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 creates unique, one-off statement pieces for sale and by commission for clients across the country. 

Her particular specialism is working with Early to Mid Century furniture transforming them with high quality Modern finishes and distinctive, original Geometric designs.   

She works largely on a commission basis directly with clients and Interior Designers to create completely unique pieces to suit their decor, although pieces will be listed for sale here on the website when available. 

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

A leader in teaching Modern upcycling techniques 

Nicky also teaches refinishing techniques and upcycling workshops.  She has taught more than 300 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 and are interested in starting painting furniture for yourself check out my furniture upcycling workshops.

The upcoming dates are in the Learn with us section or get in touch to discuss 1-to-1.

The leading Upcycling products

Done up North also stocks all of the leading, professional quality products Nicky uses in her own work right here on the website so you can buy everything you need for your projects in one place online (collection from the studio is available if you are local or we post out same day). 

You'll find Fusion Mineral Paint, General Finishes, Two Fussy Blokes, Home Strip and Posh Chalk Metallics here amongst other things. 

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A bit more about Nicky: 

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.

She began upcycling furniture whilst looking for a new creative way to work for herself and stumbling across a broken item of furniture for sale in a Leeds charity shop. It was dragged home and up three flights of stairs into her City centre flat and the rest is upcycling history! 

Since then she has steadily grown Done up North learning her craft and developing her style from scratch taking it from the flat, to her garage and now into its own studio business premises on the outskirts of Leeds and beyond that a great online community in her Members club. 

Because she had to learn everything by trial and error herself, she is on a mission to help others have a much easier, more enjoyable entry into the world of Upcycling by sharing all her knowledge and techniques not just of refinishing furniture but also how to run an Upcycling business. 

Nicky has 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. 

She has created how to articles and videos and also contributed tutorial articles to magazines like (the-now-sadly-departed) Reloved Magazine, Reclaim magazine and interiors blogs for Homes and Interiors websites.

She has collaborated with wallpaper designer Kirath Ghundoo to exhibit her work at Decorex International and was due to be on stage over two days at this year's Ideal Home Show, which will now take place in 2021. 

She has created how to articles and videos and also contributed tutorial articles to magazines like (the-now-sadly-departed) Reloved Magazine, Reclaim magazine and interiors blogs for Homes and Interiors websites.

The leading wood finishing brand General Finishes named her the winner of the ‘Modern love’ category in their International Awards in the Upcycling section for her transformation of a the 1960s Formica sideboard you can see before and after below. 

She also won two titles at the Fliprunway Awards (you can see her with Jay Blades at the awards below!)  the first Furniture Refinishing industry awards for the UK - including the FliprunwayTechnical Refinishing Artist of the Year! Read more about that

Her work is currently on display at the Art Gallery at Sunny Bank Mills 
in their exhibition 'The Potential of Pattern'. 

She is an Associate member of the UK's Upcycling Authority, The House of Upcycling and is one of their Ambassadors for their partnership with the British Institute of Interior Designers. 

As a business owner she loves to support and collaborate with other businesses and her mission is to inspire and encourage creative, considerate, distinctive upcycling.

If you'd like to have a chat, get in touch and let's talk about how we can Do It Up Together!

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Nicky & Jay Blades