Today's side deal teaches you how to top your already gorgeous home with a figurative cherry and thousands of literal ones. For $25, you get an introductory-level demonstration finishing class from The Academy of Artisan Finishes, a $50 value. A reservation is required, and classes are subject to availability. Email ahead to reserve your spot.
For three hours on a Friday or Saturday morning, master dotter of visual is and crosser of aesthetic ts Judith Spychalski will instruct you and four to nine other students in the ways of Venetian-style lime plastering; she will also teach how to apply crackle finishes and the potential uses of glazing and paint. The 10-people-per-class limit ensures personalized tips and attention for each aspiring decorator. Ideal for hardened do-it-yourselfers, this class can help you start on the path to crafting your home to your individual taste, glamorizing walls, ceilings, woodwork, cabinets, and the dog. For examples of the type of garnishes you'll be taught in these lavish lessons, check out the academy's project gallery.