Furniture Refinishing needs a sensitive eye, a delicate touch and some knowledge.
A gorgeous piece of furniture can lose its value if it is carelessly refinished nor will it be easy to return to its original glory. We'll explore the traditional furniture finishes - shellac, oil and waxes.
Sensitive refinishing starts with an assessment of the piece:
- Identifying the finish and the woods in the piece of furniture
- Getting an idea of the age of the piece will tell you a lot about the possible finished used
- The general condition of the piece will tell you just how much refinishing is needed - do you need to strip and completely refinish or just clean and deal with the damaged areas of the finish?
You may bring a small piece of older furniture (a chair, small table or small chest) to the class and we'll assess it with you and help you to understand how to refinish it. Older in this context is pre-1950 but if you're not sure bring it along anyway.
We will not be considering how to repair structural damage in this class - we recommend that you consider taking the Furniture Restoration class
Guy Moonan-Woods a professional furniture restorer, living and working in Vancouver, BC. Guy completed a seven year furniture restoration apprenticeship in the UK before moving to Canada.
- Traditional styles of Furniture and their finishes
- Identifying the finishes
- Preparing the finishes (we do this early in the class as some finishes take time to prepare from scratch)
- Assessment of the piece
- Cleaning vs stripping
- Repairing minor damage (chips and dings)
- Colour matching
- Applying the finish
- Guidelines for maintaining furniture
- Sources of materials
- A refinisher's toolkit
Protective clothing and equipment:
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Class Information and Registration
Class starts at 6:00pm on Friday 4th of May. We do introductions and the Course Introduction and Background over potluck snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverages.
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.
4/26/2012 - Apologies: Guy is Canadian and we've run into visa issues and regrestfully have to cancel this class. We'll try to work this through and offer the class in the future.