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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
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    About the course

    Do you have old furniture that has developed cracks or stains over the years, having lost its original appeal? Perhaps you don’t know what to do with the old family heirloom pieces collecting dust, but you can’t bring yourself to part with furniture pieces that hold meaning. It’s also possible that you find yourself drawn to tag sales and flea markets, looking for cost-friendly décor items, but know that these antique finds could use some updating. If you’ve always wondered how to turn your furniture “trash” into valued “treasures,” this course is for you!

    In this furniture restoration course you will learn the basic principles and techniques for restoring multiple types of materials and creating do-it-yourself décor you can be proud of. You will learn what makes antiques unique to their time periods and how to keep the integrity of historical pieces of furniture while updating them in a way that suits your aesthetic. Throughout these course modules in furniture restoration, you will quickly become familiarized with developing the talent of looking at something old and making it feel new again. Whether it’s with wood, fabric, metal, or other materials, you will be provided guidance and step-by-step procedures in creating beautiful pieces for your home.

    If you’ve always wondered how to create beautiful and cost-friendly pieces of furniture that represent you and complement the look and feel of your home, sign up for our class today! Learn the ins and outs of furniture restoration and become your own personal designer, remodeler, and stylist in no time!

    What you will learn

    In this furniture restoration course, you will learn:

    • The aesthetic principles of various historical time periods
    • What makes something an “antique”
    • Tips and tricks for finding hidden treasures
    • Ways to save money while furnishing your home, office, or any living space
    • How to safely work with various materials and chemicals
    • How to strip, sand, stain, and paint wood pieces
    • The best techniques for restoring coaches, chairs, and other upholstery items
    • Ways to update household items and novelty pieces so they become valued structures at a fraction of what you would pay in retail stores


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Principles Of Furniture Restoration
    • What is furniture restoration?
    • History of furniture restoration
    • Why restore furniture?
    • Antique versus modern restorations
    Module 2: Getting Started
    • Choosing a piece to restore
    • Deciding on a concept or theme
    • Finding the right supplies
    • Taking safety precautions
    Module 3: Working With Types Of Wood
    • Sanding and stripping the wood
    • Repairing cracks or scratches
    • Painting techniques
    • Staining, polishing, waxing and other finishing steps
    • DIY project: Dresser restoration
    Module 4: How To Update Upholstery
    • Types of upholstery to restore
    • Choosing fabrics to suit your décor
    • Removing the old upholstery
    • Cutting, sewing, and working with fabrics and foam
    • DIY project: remodeled dining chairs
    Module 5: Other Restoration Projects
    • Refinishing metals
    • Updating lighting fixtures
    • Working with mirror and glass pieces
    • Restoring clocks and novelty pieces
    • DIY project: old trunk or suitcase coffee table


    Who is this course for

    Whether you are interested in updating your own living space, creating an original furniture piece as a gift, selling an item that you’ve refurbished, or considering a business endeavor in the world of furniture restoration, you will find that after completing this course model you will have the tools, techniques, and tricks to let your creativity soar!

    Career path

    After completing this course, you could:

    • Open a business dedicated to finding, refurbishing, and selling old furniture and antiques
    • Further explore a career in furniture restoration, woodworking, antiques, or resale
    • Help friends and family restore their furniture to its former glory


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation