About Done up North

Done up North re-imagines old and tired and unlovable vintage furniture with creative and striking geometric designs for lovers of daring interiors.

Each piece features a design as unique as it is - we love to create exciting, modern designs but also celebrate the beauty in the original too.

All of our designs are hand-created with tape on the piece itself and hand painted with highly pigmented colour and sparkling metallic paints and protected with incredibly smooth and durable finishes.

We use only environmentally friendly and non-toxic products wherever possible to make our creations and our processes as sustainable as possible.

Our range includes reclaimed wood wall hangings, side tables, chest of drawers, sideboards and upcycled drinks cabinets. 

Done up North was born from a love of Vintage furniture and an urge to pursue a more creative life - something that led Founder and Designer Nicky Cash to leave behind her job in the City and move back to the North. 

Nicky Founder of Done up North

She was inspired to create using re-purposed materials by her time working for The Carbon Trust some years before and initially started working with salvaged and vintage fabrics, often sourced from charity shops. 

"That was until my love of furniture led me to rescue an old broken Victorian music stand in need of love - the first vintage piece I'd bought intending to do up to sell rather than keep myself.  

Cue what I call 'my apprenticeship to myself' which meant many hours, weeks and months of trial and error learning a craft (many crafts, in fact) from scratch. 

That in particular is what led me to want to teach others - to make it more enjoyable for them to enjoy upcycling without having to learn the (very) hard way and to give them the confidence to unleash their inner creative too.

My passion for Vintage means while I love to upcycle and re-imagine pieces now I am also extremely keen to restore and keep as much of the original wood on show as possible and ensure new designs are sympathetic to the era of the piece."  

Done up North style furniture is recognisable for its striking and unique hand-cut geometric designs often combined stunningly stripped and refinished wood.

Done up North signature style design Drinks Cabinet

A signature style is the re-working of old linen cabinets into drinks cabinets, re-fitted with glass shelves, mirrors and lighting.   

Over the years Done up North designs have gone on to influence many other Furniture Refinishers' work and become a recognisable style of geometric design.

The part painted, stripped wood front drinks cabinets with metallic fine line geometric designs have become a staple design within the UK furniture upcycling industry.  

 It has led to the development of the coaching side to the business where Nicky has worked with and supported hundreds of aspiring, as well as professional, upcyclers through courses, clubs and online and Studio classes. 

Done up North currently runs two Members groups - The Done up North Creative Club - a 700+ strong Facebook Group and a private subscription group - The Creative Insiders, where we offer more in-depth training and guidance for people starting out with their own businesses. 

Kirath Ghundoo Done up North collaboration

Before the Pandemic, Nicky collaborated with wallpaper designer Kirath Ghundoo when she exhibited her work at Decorex International and the piece was subsequently featured in Elle Decoration.

This has encouraged her to explore the possibility of taking the designs she creates and translating them into murals, wallpaper and fabric - something we are currently excited to be working on. 

Siobhan Murphy Interior Curve

Not so long ago Nicky created the hallway for the incredible Art Deco home of Siobhan Murphy (@interiorcurve), who featured on this year's Interior Design Masters.

Several of her pieces have  won awards - in the UK for Technical and Wood Refinishing and Internationally for Modernist-influenced design. 

She has demonstrated on stage at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham and London, and was due to feature alongside more well-known TV upcyclers at the Ideal Home Show in 2020 - hopefully this will be rescheduled for 2022. 

She has also recently featured in Waitrose Weekend magazine and has been the Upcycler of the Month in Reclaim Magazine, was a regular contributor to Reloved Magazine and has interviewed on BBC Radio about Upcycling.

Done up North is Associate Member of the House of Upcycling and a representative Associate for their membership of the British Institute of Interior Design.

The Done up North Studio is based in a converted Mill near Leeds, West Yorkshire. 

If you'd like to talk to us about a project or collaboration please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you. 

Contact the Team:  studio@doneupnorth.com  

 

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