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Everyone has a valuable piece of furniture somewhere at home, maybe in the attic, which is not valued for what it is or for its potential because of its condition. Paint stripping and subsequent varnishing can increase the value of your furniture in different ways; but, are you able to recognize the kind of varnish on the furniture and remove it in the most appropriate way without damaging the patina of it?
The course consists of individual lessons on different concepts necessary to recognize the furniture and its varnish, and on different techniques to remove the varnish, in order to deal in the best suitable way with each piece of furniture.
You will learn how to remove varnish from all kinds of furniture and give it a new life. You will see some furniture get a brand new look, even on new pieces.
Lectures can be completed individually or in sequence. The course price will increase in 2016.
Course Structure (Sections)
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Introductory video lecturePreview
|Section 2: Introduction to paint stripping|
Introduction to the notions of antique, old and newPreview
Concepts of painting, varnish and enamelsPreview
Concept of patina of furniturePreview
Oil/tempera, painting/varnish or enamels?
|Section 3: Recognizing different kinds of varnish|
Shellac coating and wax finish
Considering whether paint stripping is necessary
Different techniques of paint stripping
|Section 4: Chemical paint stripping|
Theory (Chemical paint stripping)
Pratice (Chemical paint stripping)
Tips and tricks (Chemical paint stripping)
|Section 5: Thermal paint stripping|
Theory (Thermal paint stripping)
Pratice (Thermal paint stripping)Preview
Tips and tricks (Thermal paint stripping)
|Section 6: How can paint stripping increase the value of your furniture|
I started as a woodworker. I inherited the family tradition of chair and furniture manufacturing, producing custom-made furniture and perfect copies of antique chairs, upon request, that have now become impossible to find.
I became acquainted with antiques 20 years ago and I started an intense restoration activity, using the building skills I had previously developed, widening my expertise in this field and specializing in the art of gilding. In the last 20 years I have been restoring all kinds of furniture. What satisfies me most is to see how furniture can revive and get new life and beauty, if restored with technical skills and passion.