I follow the local Board & Brush Facebook page and a few months ago, entered a contest to win a workshop, low and behold, I won! It took me awhile to figure out a date that would work best for me and I wanted a few girlfriends to come along. I had an opening in my calendar that lined up with one of the workshop dates that week, I quickly reached out to 3 girlfriends who booked their spot too – we got the last four seats available.
We met a little early at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in the San Tan Village area for a couple of drinks and appetizers before heading over.
When registering, you do need to pick your project, so be prepared to do so. Upon arrival, your station is set up with the basics to craft your creation. Located in Downtown Gilbert, Board & Brush is a BYOB establishment after 4:00 p.m. – we brought in some bubbly along with some red wine.
After a quick overview of how we would be spending the next 3 hours, we got started. The tables have a lot of the supplies we needed as well as other items around the workshop.
Our first step was to distress the wood, which we did with hammers and meat mallets. From there, we sanded and stained. There were a number of different stain choices – it was cool to see how everyone’s project was becoming their own.
Depending on your project, there may be some assembly required, the expert staff is there to assist if needed. Once we were at this point, we were each given a stencil that was specific to the chosen project and the information we provided at registration. We aligned our stencils to our boards and then chose the paint color(s). I chose to make a tray and kept it simple with a white paint.
After the painting step, we were faced with what I felt was the most challenging part – removing the stencil. With some focused work and a little bit of patience, the stencils came off and we could see how close we were to the final product. A few touch ups here and there and we were done.
This was such a great Girls Night Out and I’d love to grab a couple of more of my girlfriends to go again!