Recently, I had the chance to stop in and check out Board & Brush— a DIY wood sign workshop that opened its doors this past year just north of Pittsburgh.
I had a truly awesome experience. Here's what you need to know:
How it works
B&B workshops are about three hours long and during that time, a team of instructors guide you through a step-by-step process. From sanding to staining to assembling to painting, the project is totally in your hands.
Before I continue, I should preface this post by saying that Board & Brush is for everyone. It doesn't require you to be a master woodworker or the next Picasso. It's very manageable for all ages and skill levels. The B&B team is super friendly and more than happy to help out if you run into any problems.
During the booking process and prior to arriving at the studio, you're required to choose your project online. Selecting your project in advance gives the team time to create your stencil.
There are hundreds of project designs to choose from. There's something to fit every taste and need.
Note: Even though the designs listed online only show one stain and one paint color, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can customize your board with a variety of different stains and paint colors. You also have the choice to decide just how "rustic" you want your board to look.
Here's a quick look at the workshop phases:
1. Distress (Create the rustic/worn appearance)
2. Sand (Eliminate loose pieces)
3. Stain (To your color liking)
5. Place stencil/paint/peel (Your custom design)
6. Sand and wax (Finishing touches)
7. Attach hardware (For hanging)
8. VOILA! (Admire it)
Even though my three hours in the studio flew by fast, I found it to be very therapeutic. It was a really awesome afternoon and I left feeling accomplished and relaxed.
what to know
-Board & Brush is located in Gibsonia, so from the city you're looking at a 30-ish minute drive.
-The studio is BYOB. Feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks.
-The booking process is simple and "Pick Your Project" classes cost around $65.
GET AFTER IT
Head to the B&B calendar to book your class online. And while you're at it, give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram. They organize regular giveaways. You just might get the chance to check it out for free.