Our Workshops

Contact us with your name and which workshop we can walk you through, we look forward to hearing from you and sharing some of our knowledge to help you make something beautiful!

Paintology 101

We have been painting furniture for years and sold it in our popular store in Port Stanley before moving to London, Ontario. Success was found in following the traditional ‘sand, prime, paint and varnish method,’ but have honed our techniques in Cottage Paint and other premium manufacturers as well. We are Certified Paintologists and have trained through study at the Van Gogh institute in British Columbia.

The essentials of Paintology, instruction from experts, and the boundless inspiration for new projects.

Total cost of workshop is $120 + HST

Hands On Level II

This hands-on workshop is for those who have already completed the introductory course. We designed this for those who would like to refinish a piece of furniture they already own, and have a bit of experience in technique but are looking for a bit of help in what to do next. We will provide design ideas, inspiration, and support while you work on your item in our studio.

This class is 4 hours and allows for assistance, insight, and inspiration from experts excited to help make your pieces beautiful. Workshop materials will be included in the price up to a 6 oz jar of paint and the wax or other finish used to finish the project, and a surprise project or two will help drying time go by in a flash.

Total cost of workshop is $25.00 per hour + HST

Best Friends Forever

This workshop brings people together in learning a beginners panel of the different skills that we teach. In this workshop, we will lead you through the proper application of various paints and associated products in a number of different styles, and explain how to best use them. We will then show you how to use waxes to best finish projects, and the two of you will have learned the process start to finish! You will learn the use of glazes and finishes with the various paints and learn other methods of application. You then get to take home the following:
A number of different boards and projects showcasing the use of various tools of paint application including brush techniques you will learn.

 There will be a maximum of 2 groups of 2 per workshop, giving quality time for instruction for each attendee. This workshop is typically 2 days and your first day with be 4-5 hours in length. All Workshop materials are included. Notes on all our Stan Portley Paintology techniques that are specific to Stan Portleys- Timeless and Unique.

Come and learn a fun and productive new hobby with a special person in your life! 

Total cost of Workshop is $225.00 + HST

Pallet Wood and Barn Board

This workshop will teach you different ways to create the popular pallet wood and barn board effect that is so popular. You will also learn various painting and glazing techniques to get unique colour effects

Your day will start at 9 am or 5:30 pm and be 3 – 4 hours in length.

Total Cost of workshop is $65.00

51 Shades of Grey Finish

This is one of the most stunning finishes we have created and a product we are very proud of. Using our Cottage Paint texturing plaster, van Gogh fossil paint, our own Liquid Metals and our satin and dead flat, we will recreate this finish and show you how to adapt it to create others. An example of the results include such lustrous shades as our Corinthian Bronze Finish.

Your day will start at 9 am or 5:30 pm  and be 3- 4 hours in length. 

Total Cost of the workshop is $65.00

Reinventing the Chair

Coming Soon!

As classy as refinishing can be, students will bring one chair and one yard of fabric and we will “reinvent” the chair over wine & hors d’oeurves!

Workshop will be three hours in length. Held off-sire at a licensed location, more details will come soon!.

Total Cost of the workshop is $150.00

Cabinet Renaissance

Redo your kitchen or bathroom into one that friends can’t help but be envious of with the Cabinet Renaissance Workshop. Students bring photos and a cupboard door and a drawer front from their kitchen or bathroom for a personal consultation. After being introduced to select techniques, students will have the chance to hone their skills on our sample cabinets. You will leave our workshop confident and capable of revitalizing your own kitchen!

Your day will start at 10 am and be 4 hours in length.

Total Cost of workshop is $125.00 + HST

Venetian Plaster Finish

Venetian plaster is a very popular wall finish but usually requires more skill and investment than most decor styles. In this class, we use an acrylic version which is much easier to use for a Do-it-yourself-er! Using boards of styrene, the students will hone their skills and will leave with the confidence to execute this finish like a professional.

Your workshop will start at 10 am or evening at 6 pm and be 3-4 hours in length.

Total Cost of workshop is $90.00 + HST

Glazing and Furniture Makeup

This workshop will teach you four new ways to accent your furniture, including embossing, texturing and various styles of glazing!

Your day will start at 9 am or 5:30 pm and be 3 – 4 hours in length.

Total Cost of workshop is $65.00

Furniture Makeup Level II

This workshop will teach you how to work with the more difficult but elegant materials of crackle, ancient crackle (stone plaster), crystal embellishments, stencils, and gilding!

Your day will start at 9 am or 5:30 pm  and be 3- 4 hours in length. 

Total Cost of the workshop is $75.00

Metal Finishes

This workshop will teach you the many aspects of working with the Cottage Paint Urban paints, metallic waxes, Modern Masters and van Gogh Liquid Metals and various textures and plasters. We are also excited to share with you the Stan Portley’s ‘tye-dye’ technique, something we specialize in and can help to add unique flair to any piece.

Your day will start at 9 am or 5:30 pm  and be 3- 4 hours in length.

Total Cost of the workshop is $90.00

Cotton and Burlap Throw Pillows

Customize your pillow with a charming design chosen from one of our preselected stencils. Learn how to paint fabric with the various premium paints available at Stan Portleys. We will also show you how to add decorative embellishments- if you have any, such as buttons, bring them and we will help apply them, as well as any of the selections we have for you to pick from!

The instructors will provide design ideas, inspiration, a pillow case (with pillow form) and support while you work on your item in our studio. Workshop materials will be included, but extras can also be purchased.

Total cost of workshop is $45.00 + HST

Wooden Crates and Trays

Learn the intricacies of Decorating these popular items through painting, decoupage, and stencilling.

The Instructors will provide design ideas, inspiration, a wooden crate or tray and support while you work on your item in our studio. 

Total cost of workshop is $55.00 + HST

Rustic Wood Signs

This workshop gives visitors a particularly artistic outlet where you can learn and use some basic chalk paint skills to make your own rustic wooden sign, popular for decoration of indoor and outdoor locations. A variety of options are available for visitors to choose from.

The Instructors will provide design ideas, inspiration, and support while you work on your item in our studio. We will pre-sand and prepare the boards for painting your design. We will also help you apply any of the finishes shown in the introductory workshop. 

Total cost of workshop is $55.00 + HST

Large Wall Clock

Large wall clocks are very popular but finding the one that is just right for you can be difficult. We are here to help students determine their best fit and how to decorate it to best be part of your own decor.

Your workshop will start at 10 am or 6 pm and will be 3 hours in length. Bring your enthusiasm, colour swatches and pictures: you will have the “time” of your life.

Total Cost of workshop is $95.00 + HST