I'd love to welcome you to one of my one day (10 am to 3 pm) 'Furniture Painting' in a relaxed and friendly environment at the gorgeous Grappenhall Heyes Walled Garden, Warrington, Cheshire. Spend the day in the bright and airy schoolroom and glasshouse whilst looking out onto the spectacular gardens. On sunny days, we can get outside!
Having taught the workshops for the past three years, the people who have attended previously have reported they don't just leave with a new skill, but they say they have enjoyed a lovely day out from their busy lives and pressures (with lots of chats, laughs, coffee and cake!), they have met some lovely new friends, and more often than not, they have been inspired to continue further with their ongoing creative endeavours. Please see all of the lovely reviews from attendees.
During this workshop, you will learn how to upcycle, refresh, modernise and skillfully transform a piece of your tired and dated furniture whilst making some new like-minded friends in a relaxed, supportive and lovely 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.
You will bring a small piece of furniture that you'd like to freshen up and transform into a beautiful, elegant piece to match your home décor.
During the first section of the workshop, I will teach you about different paints from the leading brands on the market, brushes, tools, wood preparation and final protection. You will also learn a variety of painting and effects techniques incl. painting, crackling, dry brushing, distressing, two colours, stencilling, waxing and finishing/protecting the paint (including some invaluable tricks of the trade). 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 own 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. 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.
If you have any questions in advance of booking your place please scroll to the bottom and select 'chat with the maker,' if you would like to proceed to book your place please select 'see available dates' at the top of this page.
I look forward to meeting you and to spending an enjoyable and creative day with you!
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools, paints and materials are provided and are included in the price.
The price also includes lovely homemade cakes, cream scones, biscuits, tea and coffee throughout the day. Lunch is not included in the price, however on most days, delicious afternoon tea or lunch can be enjoyed in the gorgeous adjoining glass house Ape Bars Cafe overlooking the amazing gardens (please let me know if you would like lunch in the cafe as I will need to book you in at the moment), or please feel free to bring some lunch with you which can be eaten in the workshop or in the beautiful gardens.
Parking is available free of charge within the Walled Garden just outside the workshop room (I will provide a map and directions).
Please come in comfortable clothing and ideally an apron (not essential). Also comfortable shoes.
We are extremely proud of the lovely reviews we have received from people attending previous workshops. Please take a look in The Boho Shed review section.
Our lovely chalk paint will be available for you to buy from the workshop or online should you wish to continue with other exciting projects at home.
Should you choose to join us on this workshop, I look forward to meeting you and sharing a lovely and creative day with you.
This is our 'Level 1 Furniture Painting Workshop' for beginners/intermediates. We also run:
- Level 2 'Furniture Painting Workshops' (for intermediates/advanced) for those of you who have done some painting previously and would like to expand on and develop your skills
- Level 1 'Upholstery Workshops' (for beginners) for those of you who are starting out on your upholstery journey
- 'Combined Furniture Painting and Upholstery Workshop' (for all levels) for those who just love creating and want to learn some additional creative skills by upcycling a kitchen/dining chair
To see further details and available dates for all of our workshops, please scroll down to just above the map and click on 'More From This Maker'.
I hope to meet you soon,
(The Boho Shed)
1 day (10:00am to 3:00pm)
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1 day (10:00am to 3:00pm)
I had a great day last Saturday at the Level 1 Furniture Painting Workshop at Grappenhall Walled Garden. The course was interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed learning a new skill in such a lovely relaxing environment. Jo is very friendly and a good teacher. Really looking forward to doing the Level 2 painting course next time.
Response from The Boho Shed:I’m really pleased you enjoyed the workshop Fiona, you were a pleasure to teach and I look forward to seeing you again for Level 2. X
Had a fantastic day, I learned so much and will gladly sign up for level 2 in the new year.
Response from The Boho Shed:I’m so pleased you enjoyed the workshop Lee, you made a really lovely job of your table. I look forward to seeing you again in the New Year. Thank you for your kind works.
