Creating shabby chic furniture for beginners

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What you'll do

Explore the many ways to create shabby chic furniture finishes with Scott and Sue, from Black Paw. You can bring a small piece of your own furniture or choose a chair from Black Paw’s own stock to take home with you at the end of your experience.

Everyone is welcome and no previous experience is needed. During your day you’ll try a range of techniques including anything from:

  • Chalk painting
  • Distressed paint effects
  • Dying
  • Stencilling
  • Wood oiling
  • Salt painting
  • Burning

You’ll be able to test each effect, and will end up with a finished piece, completely updating the item you brought with you. This experience is perfect for discovering an array of ways to change and update furniture, all of which you’ll be able to recreate at home.

Upcoming dates

Yuup extras

  • Tea and coffee on tap, throughout the day
  • Ice poles on hot days at morning break and cake on cold days


  • WiFi
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • Parking

COVID-19 guidelines

As you arrive you’ll need to confirm that you’re in good health and your temperature will be taken. Please bring a face mask as you’ll need to wear one at certain points during your experience. Face shields will be optional to wear for the rest of your time in the workshop and these will be provided. All workspaces will be fully sanitised and there will regular hand washing throughout.

On the day

No previous experience with woodwork or using tools is needed, just some enthusiasm. Please wear old clothes (or something that you don’t mind getting damaged or torn) and sensible, closed toe footwear. Work boots are recommended. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day, but please bring along your own packed lunch.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 14 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 14 days before your experience.

About Black Paw

Scott has been upcycling furniture for many years, but it was only after family and friends asked how they could make the inventive pieces in his home that Scott first started sharing his skills. Over 7 years later Scott continues to host a number of Black Paw upcycling experiences in his workshop, helping people to create their own pieces of upcycled furniture and learn the skills needed to upcycle at home.

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Your hosts


Max is the inspiration behind "Black Paw". He takes an active interest in all Black Paw experiences and can usually be found at lunchtimes, or indeed when any food is available to share.


Scott is Black Paw’s founder. After years of upcycling, he still loves to share his craft and has taught many people to upcycle safely in a number of different workshop experiences. Scott's aim is always that his guests not only leave with a finished creation, but also the knowledge to upcycle long after their experience is over.


Sue has 30 years of experience as a teacher as well as a passion for upcycling.
She particularly loves working with fabrics, interior design and can share lots of ideas for anyone wanting to make garden accessories.

How to get there

Any questions?

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£98 / Adult
6 hrs
Age restriction
Rebook or cancel up to 14 days before your experience.