Furniture Restoration and French Polishing

Course Overview

Learn the craftsmanship of Furniture Restoration and French Polishing! This hands-on course offers you the opportunity to work on your own furniture, guiding you through fundamental processes such as stripping, surface preparation, staining, filling, and the art of French polishing.

Led by a specialist in repairs, restoration, and French polishing, this course provides theoretical understanding with a core focus on practical skills. Whether you are a hobbyist looking to revive antique pieces or someone eager to delve into the practice of furniture restoration, this course is tailored to meet your needs.

Unlock the secrets of preserving and beautifying your furniture, and gain the skills required to breathe new life into your cherished pieces. Join us on a journey of craftsmanship and restoration!

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

Topics covered:

  • Stripping
  • Preparing of surfaces
  • Small repair jobs
  • French polishing

Course outcome

  • Students will gain the confidence, skills and knowledge in furniture restoration and french polishing techniques – so that they are able to complete small or large projects at home.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

No previous experience required. Students with basic and advanced skills are welcome.

What you need to provide

  • Confirmation letter
  • Pen and paper
  • SMALL furniture items eg. coffee table or chair (in good condition and ready for polishing).
  • Paint stripper – The preferred one is Polystrip Original that can be purchased from Bunnings. Do not purchase a cheap paint stripper/low odour stripper.
  • Methylated spirits
  • Rags – recommended: white cotton fibre. Tea-towel size. Bring 2-3 each week.
  • *Abrasive paper – recommended: NOT wet or dry. Purchase either aluminium oxide based OR garnet paper (for timber). Can be purchased from Bunnings. Gradings: 120, 180 or 220.
Special Note: Clothing to bring:
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Apron
  • Wear comfortable clothing and well supported (closed-in) shoes

Other information

  • As there is restricted parking, larger item projects will require students to negotiate with others to assist carrying their projects to the class.

Class details

Start Date09 May 2024
End Date27 June 2024
Time3:45pm - 5:45pm
TutorRon Siebert


Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


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How to Enrol

Step 1

Anyone 18 years or older may enrol into our non-accredited short courses by: • choosing the course you are interested in and; • finding a day and time that is suitable.

Step 2

After selecting your course and class. click ‘’Enrol Now’’ and enter your details. • You will be asked to verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address. • Once you have returned to the enrolment page you will proceed through the secure checkout and payment process. • Alternatively, you can call customer service on 1300 845 888. To view our Terms and Conditions, please visit:

Step 3

Once your enrolment has been processed, you will receive the following emails: • Enrolment confirmation: you will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. Please check and read your Terms and conditions. • Tax invoice: the payer of your enrolment will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. • Course reminder: you will receive a reminder the day prior to your class commencement. • Zoom link (for remote zoom classes only): you will receive a Zoom link and password the day prior to class commencement. If your course has multiple sessions, use the same link and password to access each session.