pimp my ikea, part duex.

we got through a second round of pimp my ikea with our friend the lack table. i am pretty impressed with our grouping of tables. we had a chessboard, an art table and i made a delicate little bird table to balance out my heavy metal table from friday.

take a peek.

more coming to the calendar soon!


No Comments February 1st, 2010 12:02 PM

pimp my ikea round one.

i love the idea of re-purposing. i do it all day long. old jeans into koozies. old signs in headboards. lightbulbs into weird art. science jars into terrariums. my favorite to re-create is ikea. we all buy it. we all see about 60% of craigslist furniture is from our sweedish peeps. its readily available, easy to get and won’t cost much (kinda like an atlantic city callgirl…oops. did i say that?) it comes in a ridiculous amount of colors as well. our first challenge. take a lack table. ikea’s $7.99- coffee table classic that i have seen for atleast a decade, and rework it with collaging and glue.

we got modge podge all over ourselves and our credit cards…dont ask. we glue gunned. we even used thumbtacks as studs. we used dragon art, comic books, vintage papers and magazines galore.for our first run at this, i was beyond impressed. and my nice buddies who joined me better invite me to their gamecom 2010 night for D&D (dungeons & dragons) activities on the dragonslayer table they made!

i wanted to go for a heavy metal theme for mine. literally, it’s about 25 pound now. so i glued about 6 sawblades to it. i took and old organizer box, also from ikea and tore off the metal corners with some pliers, glued them to the corners of my table top for more of a metal theme.

for the legs, i then used a hammer and a nail to score a MILLION little holes, where i next inserted thumbtacks to look like studs. i am almost done but my wrists gave out and i was too excited not to show it.tomorrow i will report on the finished project. as well, the fine people at chronicle books game some wicked book of motley crue photography, which of course will live on my table forever. excuse my sad camera phone photo. i tried to soften it so the crappy quality became mystery & intrigue. sexy time lighting. maybe i will makeout with table. on second thought, that would be very VERY dangerous.

take pimp my ikea. we will add many more, all new themes, more fun ideas & affordable products that we even haul over to ikea and get for you! next ideas up: curtains. lampshades. office organizers. showercurtains, bathmats & slippers.



No Comments January 30th, 2010 09:29 PM

DIY Blue Plate Mac and Cheese.

I had a dream I was in heaven and all the clouds were made of Blue Plate Mac & Cheese. Then I woke up and realized I had a box of Kraft mac & cheese in my pantry and $8 in my wallet. Not enough dough to quench my thirst for this perfect mac & cheese. Until I found this video online thanks to the fine folks at How To Heroes.

This is the best mac & cheese I’ve ever had. That’s a bold title. In my 20 year battle with myself to come up with the best recipe, this wins. It beat my Gramma’s recipe. My Mom’s. My many varieties of this comfort food classic. (My Mom & Gramma agree now that they’ve had it.) I grew up making mac and cheese where I put cut up cheese into cubes (cheddar, Gruyere and a little goat) into the cooked noodles with a ton of spices & milk, letting it slow cook to a yummy melted consistency. Once I watched this video online, I switched over to making a bechamel. This was a bit intimidating to me at first and it took me a few batches to get it down, but now I make this a few times a month.

I present to you the mac recipe that gets the Oscar for Best Performance in my belly:) Try it yourself! You will thank me.

Blue Plate Mac & Cheese:

Serves 4 – Downsized from the Restaurant Quantity Demonstrated on the Video

  • 1 lb box dry macaroni elbows
  • 38 oz.heavy cream  (1qt + .5 cup)
  • 9 1/2 cups whole milk  (2qts + 1.5 cup)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 7 oz all purpose flour
  • 4 oz  butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 oz grated parmesan
  • 6 oz grated Drunken Spanish Goat cheese -Murcia al Vino. (I switch this to 3 oz of regular goat cheese & 3 oz of gruyere if I am on a budget)
  • 6 oz sharp cheddar (grated)
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs ( I use panko seasoned with a little chili powder in my recipe)
*Other Cheeses Recommended
  • mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss, or a combo


