New furniture for old! Furniture Restoration Classes

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A talent that will save you money

Buy new furniture is pretty expensive as is paying for furniture restoration. However, if you can do it yourself, you can turn your old furniture or secondhand buys into statement pieces.

A Furniture Restoration course will help you to use what’s in your house to give your surroundings a facelift. The fundamental idea behind furniture restoration is the recognition that furniture should be protected and safeguarded. Ideally, you remain true to the design that the original maker intended.

Identify antiques and appreciate quality

A class will not turn you into an expert overnight. However it will prepare you to identify antiques, spot a fake and appreciate quality. It will also give you the confidence to tackle your own restoration projects. The most common focus points are on antique restoration and French polishing. Therefore participants usually bring in their own pieces to work on. However, if you have nothing suitable a project will be provided for you. At the end of the course you will have a finished project which will reflect all of your work and newfound skills. After all, it is always nice to have something to show off.

Plotting your progress

As a general rule, students are required to bring a camera along with them to take pictures at different stages. This will capture the various elements of the process perfectly. It will also be a good reference for you in your future projects. Apart from the great satisfaction there is to gain in restoring something to its former glory there is also the practical element. Furniture restoration is a smart, challenging and interesting way to make changes to your surroundings. So take a closer look at that dilapidated chair or table and use your imagination in visualising what could stand in its place with a bit of knowledge and effort.

Frank Bolger

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  1. Toni russell 4th July 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I am looking for a restoration and upholstery course I am living in lucan but can travel if needed.

  2. Deirdre Smith 4th October 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Hi I’m looking to do an evening course in the northside of dublin Donaghmede coolock area I would appreciate your help
    Thanks in advance
    Deirdre Smith

    1. Cormac O' Meara 5th October 2017 at 10:33 am

      Hi Deirdre,

      The only furniture course I can see in Dublin that is listed in our database in this one at Ballyfermot.

      Best of luck on your search!

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