The 2nd Annual Furniture Painter's Conference!

Join us at the
Painter's Business Academy September 2-4, 2022

Derbyshire, UK

Our aim is the development, elevation, and support of the Refinishing and Upcycling Industry in the UK.

This is a 2 day residential event will be a hub of learning from industry experts about the tools we need to grow.

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Annie Sloan


Annie Sloan is the inventor of Chalk Paint™, and the paint has truly revolutionised the world of painting. Annie’s motivation for inventing the paint was her need for a paint that could be used to achieve endless decorative effects quickly.

Start your weekend retreat with a glass of wine or two with the one and only Annie Sloan, who’ll be greeting all attendees upon arrival on Friday at check in (so make sure you grab a full-weekend ticket)

ANNIE SLOAN DEMO: Friday @ 3:30pm - 5:30pm

The 2nd Annual Furniture Painter's Conference!

Want to take your business to the next level?


Our conference is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about how to grow their business. You’ll get access to brand workshops, guest speakers, and networking opportunities with your peers – all in a fun and supportive environment.


You’ll leave our conference feeling inspired and motivated to take your business to new heights. You’ll have everything you need to grow your online presence, find new products, and connect with other painters who can help support your business. Find new opportunities at Painters Business Academy Register now and join us for an amazing weekend!

Why you need to attend ...

Discover how to create and implement a business strategy that works for you and your business.


Be the first to see and use new to the market products.


Who knew we had to be marketing geniuses right? Find out the latest ways to market your business


Working smarter and not harder on social is the key to a happy creative!


Staging tips and tricks that get your pieces sold!


Having the right website and SEO will be a huge factor in your business's success.


Keeping updated with the latest tools and equipment is essential


The Hayes Conference Centre

The Hayes features a great selection of rooms with a high standard of décor and furnishings. Our comfortable mattresses and quiet locations mean that you can be assured of a good night’s sleep. Helpful staff are on hand to assist you with anything you may need and ensure you have a comfortable and relaxed stay with us.


The Hayes has a variety of bedrooms for one to five people in single, double, twin and family configurations. All of our rooms feature en-suites facilities and many are accessible rooms for anyone with reduced mobility.

Explore the grounds, rest and learn..

What attendees are saying ...

"I met some incredible women that I had admired from afar, some that I have gotten to know virtually and finally able to meet in person, and met some new friends for life!

Had the absolute BEST weekend at the UK’s first ever Paint’s Business Academy Conference! It was informative as it was fun! Every detail had been meticulously planned by the fabulously talented and funny ladies Kate Holt from Colour Me KT and Sarah Pelley at Home Revival.

From amazing sponsors, expert guest speakers in the business, goodie bags galore, hangover cure kits, donuts, fab products to sample and buy at discounted prices …. it was simple furniture painter’s heaven 🤩

“I met some incredible women that I had admired from afar, some that I have gotten to know virtually and finally able to meet in person, and met some new friends for life!

 I’d do it again in a heartbeat! ❤️


What to expect from the conference ...

Great spot to talk about what kinds of things the entire weekend will have available to all attendees. 







Featuring Workshops from Industry Experts

We are super proud that we have got the most amazing lineup of industry experts and special guests flying in from all around the world to spend the weekend with you!

Can you believe we have these amazing people under one roof for the entire weekend?

You do not want to miss this!

Annie Sloan demoing a paint technique using Chalk Paint™
live on Friday afternoon

Annie Sloan will be demoing a furniture painting technique using her Chalk Paint™

Brushed by Brandy demoing her signature blending technique

Watch her live in action while she explians her process and you get to ask your questions

Jonathon Marc Mendes how to tell a story with paint, photography & styling

Jonathan  is passionate about telling a story with his styling and photography 

Crys'Dawna Bella Renovare demoing her colourful signature style

If you love colour and texture this demo will be for you! Bright bold and cheerful paint tecniques.

Emilia Farrace showing us how to launch your strategic website in five days

Whether you have one or need one, this strategy session is a must-attend for anyone stumped on how to create an online presence that sells.

Emily Reagan on why having a Virtual Assistant is the key to growth

I see so many business owners course creators, e-commerce shop owners, business coaches and online entrepreneurs who are scared to make their first hire.


Meagan Williamson Pinterest Influencer and agancy manager

Pinterest Marketing Strategist and Consultant. With over 10 years of experience blogging and as an OG Pinner, Meagan understands the ins and outs of Pinterest Marketing

The 2nd Annual Furniture Painter's Conference!

Guest Speakers

Annie Sloan, Inventor of Chalk Paint™

Annie Sloan is one of the world’s leading authorities on paint, colour, and style. In 1990, she invented Chalk Paint™, a revolutionary furniture paint that has been used by millions of people around the world. Since then, Annie has continued to refine and improve her formula, making it better than ever. Annie’s passion for colour and design is evident in her work, and she is constantly innovating new ways to help people achieve the perfect hand-painted look for their homes. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Annie Sloan is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to create beautiful, stylish, hand painted furniture. Thanks to Annie’s innovative spirit, Chalk Paint™ will continue to be a favourite among DIYers and professional painters alike.