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Boil macaroni elbows in salted water.  When al dente, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking
  3. Heat milk and heavy cream in a large pot over low heat
  4. Make your roux:  Add butter to a medium sized pot.  When butter is melted, slowly start incorporating flour.  Mix until smooth and begins to smell  a little like toasted nuts
  5. Slowly start adding the warm milk and cream mix to the roux.  Make sure you whisk the mix or use a stick blender to make a smooth béchamel sauce
  6. When smooth, turn off the heat and start seasoning the béchamel by adding the mustard, nutmeg, tobacco and Worcestershire sauce
  7. When seasoned to your liking, add grated cheddar and goat cheeses to melt with residual heat.  (Save the grated parmesan for later use.)
  8. Add seasoned cheese mixture to cooked macaroni
  9. Put in a baking dish and top with bread crumbs and grated parmesan.  Bake at 375 F for about 15 minutes

Watch video here

No Comments January 26th, 2010 01:38 PM

Defining DIY.

The do-it-yourself movement has been something that has long been intriguing to me. Back in the day when making my own layouts for zines, I realized that something I was doing was an oxymoronic "original" idea. Though I wasn’t the first, I knew no one could make a zine quite like I did. Yet there were hundreds, if not thousands, more out there, each one interesting and unique.
To define DIY is to put it in a cage, which I don’t think is a smart idea. It is a movement of makers inspired by the thrill of not only pursuing knowledge, but putting it into action. It is a class of people defined by not only what they have made, but what they continue to pursue. It is a continuation of rejecting the norm and creating a truly individualized lifestyle.
Whether its putting out your own record on an independent label or making alterations to your high school prom dress, DIY is all about taking matters into your own hands. By rejecting commercialism, DIY not only creates a cost-effect approach but also allows for the creation of truly unique items that are a direct result of a maker’s hands. By getting off the computer and turning off the TV, DIY forces us to come back to basics by letting us do the work.
As a girl with two right hands and two left feet, the DIY generation that has been inspired by both Martha Stewart and Bikini Kill is one that I’ve longed to be a part of. I hope that through this blog and my endeavors at Workshop that I will not only be able to bring you great things to read, but also build a few things in the process.
Welcome to the woodwork. Lets make something.

– Monica.

No Comments January 25th, 2010 03:16 PM

Why is there a little forest in my lightbulb?

Speaking of light bulbs, during our terrarium class this weekend, I was inspired to start using some of the giant light bulbs we have laying around. I found this great post at You can bet the terrarium class next week will include a few lightbulbs. Want to learn more…try this at home or sign up for our terrarium class. We add more all the time!

Repost from the fine folks at instructables. com:

Light bulbs can be recycled in many forms and uses, although is not a new idea, check this site about reusing light bulb for chemical glassware testers , pretty cool, and here another one using the same idea for a hanging vase and for salt and peeper containers (in french), it can be an excellent gift for Valentines (if you are in to that) or for any other day of the year. Finally back in my country in small town fairs they still use them as targets for shooting with airguns, which is better than just toss them in the trash I guess.

Hollowing the light bulb:
There are several instructables that had covered this already, although I first saw it in this site: DIY Hollow Out A Light Bulb , a very good step by step instructions in how to gutted out the bulb, (and also how to used for tester vessels for boil water and some other uses).
Here is another instructable about “How to hollow out a lightbulb and make a stand for it , pretty neat too. and here’s a bunch of instructables more about light bulb uses an related stuff . Enjoy.


No Comments January 25th, 2010 12:18 PM

Lightbulbs. Flannels and beer cans. Oh my!

I am a very visual person. I don’t have the energy to sit and read books often, I need a quick fix. Visuals & imagery are my crack. I like to throw a pile of magazines, art books and objects on my bed and get inspired. I like to walk around Urban Ore and recycling yards and find weird ideas lurking behind some rusty piece of metal or an old bathtub. A few years ago, I started keeping inspiration boards. I save everything I tear out of magazines, color swatches, notes, photos, anything I can pin up to a board. (Yes, I even had a lightbulb tied to a tack on my Workshop board)

The one image that had stayed up on my ever changing boards is this Jeff Wall photo. I don’t know what it is that knocked me off my feet on this one. Maybe the 8 million light bulbs. Maybe it’s how much I stopped and said WTF is going on here? Where is this place? It really inspired me beyond design.

