Furniture upcycling workshop - 1 day



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 6 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.

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.

Terms and Conditions

If the workshop is cancelled for reasons beyond our control then alternative dates will be arranged.

Materials provided for the workshop are for personal use only and are the copyright of Tread Softly and must not be reproduced.

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?

All materials, you just need to bring the piece of furniture you want to upcycle! You will also receive your own information pack to take home, detailing all that is covered in the workshop.

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

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


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

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In-person course
Jane Chadwick - - #35920

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Hannah was very attentive and explained everything clearly. Had a lovely day, painted my piece of furniture, which turned out great. My family were very impressed. Met some lovely people. Can’t wait to book another course soon.

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Jane! So pleased that you enjoyed the day. It really was a fantastic group. I loved your commode - so unusual!! Your design was excellent and lovely choice of colours. Glad your family approved. I think we must have similar tastes. Thanks so much for coming along :)

In-person course
Denise - - #35561

I had a great time learning how to make my table look like new. I felt at ease from the start and with it being a small class Hannah is always there to help and advise. Great products for us to use and everything explained well. I definitely recommend doing this course. Really enjoyed it. 🙂

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Denise, Thank you so much for coming and for leaving such a lovely review. It was great having you on the course. I thought you did an excellent job of your side table and I bet your telephone looks perfect on it :) Thanks again for coming!

In-person course
Cliff Broom - - #35537

I really enjoyed my day learning how to upcycle furniture with Hannah. She took us through the whole process from start to finish and it was ideal for a complete beginner like me. The pace was excellent and the supporting materials meant that we didn't have to try and remember everything. Hannah was a very patient and supportive tutor and I would thoroughly recommend the day.

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Cliff! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the course. It was a really fun day and I loved how ambitious you were with your design. I can't believe that you are a beginner! Amazing! Thanks so much for coming on the course, it was a pleasure to meet you :)

In-person course
Jayne Knight - - #34701

Hannah is a lovely teacher and goes at a comfortable pace. I really enjoyed the day and to have a finished up cycled piece of furniture at the end, is fantastic. The course was full of tips and Hannah answered any questions. It was great to try a different type of furniture paint too.

I would highly recommend Hannah’s work shop for anyone who is interested in up cycling, you won’t be disappointed. She is a lovely person and the group was small so meant that Hannah could spend time with each person.

The venue is easy to find and there’s a vintage shop and cafe within the old building.

Thank you Hannah for an enjoyable day.

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Jayne,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day :) It was great getting to upcycle with you! Your piece looked great with the wood contrasting against the green. Can't wait to see what you so next...

In-person course
Elaine - - #34692

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt it was very beneficial and well worth the money. Hannah is an inspirational course leader and the relaxed day, working witha small group of others means you learn not only about your own project but also those of others. I have been upcycling for about a year. I now feel much more confident and have a set of new skills.

Response from Tread Softly:

What a lovely review, thanks Elaine! and thanks so much for coming such a long way to learn with me. I think I was actually inspired by you! Some fab ideas. I can't wait to see your future projects :)

In-person course
vee - - #31548

Hannah was great! She was great in communication leading up to the workshop! Had a really good time! Learnt a lot and throughly enjoyed my day! Defiantly recommend Hannah's workshop to anyone wanting to learn some much needed techniques for up-cycling. Walked away with knowledge, no more winging it I can now upcycle like a pro!

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Vee, Aw how lovely! So glad you enjoyed the day. It was great having you along. Remember just to email me if you have any upcycling questions for your next project 😀 x

In-person course
Andreya Sparrow - - #31497

Hannah is lovely and very knowledgeable. The course gives you lots of insights on how to properly epicycle furniture, in a cool and nice environment. Highly recommend :)

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Andreya! So pleased you enjoyed the day :) I loved how experimental you were with the masking tape. I can't wait to see your future creations!

In-person course
Harriet - - #30979

Brilliant course- Hannah was so knowledgable and approachable. Would recommend it to anyone- in fact, I’m thinking about booking one for my mum for a Christmas present!

Response from Tread Softly:

Thanks Harriet, it was lovely teaching you. Thanks for the great review. I loved your bold design! You know where I am if you need any tips on future upcycles :)

In-person course
Floss - - #30948

The day flew by and I came away feeling confident in my new skills to be able to up upcycle any furniture in the future! I’m really happy with what I produced but a word of warning - you don’t only need to be able to carry your item, you need to be able to carry it quite a way through an old mill and surrounding car park!

Response from Tread Softly:

Hi Floss, thanks so much for coming. Your piece was beautiful <3 I'm sorry you knocked it trying to get it back in the car. You're right, it is a large mill. I'd have suggested leaving it in the loading area and driving the car around. Sorry, if I hadn't still been teaching I would have helped you carry it down. It always gets a little hectic towards the end. It was so lovely having you along and I do hope you go on to do more upcycling!

In-person course
Rebecca hill - - #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
Laura - - #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
Tracey - - #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
david bolland - - #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
Chloe Wright - - #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
Gerard Feeley - - #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
Karen Bartholomew - - #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

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
Marie Turner - - #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
Mary - - #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
Nickey - - #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
Glenda Schilling - - #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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