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Join us as we host a series of four 90-minute workshops at Downtown Charlie’s on Main Street in Clawson! Classes will run every Wednesday from 7-8:30pm, beginning September 27th and ending October 18th.


Each class includes:

  • Informational session with Q&A

  • glass of wine (additional available for purchase)

  • light refreshments

  • $10 coupon to Dee Dee’s and Downtown Charlie's (limit one per series)


Class 1: Wed, September 27th

What Makes a Good DIY Piece? Understanding Antique & Vintage Furniture

This class will cover antique, vintage, and modern furniture construction and indicators of quality craftsmanship; offer tips on identifying worthwhile pieces to paint and/or refinish; and identify some common pitfalls for novice refinishers to avoid. Wondering whether a piece is worth saving from the curb? This class is for you!


Class 2: Wed, October 4th

Where Do I Start? Ensuring a Successful Project with Proper Prep


This class will cover prep, prep, prep! Aspiring furniture refinishers should be wary of ANY paint product that promises no need for prep, as your finished product is only as good as the preparation of its surface. We’ll address routine repairs, how to properly clean, basics of scuff sanding, and how to select the right brush and tools for the job.


Class 3: Wed, October 11th

Which Paint Do I Choose? Learning About Types & Application of Furniture Paint


This class will explore the benefits and unique uses of the three types of furniture paint that Dee Dee’s carries (Fusion Mineral Paint, Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint, and Wise Owl One Hour Enamel Paint). We will cover how to select the right color for your project; when to leave natural wood and when to paint; and how to apply product to achieve a desirably smooth finish.


Class 4: Wed, October 18th

How Do I Finish? Sealing and Maintaining Your Piece for Durability

This class will examine the various finishing products available (wax, salve, poly, hemp oil, etc.).  We will go over how to touch up mistakes, the basics of distressing, how to clean and reattach hardware, adding finishing touches like lining drawers, staging and decorating your piece, and how to maintain the finish for durability and lasting beauty.


Capacity: 24 per class

Location:  Downtown Charlie's
236 South Main Street, Clawson



  • Four-class package: $40/class x 4 = $160 ($40 savings)

  • Two-class package (choose any two): $45/class x 2 = $90 ($10 savings)

  • One-class package (choose any one): $50

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