Past Workshops

Last updated 7/10/17


We have free DIY workshops year-round at TLD. Here are some examples of topics we've covered in the past.

Want to check out our current schedule or suggest a topic? Visit our Workshop page!

Plumbing 101: Installing Fixtures - 7/8/17

Arman Mizani from the Station North Tool Library returned to demonstrate how to troubleshoot and install toilets and bathroom vanity tops!

Installing Tile Backsplashes - 6/17/17

TLD workshop instructor Lawrence Oliva demonstrated how to install tile backsplashes through hands-on demonstration.

Rewiring Lamps - 5/27/17

Instructor Zachary Yarosz showed attendees how to troubleshoot finicky table and pendant lamps and taught basic rewiring skills. Participants were able to ask questions about lamps they were interested in fixing.

Mosaic Stepping Stones - 5/21/17

This popular topic was the featured workshop for our first ever Sunday workshop! Instructor Pat Stein returned to show participants how to mix thin-set mortar and grout, and turn reclaimed ceramic tile and bricks into beautiful stepping stones!

Installing Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring- 4/29/17

Returning instructor Lawrence Oliva from Second Century Homes gave attendees all the tips and tricks for working with reclaimed hardwood flooring. Participants got to try their hand at prepping the flooring and then installing it with a pneumatic nail gun.

Tools Skills & Safety for Home Care with Station North Tool Library - 4/8/17

Arman Mizani from the Station North Tool Library demonstrated how to safely use several different types of power tools. Participants got a chance to try each of the tools and were able to practice creating a miter joint.

The Station North Tool Library is a community hub and lending library located in the hert of Baltimore with over 2,000 tools, 25+ classes, and a public woodworking shop.

Visit from Open Works Baltimore Mobile - 4/1/17

Open Works, a maker space in Baltimore, has the mission to make tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible.

Their mobile unit visited us and brought a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine that etched wood with a laser!

Installing Kitchen Cabinets with Mark Weaver - 3/25/17

Attendees learned foundations of kitchen design and basic installation of used wall & base cabinets.

Mosaic Stepping Stones with Pat Stein Glass Art - 3/18/17

Participants made beautiful stepping stones by using reclaimed tile and pavers from our warehouse! Led by longtime TLD Instructor Pat Stein.

Cove Base Rugs with SCRAP B-More - 2/11/17

Nancy from SCRAP B-More came and showed us how to make rugs out of cove base (the vinyl material that runs along the wall by the floor). These mats are creative way to repurpose a material into something really useful!

Cabinet Door Message Boards - 2/4/17

Workshop attendees made message boards out of repurposed cabinet doors! Our insturctor, Abbey, is a workshop attendee-turned-instructor, who brought in examples of ones she made from TLD materials!

Drywall Repair & Picture Hanging - 1/21/17

Workshop participant turned instructor, Angela, showed workshop attendees how to fix drywall with larger problems. Angela demonstrated how to fix damage from door knobs, as well as how to fix large holes cut for plumbing work. Particpants also learned how to hang pictures with drywall anchors and wall studs.

Prepping & Painting Interior Walls - 12/3/16

TLD Staff member Amy demonstrated how to fix small imperfections in drywall to prepare for painting. She also demonstrated several different painting techniques!

Mosaic Tile Trivets - 11/13/16

TLD Staff members Amy and Pam instructed participants on how to use broken and miscellaneous tile to create beautiful hot plates to take home!




Other Past Workshop Topics

Kitchen Layouts
Tile Kitchen and Bath Accents
Time-Saving Painting Tips
Hardwood Flooring Tricks
Installing Kitchen Cabinets
Rewiring Light Fixtures
Building Materials in the Arts, Presented by Studio Segundo
Crown Moulding
Hands On Fixing Drywall
Tile Backsplash Advanced Workshop
Power and Hand Tool Safety Class
Keeping your HVAC System to Maximum Efficiency
Plumbing 101
General Household Maintenance
Tiling Showers
"Hands On" Building Compost Bins & Cold Frames
Rehabbing a Bathroom
Turning Beer Kegs & Beer Bottles into Light Fixtures
Kitchen Electrical
Framing & Drywalling a New Closet
Asphalt Roofing
Creative Garden and Landscape Design Idea
Taping and Mudding Drywall
Fun & Easy Art Projects using TLD Materials
Preparing your Garden for the Spring


Installing Ceramic Tile Backsplashes - 11/5/16

Workshop Instructor Lawrence Oliva discussed preparation and installation of tile backsplashes. Participants got to learn how choose the right kind of tile and grout, practiced mixing grout,and tried out placing tile!

Upcycled Halloween  Décor - 10/29/16

TLD Staff member Colline and Volunteer Leanna led a DIY tutorial to make a chalkboard-paint gravestone to take home and showed examples of the fun and spooky decorations that you can make from things found in the warehouse!

Bricklaying - 10/22/16

Local homeowner Mike Bowman led a demonstration on working with bricks often found in Baltimore rowhomes. Participants got a chance to try out the repointing process and learn the nuances and tricks for working with older bricks.

Laying Reclaimed Wood Flooring - 9/24/16

Mosaic Tile House Numbers - 8/13/16

Pat Stein, one of our workshop instructors, taught participants how to create beautiful mosaic house numbers using reclaimed tile from our warehouse!

Installing Tile Backsplashes - 6/18/16

TLD workshop instructor Lawrence Oliva demonstrated how to install tile backsplashes through hands-on demonstration.

Laying Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring - 5/14/16

Flooring expert Lawrence Oliva demonstrated that reclaimed wood flooring is not only less expensive, but also beautiful!

Installing Ceramic Floor Tile - 4/9/16

Instructor Mark Weaver led a hands-on demonstration in installing floor tile.

Tiling with Reclaimed Roof Slate - 3/19/16

Local artist and TLD advocate Michael Metcalf showed how reclaimed roof slate can be used on walls too!

Container & Vertical Gardening Workshop

Long-time TLD supporter/workshop instructor and now TLD staff, Pam Stiles, taught the attendees how to build their own compost bin and the basics of container gardening. They also planted a vertical garden. See the examples here.

Screen Painting Workshop

TLD hosted an "Alternative Use" workshop on painting screens, a Baltimore tradition, taught by expert Screen Painter, Anna Pasqualucci.

Hands-On Bricklaying Workshop