Jo is very accommodating and friendly. Great opportunity to try out a range of paints and techniques. Would recommend this course.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much Farnaz. Had a really lovely day with all of you. You and your lovely sister were hilarious! Thanks for entertaining us. 🙏
What a lovely day! Jo was very knowledgeable and a great teacher. She showed us some techniques and gave us all individual tips as we tried them out. Then when we worked on our own items she was again busy overseeing and advising us. She was totally unfazed and professional when there was a power issue and her scones were spot on too! Thanks Jo!
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks Lou, yes these things are sent to test us, but so pleased you enjoyed the day…. and the scones! Lovely work.
I had a lot of fun. Jo was excellent and very informative. I came away with knowledge that I would be able to use to start experimenting with different paints and techniques. Can’t wait to get stuck in at home!
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you had fun, that's the most important thing. Thank you for your lovely review. I look forward to seeing your home creations. x
Thoroughly enjoyed Jo’s furniture painting workshop at the Boho Shed. Spent a lovely relaxing day learning a new skill in a beautiful location with friendly people. Thanks Jo. Hope to return soon for the upholstery workshop.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your lovely review Deb. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, our first in Billinge. I love it that you went all out and experimented with a few different techniques on your lovely frames. I look forward to seeing you again at one of the upholstery workshops. x
I had a brilliant day today amongst some lovely like minded people! Jo’s workshop is excellent. She explains techniques really well and is so helpful with answering questions and demonstrates them individually as well as to the whole group. I managed to transform a dated old side table into something unique and pretty! The added bonus was the delicious cakes and tranquil setting.
I would highly recommend this workshop 😀
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so very much for your kind review Annette. I sincerely enjoyed our day together. You were a pleasure to teach and made such a fantastic job of your little table. Glad you enjoyed the cakes too! I’ll pass on your comments to the bakers aka Mum and Aunty. 🙏💕
Just wanted to say I had such a lovely day today. Never felt so relaxed for a long time.
& loved the sunshine touch lol! Xx
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your lovely review Sarah. I'm so pleased you had a lovely day. For those reading this, Sarah has given me a new name for 'dry brushing' - the 'sunshine touch' cos she loved the technique so much, and so do I! :-)
Lovely welcoming reception v informative day thoroughly enjoyed
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your kind words Ruth. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the workshop. X
Had a really enjoyable day in the shed and Jo was excellent - good level of information given and then we were let loose to work on our projects with Jo on hand to help and make suggestions along the way. I had a brilliant day and was delighted with the results of my project - the outcome was better than I had dared to hope for. Would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone starting out on furniture painting - it gives a really good base of knowledge and understanding. The homemade bakes were a bonus too! Many thanks Jo for a brilliant day.
Response from The Boho Shed:Wow! Thank you so much for your lovely words Jane. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day. You did a lovely job of your furniture. Happy painting at home! :-)
I attended the 1 day furniture painting workshop for beginners yesterday at the lovely Grappenhall Heys Gardens in Warrington. It was a very enjoyable, relaxed and informal day. First class tuition from Jo who took us through several paint techniques step by step. Jo kept us topped up with refreshments and delicious cakes & scones baked by her mum and auntie.
I painted and waxed a small side table using the air brushing and ageing technique and I was well chuffed with the final finish resulting in my table now being promoted from garage to dining room.
All materials were supplied by Jo with a huge choice of colours. I would highly recommend the workshop and I’m ok considering booking the upholstery course she runs in the future.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your lovely kind words Wendy. I’m delighted you enjoyed the workshop and cakes! Mum and Aunty are delighted. 😊 Hope to see you next year.
A great course! Jo takes you through a range of techniques and gives you the confidence to experiment on your own piece of furniture. She is knowledgeable,
patient and inspiring. Lovely to take home a transformed piece of furniture at the end of the course. Looking forward to doing level 2 next year!
Response from The Boho Shed:I’m so pleased you enjoyed the workshop Luise. I look forward to seeing you again next year.
I attended Jo's Painting Furniture workshop in Grapenhall and wasn't sure what to expect as it was a gift from my husband and I hadn't done anything like it before.
