Introduction to furniture upcycling - flawless painting and expert masking tape technique



Flawless painting and expert masking tape technique – gift box masterclass.

Would you like to come and learn how to get a perfect, smooth painted finish on your furniture projects? Are you unsure what products to use to achieve this? Do you want to learn how to make intricate geometric patterns using masking tape, without the paint bleeding through and ruining your design?

In this new course I will be focusing on all things painting and taping! I will be showing you exactly what I do to create the striking geometric patterns on my statement pieces of furniture. You will be given a wooden box to create your own stunning masking tape designs on.

The course is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle bigger furniture projects at home and you’ll leave knowing exactly what equipment to use to ensure a perfect finish every time. I will also discuss the sourcing of suitable furniture, the prep you must do to achieve a professional look and what finishes can be used to ensure it is long lasting.

As well as learning all these skills, you will also have a beautiful, hand painted box to keep your treasured items in. They make wonderful gifts as you can make up your own little gin kits, make up boxes or kid’s toy boxes.

All abilities are welcome. It can get messy so please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. All other materials will be providing, including your own information pack to take home, detailing all that is covered in the workshop.

I am a qualified teacher and tutor and have been running workshops for several years. I started my own upcycling furniture business in 2015 and will share everything I’ve learnt with you.

If you would like to book this course for a hen do, birthday party or other event then please get in contact and we can make that happen for you 😊

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

You will receive your own large natural wooden box (30cm x 20cm x 13cm) and all materials are provided to paint a stunning geometric pattern on your box.

Refreshments are also included to keep us going.


Hannah Wiles at Tread Softly

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Reloved Works, Pear Mill
Stockport Road, Bredbury

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


3½ hours (10:00am to 1:30am)

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Cliff Broom - - #38214

My second workshop with Hannah and this was just as enjoyable as the first. The box masterclass was fun and allowed us to focus on more challenging techniques. Hannah was her usual patient and helpful self!

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Cliff! Thanks for coming back and I'm thrilled that you found doing this second workshop useful. Looking forward to seeing your masking tape designs now! Thanks so much for leaving a review :)

Helen - - #38069

I really enjoyed the box decorating workshop. Great tips and advice from Hannah and a fun way to spend the morning. I would definitely be interested in taking part in other future workshops.

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Helen, thanks so much! I loved your box design and can't wait to see your beautiful jewellery displayed in it. Thanks again for coming and it would be wonderful to see you at a future course :)

Alice - - #38065

Really enjoyable and well-run class. The workshop was well equipped, nicely paced, good atmosphere, with lots of support and advice when wanted. Very pleased with our creations. Thank you!

Response from Tread Softly:

Aw thanks Alice! It was fab meeting you. I'm glad you enjoyed the course. Your box design was excellent. Thanks again for coming!

Jane Chadwick - - #38020

Another great day spent learning new painting techniques. Hannah is such a helpful and friendly person. I would recommend this course. Very relaxed atmosphere. Endless cups of tea and coffee with snacks.

Response from Tread Softly:

Aw thanks so much for coming back to do this workshop with me Jane. You've definitely got a knack for it - your design was fantastic! Can't wait to see you putting your new skills onto furniture now too :)

Virginia - - #37316

It was a brilliant day, with an extensive range of paint colours, equipment, tea and snacks in this wonderful bright and airy workspace.

The techniques demonstrated were excellent enabling us to each paint and finish a beautiful box in our own choice of colour and design.

Hannah, of course was helpful, informative and friendly throughout the class and I would definitely book onto another class. Actually my friend is so impressed with our results she wants me to take her along as well next time.

So a big thumbs up and thank you 👍🏼😊

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Virginia, what a wonderful review. Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you finally made it to one of my courses, it was a pleasure to finally meet you. I loved how creative you were with your masking tape design. It would be fantastic to have you back again :) x

Jacqui - - #37293

Hannah was very friendly and welcoming on arrival at the workshop. She offered clear methods, guidance and support in all aspects of achieving a beautiful finish and design on our boxes. We were given an opportunity to choose from an array of colours, attempt Hannah's designs or try out our own. We were a group of seven and our finished boxes all differed but not in the overall standard and beauty.
It was a great introduction to the art of upcycling furniture and a great start for a beginner. The boxes make beautiful gifts but the actual workshop would too. Looking forward to learning more and increasing my skills through Hannah and her workshops.

Response from Tread Softly:

What a wonderful review. Thanks so much Jacqui! I'm really pleased to hear that you got so much out of the day. I was very impressed with your masking tape design, which you made your own. It looked fantastic the way it came onto the front of the box. And now you have the perfect memory box :)

Kate - - #37287

I absolutely loved this workshop. As a beginner I learned so much from Hannah about prep and painting techniques and love my finished box. Hannah also kept the tea and coffee flowing which was much appreciated as well as supporting us all as we worked on our boxes! I definitely want to sign up for the full furniture workshop now! A great introduction from a super welcoming and friendly teacher. Thanks Hannah :)

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks so much for coming on the course Kate! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. Your box was fantastic and I love the colours that you chose. You definitely had a lot of patience to persevere with a more complex design. It'll be fab to have you along to the full day course too! :)

Cab - - #36273

I really enjoyed the Christmas box workshop. When I saw Hannahs's design ideas I thought as a complete novice I would never be able to accomplish anything similar but with Hannah's expert guidance I produced a lovely keepsake box which I'm gifting to my great-granddaughter. Thank you Hannah for a wonderful day, fantastic atmosphere and support.

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Cab! I'm glad you enjoyed the day. I thought your box was excellent and you did a fantastic job. It looked very professional. I hope that your great-granddaughter loves it, I'm sure that she will :) Thanks so much to you and Kay for coming!

Rhean Hallows - - #36238

I had a brilliant crafting morning/afternoon with Hannah! Even though I was way out of my comfort zone, Hannah was so informative and supportive and gave lots of creative ideas and tips!
I loved all the little bits that Hannah had thought to provide and the constant flow of tea was certainly welcomed!
I can’t wait to attend another, thanks Hannah!

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Rhean :) it was such a lovely session, thanks so much for coming. I loved your choice of colours and triangle design - it looked great! Definitely didn't seem like you were out of your comfort zone. I hope you've found a great use for your box.

Sarah - - #36229

A wonderful way to craft away an afternoon! Hannah was really informative and friendly throughout the workshop, supplying us with top tips and quality paint supplies! Highly recommend this workshop with the very talented Hannah! Im no eager to attend another!

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Sarah! It was lovely having you and Rhean along to the course. I loved that you came up with your own design and I'm definitely going to steal that colour combination - it looked ace! Thanks for coming :)

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