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Annie Sloan Workshops

About the Course

Learn how to transform furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Come along and learn how to use this incredible paint, then go away inspired to tackle your projects at home.

This is a friendly and relaxed furniture painting workshop set in the gorgeous Summerhouse at Packhouse. During this 3 hour course step by step instruction will be given along with an instruction sheet and the chance to ask any questions. You will have a chance to experiment with a range of brushes and paint colours from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint range. No experience is necessary, anyone can achieve wonderful results with chalk paint.

What you will learn:
Two colour effects
Ageing with dark wax
Sanding for a distressed look

Individual piece, you will work on a small item to take home. This is your chance to get creative, plenty of help will be given if you need it.

Nyree Forster has been teaching for three years and loves the versatility of Chalk Paint and the fact it is so easy to use and great fun to teach with. She hopes you will find a new hobby or grow and existing one.

Maximum of 6 guests. We welcome group bookings

How can I contact the course tutor?
Please feel free to contact Nyree Forster with any questions you have using the form above.

What is the Packhouse?
Set within the Surrey hills between Guildford and Farnham, our 400-year-old Grade II-listed building sells a huge variety of vintage, antique and one-off buys from furniture and interior finishing touches to gifts and fashion accessories. You won’t find a more diverse mix anywhere else. We hope you will allow a bit of time to enjoy some browsing after the course.

Is my ticket refundable?
Please ensure you can make the date booked for as tickets are non-refundable. Thanks for your understanding.

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 materials are included in the course fee. You will take home a set of sample boards as a reminder of what you learnt plus a small finished item.

Hot drinks and cake and or biscuits will be served during a short break. Aprons will be provided but please do dress for a bit of mess.

Parking is free. All guests will get a 25% discount voucher from Packhouse to buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and supplies, please note this must be used on the day of the course.

There is a restaurant called Bears at Packhouse which is very popular, if you would like a table for lunch after the course, we recommend booking.


Nyree Forster at Paint & Ink Studio, Surrey
The Hive, Packhouse, Hewitt's Kilns, Tongham Road
GU10 1PJ
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Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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3 hours 15 mins 10am – 1.15pm or 1-4.15pm

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In-person course
- - #15183

Such a wonderful day with Nyree! Loved the workshop, the people I met and the stuff I learned. Nyree provides a welcoming environment is such a lovely setting. It was an amazing day that gave me confidence to experiment. Nyree is an amazing teacher with a passion for what she does and common sense instruction to encourage you to have a go! Highly recommend!

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- - #14702

Nyree was very friendly and helpful. She gave lots of tips , information and techniques.The workshop gave me confidence to tackle my painting project. Thank you Nyree .

Response from Paint & Ink Studio, Surrey:

Thanks so much Tamar xxx

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- - #14581

Nyree was a brilliant teacher who gave us a good mix of instruction and letting us get stuck in and experiment with paints. Her course was informative, fun and well worth it. I learnt so much.

Response from Paint & Ink Studio, Surrey:

Thanks for such a lovely review Faye xxx

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- - #14116

I really enjoyed the relaxed style of this workshop, it was fun but I learnt so much too. I feel much more confident at taking on some projects and itching to try out all the techniques I now know! Thanks

Response from Paint & Ink Studio, Surrey:

Thank so much for your super lovely review, it really does mean a lot.
Good luck with all your painting projects!

Take care Nyree x

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- - #13964

Perfect workshop for the beginner! Thanks to Nyree I now have the confidence to tackle lots of pieces of furniture that I would like to paint, distress, white wash etc. We practised on smaller pieces and got information and our trial pieces to take away with us. Nice small group of 6 and all friendly. Highly recommend!

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- - #13953

Even though I'm not very good at anything 'Arty' I did learn painting techniques which I am going to try at home.
Thank you Nyree.

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- - #13870

Thank you Nyree for a great day! Great painting class for beginners, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, lots of inspiration to take home and tackle that project you were putting away. Definitely recommend!

