About Done up North

Done up North is an Award winning Furniture Upcycling business creating bespoke and distinctive furniture from tired vintage pieces, specialising in with unique geometric designs and luxe style makeovers. 

Nicky of Done up North

Nicky Cash is the designer behind Done up North and she  making statement pieces for sale and for commission projects for clients across the country.  She particularly loves creating Art Deco and Mid Century style Modern pieces.

She works largely on a commission basis directly with clients and Interior Designers to create completely unique pieces to suit their decor, although pieces are available for sale here on the website when time allows! 

You will find some of the base pieces waiting to be done up and past designs here if you would like to browse for ideas for your own bespoke Done up North piece.

Done up North can also source pieces to order to customise as well as re-styling pieces you already own. 

Have a little look at the Commissioning Furniture page for more detail

Nicky has been buying, selling and renovating vintage furniture for more than 20 years so is particularly good at hunting for early to mid-century modern furniture, which is particularly useful as vintage is in  high demand.


Nicky also teaches refinishing techniques and upcycling workshops.  She has taught more than 200 people over the last two years, many of whom have gone on to start their own creative businesses by sharing her experience.

She is keen to help new Professionals to grow their businesses. 

She says: "It is a joy working with the people who come on them, seeing the amazing things they create and the enjoyment it brings them in the process, knowing at the same time we are doing something rather good for the planet".

If you like the designs and finish of my furniture but are interested in starting painting furniture for yourself check out my furniture upcycling workshops. The upcoming dates are in the Workshops section or get in touch to discuss 1-to-1 or group/party sessions.   

Done up North is the Leeds stockist for Fusion Mineral Paint via Chirpy in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.  Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any queries relating to the paint and your Fusion projects, I'm happy to help!

I have done live demonstrations on stage at Grand Designs Live at ExCeL and the NEC through my Associate Membership of the House of Up – the UK's leading independent authority on professional upcycling for interiors - and the Handmade & Upcycled Market. 

I am currently collaborating with wallpaper designer Kirath Ghundoo who is exhibiting at Decorex International 2019 this year and will be contributing a custom-designed sideboard to her stand.  

I regularly create my own how to articles and videos and also contribute tutorial articles to magazines like (the-now-sadly-departed) Reloved Magazine, Reclaim magazine and interiors blogs for Homes and Interiors websites.

My favourite wood finishing brand General Finishes named me the winner of the ‘Modern love’ category in their International Re-finishing Competition for my re-styling of a the 1960s Formica sideboard you can see before and after below. 

I've also just won two awards this year's Fliprunway Awards – the first Furniture Refinishing industry awards for the UK - including the FliprunwayTechnical Refinishing Artist of the Year! Read more about that

As a business I also love to collaborate with other businesses and social enterprises to encourage upcycling and support local creativity so I'd love to hear from you if you'd like to work together.

Get in touch and let's talk about how we can Do It Up Together!

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