Antique Restoration, French Polishing, Paint Finishes & Gilding St George & Sutherland Community College

Antique Restoration, French Polishing, Paint Finishes & Gilding

Longing to breathe new life into a family heirloom or a treasure you picked up roadside shopping? Then this is the class for you. Whether a beautiful period piece or a modern piece of furniture pop it into your car boot and bring it along with your desire to see it restored whilst enjoying the company of other like-minded folks. In class, you will have the opportunity to fix your wobbly legs and stuck-up draws, learn all things restoration – the art and skill of applying the original method of polish to woodwork, faux paint finishes, gliding, japanning, marbeling and graining, tempa, and oil finishes. What about something modern? Would you like to learn how to accomplish the modern shabby chic style?

So, come along and join us at SGSCC and learn in a fun environment how to make the most out of your beloved old furniture and antique pieces. Learn tips and tricks from our experienced tutor on how to give your treasures that special final touch and how to showcase them in a unique, individual way! Get started with your very own restoration project!

Course Outline:

  • How to prepare your antiques and furniture
  • Various restoration techniques
  • Different finishing techniques such as gloss finishes, wood finishes, or faux finish
  • Painting techniques – shabby chic, chalk paint
  • How to make your products

Learning Outcome:

To be successful in restoration and make the most out of your antique pieces or old furniture

What to Bring:

  • Pen and paper for the first lesson
  • Small piece of furniture or part of to start on
  • Apron
  • Rubber gloves both strong and disposable
  • Paint scrapper
  • Small cheap paint brushes
  • Notes will be provided as needed

About the Tutor:

'Judy had the desire to restore a family heirloom so took herself off to College to learn how to make a tired, worn piece look beautiful again. Through her years of learning has fallen in love with wood and everything to do with wood. She can see the beauty in a piece that someone else calls rubbish. No longer is it a job but a passion restoring tired old pieces and her desire to teach others to appreciate the beauty hidden in an older piece of furniture only grows as the years go on.'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.