Those of you that have been to Workshop have seen the lightbulb chandelier I made there. With recycled bulbs, twine and wire frame from a crib. Its uneven, it doesn’t light up and sometimes during heavy metal aerobics and ping pong, we smash bulbs by accident (hi, can you say metal moments). It’s imperfect in every way.

I won’t go all artsy fartsy talk on you,  but there is something that just inspires me about chaos, broken things, found & tossed aside objects and…light bulbs. I had to give this photo some serious props because not only was it the inspiration behind the design of Workshop, but also reminds me that creativity isn’t always neat. It’s messy. It’s chaotic. It’s a room with some flannels and jeans laying on the floor,  papers and drawings laying around, books stacked up in corners, beer cans in the windowsill (all things you can find at Workshop most days). I feel this photo sometimes sums up Workshop and my cluttered brain. I’m glad you all get to come in and be a part of it all. I hope Workshop inspires you equally.



Comments Off on Lightbulbs. Flannels and beer cans. Oh my! January 25th, 2010 12:00 PM

Le Blog. Day One. Meet the staff.

Hey there people. Here we go day one of the Workshop Blog. Stay tuned for daily posts relating to all things DIY. Tutorials, project ideas, local diy’ers, places to shop & score DIY supplies, class coverage & behind the scenes, fashion, music, food, our favorite geeks making stuff for you and so much more. We’ll have more writers chiming in over the next few weeks. More content. Mo’ fun!

You’ll be hearing from me, Kelly. I own the joint and teach most of the classes. As well as our Blogger in Chief, Monica Miller.

Monica Miller was born and raised in San Diego, CA and moved to the Bay Area in 2005 to pursue a bachelors degree in journalism at San Francisco State University. She has been a reporter for such publications as the San Mateo County Times and the Oakland Tribune. For the past year, she has serves as an editor for Broke Ass Stuart’s Goddamned Website, a Best of The Bay Winning culture blog in San Francisco. After more than a year of being an editor at SF State’s Golden Gate [X]press, she now juggles the Workshop blog, finishing her degree and keeping her sanity.  Her interests include fashion, whiskey, vegetarianism, shoegaze, books, bows, beer, boys, bad ass t-shirts, boots and red nail polish. Although she remains at a loss for the craftiness her company keeps, she can write a mean lede and mix a great manhattan. She currently lives in the Richmond district of San Francisco.



No Comments January 22nd, 2010 04:46 PM

Parties and Rentals

are you done with karaoke in japantown? wanna avoid another blackout birthday night at the 500 club? then throw your next party, event, meeting or soiree at workshop! we will deliver all the fun (without all the planning hassle) to make your party so hot, you’ll be turning people away at the door!

we offer:
* DIY screenprinting parties
* cocktail parties with how to demos
* birthday, anniversary, bachlorette & bachelor parties
* company teambuilding workshops
* private classes & workshops
* community, meeting & private class rentals in our annex space next door
* live screenprinting at your event

our most popular theme parties include:

* terrarium party: make terrariums for your next party. we supply everything you need, including adorable woodland creatures. we can also layer in a little plant based mixology where we show you how to make herb and fruit infused cocktails. and there may even be a little gnome in the bottom of your drink. what a perfect pairing.

* screen & sew baby shower: welcome that baby into the world a wardrobe waiting. we host a onesie screening party and even layer in making little sock monsters. something interactive for everyone (uh, dudes too) and your baby comes out the luckiest one of all with all that cool stuff.

*screenprinting parties: bring all your peeps. send us some custom images. we throw you a party where people walk out with your name all over them…literally. we teach you, we help you print, we’ll even print up things for those a little ink shy. we can supply tees and stuff to print OR you can bring your own. great for birthdays, team building, bachlorette & bachelor parties and more.
(you can edit these up…)

we have an in- house events planner. a photographer.  DJ’s.  caterers. a photobooth we can rent. you name it.  for more info & rates email us at


hi res flier below with listings.

Workshop Events 2014 flier combo flier

No Comments December 31st, 2009 01:47 AM

Frequently Asked Questions (or, lots of reasons why you should send email to Workshop!)