Jo did a great job of putting me at ease, taking the time to explain lots of different techniques before we got to put them into practice.
The workshop was lovely and relaxed and after practicing some of the techniques, we got to paint our own piece of furniture from home. There were lots of handy tips, and I feel like a gained the confidence and inspiration to paint some more pieces (and we got to enjoy some lovely cakes and scones too).
Response from The Boho Shed:I’m delighted you enjoyed the workshop Rachael. You made a lovely job of your table. Thanks for your lovely comments.
Attended the furniture painting and upcycling workshop a few days ago and it was excellent! The workshop was a perfect size, really chilled and informal and the location was perfect, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a fab little café. Jo was an excellent trainer and I picked up some great prepping and painting techniques and advice around the best paints and brushes to purchase. Will definitely be attending more of Jo's sessions! X
Response from The Boho Shed:So pleased you enjoyed the workshop Christina. It was a pleasure for me and your little chair looked really gorgeous. I look forward to seeing you again soon. X
Great course for anyone wanting to enhance or reminder of techniques, or like me start from the beginning not having tried it before. Great tips on which paints work better with the different techniques. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere in a great location. I will definitely be going to more of Jo's courses!
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks for your lovely review Lesley. You did such a great job of your furniture particularly it was your first time. I look forward to seeing you again.
I had an amazing time both learning new techniques and brushing up (pardon the pun) on previously taught skills. This was my second experience of the level 1 course, and I was delighted to realise how much more I learnt. The entire day was so much fun, led by an extremely accomplished artist who was so generous in sharing her vast knowledge and experience. Joanne purposed to divide her time between all 8 of us so brilliantly, guiding and advising with ideas personal to each person, and perfectly appropriate to each piece. We all had a fabulous time of bonding throughout the day as we practised the various exercises. We all came away with a greater understanding of approaching furniture restoration, along with transferable skills for future endeavours. We also came away with a finished product that, to my mind, were of a very high standard. I can highly recommend Joanne’s workshops. You will never see a piece of furniture in the same light. A joy!!
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your really lovely words Michelle. You are doing such a fantastic job of all your painting projects. You're very talented and creative. Your biscuits were delicious btw! Thank you!
A lovely day, I learned a lot and met some great people too. Would definitely recommend this course.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your recommendation Suzanne. Your mirror looked delightful at the end of the day. I had a lovely day with you all too. Hope to see you again.
What a lovely day
Very interesting and interactive, every minute used to the max.
Learned such a lot and came away with a great sense of achievement.
Lovely place with great facilities.
Very well done Jo.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you Carolyn. You did so well with your unit. I hope your fish enjoy their new home. It was lovely to spend the day with you.
I was given this course as a birthday present from my daughter. This course did not appeal to me but went with a very small table (just about to be thrown into a tip) not knowing what to expect! The day was spent with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor, Joanne.
At the end of the day I came away having transformed my small table and learnt a great deal about all types and methods of transforming items of furniture.
There were 8 of us all with different items and all took a marvellous turnaround in appearance. Changed my mind - would recommend this course especially to people who think they cannot do this.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your lovely review Val. I am so delighted you enjoyed the day and got so much out of it having arrived feeling quite cynical about the workshop. You did amazingly well with your table and I hope your daughter loved it too.
Jo was a fantastic teacher. I went having no experience of doing any furniture painting to creating two beautiful picture frames and feeling truly inspired.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks for your recommendation Anna. I'm so pleased you left feeling inspired and hope you manage to continue at home. Hope to see you again.
Today I had the privilege to attend Jo’s Boho Shed studio and learn how to paint a piece of furniture. My best friend bought me this experience as a surprise and it did not disappoint. I had a dark wood table that looked very unloved and with Jo’s great knowledge, passion for her craft and Enthusiastic enthusiasm for us to enjoy learning a new skill, I produced an amazing rejuvenated piece of furniture in Swanky Pants colour edged in distressed silver. Highly recommended and thank you Jo xx
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm delighted you enjoyed the workshop Sharon and that it was a good surprise! Lovely of your friend to do that for you. Thank you for your kind words. x
I have just spent a wonderful day learning loads of excellent furniture painting techniques. There were only a few in the class so Jo was able to support us all really well. Jo is obviously a very knowledgeable & experienced teacher.
