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Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

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3 weeks
3 weeks

- Fees subject to change
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New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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Join the upcycling revolution and breathe new life into your chair!

This is an introduction to furniture painting and up-cycling for chairs.

Each week, there will be a three hour session and the course runs for three weeks.

You will learn how to give pre-loved chairs a new lease on life and recover the seat pad with your own printed and designed fabric.

No prior experience is necessary.

At the end of this course, you will have created a newly-designed chair. You will also gain an enhanced knowledge and understanding of how the process of silk screen printing works and how several colours and patterns can be added or developed.

The process is water based and non-toxic.

What I'll learn

You will learn:

  • How to upcycle and paint a chair, including adding finishing touches
  • How to experiment with designing stencils and create imagery ready for screen printing
  • The process of transferring your stencil design to screen
  • Apply printing ink to several different fabrics and block out areas of the screen for applying more than one image or colour
  • How to recover a seat pad for a chair


How I'll learn

Teaching methods include:

  • Formal instruction
  • Discussion
  • Individual tuition
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical experience

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.


Entry Requirements

Basic materials (paintbrushes, calico) for this course will be provided. However it would be best to bring in your preferred flat upholstery fabric for your final finish (no more than a meter).

You will need:

  • an apron
  • a chair with a removable seat pad (please contact the tutor if you need help or advice with this. However, it will not be needed for the first session)
  • you may also need a new pad for the seat which can be discussed with your tutor
  • bring in images for inspiration!

If you are considering repainting your chair, please bring in Annie Sloane or French Chic Furniture paint in the colours of your choice.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.