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

       Sanding
     
Paint prepping

       Painting

       Distressing

       Finishing

      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.

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Introducing

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. 

The benefits

Interactive Live Demos with Access for 1 Year


This will enable you to ask loads of questions and rewatch any videos while you upcycle
more furniture.




Links to Resources and Products


Firstly 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.




Resources and Guidance in Decision Making


Not 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.




Supportive Hands on Experience


Kinesthetic 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.





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.

ITEM

Do you have an item to

upcycle?

WIFI CONNECTION

Does your work space have good internet connection? 

TIME

Are you willing to set aside the time

for some Creativity

SPACE

Can you carve out a space in

your home for 2 weeks?

MOTIVATION

Do you need motivation to get

you started?

FACE YOUR FEARS

Would you like to face your

fears and still do it?

One Off Introductory Rate of just   75 There after   125

£

£

Spaces

6 people

Prep Support

10 days

Intensive painting

10 days

Finished article

Achievement

 Begins on

Friday for

4 weeks 

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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AFTER

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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.

Here are what other customers have said about my work

Charlie R.

"I was absolutely blown away by the attention to detail and precision of my business logo stamp. It feels like so much love, care and attention went into it. It so exceeded my expectations in every way!"

"I highly recommend Courtney’s business, it’s not just the finished product it’s the journey from start to finish that’s so exceptional and unique."

Laura C.

"You're a bloody genius, I love it!"

Jill H-J.

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