Date and Time TBD by Rusty Gate and Group | The Rusty Gate


Have a crew of 4 ready to go? Snag your spot in the challenge. Individuals will be billed after teams are assembled.
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Time & Location

Date and Time TBD by Rusty Gate and Group
The Rusty Gate, 448 S Pine St, Burlington, WI 53105, USA

About the event


Want to get in on the Furniture Makeover Challenge, learn to paint furniture like a pro, raise money for your favorite charity, and have a BLAST doing it?  

Up to 4 teams of four will each learn basics AND advanced furniture painting with hands on instruction from Susie Myres, owner of The Rusty Gate Shop & Studio, at the Rusty Gate studio. each team will bring in a piece of furniture to make over and in two class sessions, work together to take that piece from DRAB to FAB. Then, the completed piece will be offered up for SALE at the shop in a silent auction, with the proceeds going directly to the charity of the team's choice. The team with the highest donation will be featured on the Rusty Gate Facebook page, and a story submitted to the local newspapers for coverage of their work and charitable donation.   

The 2 class sessions can be chosen by the team from available days during July and August.  The silent auction will begin for each piece as soon as it is completed and end at the end of August. Each team will work together to complete their piece and learn how to completely makeover a piece of furniture. Furniture pieces can include a dresser, desk, or accent piece that fits within size guidelins specified by the instructor that can be refinished during the alloted class time by the team. Up to 4 additional workshop hours (cumulative) may be purchased by each team.  

Each team member pays $99 to attend both beginning and advanced class sessions (that's 2 hands on classes for LESS than the price of one!). Supplies will include up to 1 qt of paint, brushes and supplies. additional embellishments can be purchased by the team with the instructor's help. It is the responsibility of the team to attend the classes - no refunds will be given for team members unable to attend a class.  

THE CHALLENGE IS ON AS SOON AS WE HAVE AT LEAST 2 TEAMS of 4 .  We will open up the challenge to teams of 4 first, and afterward to individuals who need a team to join, subect to availability of spots. First come, first served. 

Reserve your team of 4 and as soon as at least two teams are secured, invoices will be sent to participants to purchase their spot. 


No experience necessary! Beginners and advanced users welcomed. Learn to use chalk paint, waxes, crackle finish stamping and decoupage to achieve different looks. 

Types of pieces that would work well for this class

- Smaller fancy wood desk and chair

- Vintage wood dressers (size/weight limit applies)

- Small cabinet or secretary

All items must be approved by the class instructor prior to bringing to class. 

This class will cover the following topics:

* The basic tools and supplies you will need

* Preparing your piece and planning your finished look

* Basic prep work and minor repair

* Hands-On painting and fundamentals

* Incorporating fancy techniques

* Fancy finishes

* Finishing touches - sealing options for lasting durability

Minimum age for this class is 12 years of age. 

Some Important Things To Know:

What can I bring into the class?

You may bring your favorite beverage and snacks. No hard liquor please. We will be serving light appetizers and refreshments 

Do I need to bring any tools or supplies?

All tools and supplies for this class will be provided for the students

Should I wear special clothing for painting?

That's up to you. Full bib aprons will be provided, however there WILL be creativity and PAINT is involved. 

Can I get in touch with you if I have questions?

Call Susie at the shop (262) 457-4180 or send us a message through Facebook  Further contact info will be made available on your ticket. 

Can I cancel? What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds for purchased tickets. We get it, life happens and you may have scheduling conflicts with a class - we will try to accommodate all team's to determine a date/time that works for all. However, we will be fully preparing for all students so there are no refunds, but if you need to cancel, your registration can be transferred to another student for the TeAM class only. 

Still reading? C'MON! let's do this together! it will be fun! 

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