Shabby chic skills for beginners



Either bring a small piece of furniture you want to work on or choose a chair from the course stock, to use during the day and take home at the end.
Day includes
changing appearances by
-distressed paint effects
-salt paint
-chalk paint

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Each course is designed so you gain practical skills and experience of materials, tools, and construction used in upcycling.
All courses are suitable for beginners in how to design and build from recycled materials and all include building amazing stuff which you take home at the end of the session.
The course will be held in Glastonbury or Evercreech in Somerset (BA6 or BA4).
All courses are run indoors in the dry with heating.

What's included in the price?
-All materials and tools are included on all the courses.
-Free ice poles on hot days at morning break time and cake on cold days
-There is also free tea and coffee on tap, throughout the day.


Scott McMillan at Black Paw upcycle project


9 Silver Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


1 day (9:00am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
Dawn Steel - - #35475

I had the most amazing day with Scott. It was great fun and I "made a thing"!!! I was ridiculously proud of the garden caddy that I made and am champing at the bit to make more things. Scott was a great teacher - calm, knowledgeable, encouraging and extremely patient (especially when I kept changing my mind on the design). The hospitality was great and his space is brilliant - lots of ideas scattered around the place for future designs. Sue provided great cakes and hit the nail on the head when she said I was channelling the joy of my inner eight-year-old! I highly recommend this course and will be signing up for more (sorry Scott!). A terrific day all around.

Response from Black Paw upcycle project:

Thanks Dawn.
You were great fun to have for the day and yes we would love to see you again.

In-person course
Paula Azevedo - - #33248

It was an amazing weekend, i never did any wood work and now feel confident to build lots of different things, already have loads of projects in my mind to do around the house :)
Scott and Sue were amazing, i felt i was learning with friends...
Definitely recommend.

Response from Black Paw upcycle project:

Thanks Paula it was a pleasure having you on the course. Good luck on building amazing stuff. I'd love a photo of your new creations when you make them. Have fun Scott

In-person course
Jackie - - #33147

I had a really lovely day and learnt so much. It was a friendly, informal day, lots of advice and information. Bonus was the excellent cake baked by Sue. Definitely recommend this to anyone whether they have no knowledge of woodwork or want to improve their woodworking skills.
Thank you Scott and Sue for a really great day

Response from Black Paw upcycle project:

Thanks Jackie. You were a great student too and i will let sue know you liked her cake she will be chuffed

In-person course
jenny - - #21987

I had such an amazing time with you. I really enjoyed it and my family were amazed at my creations. Thank you so much Scott and Sue xx

In-person course
karen - - #21988

What a truly fabulous course you run Scott Sue and Max (black paw himself). I learnt so much and was amazed by how much we achieved in a weekend. Now inspired to create so much more! Photos to follow I’m sure

In-person course
Miranda - - #21690

Such a fantastic course. I went with my son. Scott is a truly great teacher, explaining everything really clearly, really succinctly and then gives you the freedom and confidence to just get on with it and experiment.
Undoubtedly 5 stars from both me and my teenage son who loved every minute of it.

In-person course
Guillaume Wright - - #17748

A fantastic course - for someone aware of the basics but lacking confidence in DIY skills, Scott and Sue have created a very accessible, useful, and most importantly fun course! Plenty of great tips, not just on upcycling, but DIY and woodwork in general, the chance to be creative, and you end up with some unique (and practical!) items to take home. Scott is a really great teacher, and they're both lovely people - thanks both!

In-person course
John Conyngham - - #17747

Earlier reviews have eloquently set out the contents of this course and there is no need to repeat them. What has to be SHOUTED out is just how good this course is! It is highly instructive, different, makes you bring out the creativity you never knew you had, keeps you totally engaged to the extent of wanting to skip the lunch break and it is GREAT FUN!! Chris is just an excellent, natural tutor with a great people instinct and he is very ably assisted by wife Sue and lovely daughter - not forgetting Black Paw owner, Max! What a friendly family. Nothing is too much trouble for all 3 and you will never be left floundering. The weekend just hurtled by - do go for the 2 days - and I arrived home on Sunday night exhilarated, proud of my very modest achievements and tired out! Thank you Chris and Sue ...and, in case anyone didn't read this far, GO!

In-person course
Yvonne Jackson - - #15312

This was the perfect short course to get me moving from "I could do that" to "I made that".
Starting with the basics of sourcing and dismantling your pallet ( with advice on the best tools for the job) through simple construction methods and different wood finishing techniques , Scott and Sue provided comprehensive, practical advice in a supportive, friendly environment. We even learned how to incorporate lighting into a pallet wood project. Over the two days I learned to use both power and hand tools effectively and to try out a host of creative ideas. I also picked up lots of practical woodworking tips. This course opened up a world of potential projects to explore back home and it was great fun. Scott, Sue and Max the Labrador (the black paws behind the name!) were all great company. Highly recommended. Thank you.

In-person course
Richard Perkins - - #15064

Hi Scot
A great weekend of craft work and recycling of pallets. It was fun, informative and a truly a practical approach as to how one can create useful items and furniture from redundant pallets. Your excellent instruction will be put to use very soon to create some 'master pieces ' well at least some useful items of interest. Thanks to you and Sue- a wonderful time was enjoyed.
Best regards

In-person course
Eloise Kent - - #14526

A fantastic course! Taken by Scott, and Sue his wife and Max 'Black Paw' the lab were there too to help. Scott went through how to identify pallets, which you wouldn't think is important but certainly is! We then were taught how to take them apart, how to make a work bench in 5 mins. All the tools used, different types of nails, screws etc. How to use hand tool and power tools. The second day was also interesting, how to wire a plug and lamp, then we turned it into a cool floor lamp and we made a pallet armchair/throne. Scott is very knowledgable, and has great ideas. He explains things well and is patient to everyone's learning speed. Would 100% recommend to everyone!

In-person course
Steve Peach - - #13266

Scott and Sue (and my new best friend, Max) were friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable. The opportunity to try out a huge number of tools was invaluable; I learned what I liked and disliked. The same goes for different finishes, oils, dyes and so on. Highly recommended!

Also, Glastonbury is well worth a visit, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan.

In-person course
Charles B - - #13257

This was an excellent course. On the first day we dismantled our pallets and built our projects. On the second we experimented with different finishes, built a palette (not pallet!) of the results, and learnt some basics about incorporating wiring into our designs.

Scott is an excellent tutor, engaging and supportive. We worked at our own pace and the days were very hands-on. The days were very full and we had our money's worth. This was a really valuable weekend's work and I am delighted I chose this course.

In-person course
Toby - - #8465

What a superb course! Scott aimed the course at the level appropriate for the participants and supported us through the main processes of sourcing, dismantling, assembling and finishing a product. He was able to provide vital tips in all areas while answering any questions we had with ease. I feel confident now to begin creating any item of furniture from old pallets! Scott was a delight, engaging and supportive throughout. Thanks for everything.

In-person course
Tannas M - - #8382

The course was well put together.
With my partner, we are considering buying our first house, and the course covered loads of really relevant information and skills we will need in our new home. From how to wire a light to drilling brickwork and installing water pipes.
Scott is a great teacher and gave us loads of time and support to master the different skills during the day

A great day with loads of skills and building tips

In-person course
Sue A - - #8381

I had an amazing day.
Scott gave me loads of support to learn how to make amazing stuff with old pallets.
the course was well put together and a lots of hands on doing stuff

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