Intro to Furniture Restoration

Furniture Restoration at The Goodlife CentreSuitable for: Absolute beginners.

Course length: 6 hours.

Dates: See below for dates/times.

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

Learning: Furniture and wood identification, assessment for restoration, taking chair apart, re-gluing, restoring lost areas of veneer and wood, fixing scratches and dents. Introduction to French polishing.


Revamp your tired woodwork. Get the Ra Ra back into your furniture – jazz up those car boot finds and upcycle old junk.

Steve English is an experienced teacher who will increase your knowledge as he shares his life time experiences of being a professional restorer.

Many of us own items that wouldn’t star on ‘Antiques Roadshow’ but are pieces that would benefit from a gentle sprucing up. In this one day starter class, Steve will walk you through how to tackle those forlorn but beloved pieces of less valuable furniture that need some tender loving care.

You will learn how to identify what solution to apply to a problem piece-whether it’s a white ring left by a cup or a scratch in the varnish and have hands on practice of removing varnish and refinishing woodwork. You will also explore the world of glues and clamps to learn about tackling a wobbly chair and re attaching loose trims and veneers.

Please feel free to bring a cherished piece (if it’s small enough to manoeuvre) with you (maybe not that huge armoire), or practice on small items of furniture we have available.

Come and enjoy this wonderful opportunity to learn from Steve.

The use of all tools and basic materials is included. Beginners welcome.

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