Years ago I had an idea to open an art center in Maryland, which would include furniture painting classes. I even had the name all picked out.
It would have been called “Thou ART Creative.”
(Get it….? Thou ART…??). Pretty slick, huh?
The art center would offer a creative outlet for people that have a passion to be creative but lacked time, babysitters, and lacked confidence.
The center would offer everything from furniture painting, knitting, to pottery, to power tools and home improvement…….everything creative under the sun! Sounds awesome, right??
I’d hire teachers to run the classes I wasn’t good enough to teach (e.g. pottery) while teaching some of them myself (definitely furniture painting and power tools class!).
And I imagined a daycare on-site where Moms (and Dads, too–I ain’t gonna discriminate!) could drop off their kids in a secure Kids Zone and then walk down the hall to a creative class for a few hours.
When they’d come back for their kids, they’d feel creatively refreshed, happy, satisfied, and the kids will have had a great time, too (sort of like how IKEA allows parents to drop their kids off and shop while the kids have a blast). Same concept, only the parents would be gettin’ their “creativity on.” 🙂
This weekend I think I just got one step closer to making that dream a reality!!
Furniture Painting Classes in Maryland, DC, and Virginia
For the past year or so, I’ve been offering furniture painting classes at the Sandy Spring Museum here in Maryland. It’s this quaint little museum in a homey little town just minutes from me.
I have wanted to do more classes, but finding a sitter to shuffle the kids on the weekends while Mommy hosts a furniture painting class for 5-7 hours has always been a struggle!
Hubby works on the weekends, so I was always restricted to doing classes on sporadic weekends when I could get my mother-in-law to watch the kids.
But being a mom means always feeling guilty, too, about leaving the kids for so long, plus cutting into Nana Ba’s weekend.
But something amazing happened this weekend:
I took my kids with me.
And I expected the worse from them.
I expected running through the halls of the museum, arguments over who would get which electronic device, and endless whines of “When are we leaving?!”
But surprisingly, the kids did amazing!!
Sandy Spring museum is soooo kid-friendly and feels like a home away from home. They told my kids they could hang out anywhere they wanted to, including their library. I gasped when I saw it because it was so pretty, and that ceiling!!
Imagine kids having story time there….or their iPads set up playing Minecraft… or maybe having a Lego Build-Fest or something cool for a few hours!
My boys were so quiet and respectful that I almost forgot they were there down the hall.
The staff at Sandy Spring Museum encouraged me to bring them back and had a great idea of offering furniture painting classes for stay-at-home moms during the day, and even couples’ “date night” classes where parents could come and get creative together and bring their kids, too!
They offered to set up a movie in the bright, sun-filled hallway, with popcorn and a staff member to interact with the kids while their parents sip wine and get creative for an afternoon or evening!
My dream of being able to offer opportunities for parents to express themselves creatively while still feeling good about their kids being taken care of is getting closer!
People deserve the opportunity to be creative.
Kids shouldn’t get in the way of that.
Why can’t classes be a family event??
Stay-at-home moms deserve a place where they could come and learn how to paint furniture while knowing their little one is down the hall being monitored while they play with toys.
People who are retired deserve to find a creative hobby while their grandkids get to have some play time.
We’re getting closet to being able to make that happen!
A Sneak Peak From Furniture Painting Class This Weekend
Here are some of the “before” chairs that I had picked up from the thrift store for painting class this past weekend! They were super affordable for only about $7.00 each!
The chairs turned out so cute!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to snap pics of everyone’s projects because the kids high-jacked my phone. 🙂 But you get the idea–they turned out great!
Stencils won the day! 🙂
Hopefully after this class the women walked away knowing more about chalk paint and will feel inspired to continue doing projects on their own at home, or will join me for my next class! (Click here to find out my class schedule).
A big thanks to the six women who came and spent the day with my kids and I! 🙂
We had a lot of fun!
And a huge thanks to Sandy Spring Museum for welcoming mompreneurs and future class students who will be bringing their kids!
Join Us For Furniture Painting Class!
If you’d like to join us for the next furniture painting class for the Maryland, Washington DC, or Virginia area, I’d love to have you! Register here or sign up to get on the mailing list to get updates on new classes! 🙂
And if you have kids……bring them along!!! We are definitely kid-friendly! WOO HOO!
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