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Chair Upcycling Workshop

Saturday, 9th March 9.30am to 3pm

£80 per person.  All materials included (except your chair). 

Suitable for beginners.


We are so excited that local specialist furniture painter, Tracy Watson from Blue Boy Furniture, is returning to run a brand new chair upcycling workshop with us. 


With the cost of living still on the rise and us settled at The Studio in Holmer Green now is the perfect time for us to return back to one of the core reasons we started our business in the first place… to share skills and craftsmanship to enable people to live more sustainably.  So for this class we’d encourage you to take a look with fresh eyes in charity shops and lofts to bring new life to tired old chairs rather than throwing them away!


In this day-long workshop you are invited to bring your own chair (with a drop in seat) and learn how to paint it beautifully under Tracy’s expert guidance.


This is the perfect class for you if you have a chair at home which doesn’t fit your décor or needs a refresh.  The class has been created specifically for beginners who want to learn how to paint furniture to a high standard in a fun, friendly and informal environment.


What will the class cover?

  • How to prepare your chair for being painted so that the paint looks good and is durable.
  • The painting process and why each step is so important in making the piece look the very best it can.
  • The difference between mineral paints and chalk paints and the right brushes to use for different effects.
  • When to use painting primers and topcoats.
  • How to paint to achieve a really professional finish.
  • Loads of ideas and inspiration for future furniture painting projects.


You will need to bring with you a chair which you will be working on throughout the day. 


During the class you will be using a 250ml tin of furniture paint in the colour of your choice (subject to availability). You will use this on the day to paint yourchair and take home any that is left.  Please do have a think in advance of the class what colour you would like to use.  Please also note that we will not be able to offer white paints, Tracy will explain more about that during the class!


All other materials required and the use of Tracy’s brushes for the day are all included in the cost.


We will have hot drinks and refreshments throughout the morning but we would encourage you to bring along a packed lunch if you get snacky around mid-day.  Also painting chairs can be a very messy business so please do also dress appropriately or bring an apron.


There will be the opportunity to purchase more furniture paints and painting equipment on the day for future projects if you would like.


Some background information from Tracy about Blue Boy Furniture

You can find out more about Tracy’s work at and


“I have been painting furniture since I bought my first house as a twenty something and needed to furnish it. I couldn’t afford new furniture and scoured the second-hand shops and auction rooms for quality vintage furniture which could be given a refresh with some paint for my new home.

Many years later in the summer of 2019, my business Blue Boy Furniture was launched. My days are filled with painting my client’s own furniture, kitchens and built-in wardrobes, as well as furniture for resale.

Blue Boy Furniture is also an online retailer of upcycle products including specialist furniture paints, decoupage papers and foils. I run a Facebook group called Fancy Foils and I am an online Content Creator for the company Aussie Décor Transfers which specialises in decoupage papers and transfers amongst other products. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will regularly see me popping up on lives and videos!

Upcycling furniture for me is about creativity and sustainability. Save a quality piece of furniture from landfill by creating something of beauty.”


This class will only be able to go ahead if we have a minimum number of 5 guests. All of our teachers are highly skilled in their fields, but being an artist isn't always a well paid profession so we hope you understand why it's important that we ensure that our teachers can afford to run each of their classes. Should the class not be able to go ahead we will contact you no less than a week before the class is due to take place and full refunds will be issued.


We very much look forward to welcoming you to The Studio in Holmer Green,


For more information or if you have a suggestion for our next artist to study then do drop us a line on

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