Not Your Grandma’s Finishing School

How To Give Your Old Furniture New Living

As furniture lovers and design aficionados, we continuously strive to create a perfect home. Some of the time, this involves rearranging, redesigning and setting aside furniture that doesn’t match this week’s décor. We dig through old furniture that could potentially be reused and hide furniture away to collect dust in the basement. Overtime, furniture and personal taste can change. For do-it-yourself enthusiasts, Finishing School at the Green Painter provides the perfect solution to recycling old keepsakes and employing your new ideas.

At Finishing School, you will learn from New Living and Green Painter artisans the how-to’s of reclaiming, restoring, and creating furniture that you will feel proud to display in your home. With the help of our Finishing School teachers, you will learn a wide range of techniques that will help you transform your furniture into something that is truly your own.

Here’s how it works: You bring in a piece of furniture and an idea of what you would like to do with it. Then, New Living and Green Painter experts will guide you through furniture finishing techniques, such as sanding, stripping, painting, coating, special finishes, etc., using non-toxic and environmentally friendly products throughout the entire process. In the end, you leave with a piece of furniture that you love, redesigned and redefined by YOU.

What to bring: ANYTHING. New Living and Green Painter artisans have seen a wide range of pieces brought to Finishing School, including coffee tables, chairs, outdoor furniture, picture frames, sewing machines and more. We encourage participants to bring furniture of a manageable size to ensure that you are able to complete the project within the two-hour window and walk out with a finished product. The experts at Finishing School are always looking for a challenge; don’t be afraid to bring something that will require “out of the box” thinking!


Upcoming Finishing School dates include*:

Saturday, March 16th

Wednesday, March 27th

Saturday, March 30th

Wednesday, April 10th

Saturday, April 13th

Wednesday, April 24th

Saturday April 27th

*Finishing school occurs every other Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year.


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