Give A Second Life To Old Furniture With Restoration Tips

How to restore old furniture and give it new economic value
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 37 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

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)

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to paint stripping
  • Recognizing different kinds of varnish
  • Chemical paint stripping
  • Thermal paint stripping
  • How can paint stripping increase the value of your furniture

What are the requirements?

  • No requirements are necessary to take this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Recognize the different kinds of varnish
  • Use the most appropriate technique to remove varnish according to the furniture
  • Improve not only old furniture but also new pieces you might own and be bored of: you can give them a new life by changing their look, working on color and varnish
  • Learn restoring fundamentals

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is addressed to whoever owns a piece of furniture, new, old or antique, and who wants to increase its value, improve it or give it a new life

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Introductory video lecture
Section 2: Introduction to paint stripping
Introduction to the notions of antique, old and new
Concepts of painting, varnish and enamels
Concept of patina of furniture
Oil/tempera, painting/varnish or enamels?
9 questions
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)
Tips and tricks (Thermal paint stripping)
Section 6: How can paint stripping increase the value of your furniture

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Instructor Biography

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.

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