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Furniture upcycling workshop - 1 day


About the Course

Would you like to be taken through the process of upcycling a piece of furniture from start to finish? This ‘bring your own piece’ full day course will give you all the tools, tips and advice to beautifully upcycle your piece of furniture. This will include being shown how to prep, sand, paint and finish your item using exciting, modern paint techniques that will breathe a new lease of life into you chosen piece.

If you have always wanted to upcycle furniture, but felt like you would benefit from professional guidance then this is the course for you! You will learn how to prepare your furniture, using wood filler, expert sanding and paint techniques. You will learn to create stunningly modern geometric designs that are simple to achieve. By the end of the day you will leave with a gorgeous piece of upcycled furniture, feeling confident of your skills and full of ideas for future projects.

The workshops have a relaxed and informal atmosphere where we can inspire each other and have lots of fun along the way. To ensure you get my full support throughout the day class sizes are limited to 5 people. All you need to bring is an unpainted, wooden piece of furniture. This should be small enough to carry and no larger than a bedside table or wooden chair. Contact me with any questions or for recommendations of where to source your preloved piece. Send a picture of it if you would like advice.

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 will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials, you just need to bring the piece of furniture you want to upcycle!

There is a little cafe at Pear Mill where you are welcome to break and get some lunch during the day or feel free to bring a pack lunch.


Hannah Wiles at Tread Softly
Reloved Works, Pear Mill
Stockport Road, West Bredbury
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  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
- - #30837

Having only ever dabbled and unsuccessfully tried to upcycle befofe this was a great course to do. Hannah was patient with all my questions and was so knowledgable and approachable. The studio is a really comfortable place to be and has some interesting things to oggle at!

I learned so much on the course and had a really fun time completing my piece (telephone table). She had a great range of colours and tools to use on the day which was great as i had no idea what i was going to do with my table. Hannah helped me decide what would be best and easiest to achieve on the day and sent me home with a shopping list to complete.
I would love to take the course again and would highly recommend it.

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Rebecca! What a lovely review :) it was an absolute pleasure having you on my course. I'm really pleased you enjoyed it. Your telephone table is going to look amazing, I think you have a good eye for colour and I can't wait to see it with its fluffy cushion and new vinyl! X

In-person course
- - #29294

I really enjoyed getting creative at this fab upcycling workshop. Hannah is a great guide and provided helpful tips and demos throughout the day. Would definitely recommend. Looking forward to my next project with my newfound skills!

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Laura, thank you! I can’t wait to see your future projects as I loved the colours you used and the design 👌 thanks so much for coming!

In-person course
- - #29282

Really enjoyed the course with Hanna. I learnt a lot from her. Hanna is very good at what she does and makes you feel very at ease. I would definitely recommend this course. I already plan to do another course with Hanna.

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Tracey, thanks for the lovely review 🤗 would love to see you again. Hope it’s encouraged you to do lots more upcycling in the future 😊

In-person course
- - #29081

I absolutely loved the upcycling furniture workshop. It was perfectly paced, inspirational and I learned loads. Hannah is very patient and thorough and the small group style works very well. I arrived with a tatty, barely varnished stool and left with one that was completely transformed. I`ve got the bug now!
Thank-you Hannah and Reloved Works.

Response from Tread Softly:

Aw thanks David, what a lovely review 😊 It was really great meeting you, thanks for coming all that way. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day. I loved your stool design and your attention to detail. Hopefully you will go on to create many more upcycled creations 😀

In-person course
- - #26612

After trying to find a creative hobby for years and not really getting anywhere, this course was just what I needed. It's definitely one of the best courses I've been to. Hannah went through each process step-by-step and was really approachable if I was unsure about anything. The techniques learnt has made me excited to upcycle more furniture ☺️ I would highly recommend. Thanks so much Hannah!

Response from Tread Softly:

Aww thanks Chloe ☺️ What a lovely review! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it and that bedside was 👌👌👌 I really hope you do continue upcycling and feel free to message me if you have any upcycling questions going forward 😊

In-person course
- - #26564

Very good course. Hannah was knowledgeable, flexible and really clear and helpful. I was delighted with the piece I left with

Response from Tread Softly:

Pleased you enjoyed the course. I was amazed how much you got done in one day and the final piece was superb 👏

In-person course
- - #26254

I had a brilliant time on Hannah’s 1 day upcycling course.

Hannah is so knowledgeable on furniture upcycling and had plenty of tips and tricks at hand to get the best out of our furniture. The venue was perfect and she had everything we could possibly need for the day, even snacks!

I learnt so much in just a day and I’m looking forward to starting my next project at home so that I can put all I learnt in to practice!

Thanks Hannah!

Response from Tread Softly:

Aw thanks Karen ☺️ It was lovely having you along, glad you enjoyed the day. I loved your confetti inspired design! Can’t wait to see what you do next.

And a special thank you for helping me clean the brushes at the end hehe 💕

In-person course
- - #25700

Took my Nanna & Grandads side table (originally made by Mums 'Big Grandad') to be upcycled at an up cycling workshop at Pear Mill. Me & mum had loads of fun, (despite being completely useless at DIY, craft and domestic things, we gave it a 'try' at least whilst singing along to a bangin' Motown soundtrack, which helped with our beginners nerves 🤣 👀) Love that the final product it's full of character & we sanded it down to proudly display generations of Sutton, Beckett & Martinez scratches, scuffs n scrapes while putting our own stamp on it with some masking tape deigns and Manchester Worker Bee Hexagons. Hannah, thanks for putting up with us and assisting us with our little mistakes and the finer details we couldn't manage ourselves and for accommodating us as a pair also! Highly recommend this course. Our table looks beautiful. Lots of compliments from extended family & friends.

Response from Tread Softly:

Aw what a lovely review ☺️ Thanks so much for coming guys, it was lovely having you both along. I thought you were very competent and I absolutely loved the family history behind this piece of furniture. I thought it was brill that you made a feature of the scratches and marks of human existence ❤️ And the nod to the Manchester worker bee with 5 hexagons linking to the generations this pieces had past between. Thanks for both being good sports, it was fun having you along 😊 Glad it’s rightly getting compliments!

In-person course
- - #25622

I really enjoyed the day. Hannah was extremely helpful and I was pleased with the transformation in my piece of furniture.

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Marie! I admired your attention to detail with the sanding, and the colour matching! It was a fab transformation 😊 Hope you get the other two done.

In-person course
- - #25200

I really enjoyed this course and Hannah was a brilliant teacher. She took us step by step through the whole process and was very generous with her knowledge. I'm delighted with my piece and the skills I learned, and can't wait to start on my next piece!

In-person course
- - #25159

Had a fantastic time on the upcycle course. Hannah is friendly, welcoming and a great teacher. She taught us thoroughly one stage at a time which I thought was great! Loved it, would definitely recommend 👌☑️

Response from Tread Softly:

So glad you enjoyed it Nickelle! Your bedside was so cute 😊 and very creative. Thanks for coming X

In-person course
- - #25093

Hannah was absolutely lovely. Happy to answer questions and really helpful. The day was well structured, but had a really laid back atmosphere as well.
I really enjoyed the day. Thank you Hannah x

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks for the review Glenda 😊 It was so lovely to meet you. Glad you enjoyed the day!

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