Calendar of faux finish training classes at Dundean Studios


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Painted Furniture and Cabinets
- Classic/European Finishes


Classic antique furniture has a sophistication of look that cannot be imitated by mass-market factories or machines. It has to be rendered by hand. You can learn how to duplicate age old looks using the advanced finishes learned in this class.

You will first learn how to prepare and paint a piece of furniture or existing cabinets. No matter how old and dirty or what type of finish is already on them, the first order of business is make sure the paint will stick. Then you will learn up to five different finishes that you can put on your furniture or cabinets to suit your client's or your own needs.

Students will work on moldings, panels and their own pieces of furniture.

High contrast and Soft Antiquing, Controlling crackle varnish, Distressed paint, Pickling with color, Limed Oak and clear coat varnish techniques.

This is not a class where everybody works on the same generic wooden box. We encourage you to bring an old/new piece of furniture in for refinishing, repair or restoration. That way everybody can learn the ways to refinish/finish many different types of furniture.

Please phone studio prior to class to discuss a piece to bring. No large cabinets or pieces please as we only have a limited time to finish. You could however, bring in a drawer or door or two.

Class Information:

April 23-24, 2012

Monday & Tuesday
- 9am to 5pm
2 day class


Price: $625.00


Instructor: Dean Sickler

- materials and lunch included


Paint furniture




painted furniture techniques


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Antiquing or the art of gently aging:

As we past the millenium, people are looking back over the past century and learning to value things that last. This is especially true in today's "throw-away" electronic culture. A well-built piece of furniture will last several generations and it may go through many transformations during its life. There is satisfaction in owning something that someone thought of well enough to keep in good repair while allowing it to acquire "character". After we paint and/or glaze a piece of furniture, the finish is rarely complete until the new finish is aged. This is one of things we try to teach at Dundean Studios: how to take the "newness" out of a finish, gently age it to a certain point and then stabilize it for the next generation. The generic term for this is antiquing. These techniques can be used for both furniture and architecture.

Dean Sickler-1999