Furniture Painting Workshop – Grappenhall WA4 3DS
Tuesday 18th June 2024 (10am – 3pm)


I’d love to welcome you to this one day (10 am to 3 pm) ‘Furniture Painting/Upcycling’ workshop in a relaxed and friendly environment at the gorgeous Grappenhall Heyes Walled Garden, Warrington, Cheshire. Spend the day in the bright and airy glasshouse whilst looking out onto the spectacular gardens. On sunny days, we can get outside!

Learn the wonderful art of upcycling (no previous experience needed) from scratch whilst making some new like minded friends in a relaxed, supportive and beautiful environment. The workshop is ideal for complete beginners, or for people who have tried their hand at upcycling previously and would like to expand their skills.

You will have the opportunity to bring along and restore a piece of furniture (such as a child’s or small chair, a stool, a small unit, a couple of medium sized picture frames, a small table etc.), ideally a piece of furniture with some detail e.g. bevelling or some carving would allow you to try out different techniques (but don’t worry if it’s a plain piece). I emphasize ‘small’ as it is preferable to spend more time learning techniques on something small (ish) rather than spending the whole time plain painting a large piece.

I will explain all about the different branded paints available on the market and the pros and cons of each, differing brushes, tools, materials and protective products required for effective and creative furniture painting.

You will be using our gorgeous Re-Colour Furniture Chalk Paint during the workshop (provided), also available for you to buy after the day on this site (please select the button at the top of the home page ‘Buy Furniture & Paint’).

I will be there every step of the way to guide you and take you through the process at your pace. With such a small group, there is plenty of time for one to one discussion. Full workshop notes on paints, products and techniques and where to buy will be provided.

After the workshop you will be able to upcycle many of your own pieces at home having learned all about the different products and techniques. Please feel free to contact me after the day should you need any help or guidance.

The price includes lovely homemade cakes, cream scones, biscuits, tea and coffee throughout the day. Lunch is not included in the price, however, delicious afternoon tea or lunch can be enjoyed on most days in the gorgeous adjoining glass house Ape Bars Cafe overlooking the amazing gardens, or please feel free to bring some lunch with you.

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About the Workshop

I will teach you a variety of painting techniques including:

  • One- coat distressing
  • Multi-coat distressing
  • Dry brushing
  • Blending
  • Ageing
  • Crackling
  • Stencilling
  • Waxing
  • Glazing
  • Preparation
  • Finishing and paint protection

You will be able to practice these newly learned techniques on a sample board (which will be yours to keep as a reminder) prior to painting your own piece. I will then discuss with you on a one-to-one basis your ideas and preferences for painting your furniture using your newly learned skills, and I will assist you (with as much or little advice as you would like) in transforming your piece into something wonderful during the second half of the day.

The venue is set in the gorgeous 4 acre Walled Garden, originally created around 1830, now restored into a peaceful, well maintained and beautiful garden which is now a popular local visitor attraction and resource for horticulture, education and enjoyment.

The Walled Garden consists of two main areas, the fully working kitchen garden and the ornamental pleasure garden which are separated by a yew hedge. The site also includes a run of 8 fully refurbished Victorian glasshouses, several outbuildings, 3 ponds and the gorgeous Apé Bars Café in the central glasshouse space.


For You to Bring

Please bring a small (ish) piece of furniture to paint. Should you need any guidance with this, please get in touch.

Please bring some lunch if you don’t want to purchase from the café.

Please come in comfortable clothing which you don’t mind getting marked or please bring an apron. Also please wear comfortable shoes.

Please bring along cash or have your PayPal and/or on-line Bank Transfer details ready should you wish to purchase paint, products and/or tools at the workshop.



You can park at the back of The Walled Garden school room within the Walled Garden grounds.

Alternatively you can park on Witherwin Avenue next to The Walled Garden wooden gate. Walk through the arched wooden gate and gardens to the glasshouses and school room on the left in front of the vegetable patches.

Parking is free of charge.


Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation by me, I will offer alternative dates or a full refund.

In the event of cancellation by you, I would ask for at least two weeks’ notice for a refund or transfer to an alternative date.