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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Contemporary furniture painting & Upcycling
Course Dates: Thursday 7th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017
Category: Furniture
Price: £160


This course celebrates freedom of design teaching creative and contemporary furniture painting techniques along with added knowledge of woodcare

Further Detail

This two day course is designed to give the students all the fundamental practical skills needed to paint and upcycle furniture to a professional level. This along with the added woodcare knowledge will allow the students to sympathetically restore any piece of furniture whether it’s with paint or naturally. Each student will have a design consultation with the tutor before executing it on a small piece of furniture of their choice. We’ll also make sure professional photography is taken so you’ll walk away with a portfolio piece and imagery. 

Skills/Techniques Covered

1. Health & Safety

2. Materials and tools needed

3. Design consultation

4. Stripping and neutralising

5. Sanding techniques and removing residue

6. Stain block and primers

7. Eggshell paint techniques

8. Chalk paint techniques

9. Cutting back techniques

10. Patterns

11. Paint flow and curing

12. Sealing – Wax and varnishes, oils

13. Aftercare

14. Evaluation of end-product/Professional photography


Beginner & Intermediate


Materials are not included in your course fee. 

The majority of materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £65, payable to the tutor during the course. 

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor. 

Please bring with you:

A small sized piece of furniture which will become your portfolio piece. The paint you wish to use if you wanted to add a contemporary twist to the piece and any hardware i.e – drawer and door handles or new hinges/catches. All woodcare materials are provided. There will be trade standard synthetic brushes to use for painting to a professional level. 

We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment. 

Tutor Profile

Oliver Piepereit is a trained Interior designer with a love of arts and crafts. After 10 years in the design industry he decided to go solo to found an innovative furniture making and refinishing company called OP Woodcraft who specialise in furniture design and make, French polishing, modern finishing and tutoring. 

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Complimentary fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS - Lunch: We can cater for vegetarians. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please bring your own sandwiches. Teatime: If you would like gluten/dairy free cake, just let us know when you arrive.