About Done up North

Done up North specialises in creating modern high end distinctive furniture from characterful but old, tired vintage pieces with unique geometric designs and luxurious upcycling. 

Nicky of Done up North

Done up North started as a small scale side-line in 2016 while I was still working in the Corporate world in IT training and user engagement (whisper: Microsoft SharePoint).  Today I am a full-time professional furniture re-designer and upcycler making statement pieces for sale and for commission projects for clients across the country.  I particularly love creating Art Deco and Mid Century style Modern pieces as those periods of design are a great inspiration to me. 

I sell my finished pieces here and via Etsy and Vinterior but largely work on a commission basis directly with clients and Interior Designers to create completely unique pieces to suit their decor. I also offer a furniture sourcing service as well as re-styling pieces people may own. 

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

I have been buying, selling and renovating vintage furniture for more than 20 years so I am particularly good at hunting for early to mid-century modern furniture, which is particularly useful as the price of vintage is only going up!  However, it wasn’t until much more recently, after a good few years working in the sustainability sector, a chance meeting with a rather knackered piece of furniture in a charity shop led to me towards a more creative approach to rehabilitating furniture and upcycling.

It is also a big part of my business to share my passion for creating high end re-designed and re-loved furniture by inspiring others to get into upcycling with modern designs through our social feeds, workshops and online classes.   

I have been teaching painting and upcycling workshops for two years now and I absolutely love doing them.  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 been really fortunate to get to do 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!

Nicky signature