About the Course
This 5 day intermediate/professional course at our Cotswold workshop is designed to give the student the fundamental basics and in depth professional skills of French polishing, contemporary paint techniques, furniture redesigning and woodcare.
Each student will work on numerous pieces of furniture of their choice allowing them to go through the full process within 5 working days. In between refinishing your chosen pieces we will also have numerous sample boards to complete.
The course covers the following –
French Polishing & Contemporary wood finishes -
Health and Safety
Polishing materials, tools and personal set up list
Stripping, neutralising and sanding/wire wool techniques
Staining and grain fillers
Shellacs, touching in and waxes
Brush and rubber techniques
Contemporary paint finishing -
Health and Safety
Concept mock up on paper – including colours, design, materials needed
Stripping, neutralising and sanding/woodcare techniques
Stain blocking, priming, knotting and undercoating
Painting, rolling and cutting back techniques
Finishes – waxes, varnishes, stains, oils, polishes
Hardware discussion (student to bring hardware if needed)
Staging and photography
Start up business advice.
The course is designed for groups of 1 to 4.
Get in touch for more details of our range of courses and to book your place.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All power tools/hand tools, abrasives, masking, stain blocking and primers, brushes and wood finishes provided. Top coat paint choice, apron, mask and furniture to be provided by the student.
I was a total novice to re-finishing furniture (except for painting); I had many pieces that needed attention and I was too frightened to just 'have a go'. I decided it was time to acquire some skills...so booked up with Ollie for 5 days. For me, it was definitely worth it. I'd brought 6 pieces with me (including a pine breakfast bar and an Ercol chair) and we managed to work on four of them. I feel much more confident about oiling/waxing pieces; painting (including masking-up furniture for painting patterns) and even french polishing. Ollie is friendly, approachable and patient and has a nice, big, bright workshop to work in. Ollie provides plenty of information about products to use and since there were only a few in the class, I got lots of attention, which is what I think I needed to really embed what I was learning....and now I have 3 more Ercol chairs to strip and re-finish....
Jean D - - #19332
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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