Waukesha County Business Roundup
By a different stroke

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

March 27, 2015

Maureen Anders, left, and Julie Selby, teach how to distress wood and make home décor boards at their new Hartland business, Board & Brush Creative Studio.
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HARTLAND - In the three short weeks that Board & Brush Creative Studio has been open, owners Julie Selby and Maureen Anders have learned that many women have never sanded wood or operated power tools.

The studio at 110 W. Capitol Drive in Hartland has transformed what has become a fairly common business of offering painting classes with the option of drinking wine into creating distressed wood signs and enjoying wine or beer.

Amy and Kylie Corriago with the home décor boards they created.
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Selby said the targeted clientele include women and couples looking for a night out. The participants are supplied with a piece of wood and tools to make a home décor sign and given instructions on how to sand the wood, make it appear distressed and stain it.

After Selby and Anders became friends, they learned they both liked to repurpose and reuse materials as creative people. They decided to share what they learned with the public.

“We consider ourselves a night out, a form of entertainment,” Selby said. “They enjoy having a class of wine or a drink with their friends.”