Visit Annie Sloan on the web at anniesloan.com

Brandy from Brushed by Brandy

The first pieces I did were a bedroom set in 2016 that tenants left behind in our rental, it was beat up, but solid wood, and I had nothing to lose, it was either going to the curb or I could make something of it. I’ve always been on the crafty/artistic side so this was a great way to express that on huge canvases.


My hobby has turned into a booming little business, most of my pieces are sold before I create them and designed alongside my customer. My style is blended, smooth, colorful statement pieces for any room.

Visit Brandy on the web at brushedbybrandy.com

Jonathon Marc Mendes of Painted Love

I live between the coast and countryside in Lincolnshire, with my husband and cat. I am a British furniture artist, photographer and part time hairdresser. I love sharing my passion for painting by teaching workshops in real life and in my online Painted Love Academy.


In 2017, I was chosen as Annie Sloan’s Painter in Residence. Since then I’ve painted in Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands and Australia teaching.

Visit Jonathon on the web at jonathonmarcmendes.com/

Crys' Dawna of Bella Renovare

I am a colorful and outgoing person who loves all things color. I have been DIY’ing my way through life for close to 20 years. I even DIY’d half of my wedding decor. I have owned two homes that my husband and I remodeled and made our own, up to and including finishing our basement. Imagine sheet rocking at 7 months pregnant…


I also have built hundreds of rustic farmhouse style pieces of  furniture by hand. I love woodworking and painting and creating one of a kind art. 

Visit Crys on the web at bellarenovare.com

Meagan Williamson - Pinterest Expert

Toronto-based blogger and influencer Meagan Williamson provides custom business Pinterest consultation services to brands and bloggers. As one of the top Pinterest users in Canada, Meagan brings a wealth of first-hand experience in how to maximize influence and user engagement in a genuine and natural manner. With a focus on Pinterest for your business, 
Meagan helps over whelmed and confused online business owners how to grow their audience and profit using Pinterest. Unlock the powers of Pinterest marketing so you can level up and create a constant funnel of leads, sales and website traffic

Visit Meagan on the web at Meaganwilliamson.com

Emilia Farrace of The Launch It Co. (Websites)

Over the last 20 years, our team has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers from around the world, helping to build their brands, websites and online businesses so they can do what they were meant to do in this world, and make money doing it.


My mission is to help you take control of your online presence, create the website of your dreams and have the success you deserve.

Visit Emilia on the web at thelaunchit.co

Dionne Woods - The Turquoise Iris​

Dionne Woods is the artist and owner behind The Turquoise Iris, she is a creative soul who wears many hats, and designs them too! She is a talented artist whether it’s on canvas hats Wedding dresses or furniture. Dionne’s signature layering style and bold flowers are unmistakable.

Dionne has said she feels called to help other creatives to find their uniqueness and help them translate that into their chosen art. Dionne has lots of creative coaching programs available from her membership Creative Connection where she teaches art techniques and business tips.

Visit Dionne on the web at Theturquoiseiris.com

Emily Reagan from Emily Reagan PR

Emily Reagan is a jill-of-all-trades when it comes to digital marketing and techie skills. She’s worked as a behind-the-scenes digital marketing implementer working with many creatives and furniture painters: Jennifer Allwood, Tracey Bellion, Miss Mustard Seed, Wendy Batten, and more, to grow their online businesses. She’s the founder of the Unicorn Digital Marketing Assistant School, where she teaches women the digital marketing skills to get hired online as an in-demand, highly sought-after unicorn digital marketing assistant.

Visit Emily on the web at EmilypreaganPR.com

buy your tickets now



This is for a 2-day residential ticket sharing, we can partner you or you can choose to room with a friend. 

£ 475

Room occupancy to be organised closer to the date.

Single Occupancy

This is for a 2-day residential ticket single occupancy. There is limited number of these tickets available.

£ 575


 This day ticket gives you access to the Furniture Painters Business Conference from 9AM – 5PM on Saturday 3 September 2022

£ 195


 This day ticket gives you access to the Furniture Painters Business Conference from 9AM – 4PM on Sunday 4 September 2022

£ 175



Conference Sponsors

What others have to say about their time at the Painters' Business Academy conference

Hear directly from our last year’s attendees

"such a fantastic weekend Kate and Sarah totally pulled off an amazing conference and I met my girls!"

