Furniture upcycling workshop with Done up North



If you want to learn how to upcycle furniture with a cool new Modern look then this is the class for you!

It's a fun, informal workshop but with some serious upcycling going on as I take you right through the process of transforming a piece of your own furniture with a fabulous contemporary painted finish & giving it a whole new unique design.

We'll work through the essential steps preparing and repairing your furniture before painting before moving on to learn the way to get the smoothest paint finish possible by hand. Then I'll show you my tricks of the trade to create exciting geometric designs on your piece which will really make it stand out.

Finally we'll take a look at protective finishes and finishing touches for your project.

You'll get to work with some of the best furniture upcycling products used widely by industry professionals - including one of the leading furniture paints loved World-wide by Pro furniture painters and DIYers alike - Fusion Mineral Paint.

It is easy to work with, water-based, non-toxic, virtually odourless. has virtually no VOCs but is super tough and gives beautiful results. You'll get a chance to use some of the 50+ different colours as well as Metallics in their range.

You'll also get the chance to work with other top brands that I use regularly myself to create my pieces General Finishes paints, stains and top coats, Two Fussy Blokes and Robersons Liquid Metals.

I'll be on hand to guide you with help and advice throughout as well, lots of insider tips and techniques and am happy to answer any other questions you might have about other projects you've got lined up.

You can also come and join my Facebook Group after the workshop to get continued support and share your projects with other past work shoppers!

Why learn from Done Up North?

As a Professional Upcycler for almost 5 years and one of the leading names in Vintage furniture reimagined with Geometric designs, if you want to learn the art of tape designs then there really is no one better to learn from.

I've taught my techniques to hundreds of people face-to-face, online and at events like Grand Designs live, the Handmade Upcycled Market, Ideal Home and have written tutorial articles for Reloved and featured in Reclaim magazine.

My workshops are packed with value as I share all my tips, insider info and personally gained experience of creating and selling furniture to help short cut you to the good stuff and help build your confidence in your work too.

You will create a unique distinctive modern design and can be confident you'll have a brilliant, professional result by the end.

You'll save time and money knowing the right products and how to use them.

Here is what some of my the lovely people on my past workshops 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."

Workshop timings:
The Class runs 10-5pm

Attending the workshop:
Bring along a piece of unpainted vintage furniture small and easy enough to carry by yourself for the workshop. Side tables and bedside cabinets are perfect project pieces to learn on.

The Studio is spacious and well ventilated and we will follow the current Coronavirus guidelines at the time of running the class. We'll provide details once you've booked.

Wearing clothes suitable for painting is a good idea and please don't wear sandals as we're a working upcycling studio so we like to keep your toes safe from harm!

We have a kitchen area with fridge and microwave you are welcome to use if you are bringing lunch.

There is plenty of parking on site at Springfield Mills and the Studio is fully accessible.

The Workshop is for all ages 14 and above. No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome.

If you have any questions about the class or venue please use the 'chat with the maker button'.

We can also accommodate workshops for groups or parties such as birthdays, hen parties, etc. Please get in touch to have a chat!

About me:

I am a full-time professional Furniture designer and uUcycler 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 three 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 creative club on Facebook with over 600 members and also run a private subscription group for people starting out with their own upcycling businesses so you don't have to go it alone after the workshop!

I have a previous career in training and online 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'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.

I also teach workshops on creativity and designing if you are looking for more support in those areas.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All paint supplies and tools required for the class
Protective equipment such as aprons, gloves and dust masks
A handy info pack to take away
On the day discounts on our Upcycling products
Refreshments & light snacks


Nicky Cash at Done up North


Unit 12C, Springfield Commercial Centre
Bagley Lane, Farsley
West Yorkshire
LS28 5LY

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (10:00am to 6:00pm)

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