I arrived with a very boring and highly polished dark wood nest of tables & left with a beautiful & classy navy & grey table, looking forward to painting the other 2. Already planning my next day with Jo, but what to choose - upholstered footstool or intermediate painting techniques 🤔 . Great day, thanks Jo xxx
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much Sal. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop, you did a really great job on your tables. I look forward to seeing you soon on the next one. :-)
Just had a brilliant day with Jo who was wonderful and informative. Even though I am not creative, this allowed me to try out different techniques which I will be able to use. Jo spent time with everyone discussing ideas for our chosen piece of furniture. I am looking forward to booking on another course in the future.
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm delighted you enjoyed the day, thank you for your lovely review. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Had a brilliant day learning new skills which I can't wait to try out on other pieces of furniture that desperately need to be rejuvenated!
The instructor was very informative, and with guidance and advice along the way, I finished up with a brand new contemporary paper rack. Thank you so much!
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day Helen, you did a great job on your paper rack. I look forward to seeing your future creations. Thanks for your lovely words.
Having attended the Level 1 Furniture painting course earlier in the year & thoroughly enjoyed it, I was keen to get booked on the Level 2. Jo is extremely knowledgeable, patient and makes the whole day great fun. I would highly recommend attending Jo’s workshops & will be returning for the footstool upholstery workshop in the new year.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your lovely words Jane, I'm so pleased you got as much out of the level 2 painting course and I look forward to seeing you for some upholstering in 2020! :-)
I attended this course sept 14th. Jo is absolutely delightful. She is well informed, patient and encouraging! The choice of kit that she provides is amazing. This is my second course with Jo and I’m looking to attend my third soon! The venue is brilliant and the lunch/afternoon tea is delicious. Highly recommended. Thanks Jo.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so very much Julie. It was a delight to spend the day with such a lovely group of girls. I agree, Cuerden View Cafe is a perfect venue and all credit to the staff and chefs for consistently providing an excellent and friendly service and afternoon tea.
What a fab day, this is my second course with the Boho Shed at Cuerden Valley and already planning my next one. The course was informative and fun in an informal atmosphere. The techniques we have learned and all the expert tips will enable me to use them on projects at home. Thanks again Jo for a lovely day. PS. The afternoon tea (lunch) provided, sets you up for the afternoon.
Response from The Boho Shed:It was great to see you again Jan and I'm delighted you enjoyed your second workshop as much as the first. Credit to Cuerden View Cafe and staff for providing a beautiful environment and delicious afternoon tea! See you again soon. :-)
Myself and my friend have always fancied upcycling furniture but have never been brave enough to have a go so we decided to go on a course to see what it was all about and I'm glad we did.
Jo is a fantastic teacher, very good at explaining things and with it being a maximum of 6 people per class she had time to come round and give advice and help to everyone individually.
The afternoon tea was to die for and it was lovely to sit and each lunch in such beautiful surroundings'
I would recommend any of Jo's courses - we will be attending many more in the coming months
Now - where's my paint...
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for a lovely review Debby. I'm so pleased you and Deb enjoyed the workshop. You did such a fantastic job of those chairs, I really loved them. I look forward to seeing you at the level 2 creative workshop in September.
Attended a Furniture Painting workshop with Joanne on Sat 27 July 2019 at Cuerden Valley Park. Lovely relaxed but informative workshop with the delightful Joanne who goes out of her way to help individuals as well as supplying lots of general information on how to get the best effects. The location for this workshop is ideal, comfortable and set in a lovely park and the lunch was plentiful and delicious. All in all a really wonderful way to spend a day. Highly recommended and good value for money too! Thanks Joanne, can't wait for the next one.
