Furniture Restoration Course: Shabby Chic - Sydney Short Courses

Furniture Restoration Course: Shabby Chic

What you'll learn

Learn how to upcycle vintage furniture to shabby chic style at this woodwork short course in Sydney!

Discover how easy and affordable it is to acquire and restore period furniture pieces in the shabby chic 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 shabby chic furniture restoration 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 restoration work.

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 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 shabby chic furniture restoration course also includes tips on how to sell your pieces for profit.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this shabby chic furniture restoration course, you should:

  • 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

Course content

What will be covered in this shabby chic furniture restoration course?

  • 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

Intended audience

Who is this shabby chic furniture restoration course for?

This course is for anyone. No prior skills are required.

Course venue

Session 1

  • Meeting Point A at 9am - 11am: Inspection at Raffan Kelaher & Thomas Antique Auction rooms, Leichhardt. We meet inside at the main entrance.
  • Meeting Point B at 11am - 12pm: Bunnings, Ashfield. Get prepared for your project and purchase the supplies you need for session 2.
  • Meeting Point C at 1pm - 4pm: Mitchell Road antique centre, Alexandria. Check out various finishes, timbers, design periods etc.

Session 2

  • Meeting Point A 9am - 1pm: Classroom, Rozelle (Sydney Community College). 1pm - 2pm: Session will end in a nearby cafe discussing various ways to sell your finished pieces.   

Course materials

What to bring to class

  • 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)

Additional information

Please note the following:

  • 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

Course testimonials

Course tutors

Lynn Smith is an exhibiting artist, curator & photography tutor with 2 Masters degrees: Master of Documentary Photography & Master of Fine Arts (by research).  Lynn has designed & taught street...

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