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PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- You don’t have to spend big bucks to have a house full of beautiful furniture.

Surry Community College offers an upholstery course where people can learn how to revamp pieces from home.

Students learn how to tear down a piece of furniture and restore it with a fresh look.

“We bring the old stuff back to new and make the new stuff better,” instructor Larry Haynes said.

Haynes has been teaching students for 28 years.

He says they often come in with little to no experience.

“99 percent don’t even know how to sew,” Haynes said.

Projects can include repairing and rebuilding chairs, couches, stools, and other items.

Alice Hawks is currently working on a couch, her largest project to date since starting the class more than a year ago.

“With each class I'm learning different ways of doing things and it's making me pretty resourceful,” she said.

Husband and wife Dennis and Shannon Lazar have found the course has been a resourceful way to furnish their new home.

“There's just something really special when you're able to look at a piece and go we did it together,” Dennis Lazar said.

The course is also designed to accommodate automotive projects.

If you’re interested in the Surry Community College upholstery course, call (336) 386-3618.

Two classes begin Aug. 9 and will continue through December.