STUDIO WORKSHOP: Done up North Style Furniture Refinishing Weekend - September 25/26th
This is an in-depth experience of creating Done up North style furniture designs along with Nicky at the Studio in Leeds.
This weekend course takes you right through the process of transforming a wooden piece of furniture of your choice (to be agreed in advance) from start to finish and even through to a finished piece photo shoot at the end.
You'll walk away with an unique creation plus a wealth of knowledge and confidence to go on to create many more. It's a fun, informal but information packed workshop quite unlike any other with an emphasis on stripping and finishing wood beautifully and creating unique geometric designs by hand.
The course cover the following (what techniques you use will depend on the project you bring and your planned design)
Sourcing and understanding vintage furniture
In-depth prep including stripping and priming
Repairing your furniture including filling
How to paint with a smooth modern, professional finish
Planning your new design
Masking tape design application techniques
Understanding different products available
Understanding and applying protective finishes
Refinishing, fitting and replacing hardware
Styling and photographing your furniture
Useful advice and tips on Furniture Refinishing as a business
I have worked out the best techniques over several years of trial and error myself and so now YOU don’t have to go through the same painful, frustrating process to learn it all by yourself.
The workshops are packed with value as I share all my tips, insider info and personally gained experience of creating and selling furniture to help short cut you to the good stuff and help build your confidence in your work too.
You will create a unique distinctive modern design and can be confident you'll have a brilliant, professional result by the end.
We will arm you with the tried and trusted methods we have developed over the years, and shared with over 200 people, some of whom have moved on to become Professional Furniture Upcyclers themselves.
You'll save time and money knowing the right products and how to use them.
Here is what some of my past lovely workshoppers have had to say:
"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."
"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 😁"
"Before I started working with Nicky, I was struggling to know where to start with masking tape design and what order you did the different steps. But I’m so glad I joined her workshop as I learnt all the skills I needed. Nicky really helped me get clear on the process, the tools required, how to avoid mistakes and importantly, when mistakes do happen, how to correct them!"
"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."
Workshop time & date: 10am-6pm Saturday 25th and 26th of September
Workshop venue: Unit 12c Springfield Mills Bagley Lane Farsley Pudsey West Yorkshire LS28 5LY
Closest airport is Leeds Bradford - 12 mins drive The closest train station is New Pudsey (or a 20 min taxi from Leeds Station)
What's included: All paint supplies and tools required for the class Protective equipment such as aprons, gloves and dust masks A handy info pack to take away On the day discounts on our Upcycling products Refreshments, lunch and snacks
Attending the workshop:
You simply need to bring an un-painted medium size piece of furniture to work on and any replacement or additional fittings you wish to add to your piece, plus any design inspiration.
Chest of drawers and small cabinets are an ideal size to allow you to experience all of the stages of the workshop and to take home a finished item. Wearing clothes suitable for painting is a good idea and also wear close toe shoes.
We have a kitchen area with fridge and microwave you are welcome to use. There is a coffee shop at Springfield Mills but lunch, snacks and fresh tea, coffee and squash will be provided.
There is plenty of parking and the Studio is fully accessible.
The Workshop is for all ages 14 and above. No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome.