Cutting edge furniture upcycling with Done up North



Everything you need to know to create remarkable Modern Vintage furniture with super smooth finishes & unique tape designs with Done up North!

You'll learn how to select, prepare, paint and finish furniture to a professional standard as well as learn the essential techniques I have developed over time which will mean you can go on to create stunning, unique hand cut tape designs for yourself, without needing to go through all that trial and error too.

Work alongside me as I upcycle one of my signature Drinks Cabinets from start-to-finish and create your own uniquely upcycled piece.

The course covers the following:

Sourcing and understanding vintage furniture
In-depth prep including stripping, sanding and priming
Repairing your furniture including filling
How to paint with a smooth modern, professional finish
Planning your new design
Masking tape design application techniques
Understanding different products available
Understanding and applying protective finishes
Refinishing, fitting and replacing hardware

Why learn from Nicky at Done Up North?

As a leading professional professional upcycler you can be sure you are learning excellent tried-and-trusted techniques for creating stand out furniture and unleashing your own inner creative!

The workshops are packed with value as I share all my tips, insider info and personally gained experience of creating and selling furniture
I've worked with hundreds of people, some of whom have moved on to become Professional Furniture Upcyclers themselves!

Here is what some of my past lovely work shoppers have had to say:

"Just completed the upcycling workshop with Nicky at Done up North. It was a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Lots of useful tips and help along the way. Nicky makes the day very enjoyable and meeting other like minded 'upcyclers' from those of us who are novices to those already giving it a go. I would highly recommend her workshops. I especially enjoyed giving the geometric designs a go (with Nicky's help) and I am pleased with my finished result."

"Nicky was brilliant!!!! A mine of information on all aspects, learning different techniques, with masking tape blows your mind with the outcome. It was a real fun experience and the time just whizzed by. It was great to see other people’s vision for their pieces and the results. Book on to a workshop you will not be disappointed. A great big thumbs up 👍 from me 😁"

"Before I started working with Nicky, I was struggling to know where to start with masking tape design and what order you did the different steps. But I’m so glad I joined her workshop as I learnt all the skills I needed. Nicky really helped me get clear on the process, the tools required, how to avoid mistakes and importantly, when mistakes do happen, how to correct them!"

"I was not feeling confident about my skills and I was worried about making basic mistakes. Now, I feel so much more prepared to take on work and challenges in my journey with upcycling! Nicky provided awesome resources and guidance that I can keep with me forever."

About me:
I am Nicky, an award-winning furniture designer and upcycler who has featured in interiors magazines like Reclaim and Real Homes and demonstrated at events such as Grand Designs Live. I have recently joined the artists on BBC Television's Money for Nothing.

I'm an associate member of the House of Upcycling, the UK's leading authority on professional upcycling.

I've been teaching aspiring upcyclers online and in person and via my Facebook groups for over 3 years.

I look forward to being there with you as you embark on a whole new creative adventure and seeing the amazing things you create!

*Many of the pieces in the images were created by people who have taken this course! The lead image is the piece I create in the demos.

What's included in the price?

The Course is split into 5 main modules with over 30 lessons comprised of in-depth video tutorials, accompanying guides and downloadables.

The modules are:
1. Selecting furniture and tools
2. Preparation processes
3. Painting techniques
4. Tape Application Technique
5. Finishes & Finishing Touches

You'll get access to the Course instantly to start right away to plan what to work on, get your supplies together and decide your design.

Everything is available to you to watch as often as you like and access will never expire so you can work at your own pace and revisit any sections as needed in the future.

If you'd like live support as you work you can join my Creative Insiders group where you'll find me and your fellow course goers ready and waiting to support and cheer you on day-by-day and ad hoc Live Q&A sessions.

As a Creative Insider you'll also get access to the subscribers business trainings and discounts on my Masterclasses so that you can get the help you need to take things to the next stage.

What you will need

You simply need an un-painted medium size piece of furniture to work on and any replacement or additional fittings you wish to add to your piece, plus any design inspiration.

As an example, a small chest of drawers would be a good size to fully experience all the different stages comfortably without feeling like you are tackling too much at once.

The smaller the piece, the more time you have to explore the design & finishing techniques as you learn. You can always size up next time!


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


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