ONLINE COURSE: Done up North style Furniture Upcycling - remaining places available soon!
Next Live course: Starts 3rd September 2020
This course is now open to the priority wait list to book so the waiting list itself is now closed.
Any remaining places will be made available to book from Monday 3rd August.
Why come on my Online workshop course?
You will learn the techniques I use myself for creating cutting edge up cycled furniture, with a modern, smooth finish and eye-catching geometric designs
You will walk away being able to create unique and striking furniture designs like those pictured - all created on the April course by students working at home but with me online!
You will be able to transform a piece of your own furniture to a professional standard for a fraction of what it cost to have it created for you, as well as have gained the skills to use again and again on future projects
You will gain confidence in your ability to take a tired old piece of furniture and know how to best prepare it before refinishing it to get a really good result
You will know how to be able to choose products and how to apply them
You will get live support from me through the course as you work on your own upcycled creation! That includes design support as well as technical support.
By working side-by-side on our projects you get a much deeper understanding of the process, ability to practice and as a result you'll find you are able to ask many more useful questions to help develop your knowledge as you go along
You will be more motivated to complete your piece working with me weekly and with set points to move onto the next stage it will help you see your piece through to the end.
Or, also, you can easily choose to work entirely at your own pace, to watch on catch up, or to re-watch at any point so it can fit in with your other commitments and still get support in the group to troubleshoot and ask questions as needed
You can benefit from a friendly community of like-minded folk all learning and creating together and share your progress and successes with one another in the private group
All course support materials, demos, Q&As and posts will be available to you to access whenever you want with no time limit as to how long for.
Learning in this way means you will work over a longer period giving you more opportunity to practice, play and really develop those new found modern upcycling muscles. And many more chances to ask me questions!
Best of all, if you don't live near enough to come to a workshop in person with me we can work together online on this course wherever you are in the World! There were people from the US, Italy, Ireland and Australia on the last course and you can see some of their work here :)
Why learn with me?
My style is pretty recognisable and so you're not just learning how to paint furniture any old way - I'll be showing you how to do it the Done up North way! That means super smooth, fine finishes, glowing freshly refinished wood and visually exciting geometric designs - and of course learning how to use masking tape to the best effect so you can create endless unique variations of design to perfectly suit the furniture you're making over that no one else will ever have.
My techniques have been developed over four years trial and error myself and so essentially I'm short-cutting you past a lot of the pitfalls and mistakes I have made so YOU don’t have to go through the same frustrating process I did! I will get you to the good stuff - the enjoyable creating bit - much much quicker.
(I do also show you how to sort out mistakes too - we're only human after all! ;)
The workshops are packed with value as I happily share all of my tips, insider info and personally gained experience of sourcing, upcycling, designing and selling - (if you are interested in taking that route) - furniture
I will also share personal insights from my own creative journey to help you if you find you are struggling with confidence in your abilities or creativity as I understand this well myself!
You will be learning the exact techniques I use myself to create high quality pieces for my customers that are specifically designed to be sympathetic, well balanced designs that will look good and stay looking good for a long time to come.
As an International award-winning Upcycler / Refinisher you can also be sure you're learning from one of the best ;)
I have shared what I've learned with over 250 students to date, many of whom have moved on to become Professional Furniture Upcyclers themselves
You'll save time and money and a lot of effort knowing the right products and how to use them.
Is this course for you?
This is a perfect course if you have never even lifted a paintbrush as I’ll show you everything in detail right from the very start! You don't need any experience at all as I'll coach you on everything you need.
It’s also great for you if you have some experience but perhaps want to enhance your knowledge or skills or improve a specific aspect of your technique (have a look at the modules below for more detail)
It’s also great if you already a Pro and skilled in certain areas and want to add new techniques to your repertoire!
And it’s definitely going to be perfect for you if you want to get started with Masking Tape Design or get better results than you’re currently getting.
In fact, all the whole course has been designed to ensure the success of your masking tape work – as each module contributes important methods to follow if you want to achieve the perfect outcome.
What to expect on a workshop
This is a four week workshop where I will lead you through my process of Furniture Upcycling from start to finish, including getting a really smooth contemporary finish and creating those first masking tape designs.
This is a much expanded online version of the course I have been teaching face-to-face to sold out classes for over the 18 months leading up to the pandemic.
These are the topics for each week:
Preparing your piece (including repaiirs, alterations, priming as needed)
Painting techniques for a super smooth finish
Creating a signature Masking tape design and how to get a perfect result
Finishes and finishing touches
Plus: Each demo will be packed with loads of useful tips and tricks I've picked up along the way and plenty of opportunity to ask questions too.
