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Covid-19 Update

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

What opportunities will this course give me?

Students can progress to other creative craft courses offered by Eastleigh College. Please browse the website for more details.

What will I be learning?

Want to learn how to revamp your tired, unloved old furniture? Come and learn a new skill on our one day introductory workshop.

During the class, you will learn how to choose the best piece of furniture to paint, along with preparation tips. You will learn how to paint, distress and wax or seal your item to create an authentic piece of shabby chic furniture.

You will also learn how to decoupage and resist techniques to decorate your furniture.

A college certificate is awarded on request.

Why is this course for me?

This is a hands on class which will introduce you to a new skill. You will learn from guided practice and demonstration.

What do I need to sign up?

There are no entry requirements in respect of this course. All learners welcome.

Is there anything else I need to know?

This is the perfect course for complete beginners who want to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture.

Please bring a small piece of wooden furniture to the class such as a mirror, small cabinet, small chair, or wooden box, and any water based paint you would like to use to complement your colour scheme. Tester pots are a good and cost effective way of using a variety of colours. A new type of ''no seal'' chalk paint is now available which can be very effective.

Please also bring an apron and any of your own equipment you wish to use such as sandpaper, brushes, a scraper, and old rags. Please ensure you wear suitable old clothing.

Please feel free to bring more than one item of wooden furniture as, time permitting, you may be able to complete more than one piece.

Please also bring light refreshments/lunch as there are only hot and cold vending machine facilities available at college on a Saturday.

Students are responsible for the purchase of materials relevant to the course.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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30/1/2021 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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10:00 – 14:30





24+: £52.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
C130Y Eastleigh College 30/1/2021 Sat 10:00 – 14:30 1 £52.00 £52.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.