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Drab To Fab Furniture Upcycling

Home & Patio

with Ann Marie Auricchio
Transform yard-sale finds into items that showcase your style! This class teaches techniques to unearth and fix up those hidden gems.

From items forgotten in basements to cast-offs picked up at the thrift store, professional decorative artist Ann Marie Auricchio shows you furniture upcycling tips to transform ordinary objects. You'll learn faux finishing, distressing and cracking, how to use silver leaf, and sophisticated stencil and tape techniques. Ann Marie will also teach you how to identify styles and eras of furniture design, as well as the secrets to distinguishing which items are worthy of upcycling and which are better left untouched. Master the art of "upcycling" all types of household items quickly, easily and inexpensively!

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Ann Marie Auricchio, whose 20-year career as a scenic artist and decorative painter has taken her from Broadway to Hollywood - but she loves nothing more than taking a beat-up old object and making it beautiful.


Lesson 2. Find Your Inspiration


Lesson 3. Choosing Tools and Materials


Lesson 4. Cleaning and Prepping


Lesson 5. Milk Paint: Distressed Terra Cotta Pot


Lesson 6. Milk Paint: Stencilled Terra Cotta Pot


Lesson 7. Milk Paint: Regency Coffee Table


Lesson 8. Wax Finish: Regency Coffee Table


Lesson 9. Gilding: Picture Frames


Lesson 10. Art Deco End Table: Primer, Base and Silver Leaf


Lesson 11. Art Deco End Table: Crackle Finishes


Lesson 12. Distressing, Stencilling and Glazing the Radio Cabinet


Lesson 13. Transforming a Metal Patio Chair


Lesson 14. Wrapping Up: From Drab to Fab

"Ann Marie is a fantastic teacher! - very articulate, presents the materials and their uses in a realistic manner by letting you understand the pros and cons of the products, she uses her 'mistakes' as a venue for creativity, I felt like she was having a conversation with me, she evokes confidence to the students by enjoying the processes and tells us to have fun. ... Thank you, Craftsy, for your excellent classes ... they truly embrace the arts that enrich our lives and families. Keep up the good work."
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