After you graduate from this course you could choose to take your skills on further by joining us on the Advanced Masking Tape Design Workshop which will run later in the year.
Feedback from the first online course...
"Taking part in the online workshop was a really smart move and exactly what I needed. I feel confident in tackling different – and larger – pieces of furniture now, and have several lined up ready to be re-imagined.I’d recommend Nicky’s workshops to anyone interested in up-cycling, furniture prep and – of course – masking tape design. Her explanation of each step is crystal clear and I really enjoyed learning from her. I’m really proud of what I created, and did it happy in the knowledge that I didn’t cut any corners like I probably would have done previously." Grainne Slavin
"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!"
"Your course was a game changer for me. Apart from the art of furniture upcycling I also mastered the technique of geometric design. Your course content was on point and easy to follow. I found your live tutorials fantastic with plenty of tips and tricks especially if something went wrong and it did not matter if you where a novice or a seasoned upcycler. And last but not least you were on hand after each session to answer any questions of which there were many!!!It was a pleasure Nicky from start to finish." Pauline Dooley
"Before I started working with Nicky, I was struggling with what type of products I should be using to get a smooth, hard wearing contemporary finish to my furniture.I tried a lot of products but was never really satisfied with the results I was getting.I then found Nicky on Facebook and could see that she was producing the results I was looking for.I signed up to her online course and was so pleased that I did.Nicky course took me through all of the stages of prepping, painting and finishing furniture.She was on hand to answer any questions I had.The best thing about the course is that I now have it as a reference guide. Only yesterday I went back into one of the recorded classes to revise what I had learned. If, like me, you are new to the world of furniture painting and you want to produce a contemporary finish to your furniture.Spend the money and take Nicky’s course!The course will give you the skills you need turn out beautiful work. I am now confident that I can sell my work and start my business. Thank you Nicky !Your online course was extremely helpful to me." Linda Stone
"Nicky really helped by sharing so many tips and advice to get a great finish, the tools she uses, the techniques, dos and don'ts and was very 'normal' which made me feel like with practice I could create some gorgeous geometric patterns as well! Nicky was very accessible to us even though we were not in the same country or time zones, the demonstration was great, as were the group chats and Facebook group, I still feel like if I had a question I could message Nicky and she'd have the time for me. Even though I'm fairly experienced I still found there were tips that were useful and the discussions altogether with the other participants were interesting and useful, but definitely if you want to demystify how to create all those gorgeous geometric furniture pieces we keep seeing pop up on Instagram." Hayley Noakes
How it works
The supply list will be made available to you as soon as you sign up and access to the private group where you can post a picture of (or suggestions for) the piece you want to work on (see below).
A short Introduction session to say hello will be held just before the course starts properly in the first week of September.
The workshop will be taught through a series of Demos which will be around an hour long each. They’ll be held in a Facebook group – 1 a week for 4 weeks.
In each session I’ll work on a piece at each stage so you can really see what it takes and me doing the work too!
After each demo there will be a live Q&A session where you can ask any questions you like
The recording from the demo and Q&A will be saved to the group and a weekly worksheet will be uploaded with it that gives you prompts for while you work
During the intervening week we will share progress pics and you can post questions and requests for help in the private Facebook group and I'll be on hand to support you
At the end of the course we can share our masking tape reveals and finished pieces with one another and if you are finished in time I'll share your pieces on my socials too ;)
My Upcycling furniture guide is made available in the course materials
Don’t worry though if you can’t make the sessions live as you can watch them in your own time and work at your own pace.
You can play them back as many times as you like with no limits on how long you can access them for.
What you need to participate
As soon as you book on you will receive a supply list of required and optional items with my personal choices - as well as alternative suggestions - broken into the 4 week modules
All you need to do is find yourself a piece of furniture to work on
You can see from the images the types of piece that work well. Just don't be too ambitious to start with so that you can concentrate on the methods and aren't overwhelmed by the size or complexity of the piece! ;)
Flat surfaces really do help if you want to do a masking tape work. Very intricate pieces can make it rather difficult.
It's best choose a wooden, unpainted piece if you can but I'll go through prepping all types of surfaces in readiness for your designs.
If your piece is in poor repair or very heavily painted it may require more work than we have time for on the course but you are welcome to get advice on how to tackle them later!
If you have any questions please feel free to message me firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to upcycling Done up North style with you!