Furniture Restoration: Shabby Chic

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Learn how to upcycle vintage furniture to shabby chic style at this Woodwork course in Sydney.

Discover how easy and affordable it is to acquire and restore period furniture pieces in this popular decorator style. You’ll learn what kind of items to look out for and how to buy, prepare, finish and sell ‘upcycled’ furniture. It’s a great way to save decorating dollars, reduce landfill – and even make money from your garage.

This course looks at different timbers, styles and finishes as well as tips for buying genuine period furniture at auction… before hitting the workshop for some hands-on resto work: breathing life back into that old chair, banged-up coffee table, picture frame etc. that you’ve brought along to the workshop with you.

We will visit a period furniture centre where we’ll discuss timbers, design periods and the look you want to achieve as well as an antique auction house to learn about how to bid and what happens on pick-up day. It’s an opportunity to think about your favourite style, check out which items are easy to restore and (if you wish) pick up a piece to work on. Then you’ll get to work in a fully equipped workshop to learn how to paint, distress and wax the furniture in the ‘shabby chic’ style.

The course also includes tips on how to sell your pieces for profit.


At the end of this furniture restoration course you will:

  • understand how to identify different furniture design periods
  • know how to bid for pieces at auction, like a dealer
  • know how to strip, apply paint, distress and wax your pieces in the shabby chic style
  • be aware of four main ways to sell your finished items, if that’s what you’d like to do

Ideal for

This course has no prior requirements – you don’t need trade skills to do it.

Course content

  • Popular shabby chic (French Provincial) styles
  • Antique auction house – how to get the best deal
  • What pieces to look out for
  • Stripping, application of paint, distressing and waxing
  • How to create the shabby chic look
  • Information sheet on different ways to sell your pieces


Session 1 (Saturday, 3hrs)

  • Meeting Point A at 10.00 am: Inspection at Raffan Kelaher & Thomas Antique Auction rooms, Leichhardt
  • Meeting Point B at 12.30 pm: Inspect the workshop at 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern

Session 2: (Saturday, 3hrs)

  • Meeting Point A at 10.00 am: Mitchell Road antique centre, Alexandria. Check out various finishes, timbers, design periods etc.
  • Meeting Point B at 12.30 pm: Bunnings, Mascot. Get prepared for your project.

Session 3: (Sunday 4hrs)

  • Meeting Point A at 8.30 am: Workshop at 107 Projects, Redfern (The Bower)
  • Meeting Point B at 12.30 pm: Nearby cafe for discussion about ways to sell (location to be decided on the day)

Please bring to the workshop

  • Furniture items (up to 3 small to medium-sized pieces only) The tutor does not supply items to experiment with. Please avoid pieces made from chipboard
  • Consumables (eg, paint, paintbrushes, fine steel wool, coarse sandpaper, furniture wax). Talk to course presenter for actual requirements which will be based on the items you intend to work on
  • Please wear clothing and a hat or cap that you don’t mind being splattered with paint
  • Wear closed in shoes (no sandals)
  • Bring lunch (or buy from food outlets nearby)

Important information

  • Transport is not included. You will need to make your own arrangements to access the various venues for this course.
  • You will need transport to deliver your pieces to the workshop and collect them after you’re finished


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$179 Limited inc GST / $143.20 / $161.10
Session 1 & 2: Saturdays 10am – 1pm. Session 3: Sunday 8.30am – 1.30pm.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I left this course very confident in the skills and knowledge that Lynn gave us and with 3 great pieces of furniture. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • said: A great well run course with lots of useful and helpful information. Lynn wa a great friendly knowledable teacher who made the course so much fun. Would highly recommend to others.

  • said: Our teacher Lynn was clear and provided good knowledge, followed the program gave the students time to ask questions. The workshop was fantastic with Lynn showing us several practical examples.

  • said: Great course, fun and informative, ready to try my hand now! He inspired me and was so encouraging I feel confident in my next steps. Keen to get started. Highly recommended.

  • said: Janet M gave this class 5 Stars

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