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop Anne, it was great to finally meet you and I look forward to seeing you at the upholstery one in Aug.
I completed the one day furniture painting workshop for beginners on 7th June. It was an excellent day. First class tuition from Jo who took us through several paint techniques step by step. I painted a small side table using the crackle glaze technique, some stencilling and air brushing. I was really impressed with the final result. All materials supplied with a huge choice of colours. I would highly recommend the workshop. Far better than a previous workshop I had attended.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your kind words Heather. Your did an amazing job on your table. keep up the good work.
Had a great day with Jo on this workshop. Jo gave us the chance to practice some painting techniques with lots of help and guidance. We then set about painting our own piece of furniture. I feel confident now to have a go at painting more items in my home. A fun day. Thanks Jo
Response from The Boho Shed:Wonderful news!! My job is done - for you to leave with the knowledge and confidence to continue with your own projects at home. Don't forget to show me your creativity. :-)
Just had a fab and fun day at the furniture painting course on 7 June in Grappenhall. Jo is an excellent teacher and very approachable. We learnt lots of new techniques which I can try at home before going on the level 2 course later in the year. It was a great venue, great crowd, great fun and great value.
I would recommend this course and Jo to anyone.
I'm also looking forward to the upholstery course which I have booked for this summer.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much Liz. That's so kind of you. I look forward to seeing you in August for another fun and creative day.
I would recommend this course as a fun an informative way to learn various painting techniques. Jo is very helpful and knowledgeable, and the group of other ladies on the course were friendly and supportive. I’m looking forward to doing the next level.
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you and your lovely Mum enjoyed the day Clare, it was great for me too. A lovely group and soooooo creative. I look forward to seeing you again on the level 2 workshop.
On Friday 10 May, my neighbour Lesley and myself were lucky enough to attend Furniture Painting Level 1 Beginners at Cuerden Valley Cafe, we had a lovely day, met some wonderful and helpful ladies, had a fabulous Afternoon Tea in Cuerden Cafe and most of all learnt so much from our lovely teacher Jo, thank you for your patience!
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so very much for your kind words Jan. It was such a great day with you all and I picked up a few lovely creative ideas myself from you all.
Jo is knowledgable, friendly & encouraging - I would highly recommend this course - I learnt so much.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much Karen. It was fantastic for me to teach such a lovely group. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day.
I had the best time, learnt loads of techniques and felt confident enough to try out my new skills on furniture at home by tge end of the workshop. Jo was so friendly and patient.
Response from The Boho Shed:Ah, thank you Vanda, I had such a great day with you all and I'm so pleased you learned so much. I love that little jewellery box, you did such a great job! I have received your message and will book you onto the advanced workshop now.
I attended Jo's paint workshop on Friday with my mum. It was excellent day out, good value for money and very informative. We learnt how to create a distressed look, stencil, how to create the crackling look. Jo was extremely friendly, patient, helpful and full of wonderful ideas as we had the opportunity during the course to create an effect on an item of our choice. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Jo's workshops and I will definitely be attending one very soon. xx
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks for your lovely words Julie. I'm delighted you and your Mum enjoyed the day. My Mum and Aunty are tickled pink you enjoyed their homemade cakes and scones! And I am so very pleased you have been inspired to keep your old furniture and make it beautiful following the workshop. See you at the next one.
I attended Jo’s workshop in February and was very impressed. Jo is very knowledgable and patient and taught us lots of amazing techniques. An old childhood bookcase became a very modern and refreshed piece of furniture thanks to Jo’s advice and guidance. The cakes were yummy too. Highly recommended the Boho Shes and Jo. Can’t wait for level 2.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your lovely words Jane. It's so great to receive such positive feedback. Your bookcase looked gorgeous and I'm delighted you enjoyed the day...and the cakes! :-)
Great workshop attended in February, learnt some great techniques. If you are looking to upcycle any old furniture I would highly recommend on Thebohoshed courses. Thanks Jo looking forward to the next one.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you Lindsay. You did a great job! I'm really pleased you enjoyed the day and I look forward to working with you at Level 2.