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Furniture upcycling workshop - full day

An Upcycled drinks cabinet by Done up North

About the Course

Come and join me for a fun Sunday workshop where you can bring an old, tired piece of furniture along and take home a beautiful newly upcycled creation at the end, as well as the confidence to fly solo and tackle more upcycling projects!

You'll learn the process from start to finish that I use to get a long-lasting professional result on all my own pieces. Which basically means I'll short cut you past the pitfalls and mistakes it's easy to make when you're starting out so you can get on and simply enjoy the process of transforming your piece into something amazing!

You'll find out how to create exciting new striking looks with creative paint colour choices, sparkling metallics accents, eye-catching geometric designs as well how enhance the natural wood grain of your piece too as I do in many of my designs for my clients.

We will prep and tackle any repairs needed before going through the techniques to paint with a really smooth, contemporary finish and then we will work on enhancing the piece with geometric designs using masking tape, which under my guidance & using my tried-and-tested methods you'll see can be so simple to do but oh so effective and distinctive! We'll end with a look at finishes such as top coat, wax and oil to enhance or protect your piece.

Comments from past workshoppers:
"I really loved doing the furniture painting course with Nicky. She’s so patient and kind, very knowledgeable and incredibly generous with her time. I was so pleased with the end result. The course is great value for money in amazing surroundings and I feel empowered to get on with some projects solo now. Highly recommended."

"I would like to thank you for a very informative, interesting, and productive day. I've already recommended your course to a friends daughter. I’m sure not only beneficial but interesting."

"Fantastic day yesterday Nicky really enjoyed it and looking forward to more!!"

"Had a really great time at our furniture decorating session at Sunny Bank Mills."

"Nicky's tutorials are so informative. Her work is inspirational. Highly recommended."

On the workshop you'll be working with Fusion Mineral Paint, which is pretty much the furniture painters favourite furniture paint these days now that fashions are moving away from chalk paint. It's a specialist furniture paint that gives a beautiful matt finish and is so lovely and easy to work with but is hard-wearing and requires no top coat at all to be durable. It is made from natural ingredients so is non-toxic, lead free, virtually odourless and has no volatile organic compounds (VOC) meaning it's kinder to the environment as well as us. You'll get a chance to use some of the 50 different colours as well as all of the amazing metallic paints in their range.

You'll also get a chance to work with General Finishes - the award winning wood-working brand who produce the best quality stains and hardest wearing finishes to enhance and protect your projects.

A relaxing area is available to eat a packed lunch during the day and take breaks.

There are also places to eat and and buy food to bring back to the Studios at Sunny Bank Mills - it's a lovely destination in its own right with plenty of parking. The workshop location is fully accessible.

No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome. This workshop is for ages 16 and over.

Please visit our website using the button above to book your place. If you have any questions please do get in touch we'll be happy to help.

We can also accommodate workshops for groups or parties such as birthdays, hen parties, etc. Please enquire using the contact form above.

About me:
I am a full-time professional furniture re-designer and upcycler making high-end statement pieces for sale and for commission projects for clients across the country, specialising in creating Art Deco and Mid Century style Modern designs.

I have been teaching painting and upcycling workshops for two years now and I absolutely love doing them! It's fantastic working with people and seeing the amazing things they create and the enjoyment it brings them in the process. I have a previous career in training and user support so my workshops are a supportive, fun and friendly environment for people to come together to learn & relax with lots of encouragement from me - and other work shoppers - and as much or a little hand holding as you feel you need.

I have done live demonstrations on stage at Grand Designs Live at ExCeL and the NEC and the Handmade & Upcycled Market and have written tutorial articles for Reloved Magazine, featured in Reclaim magazine and regularly contributes to other interiors blogs for Homes and Interiors websites. I have been recognised by General Finishes in their International Competition winning the ‘Modern Love’ category in 2018 for my re-styling of a 1960s Formica sideboard and am delighted to be a finalist in this year's FlipRunway Awards – the first Furniture Refinishing industry awards for the UK. I'm an Associate Member of the House of Up - the UK's leading independent authority on professional upcycling for interiors. I'm also an Associate Member of the British Institute of Interior Designers and also hold a qualification in Interior Design.

Terms & Conditions:
Full payment is required in advance before attending. The workshops are non-refundable, except in certain circumstances. If you are unable to attend please notify us as soon as you can and we will do our best to transfer you to another date. Please get in touch should you have any issues or if you have any other questions about workshops and we'll do our best to help.

We reserve the right to reschedule a workshop if numbers are too low to make it viable to run or will offer to transfer any bookings to other available dates.

Materials provided for the workshop are for personal use only and must not be reproduced.

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, tools and protective wear (aprons, masks, gloves etc) will be provided.

You will get an project pack with my in-depth upcycling guide to take home.

Snacks and refreshments will be available right throughout the day.

You simply need to bring a small unpainted piece of furniture to work on such as a side table or bedside cabinet. I will be able to suggest places to try if you need help to find something and we can chat about the piece and possible designs in the run up to the workshop.

(Larger items are fine to bring if you are happy to do plain paint finish with no geometric design or you might choose to focus on doing up just one part of the piece to allow you to experience a bit of everything!)

Additional items to bring: any replacement fittings you wish to add to your piece.


Nicky Cash at Done up North
Unit 25 Spinning Mill, Sunny Bank Mills 83-85
Town Street, Farsley
West Yorkshire
LS28 5UJ
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Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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