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ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Learn Furniture Upcycling & Design - Dates available

ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Learn Furniture Upcycling & Design - Dates available

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Get your first taste of learning to stylishly upcycle and design furniture with Done up North

Bring a small piece of furniture along and take it home totally transformed at the end! 

You'll get to find out the key techniques to update old or tired furniture with a stylish new look and how to make sure it doesn't chip or scratch and stays looking good long term with professional refinishing know-how. 

This is a beginner class so no experience is necessary and you'll take home your lovely re-finished piece and the knowledge and confidence to tackle even more upcycling projects.

Furniture upcycling doesn't require a lot of investment to get started and is a great thing to be able to do to add a personal touch to your home and bring some more creativity to your life, but it is worth learning the best techniques, tools and products to use to save you wasting money, make the process easier and enjoyable and the result more polished and long-lasting.

I'll share my tried-and-tested tips and techniques gained over 8 years as a professional with you on this fun, informal workshop and help you get started upcycling in style! 

This 1 day workshop will cover:

  • Assessing your piece & deciding your design
  • Repairing, stripping and sanding ready for painting and design
  • Understanding paints, primers and painting techniques
  • Applying a design to your piece (techniques such as Tape Design or Stencilling)
  • Finishing your design with protective finishes. 

Pretty much everything you need to get you going and creating the stylishly upcycled vintage furniture you love!

The workshop session will now run from 9am to 6pm each day - so you get the chance to get much more time at it!  

This is a lot longer than most furniture painting day workshops but that extra time lets us to get into all that lovely detail on planning and creating the designs. 

Surely the most exciting bit - and that's what that makes this workshop a bit different! 

The numbers are capped for this day to allow you to get plenty of support as you get started. 

Options for an even more in-depth upcycling experience!

If you wish, you can continue on to Day 2 which will give you longer perhaps to work on a slightly larger piece, more detailed design or explore more techniques. 

We will set our plan for the day around what everyone needs to learn individually though everyone still learns collectively and gets to share in what is being shown.

The two days can be booked together at a discounted rate on the Two Day Workshop page

You can always chose to come back another time to do a Day 2 as a 'Project Day' at any advertised workshop, providing  you have already done a One day class (or equivalent past workshop or online course with me). 

You can do as many Project Days as you like too and try everything you want to find out about!

Read more about that on the Project day page

Workshop run time:

10am- 5.30pm 

(Aim to arrive before 10am so you can be ready to start)

Workshop venues:

Venue details f& directions will be shared once confirmed. 

The venues will have parking and be fully accessible. 

What's included 
All paint, materials, tools and protective wear (aprons, masks, gloves etc) will be provided. 

There is the opportunity to pre-select a specific paint colour for your project, otherwise you can choose (with help if needed) on the day. 

Guidance materials will be provided to take away after the workshop. 

Refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the day. 

There is a coffee shop serving barista coffee, vegetarian & vegan sandwiches, toasties and cake at the venue.  

What to bring: 

You simply need to bring a small un-painted piece of furniture to work on such as a side table or small bedside cabinet. 

I'll ask you to send photo before attending & outline any ideas might already have and together we can make sure it's going to let you get the most out of the day and, more importantly, take home your piece fully finished! 

Comments from past work shoppers: 

"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 😁"

"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!!"

"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."

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

"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."

About me:

I'm Nicky, an award-winning furniture designer / upcycler and northerner who has featured in interiors magazines like Reclaim and Real Homes, demonstrated at events such as Grand Designs Live and exhibited at Clerkenwell Design Week and Decorex.

I am one of the current designers on BBC1's Money for Nothing. 

I have been upcycling professionally for almost 8 years having left behind the 9-5 life in search of a more creative life! 

I've been teaching other aspiring furniture upcyclers online and in person for over 5 of those years and I absolutely love getting to be part of you creative adventures and sharing in your enjoyment of what you can achieve. 

My main goal is to inspire everyone to have a go at repairing, restyling and repurposing and enjoy the many benefits it brings to your home, your life and your well-being - as well as of course being a much more planet and purse friendly option. 

I'm happy to personalise private workshops, talks and demos if you are looking for something specific, please get in touch for a chat.  Email me



Tiered Pricing:

I want to make sure learning how to repair and upcycle is as accessible as possible, regardless of financial situations. 

I will not be questioning anyone's race or financial position, but ask that you use these options only if you are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Colour) or on a low income or in receipt of disability benefit. 

Standard Rate: Priced at market value - suited for people with stable income and access to food, housing, and healthcare.

Prices have been held at the same rate previously paid by students for the past 2.5 years (the One day workshop has increased slightly in listed price but this is only in line with the extended duration and content).

Pay it Forward:  You can choose to pay forward by adding this option onto your order (or multiples of).  This will be added to a set aside 'Pay it Forward' pot specifically to go towards helping others who need help to start their upcycling adventures too.

Supported Rate: This is for people with unstable/reduced/low income that creates some stress about meeting basic needs. Use "Supported" at check out for 15% off. 

Supported+ Rate: This tier is suited for people with unstable or inadequate income that sometimes prevents access to food, housing, and healthcare. Use "SupportedPlus" at check out for 25% off.

Optional BIPOC Discount:  I'm not assuming that all who identify as BIPOC require or want financial support to access. For those who do, I would like to offer this as a step  towards offering reparations and also addressing issues within in an industry that has is extremely white-centric and not, up to now, been a safe space for everyone to join in with and to be an act of solidarity and inclusion. I ask that this code is not used by white allies. Please use "Equity" at check out for 25% off. 

If you are still unable to attend even with a discounted rate please contact me to see how I can help further through the Pay it Forward scheme or other options such as online learning.  

Please see the Terms & Conditions

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