letters (with a bunch of exclamation points at the end!!!)

Ready? Here goes…






Our complete schedule of classes for the month of March and full descriptions of each class are posted in the new Paint Classes section of our website.

We developed courses for people of all skill levels.

So if you have been thinking about painting that old table in your basement, but don’t know where to start—or if you have several awesome painted pieces under your belt, but want to learn a few new techniques to make your work even more awesome—we are here to help you!

Class size is limited so we can give individualized attention to all students so please sign up today! Advanced payment is required to guarantee your spot. We offer several convenient ways to register and pay, including:

  • Stop by the shop (open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm)
  • Call Cathy at 703-779-2991
  • Register for a class online here.
Would you like to see the new artist studio/ classroom? Here it is!


studio1washroom entrance

Check out the new floor!

This was the last downstairs room still sporting the dingy old carpet that was dingy and old when we bought the place 16 years ago.

Dave ripped up and hauled away the very last section of that nasty carpet the other day.

It makes such a difference to finally have nice flooring throughout the entire downstairs.

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crate storageThese were the crates from the old cash/wrap area at Sawdust Specialties.

We repurposed them as a storage unit for studio supplies.

We love being organized!

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think big

Here’s the biggest idea we had for this project—and also our biggest challenge. Our new washroom!


Dave constructed this room himself, knocking down a wall, building a new wall, installing cabinets, a window, lighting and the sink as well as the new countertop, backsplash and floor. If that sounds like a lot of work, it was.

Betcha didn’t know Dave was a contractor, plumber, electrician, carpenter, floor guy, tile guy, painter and window installer—all at the same time!

There is still some trim work and finishing touches to get to, but the washroom is up and running!

Dave did a wonderful job designing and renovating this space. Washing brushes right here in the washroom is going to be so much nicer than dripping paint all the way through the shop to get to the bathroom sink.

Speaking of brushes… Look up at these!


This was also Dave’s idea—and also a lot of work—but don’t these paintbrushes look cute dangling from the ceiling? Each one is dipped in a different color.

We want to be surrounded by inspiration from the floor all the way up to the ceiling when we work in this room—and we want you to be inspired too!

Now that this space is functional, we are ready to have a lot of fun!

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