Out and About: Ruby Rhino Furniture painting workshop

Edited 10.53: News just in! Hannah is offering an excluisve Florence Finds discount for readers booking the workshops at a special price of £95. (Normal price £110) Just mention Florence Finds when booking!

This weekend I headed down to Lichfield for the Ruby Rhino furniture painting workshop run by Hannah and her Dad. I had initially booked it because I’m always seeing courses that I think would be nice to go on with my Mum for a bit of a mother/daughter bonding, but they’re often on things I’m not really interested in. This however is something I love, I’m a firm believer in DIY as a tool for giving your home a really individual touch. I’ve also jazzed up a few bits at home myself already as when stencilling was all the rage my Mum and I painted quite a few bits of furniture using various techniques, so I thought I could bring my skills up to date.

The workshop was held in a little unit in The Heart of the Country shopping village and immediately set the tone, beautifully dressed with Ruby Rhino furniture pieces and other complimentary items for sale. There were only 6 of us on the course which was great, loads of time for questions and addressing individual concerns after we got to know each other over coffee and biscuits!

Hannah’s Dad has been using various paint techniques for most of his career and so shared the teaching with her. We started off talking about choosing your pieces, where to find them and what to look for, then how to prepare them and various finishes.

We all had pieces of wooden skirting board to practise the techniques on and used hairdryers to speed up the drying time so we could apply multiple layers and effects. We went through getting a fine flat finish and waxing to seal and finish the piece, then various decorative techniques including distressing, crackling, using colour washes and coloured waxes. All this was punctuated by lunch which was provided by Hannah’s Mum and some delicious brownies made by Hannah!

The final project was to paint a picture frame that we took home with us and I was so proud of mix – look out for the DIY how to coming soon on Florence Finds. (You can see my Mum proudly displaying hers in the picture above!)

I had such a great day and I would highly recommend it if you have a project in mind or just need some ideas, inspiration and encouragement to up cycle and redecorate your home on a budget.

Thanks Hannah!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

For more information on the Ruby Rhino workshops including upcoming dates, please click the link.

6 thoughts on “Out and About: Ruby Rhino Furniture painting workshop

  1. Your mum comes across as being very elegant, I can tell your love of fashion stems from her!

    The pictures look great, there is nothing better than to hang your own original artwork on the walls.

    x

  2. I am planning on booking myself into one of these workshops. When I was in uni I worked part time for B&Q and loved every minute of it. I am in the middle of revmaing a writing bureau I was given for free and really want to learn more skills, it looks like a fab weekend xx

  3. Love this post! I am currently upcycling some of our furniture for our nursery so this post has come at a great time! Will check out Ruby Rhino’s Workshops! Thanks FF.

    • Katie this is exactly what I was going to suggest!! I would love to go to on of these workshops, but think I’ll need to find one a little closer to Glasgow :( xx

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