DO NOT TAKE THE CLASSES! Big rip-off and huge disappointment.
I never write reviews and this is the first time — However, I feel so strongly about what a waste of time and money the class was that I need to speak up here.
I absolutely do NOT recommend the classes offered by Stylish Patina. The amount of money you would spend on the class (around $115) would be much better spent on buying some of the products used during the class, such as Annie’s Sloan’s chalk paint.
The Advanced Techniques Chalk Paint class:
Yikes– nasty old wood boards for us to work with, nasty old, caked paint brushes. Only one board and paint brush per person and we were using several different materials from chalk paint, pearl of plaster, to gold leaf. We didn’t even have a cup of water to rinse our brushes in. Arg! To add a tinge of awkwardness for the students, we all had to share the materials, including the stencils. I would think for the price paid, we would have had at least our own, clean and ready-to-go materials to work with.
Teacher: The instructor was not very knowledgeable about the materials, so we spent most of the time on our own making bigger messes. We would have been better off buying the materials and experimenting with them at home w/ some guidance from You Tube.
Timing: The class was supposed to be two full hours, but ended abruptly after an hour and a half.
Location: The class confirmation did not come w/ the address of the class location, which is different than the shop. The Web site was “temporarily unavailable” the day of the class, so it was hard to figure out where to go. I had to go to the shop first, and the very rude sales clerk vaguely described where to go for the class. Once there, there was NO sign on the door indicating we were in the right place. (However, I do take some blame here for not researching the location well in advance of the class.)
All in all, a waste of time and money. Don’t do it!!! Your money would be much better spent on several pints of the paint and wax.