Furniture Restoration

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Course description

Learn how to restore furniture in Sydney.

Learn how to restore furniture for fun and profit in this Woodwork class. Restore Nana’s old chair and learn techniques that may be applied to larger more problematic items. Discover how simple, enjoyable and rewarding restoring your old furniture can be. Learn how to strip back, sand, mix stains and apply shellac. Gain practical knowledge of cleaning and waxing furniture, making minor repairs, and understanding the importance of health and safety in the workshop.

Ideal for…

This course is designed for beginners and those with some experience who are keen to brush up and get some handy tips.

Course content and Learning outcomes
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of WHS in relation to restoring furniture;
  • Learn how to correctly use finish remover (paint stripper) in preparing your piece for refinishing;
  • Learn how to sand correctly using different grades and qualities of sandpaper;
  • Learn how to mix shades and colours and their influence on different wood types;
  • How to apply shellac polish using a swoog;.
  • How to clean and wax your favourite piece of furniture;
  • Advice on carrying out joint repairs.
Please come prepared
  • Small piece of furniture, for example, a chair or small table.
  • You must be able to take this home after each class as we cannot store the pieces on-site.
  • 1 x glass jar with lid
  • 1 x pair rubber gloves *
  • 1 x litre methylated spirits *
  • 1 x bag of cotton rags
  • 1 x litre paint stripper
  • 1 x paint brush for stripper
  • Scraper (may be needed) refer to price list
  • 1 x steel wool *
  • 2 x empty tins(baked bean, cat food, or similar
  • newspapers (needed every week)
  • overalls, apron, or protective clothes
  • ice cream container
  • scissors (to cut steel wool)
  • eye protection (goggles)
  • face mask *

Items marked * can be ordered in advance from Alan.

Alan’s material price list:

  • 1 pair rubber gloves* ($3.00)
  • 1 litre methylated spirits* ($6.00)
  • 1 paint brush for stripper* ($1.50 - $2.50)
  • 1 bag coarse grade steel wool* ($7.00)
  • Face mask* ($3.50-$9.00)
  • Scraper * (optional it will depend on your project. rental: $2 w/$10 deposit)

Other supplies will be needed as you create the finish for your furniture (e.g. stain, wax/oil, shellac) and can be discussed with Alan.

If you order some of the items, then please note:
You will need to phone your order through prior to the commencement of the course as stock is strictly limited and is on a first come first served basis. You can call 02 9699 9972 or 0412 922 451 and a leave message with your name and equipment requirements or e-mail

Depending on your piece you may need additional items as the course progresses. Alan will discuss this with you. Please note that paint stripper may only be used from metal containers.

Prepare the piece of furniture

If the piece you have chosen has paint on it, you will need to put additional time into the preparation – you may need to do some homework during the week. Between the end of the first day and the start of the second Saturday, your piece must be completely stripped, scrubbed, and all nail holes and structural repairs have to be completed. Otherwise it will be difficult for you to finish your piece of furniture. Alan is unable in this course to teach painted finishes, including, liming and shabby chic.

Other information
  • Please wear closed in shoes
  • Please wear old clothes and tie long hair back

Rozelle Campus, cnr Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian entry opposite Prince Street. Click on the following link for directions:

Avoid disappointment – enrol early

Please ensure you have given a valid e-mail address and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or e-mail.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • Trish said: Best course I have ever done! Alan (the tutor) is a maestro! Clear explanations and demonstrations. Courteous and generous with advice whether you’re a complete beginner or have some prior experience. Learn from a old school master!

  • Sarah said: Student gave this course 5 stars

  • Alison said: Alan is so very knowledgeable, and very generous with his knowledge. I can't believe how much I learnt in 2 days.It was wonderful to be working with a master of a craft. One of our classmates is himself a furniture restorer, and it was very revealing to see how much he respected what Alan knows . Also Alan is very approachable and patient - so all great skills for a teacher.

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