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- - #13869

Great course whether you're a novice or looking to expand your skills. Hands on throughout so you get to learn at least four new painting techniques. I look forward to trying them out on our bedroom furniture! Well worth the time and very interactive in a friendly setting ... thanx Nyree.

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- - #13834

I really enjoyed the morning learning what can be achieved with chalk paints in a friendly relaxed class. I now feel confident to get painting! Thank you Nyree

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- - #13795

Thank you Nyree for a really enjoyable course, it was invigorating , very informative, fun and relaxing. Loved learning about the paint and how easy it was to use it. Can't wait to start on some of my projects, you have inspired me to have the confidence to go for it. Once again thank you.
By the way my sister in law at lavender house was well impressed.
Keep painting .👍🏻💙

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- - #13597

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and loved being able to use the paints to see the true colours. It was great to mess about and experiment with them. This is vital with paint as its so difficult to know the exact shades that come out and what colours blend together. I would love to have more lessons on other types of painting. I feel I need some advice on the nest of tables I am painting and follow up lessons would be an advantage.
I found it very enjoyable and the teacher was excellent!!!

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- - #13534

Had a fantastic morning with our group. The course was well run and was very informative showing us all the techniques for all levels. I can now take home the confidence to tackle my painting projects. I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again, Nyree

In-person course
- - #13525

I’m a complete beginner but Nyree managed to fill me with enthusiasm and confidence to start on transforming my old furniture in such a short space of time. Her workshop covers all the essential techniques and with a small group size ensures it feels very personal.

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- - #12631

Chrissy and I had a great morning learning paint techniques from Nyree who is an excellent and inspirational teacher. It was good fun meeting and working alongside the other ladies in the group too and I can't believe we learned so much in such a short time. I feel confident enough to have a go at some tired bits of furniture at home and see what happens! Do let us know if you ever want to do a follow-up tutorial, Nyree.

In-person course
- - #11048

Many Thanks for an excellent course. It certainly did what it said on the tin! I feel really motivated to improve my furniture. I am impressed that my one unanswered question was followed up - its not often that happens. I would recommend this course and hope to hear about an advanced module.

In-person course
- - #9898

I wanted to say a big Thank You to you for a very enjoyable day. I know my wife enjoyed it too and it was relaxing, informative, fun and educational and has inspired both of us to just "have a go".
As you know, she is the "crafty" one in our home and it was just great for me to join her for an event, something to do as a couple and definitely something we will both do in the future. We got some paint etc from the Packhouse so we're all set.

Thanks for making me so welcome and I'm so glad I came along.

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- - #9859

Fantastic course, just what I was looking for. Nyree gives the right amount of information and help to give you the confidence to take on furniture painting projects. Lots of tips and enough techniques to give you a good feel for the possibilities. Well done Nyree and thank you.

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- - #9603

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, it was a great introduction to using chalk paints.
The group size is perfect and Nyree has lots of tips and information to share. It was great fun trying all the different techniques and it gave me the confidence to start on my own project, which was a huge success, thanks to Nyree.

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- - #9392

I loved this course, I've been wanting to do one for a while and this one was perfect. The combination of Nyree's tuition and the hands on painting really enabled you to see what can be done. I would definitely recommend Nyree and this course to anyone interested in furniture painting. I'd like to do more please.

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- - #8860

I absolutely loved this workshop. Nyree was an excellent tutor, ensuring we had a complete understanding of chalk paint and the paint techniques and taught us using quality products. The workshop far exceeded my expectations, I couldn't wait to get started on my many projects! Money well worth spending. Would happily do it all over again for the social side and idea exchange!

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- - #8556

I'd been wanting to paint some dark old pieces of furniture and this course gave me the confidence to tackle them. We were told the best paint to use and the different techniques that would give you a classy, 'distressed' finish.

The course was very hands on and we got to try each technique. It was friendly and we all swapped ideas and discussed what we were planning to do.

Nyree was a great teacher and clearly enjoys her craft. She showed us pictures of some of the wonderful pieces she has created. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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