Bower Reuse and Repair Centres offers a selection of Refurbishment courses for those who are interested in undertaking restoration and refurbishment projects around the home.
Our Furniture Painting and Finishings course will provide participants with a solid introduction into the theories and practices behind basic furniture painting and finishing. At the end of the workshop, participants will have made significant inroads on a home finishing project or perhaps even finally completed it. They will leave with a good foundation in the basics of furniture finishes and the inspiration to undertake more projects at home.
Participants are encouraged to bring in their own projects. Our instructor will consult on different methodologies and techniques and guide you through the process of cleaning and finishing your item.
This course will take place over 1 x 5-hour session. A finished product is not guaranteed, but you will be well on your way!
Upon completion of this short course you will:
Have knowledge of general safety practices in a workshop setting
Understand the principles, benefits and potential of refurbishment and upcycling
Understand how to clean, strip, sand and prepare a surface
Have a good understanding of both working with polyurethan and water-based products
Understand how the skills you learn in this workshop can be applied to other projects
Have guided, hands-on experience using basic tools
Have a huge sense of accomplishment!
This course is suitable for beginners (18 years and over) with no prior woodwork experience.
The Bower’s instructors are experienced at facilitating courses for individuals living with disability. Please let us know about any special requirements prior to enrolment so that our staff can prepare in advance.
Tools and Materials
Tools and materials relating to the project will be provided by The Bower. Participants are encouraged to bring along a refurb project from their own home. We ask that participants ensure that long hair is tied back, and appropriate footwear (closed shoes) is worn.
Please bring along the following PPE:
Earmuffs or earplugs
Entrance to workshop
Workshop entrance is via Turner Street at the rear of 107 Redfern St. If the doorway is locked and/or unattended pls ring the doorbell on the left of the roller door.
Transportation and parking
Bower Woodworks is located within 5-minute walking distance of Redfern Train Station. Both metred and unmetered parking are available nearby.
Social distancing is encouraged where possible. Face masks are required for workshop safety regardless of changes to restrictions. Limited capacity.