8 Awesome Home DIY Classes in The City
Home projects. Some are best left to the professionals on HGTV, but others are perfect for a rainy WEst Coast afternoon. If you’re looking to acquire some guidance and skills before you start an artistic venture, you should consider any of these DIY classes to fine tune your skills. Here are our picks for the best classes in SF.

Trash to treasure: transforming furniture

Thrift store shopping is a must if you live in SF, but sometimes those prize finds need a little love before you can put them in your home. To transform one person’s trash into your very own treasure, take part in this 3-hour intensive where you can bring out the potential of your dingy furniture. Thanks to the help of an accomplished instructor, you’ll have your very own “new” and improved piece of furniture to take home with you.

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Eco-conscious? Learn to make your own soap

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Organic. Sustainable. Green. You’ve heard it all and you try to be eco-conscious where you can. But something many of us overlook are all of the drug store products we put on our bodies. To add to your organic diet and vegan leather jacket collection, consider taking this soap making class. Focusing on natural ingredients (like vegetable oil and lye) and using botanicals for scent, you’ll end up with soaps that are as good for you as they are the earth. It’s the perfect combination of home DIY and environmentally conscious creativity.

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Wax on, wax off with this candlemaking class

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Candles set the mood in any home, and if you want your home to feel (and smell) unique, you’ll know you can sink a lot of cash into trendy candles. With this class you’ll learn all the candle basics. Better yet, you’ll customize molds, wicks and scents to create the perfect candle just for you. Switch up the color, choose a unique design and craft a candle collection that will match your home. We hope your homemade candle is WICKed awesome!

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Machine sewing is sew fun!

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Is fast-paced crafting your thing? You’ll have your hands full with this machine sewing class from Better Living Through Sewing! Master this useful art as the instructor walks you through sewing basics and gets your up to speed with all of the settings that will help you craft the perfect project. With an emphasis on sewing theory and knowledge that will save you countless of midnight hours, this class will have you appreciating the results—such mended clothes or a unique piece of clothing—sooner.

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Take your gardening to new heights

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Gardening is a hobby of many native SFers, but you often run up against the issue of space. Community gardens are one answer to this age-old problem; another is vertical gardening. This class shows you the ropes to hanging your own vertical succulent garden to add a bit of green space to your familiar four walls. With the help of a seasoned gardener, you’ll arrange your materials into a unique and beautiful creations. Plus, what you take away from this class will have your garden flourishing into the fall season.

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Get your small furniture fix

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Don’t have the patience to spend weeks on your next project? Then you’ll love this one-day restorative class where you can fix up a small piece of furniture in a professional studio. Be it an old side table or shabby chic dresser, you’ll get to work sanding, painting and reupholstering so your piece of furniture is as good as new. Hosted in a professional restorative studio and boutique, you’ll find this environmentally-friendly experience incredibly rewarding and leave with an unrecognizable and fully transformed piece.

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Ceramic rescue: tiles and mosaic

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Remember when you had little mosaic art projects in kindergarten? Go back to a simpler time (and a time when naps were mandatory) to take part in a tiles and mosaic class. Taking inspiration from everything from flower pots to ornate plazas of Spain, you’ll work with a variety of material to create a transformative piece of art that feels like childhood, but looks a whole lot better.

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Restore beautiful hardwood furniture

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Do you find yourself admiring good craftsmanship? Are you a savvy shopper who can find quality pieces for less? With this course, you’ll learn how to use specific paints, glazes and topcoats to replicate gorgeous, expensive furniture that will make your home pop. You’ll recreate five different Restoration Hardware furniture finishes—Reclaimed Oak, Zinc, Antiqued Black, Antique White (Taupe or Graphite) and Antiqued Coffee—so that your next DIY home project will look artisan-made.

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