About your Instructor

Hi, I’m Brenda, a decorative furniture finisher and owner of Abbeylane Home and Cottage Paint Studio since 2005.
I’m a Certified Adult Educator, University of Victoria, I develop and teach courses and workshops. My first 18 years were in the paint and decorative finishes industry corporate world.
I have been restoring, refinishing, painting and decorating furniture for over 30 years. Honestly… I think I have used and abused every faux finish on the market.
I love Cottage Paint, I have used all of them and this Chalk / clay paint made in Canada is the best.

Workshops in the Studio at Abbeylane


Abbeylane Studio
1595 Comox Road Courtenay

Basics Workshop
Bring Your Own Piece

You will Learn:
Paint strokes for a clean polished look
Paint strokes for a rustic country look
Wet Distressing
Dry Distressing

Unleash your Creativity
… and take your Beautiful Piece Home

Since you will probably get hooked on painting, paint and wax are not included as you will want to paint another, and another..
4 – ish hours
Call or drop in to book your space.
250 -334 -4567


Paint a Piece $75.00 3 hrs

Keep Calm & BYOB

Night class
Looking for an evening out? An escape from home? Craving some creative therapy? Make it an evening spent in company with others, maybe even a few of your friends…?
paint, distress and wax your piece.
If you are interested in painting your own piece, but don’t know where to start, this workshop is for you.
Join us for an evening of fun, bring a tired piece of furniture, anything special you would like to drink. (Responsibly of course) and take home your new piece and the knowledge, skill and creativity to paint and decorate the next piece, and the next piece, and the next…….


– Make sure your item meets the size requirements
– Arrive with a clean and dry piece.
– If your piece has chips or chunks, and you DON’T want to see those flaws, then repair your piece before you arrive.
– Remove all hardware, and fill hardware holes if you do not plan on reusing that same hardware. We don’t have time to take hardware off or clean.
We recommend that you pick the color you want before the workshop day. Our goal is to get everyone started as soon as possible upon arrival. If you don’t know what color try to arrive 1/2 hour before class for color selection.



One on One or bring a friend/daughter

Instruction 4 – 5  hours $75.00


Painting Kitchen/Bathroom Cabinet Workshop $75.

Ready to paint your cabinets? – laundry, bath, kitchen or bar.
You may also want to see your hardware in a different light. We can change the look of those dated knobs and handles saving you money.
Bring 2 or 3 cabinet doors
You will paint your doors (one side), refine/ reveal/distress them, and seal them.
Go home with the confidence and excitement to paint the rest.
And you may want to ….Glaze them as well, see below.


Glazing Cabinets $25.00

You have painted and maybe distressed your cabinet doors and now you want to give them a lovely, professional glazed finish. If you would feel more confident having some guidance as you begin, then this class is for you.
Bring 2 NEWLY PAINTED cabinet doors to glaze.
This class can be combined with the Painting your cabinet doors class.
One on One classes available for Cabinets and glazing.
Call for more info. 250 334-4567