furniture restoration

Suitable for: Absolute beginners.

Course length: 30 hours/12 weeks.

Dates: See below for start dates/times.

Key tools: Clamps, chisels, wood veneers , glues, French polish.

Learning: Furniture and wood  identification, assessment for restoration, repairing structural damage,  choice and use of adhesives, restoring lost areas of veneer and wood, Introduction to French polishing. Use of different wood finishes.

Project: Bring your own small item to restore during this course. Call Alison to discuss if required.

Similar Courses: Wood Revival, Retro Restoration


What a way to start the weekend- or end the week.

This is a project based course and we encourage learners to bring a small wood item to the first class.

You can bring a 60s book-rack, a small occasional table, a simple chair or  a shabby wood box, as long as its small enough to take away with you as we have very little storage space. These objects can be wobbly, scratched or dented, and maybe a few bits missing- they can date from 19th to mid 20th century.

During the 12 weeks you will work on your own piece while learning the skills you need along the way. Steve English is an experienced teacher who will increase your knowledge as he shares his life time experiences of being a professional restorer

We will show you how to fix the wobbles and make joint repairs and how to repair lost or flaky veneers. You will also have an introduction to wood finishes from modern stains, varnishes and waxes to classic French polishing.

This is a great way to get stuck into the wonderful and mysterious world of restoration. Whether your interests are mid century modern plywood and plastic or ormolu and inlay, Steve will guide you through the process of assessing a potential project, learning about its construction and how to bring a sad relic back to shining glory.

All tools and basic materials provided. Extra materials moderately charged if needed.

Please e-mail if you have a photo of a project you would like to discuss.

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Start dayDateStart timeEnd timeCourse nameCourse lengthPriceGood to KnowDetailsRegister
Tue 29/04/2014 10:30 13:00 WOOD RESTORATION - MORNINGS 12 weeks £585.00 details
Sat 03/05/2014 10:00 17:00 WOOD REVIVAL 1 day £165.00 Popular course! details

Contact the Goodlife Centre today! Call Alison on 0207 760 7613 or email