Furniture Painting Courses

Unfortunately due to my current workload I am not running any Furniture Painting Courses for the foreseeable future. I’m keeping the Course details posted below, just in case I hold any in the future.


The groups are small (up to 4), so there’s plenty of opportunity for individual tuition. The tuition is informal, BUT I will cover much ground, and there will be plenty of time to chat and ask questions. I will be working on a demonstration piece throughout the weekend, so you will see a start to finish refurb.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of furniture painting/refurbishing, so I start from scratch. By the end of the 2 days, you will have enough knowledge to refurbish/paint furniture to a professional standard.

Importantly, you will be working on and seeing ‘proper’ furniture items being refurbished from start to finish, rather than just painting squares of ply board, which doesn’t really give an insight as to what furniture refurbishment is all about.

The total cost for the 2 days is £195, which includes all materials used on the course (paints, brushes, tools etc.). A 40 page manual/folder is included in the price, along with a set of brushes and a pot of Autentico Vintage paint.  Refreshments and lunch are provided. A £50 deposit is payable upon booking acceptance (about 6 – 8 weeks before the Course), with the balance due one month before the course date.

You will need to bring a small furniture item along (eg. a small table, a wooden chair, a small cabinet…). If you’re struggling to find anything, I will provide something suitable.

The course times are 9.30 (for a 10am start) each day, finishing around 5pm (most likely a little later on the Saturday and a little earlier on the Sunday).

Drop me a line if you’re interested: and I’ll add you to the mailing list.


The courses are aimed at those of you who have never painted furniture before, or who have dabbled but would like to learn more. You don’t need to be ‘arty’ or ‘gifted’ and the courses will cover the most basic techniques, along with a generous dose of furniture painting tips and a lot of fun.

I will cover everything that you need to know to get started in painting furniture and the workshops will be very much hands on. Whether you just want to refurbish an item for your own personal use, or are thinking about starting a business selling painted furniture, the courses will be basic enough so as not to baffle, but detailed enough to provide a good grounding for those of you intending to paint professionally. The first day will cover the basics and the second day will move onto the nitty gritty, with different paint techniques.

DAY ONE will cover the basics:

  • Where to buy/find furniture and what furniture is suitable for refurb.
  • What to look out for when buying furniture.
  • Refurb preparation – from sanding and priming, to carrying out minor repairs.
  • A totally unbiased run down on products and tools and tips of the trade.
  • Painting with eggshell paints (Farrow & Ball, Laura Ashley etc.).
  • Painting with chalk paints.

DAY TWO – paint effects and finishing touches:

  • Waxing and finishing techniques.
  • Paint effects – how to create different styles – formal, French, distressed, antique, two-tone etc.
  • How to ‘bling’ plain furniture and adding those all important finishing touches.
  • How to paint floral decorations/artworks.

39 thoughts on “Furniture Painting Courses”

  1. Please can you add my name to your proposed workshop lists. Sam Abinger (just bought the sideboard with hummingbird detail)

  2. ruth carver said:

    please can you add my detail too for the spring courses – NG23

  3. Janet Noonan said:

    Do you do any week-end courses? Please add my details for a future course. Very keen to come to one. Thanks, Janet.

  4. Janet Noonan said:

    Hi Jackie, Great, thank you, I will look forward to that.

  5. Yuliyana Stillmank-Wright said:

    Hi, do you know when your next dates after 9-10 of June will be?
    I have a lot of staff already and very inpatient to start!
    Have a nice day,

  6. Sandra Hyndman said:

    Hi I was wondering if you had two places available in September 12 for myself and my daughter.

    Regards Sandra

  7. Hi Sounds like a great course! Please could you advise me of first date available to book and is therer somewhere nearby to nightstop?

  8. Michelle tivey said:

    Hi my name is Michelle,I am very interested in attending your two day paint courses,could u send me details and dates.many thanks.x

    • Michelle said:

      Hi I am interested in attending ur workshop,the table your dad did is there some where local to stay.many thanks michelle.

      • Hi Michelle,

        Glad you like the table.

        With regards to my Courses, yes there are several places to stay nearby – I have a few of them listed in the info I send out with the booking form. I’ve no dates for Autumn yet, but will post them on the Furniture Painting Courses page as and when.


  9. Chontelle said:

    Hi I’m Chontelle,

    I get a real thrill from panting pieces but feel a bit of tuition would be beneficial to get a more professinal look. Im very keen on attending one of your courses.

    Could you send me details please?

    thank you xxx

  10. Chontelle said:

    oooops! that meant to say I get a thrill from painting pieces – my bad!!

  11. Erin Murphy said:

    My friend and I would be very interested in this two day course and would like to hear when you are next running a course.

    My friend now lives in Germany but we’ve been looking for something different to do for a weekend together and this would be great for both of us as we’re both very interested in learning how to refurbish furniture.

    Your summer courses being booked up is fine as neither of us has much time until Sept onwards but hoping we can attend a future course.

    Very much look forward to hearing from you

  12. Jacqui Hawins said:

    I am very interested in your courses. Can you put me on your mailing list. Your site is great.
    Many thanks

  13. Hi I am interested in your course could you please put me on your waiting list?

  14. Hannah Tylee said:

    Hi There,
    I am very interested in attending your Sept/Oct course. Please keep me updated on a confirmed weekend.

  15. I rarely leave comments, however i did some searching and
    wound up here Furniture Painting Courses | The Barrister’s Horse. And I do have a couple of questions for you if you do not mind. Could it be only me or does it seem like a few of the comments appear like they are coming from brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are posting on other sites, I’d like to keep up
    with anything fresh you have to post. Would you list of all of your public
    sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

  16. I am interested in your furniture painting course. I was just wondering where you are located. Best – malinda giles

  17. Where are these classes and do you still do them?

  18. Hi there

    We’re just buying a new house and with baby on the way have much to buy and do!!! I would be really interested in attending your next available course. Please let me know when you have a date in mind.

    Many thanks


  19. Hello,

    Please can you let me know of any weekend dates coming up soon?


  20. hello i would be interested in a workshop im in fernwood near Stubton!

  21. Jo Mackay said:


    I am interested in taking one of your courses. Would you please send me dates of any coming up.



  22. Mary wright said:

    Please keep me on the mailing list for future courses Jackie.
    Kind regards Mary Wright.

  23. Jackie, Hi . came across your page whilst floating through the internet in no particular direction, on a lazy morning before I head off to work today. I’m very sorry to read of you double whammy loss. please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences. From personal and professional experience I know it It can be tough getting back to normal after something like that. I think the trick – if there is one, is in not getting back to normal, not straight away, but in doing things a little different as we feel like it, like everything that bumps into is along the way in life, we move past it and whilst we may get a few bruises from the contact they do fade in time. I wish you all the best in life and your furniture does look fantastic. You truly have a gift .. gus

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