Furniture Restoration - French Provincial

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Course description

Learn how to turn your old funiture piece into a french provincial statement piece in Sydney.

Join this course to discover how easy and affordable it is to achieve this popular decorating style. You’ll learn what to buy, how to buy, how to finish and how to 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 at auction… all before hitting the workshop for some hands-on resto work to breathe life back into that old chair or scratched up table.

We start with a visit to a period furniture dealer (in Alexandria) to learn about different timbers, design periods, and help you select the look you want to achieve. Next is a visit to an antiques auction house (in Leichardt) to learn about registering to bid, how to bid and what happens on pick-up day. It’s an opportunity to think about your favourite style, check out items which items are easy to restore and (if you wish) pick up a piece of old charm to work on.

Then you’ll get to work on your small-to-medium sized pieces in a fully equipped workshop, where you’ll learn how to paint, distress and wax the furniture in the ‘shabby chic’ style.

The course also covers tips on how you can go on to sell your pieces for profit.

Ideal for…

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

Course content
  • French Provincial (shabby chic) and its different styles
  • Dealer & auction house – how to get the best deal
  • What to look out for
  • Application of paint, distressing and waxing
  • How to create the shabby chic look
  • Different ways to sell your pieces
Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will

  • understand how to identify different pieces of period furniture
  • know how to bid for furniture at auction, like a dealer
  • know how to 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
  • Session 1 (Saturday 3hrs long):

Meeting Point A: Mitchell Road Antique Centre in Alexandria. Dozens of stalls to check out and lots of shabby chic styles to think about.
Meeting Point B: Inspect the workshop space at 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern

  • Session 2: (Saturday 3hrs long)

Meeting Point A: Raffan Kelaher & Thomas Auction House, John Street, Leichardt.
Meeting Point B: The Bower Recycling Co-Op, Marrickville Community Centre, Addison Rd.

  • Session 3: (Sunday 4hrs 30min long)

Meeting Point A: Workshop at 107 Projects, Redfern.
Meeting Point B: 107 Projects coffee shop.

Important Information
  • Transport is not included. You will need to make your own arrangements to access the various venues for this course.
  • For the workshop session, please bring:
  • furniture items (up to 3 or 4 small to medium-sized pieces)
  • materials, eg, paint, 000 steel wool, furniture wax (talk to course presenter for actual requirements, based on your individual project)
  • old clothing that can be marked with paint.
  • wear closed in shoes
  • your own lunch (or can be bought from food outlets nearby)