Bravely make mistakes and learn a new
skill, Upcycle an item of furniture with me…and chill.
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Don’t know where to begin or what materials to use? Go from feeling scared to make a mistake to relaxing with me for a supportive experience. You paint your own piece of furniture with practical advice from me to boost your confidence and skills on future projects.
Why would you want to upcycle
an item of furniture?
You’ve always wanted to try your hand at upcycling but just didn’t know where to start P.S. Now’s your chance
It’s granny’s heirloom that you just can’t part with…but it does not work with your decor
You don’t want to spend any more money on new furniture
You want the satisfaction of creating something by your own fair hand
You cannot find anything unique in the shops because everything looks the same
You’re sick of looking at a piece of furniture and want to change it but don’t want to spend the big bucks
A piece of furniture has significant value to you but needs a facelift
You are conscientious about the environment and save items from going to landfill
In 7 steps together we will cover:
Prepping the item
Planning the piece and your work space
How it Works
Week 1 and 2 are allocated to Planning which includes preparing your space, choosing paints and finishes, finding tools and materials.
Week 3 is allocated to Prepping the item, Sanding and Paint Prepping.
Week 4 is allocated to Painting, Distressing and Finishing.
Note: The last 2 weeks can be intensive and time consuming depending which item of furniture you choose.
The Upcycle Lab
For closet creatives who want to improve their skills, please join me, Courtney Winstone, in my workshop to experience upcycling an item of furniture with support and guidance.
Supportive Hands on ExperienceKinesthetic learning ‘enables a more effective understanding and retention of information. Learn more about kinesthetic learning With support and motivation from myself and the group you will hone your skills for life.
Interactive Live Demos with Access for 1 YearThis will enable you to ask loads of questions and rewatch any videos while you upcycle more furniture.
Resources and Guidance in Decision MakingNot sure which product to use? Don’t know where to begin or what colour to choose? Too scared to make a mistake. I’ve been there, all your questions can be addressed as we are face to face and doing it together.
Links to Resources and ProductsFirstly we will go through what materials and products you already own and see if any can be used in this project. If not then guidance from me with which products and where to purchase them.
Is It Right for You?
If so then join me and together we will celebrate our mistakes, learn lessons along the way,
experience a new craft and hone our skills for future projects.
Do you have an item to
Does your work space have good internet connection?
Are you willing to set aside the time
for some Creativity
Can you carve out a space in
your home for 2 weeks?
Do you need motivation to get
FACE YOUR FEARS
Would you like to face your
fears and still do it?
One Off Introductory Rate of just 75 There after 125
We start on a Friday with an individual video chat where I’ll take you through colours, products, furniture and space preparation. You then have 2 weeks for you to Plan and either purchase, find or borrow any items needed.
On the Monday of the third week we begin the schedule listed below. Throughout the entire 4 weeks you will receive full support from me with live demonstrations for each of the 6 elements below. Including with these are Q&A and scheduled live group support. Depending on the item of furniture you choose to upcycle you may not need to be on every live demo but you can choose to be, to gain more knowledge.
Practical elements start on a Monday with up to two hour, live demos. beginning at 9:30am each day and running for two weeks
Monday - Prepping Live Demo
Mon and Tues - your time to prep the item and have it ready for sanding
Wednesday - Sanding Live Demo
Wed and Thurs - your time to sand back the item, if this is required
Friday - Paint Prep Live Demo
Fri, Sat and Sun - your time to do all the paint prepping, if this is required
Monday - Painting Live Demo
Mon and Tues - your time to paint as many coats and colours as you’ve chosen
Wednesday- Distressing Live Demo
Wed and Thurs - your time to distress your piece if you so choose
Friday - Finishing Live Demo
Fri, Sat and Sun - your time to finish off your item, clear up your workspace, take pictures and share with the world!
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Why choose to join me?
Hi, I’m Courtney and I upcycle and resurrect furniture for the love of it. Whatever I don’t know I teach myself and if I can’t teach myself I seek out others who can. I spent a lot of my earlier years in life in both my Grandpa’s woodworking shops. Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada (as my husband affectionately calls it ‘the middle of nowhere’) you learn to make do with what you have to hand and are constantly fixing things.
I took Industrial Arts in high school where I learned how to draw basic architectural drawings, turn a lathe, strip back and fix broken furniture and generally use all the power tools. I was a project manager and event coordinator for many years and I’m very good at resourcing what I need and solving problems.
Prior to selling any furniture I gave myself 2 years to make mistakes and learn from them.
I like to see things saved from going to landfill, I like resurrecting treasured pieces and generally love the story behind a piece of furniture; thinking about who’s hands it’s passed through and what time periods it’s lived in. I love what I do.
Today I have a little ‘shop’ in my garden and although I don’t have all the big power tools I can mend quite a few items and I can definitely give them a new lick of paint and make them beautiful again.
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