Next level furniture upcycling weekend with Done up North



This is an in-depth experience of creating Done up North style Modern furniture designs along with Nicky at her Studio in Leeds.

This weekend course takes you right through the process of transforming a tired, old piece of furniture from start to finish and even through to a photo shoot at the end.

You'll walk away with an unique creation plus a wealth of knowledge and confidence to go on to create many more.

It's a fun, informal but information packed workshop quite unlike any other with an emphasis on stripping and finishing wood beautifully and creating unique geometric designs by hand.

The course covers the following:

Sourcing and understanding vintage furniture
In-depth prep including stripping and priming
Repairing your furniture including filling
How to paint with a smooth modern, professional finish
Planning your new design
Decorative design techniques in particular Tape Design, but also can include decoupage, stencilling and gilding.
Understanding different products available
Understanding and applying protective finishes
Refinishing, fitting and replacing hardware
Styling and photographing your furniture
Useful advice and tips on Furniture Refinishing as a business

Class sizes are capped to make sure you get plenty of hands on help and guidance over the weekend.

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'm happy to create tailored workshops or demonstrations if you are looking for something specific, please get in touch for a chat!

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."

Attending the workshop:

You simply need to bring 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 in a weekend. The smaller, the more time you have to explore the design & finishing techniques.

While you don't strictly need to have experience, you will be able to take your knowledge further on this course if you have already had some experience of furniture painting and can start from that point.

Terms & Conditions
Full payment is required in advance before attending.

The workshops are non-refundable if you are unable to attend and we aren't able to fill your place. If you are unable to attend please notify us as soon as you can.

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

An administration fee of 10% will be retained from any refunds given.

Materials and designs provided for the workshop are for personal use only and the copyright of Done up North and must not be reproduced.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

What's included:
All paint supplies and tools required for the class
Protective equipment such as aprons, gloves and dust masks
Discounts on upcycling products
Refreshments, lunch and snacks


Nicky Cash at Done up North

Message the tutor More from this maker All reviews


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

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
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users


2 days (9:31am to 5:31pm)

Browse similar courses, kits, live classes and online workshops in:

Leave a review

Will be published next to your review
Will not be published

Contact information will not be shared or used for marketing unless you opt to receive our monthly newsletter about UK creative courses. You will be notified by email within two weeks if the course provider responds to your review.

Have you done this course?