I’m home absolutely raring to get the brushes out! Such a fantastic weekend Kate and Sarah totally pulled off an amazing conference and I met my girls!! True Patrick style we almost missed the flight over and back but to Northern Ireland woman on a mission to board the plane won in the end Alina you’re an amazing travel buddy honest to God they should bottle bits of you and hand it out as a tonic


Flippin Nora

"Book me in for the next one can't wait"

Just wow wow wow fantastic weekend and so lovely to meet up with lots of friends on Facebook they really are gorgeous humans. Big big congratulations to Sarah and Kate and the two stunning daughters you just smashed it. Must admit knackered today in bed early tonight I suppose I’m getting on a bit great first conference book me in for the next one can’t wait big hugs to all xoxo



"I really have found my Tribe. I've been so inspired and ready to move my business along with all I've learned"

We had such an amazing swag bag! Thank you Kate and Sarah for organising the event of the year. I’m absolutely shattered it was jam packed weekend I’m meeting all of you was wonderful I really have found my Tribe. I’ve been so inspired and ready to move my business along with all I’ve learned thank you to you all see you again next year for sure!

– Alex Bowcott

Lillie and Dot


Award Winning
Technical Refinisher of 2019

My story is about a group of women who took a chance and stepped out of their comfort zones.


A few years ago an exciting opportunity came up for my group of business buddies, It was an opportunity to go to a business conference in Canada.  As small independents, this was a huge investment,  We didn’t know if it would be worth it, or if our businesses could even afford it?  But we decided to take the chance.


We had a fantastic time there, learned a lot, formed useful friendships with people we knew online, but that wasn’t the best part. The best part was forming this relationship, this bond that we have…Priceless. It’s been the backbone of all the difficult decisions I have had to make, the source of my giggles over coffee in the morning, the understanding of what I’m going through, And an immense comfort to know they have my back. They are my sounding board and my support network. 

I want the same for YOU! I want YOU to have the same and network with women who ‘get’ what you do and more importantly why. Sharing the highs and lows and finding the solutions together is where it all begins.


Investing in myself and my business has propelled my business forward, given me opportunities, and taught me to take chances. 

I now have the pleasure of teaching over 300 small businesses how to make the most out of their social media, I have been a guest instruction in Jennifer Allwood’s Paint finish of the month Club and had the pleasure of being a speaker at 3 Industry conferences. Have a membership group and I am currently a freelance social media and marketing manager.


All these opportunities came from that one decision .. to invest in myself and my business.


Award Winning
Upcycler of 2019

With over  20 years of running a family business in the London Interiors world, my experiences – good and bad – have taught me a lot about the rights and wrongs of running a small business – I want to share that knowledge with you.


I have always been creative around our homes, and painted and upholstered furniture for us, family and friends.  I wanted to turn this hobby into a business but was put off by some people.  I found my own support network on line and became a Fusion Mineral Paint Stockist – they both gave me all the support and encouragement I needed.  This was really cemented at the conference in Canada where I then believed I really could do this!  


With the support of The House of Up, I have since gone on to have work displayed at Decorex and Grand Designs, and have demonstrated at the Hand Made Fair – next, I will be demonstrating Upcycling at the Ideal Home Show I am also a paid community manager for a few large groups on Facebook – don’t let those doubters put you off! 

Our aim is to show you how to represent yourself in a more professional way – share our shortcuts with you – giving you the confidence and skills to do this too.


Are you prepared to invest in your business?  But most importantly are you prepared to invest in yourself?



We want you to leave this conference with your very own TRIBE come and be part of it!

Is this event for you?

Are you a furniture painter wanting to grow your business but not sure what the next steps are?

You are passionate about your job but would like to find your tribe!

Your business is growing and you are looking for opportunities to expand your business


Here's why you need to get your tickets for PBA today

This is the most amazing lineup of guests, sponsors and speakers the UK has seen in our industry. This is THE place to be if you are serious about growing your furniture painting business and expanding your network and opportunities. You will leave inspired and excited about taking the next step in your furniture painting journey. 

Painters Business Academy is fast becoming an international event with guests sponsors and speakers travelling from all over the world to attend.

Sarah and Kate are passionate about helping elevate the furniture painting industry and they know the best way to help is by getting YOU in a room with all these amazing people.


Why put your success off for another day

Have a question about the PBA event?

We recommend this event for pro furniture painters, so if you have just started your journey this event will be perfect for you.

Did you know last year we asked the attendees on the first morning if they knew anyone? 70% raised their hands! All of them left with lifelong friends. Be brave and come along you won’t regret it.

If you attended last year’s event you know how much fun it was. This year everything is new and fresh, we are focusing on what’s working now! 

Cocktail party in the Vinery on the Friday evening, fire pits and marshmallows which is a great ice breaker!

The conference will kick off with Business workshops and talks followed by Sponsor demos and we have a panel of experts where you get to ask the question you want to know.

We have time to shop at the sponsor’s stalls and plenty of time to socialise with your new found friends.

If you have purchased a sharing room ticket, but don’t yet have a room buddy. We will sort that for you, we’ll choose someone we think will be a great fit for you. 

Have a different question? Use the chat box in the bottom right-hand corner to talk to our team!