Furniture Painting Workshop – Grappenhall
Thursday 6th October 2022, 10am – 3pm


Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Witherwin Avenue, Grappenhall, South Warrington, Cheshire WA4 3DS

Lovely homemade cakes, cream scones, biscuits and tea/coffee are included in the price and are provided throughout the day. A delicious afternoon tea or lunch can be enjoyed in the gorgeous adjoining glass house Apé Bars Café overlooking the amazing gardens, or please feel free to bring some lunch with you. All paints, products and tools required for the workshop are provided and are included in the price. Full workshop notes will include an explanation of all the tools, materials and techniques used.

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Category: SKU: 06-FPWG-1-1-1-1-1


About the Workshop

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.

Our workshop will be in the bright and airy schoolroom and adjoining glass house whilst looking out onto the spectacular gardens. On sunny days, we can get outside!

You will have the opportunity to bring along a piece of furniture (such as a chair, a stool, a small unit, picture frames, a small table etc.). Ideally, a piece of furniture with some bevelling or carving would allow you to try out the different techniques you will learn during the course.

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

I will teach you a variety of painting techniques including:

  • One- coat distressing
  • Multi-coat distressing
  • Ageing
  • Crackling
  • Stencilling
  • Dry brushing
  • Waxing
  • 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.


For You to Bring

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

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.