If we didn’t cover your question below, then feel free to ask us directly at

Do I have to sign up for a class or can I just show up?

In order to take a class at Workshop, you will need to buy a ticket to that class via our website. Just look at the class information and you will see how to buy a ticket. Works in the same manner as buying a concert ticket or movie ticket.

Can I cancel my spot and get a refund for a class?

WorkshopSF offers a 72-hour cancellation policy and will refund 100% of your class fee or re-book you to another class if done within that time frame. You must request to move to another class or cancel your spot at least 72 hours prior to class time. There are no exceptions. Please understand that buying a ticket to a Workshop class is no different from buying a concert ticket, theatre ticket, or movie ticket, and we must treat refund requests after the 72-hour mark in the same manner. You are always welcome to gift your class to a friend if you cannot make it! Email us at cancel AT workshopsf DOT org to request a cancellation or transfer to another class.


We are in the middle of the city, though residential, so parking can be tough. Make sure if you do drive, you give yourself ample time for parking. There is a paid lot at the Lucky Grocery located at Fulton & Masonic about 4 blocks away. Additionally Divisadero (2 blocks away) is a busy street with some parking lots and garages.

What happens if I’m late for class?

Usually our teachers allow a 5-10 minute grace period to allow for parking, slow public transportation, runaway cats, etc. However, if you’re significantly late (20+ minutes), we cannot guarantee you will be allowed into the class. Unfortunately, it slows down the entire class to catch someone up to speed and is unfair to all of the students who made it on time. If you are denied attendance to class due to tardiness, we cannot guarantee a refund or reschedule.

How do I use a gift certificate to pay for a class?

If you want to use a gift certificate to pay for a class, then simply drop us an email at and let us know:

1) The class you want, including the date and time

2) If you Gift Certificate is in the form of a PDF or in the form of a Paypal online gift certificate (no PDF)

If you have a PDF gift certificate, then simply send us a copy along with your class request, and we will get you signed up. If you have a Paypal online gift certificate, then we will send you a Paypal money request for the balance of the class fee. Use the Paypal Gift Certificate to complete this money request. Upon completion, we will hold the spots for you!

How do I purchase a Workshop Gift Certificate?

Click here for all the info on getting Gift Certificates from Workshop!

Is there an age limit for students at Workshop?

In general, Workshop is geared towards offering classes for adults. While we may, from time to time, offer kids’ classes, the bulk of our class offerings are geared towards adults aged 21 and over.

Can I bring my child to a class that I have signed up for?

Please do not bring your children to class with you. In addition to Workshop gearing classes towards adults, there are also class size constraints that may be exceeded if extra students are allowed into the class. Since we are an adult facility, and a bit rock & roll, there may also be art work around that could be deemed inappropriate for children. Lastly, we don’t want to make others who do not wish to be around children made to feel uncomfortable. Call a baby sitter.

Can I bring my dog or pet to a class that I have signed up for?

No, unless it is a service animal. Again, we don’t want to make others who may not wish to be around pets made to feel uncomfortable.

How do I teach a class at Workshop?

We’re always looking for talented teachers who can share their expertise and teach fun, informative classes. If you have an idea for a class, email us at with your idea and your contact information. Feel free to send along images, websites, and any applicable teaching experience.

Do you offer classes again and when do you list them?

Most classes are regular classes that occur monthly or every few weeks. Sewing 101, terrariums, pickling, screen printing and a few others are offered numerous times a month. We do sell out fast, so if you see a class sign up! Most classes come back with a few one time class exceptions. We post new classes all the time, so be sure to check under the classes tab often. Most classes are posted a month ahead of time, with classes that happen less frequently posted 2-3 months in advance at times.

Who made all the rad art in there?

Our fridge was painted by local artist, Ferris Plock, and the large painting above it was made by Ferris and his partner in crime / wife, Kelly Tunstall. Both are old WorkshopSF neighbors, as well as extremely talented people. Graphics for our shirts that include the cool van logo and the criss-crossed arms tattoo were designed by the amazing designer Jayde Fish. The rest of the oddities, art & our big light bulb chandelier were made by boss lady, Kelly Malone. Shirts, merch and art will be available (at some point….) online.

No Comments December 30th, 2009 11:27 PM

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