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Furniture Painting Workshop (incl delicious afternoon tea) - learn how to upcycle/paint your furniture at Cuerden View Cafe, Cuerden Valley Park, Preston - by The Boho Shed


About the Course

Come along to this one day (10am to 3pm) fun and friendly workshop at Cuerdon View Cafe, Cuerden Valley Park, Preston, Lancashire and enjoy the delicious Cuerden Afternoon Tea in the gorgeous Cuerden View Cafe looking out over the valley.

Learn how to upcycle, refresh, modernise and skilfully transform a piece of your tired and dated furniture whilst making some new like minded friends in a relaxed, supportive and beautiful environment.

Leave with the skills and inspiration to continue further projects at home. A small group of no more than 6, therefore you will receive one to one instruction for much of the time.

Choose either level 1 or 2 depending on your experience:

On the level 1 Furniture Painting Workshop you will bring a small piece of furniture which you'd like to freshen up and transform into a beautiful, elegant piece to match your home decor.

During the first section of the workshop I will teach you about the paint, brushes, tools and wood preparation. You will also learn a variety of painting and effects techniques incl. painting, crackling, dry brushing, distressing, two colour, stencilling, waxing and finishing/protecting the paint when you will be able to experiment with different paints, colours, brushes and techniques on a techniques board (provided and which you will be able to take home). I will guide you through each stage and discuss in detail how and when to use each technique.

You will then try out your newly learned skills during the second part of the day when you will paint and transform your piece of furniture.

I will be there every step of the way to guide you and to provide advice and ideas for a creative result. Again, with such a small group, there is plenty of time for one to one discussion. Full workshop notes on techniques, paints, products and where to buy will be provided.

The level 2 Intermediate / Advanced Workshop) is ideal for people who have a basic knowledge of furniture painting, or those who have attended Level 1. You will learn a variety of more advanced techniques including glazing, raised stencilling, image transfer, decoupage, blending and metallic/leaf foiling, creating your own board and small pieces (all provided in the price) which you will be able to take home with you on the day. You wouldn't need to bring any furniture with you for this workshop. Full workshop notes also provided.

For more information or to book a place please contact Joanne via the contact "button" link above.

I look forward to meeting you and to spending an enjoyable and creative day with you!

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools, materials, paint and painting boards.

The price includes lovely afternoon tea/lunch in the beautiful Cuerdon Valley Cafe overlooking the gorgeous valley and biscuits and tea/coffee will be available throughout the day.

Parking is available just outside the cafe.

Please come in comfortable clothing which you don't mind getting marked or please bring an apron. Also please wear comfortable shoes.

Please contact me via the green 'contact' button at the top of this page. I look forward to meeting you and sharing a lovely day with you.

Joanne (The Boho Shed)


Joanne Hughes at The Boho Shed
Cuerden View Cafe
Cuerden Valley Park, Berkeley Dr
Bamber Bridge, Preston
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Suitable for

  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users

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- - #27863

Response from The Boho Shed:

What a really lovely review Beth, thank you so much. I really enjoyed working with you in helping you to develop your skills and go home with a gorgeous piece of transformed furniture. You did a fantastic job!

I would like to thank Jo for a brilliant introduction to furniture painting, I'm not very good at arty things but thought I would give this course a try and see what I could produce. We were provided with written, verbal and practical instruction and Jo was very supportive and helpful at all times. And so, we set about using our new learned techniques to transform our tired old pieces of furniture into some lovely items.

The course is held in a large and comfortable room near the cafe where we ate a wonderful afternoon tea. I would recommend this course to anyone who is curious/interested in furniture painting and I am certainly going to try my hand at painting some furniture at home.

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- - #27853

Response from The Boho Shed:

Thank you so much for your wonderful review Joyce. It was great that you were part of the day! I am so pleased you will try out your newly learned techniques at home. Please let me see what you produce.

Excellent day! This course is well organized, Jo is always there to help and her instruction are easy to follow. There is plenty of material to choose from at every step of creating your personal piece of art or joy. I loved the fact that these skill are so easily transferable to other materials or projects too.
Great course, excellent company and skills as well as memories or gifts to go home with! What more can you wish for!?
A big "Thank you" to the cafe for the amazing food!
Thank you, Jo!

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- - #26838

Response from The Boho Shed:

Thank you for your lovely words Ines. It was a pleasure to have you be part of a great day and I'm delighted you are pleased with your creations. I agree, as usual, the cafe did an amazing job of providing a delicious afternoon tea!

What a lovely day! Jo guided us through making the Christmas bottle and Christmas plaque with patience and expertise. I was delighted with the things I made. To be able to make such an effective keepsake or decoration in one day was wonderful. Thank you for the yummy cakes along the way and thank you to all at Cuerden Cafe for a fantastic afternoon tea. The location couldn't have been better. I would definitely come back for more courses like this with Jo at the helm!

