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Drab To Fab Furniture Upcycling

Home & Patio
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Transform yard-sale finds into items that showcase your style! This class teaches techniques to unearth and fix up those hidden gems.

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What You Get

  • 14 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Q&A in our virtual classroom with fellow crafters and makers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


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!

Lesson Breakdown

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.
2. Find Your Inspiration
3. Choosing Tools and Materials
4. Cleaning and Prepping
5. Milk Paint: Distressed Terra Cotta Pot
6. Milk Paint: Stencilled Terra Cotta Pot
7. Milk Paint: Regency Coffee Table
8. Wax Finish: Regency Coffee Table
9. Gilding: Picture Frames
10. Art Deco End Table: Primer, Base and Silver Leaf
11. Art Deco End Table: Crackle Finishes
12. Distressing, Stencilling and Glazing the Radio Cabinet
13. Transforming a Metal Patio Chair
14. Wrapping Up: From Drab to Fab

Taught by

Ann Marie Auricchio
Ann Marie Auricchio
Ann Marie is a scenic artist for theater, film and TV. Her work has been seen from Broadway to Hollywood, in independent films and major studio releases, private homes, museums and restaurants. She is an expert in decorative painting and faux finishing.

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