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