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- - #26837

Response from The Boho Shed:

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop Sarah, especially on your birthday! Thanks for being part of a really great Christmassy day. Hope to see you again soon.

Another great day learning new craft skills from Joanne. Level 2 was brilliant, as was level 1. My shed is now cleared waiting to be painted and have my electrics re-connected. Can't wait to get started on my own projects!

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- - #24492

Response from The Boho Shed:

It was lovely to have you attend the workshops Babs, I'm so pleased you enjoyed them. I look forward to seeing what you create at home.

Completed both Level 1 and Level 2 courses in furniture painting techniques with Jo. Great to learn about different products and gain confidence in how to use them. Jo is a lovely teacher and encourages creativity and the desire to go home and paint everything using the skills learnt.!. The courses are fun, informative and friendly and I have already booked on the upholstery course. Highly the cakes are delicious x

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- - #24467

Response from The Boho Shed:

I'm so delighted you are enjoying the workshops Susan. Thank you for your lovely words and I look forward to teaching you how to upholster next week. x

I have just attended Level 2 furniture painting workshop and had another amazing day learning new techniques to add to my Level 1 skills. In level 1 I learned one colour distressed look, two colour distress with waxing, two colours with crackled effect (my fave) and stencilling and dry brushing. If that's not enough I'm now adding glazing, raised stencilling, image transfer, decoupage (amazing technique) blending, dry brushing and metallic foiling.
Can't believe how much I have learned, and again Jo you are an amazing teacher and so passionate and patient. I would recommend these two courses, you will love them.

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- - #24452

Response from The Boho Shed:

Thank you so much for your kind words Julie, but it takes two to tango :-) You did a lovely job on both workshops. Hope to see you again soon.

Thoroughly enjoyed level one, looking forward to level two. Just nipping out to buy some chalk paint, that's how motivated I am!

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- - #24429

Response from The Boho Shed:

That's fantastic news Barbara. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday for level 2 creative techniques. :-)

I attended the furniture painting workshop today Level 1, thank you Jo for another fab day. I loved the upholstery footstool workshop so much I wanted to learn more skills and thats what I did today. I was looking forward to this course and it was more than I expected it to be. I have learned some amazing techniques that I will use on some pieces of furniture I have at home to upcycle. Jo, I keep looking at my chair and thinking wow I did that! Thank you again for all your patience, knowledge and the skills you taught us today and your encouragement to step out of my comfort zone! I met a lovely couple today, so nice meeting like minded people. Can't wait for Level 2 Jo, and the handouts are spot on and a great help in knowing what to buy. I would highly recommend the workshops.

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- - #23810

Response from The Boho Shed:

It was really great to see you again after the upholstery workshop Julie. I'm absolutely delighted you enjoyed the painting as much. It's such a compliment to have lovely people return for more learning with me. You helped to make it a wonderful day! See you at Level 2 :-)

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Joanne is very knowledgeable and inspirational. The class was small and everyone had one to one tuition. We all produced fantastic items to take home. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a new hobby. Just be prepared to get hooked on furniture restoration.
Thanks Joanne. Can’t wait for the advanced course.

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- - #23127

Response from The Boho Shed:

Many thanks Liz, it's great to see you have continued to paint at home doing some gorgeous pieces for your new home. I look forward to seeing you at the level 2 workshop.

Jo is so knowledgeable and patient. I would highly recommend the advanced painting workshop, I've learnt so much and have bern practicing my new skills on pieces at home. Such a relaxing time and so therapeutic.

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- - #22365

Response from The Boho Shed:

Thank you for your kind words Vanda. I'm delighted you enjoyed this level 2 workshop and pleased you have continued painting at home. I look forward to receiving the pictures. I will let you know about the upcoming drop in 'paint with me' sessions.

Had a really enjoyable day with Joanne from The Boho Shed learnt techniques that were really effective to give any piece a facelift. Joanne had loads of ideas and her passion shone through. Would definitely recommend her courses.

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- - #20221

Response from The Boho Shed:

Thanks for the lovely review Julie. I really enjoyed working with you on your piece and had a great day too.

When to a Furniture Workshop on the 19 January wonderful day, “Extremely enjoyable and informative. Joanne was very knowledgeable and helpful!'”
Would recommend her courses if you have ever considered learning how chalk paint to give your furniture a new lease of life.


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- - #19624

Response from The Boho Shed:

Many thanks for the lovely review Anne. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day.

Had a great day today at the Furniture Paint Workshop :). Jo is really friendly and knowledgeable, I feel like a learnt a lot :). Thank you!

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- - #19111

Response from The Boho Shed:

Thank you Rachel, you produced a wonderfully creative piece of furniture. I'm delighted you enjoyed the day.

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