Up-cycling Furniture Courses

Join our expert trainer and up-cycling-master, Willz at the CleanStart warehouse in Trafford Park, where you will learn new skills and take home your own beautiful creation.

[re]new: up-cycling furniture courses by CleanStart, introduce you to the world of up-cycling. You will have a choice of two courses. Both are introductory courses, and you don’t need any prior experience of up-cycling to take part.

Willz has all the knowledge and the tools you need to make your own chalk paint and come away with an up-cycled masterpiece.

The courses are open to everyone, you will meet other budding up-cyclers, but why not get a few friends or family involved and make it a special day out.

How to make chalk paint

£40 per person – Up to 8 people per session.

Spend a Saturday morning with Willz learning how to make chalk paint.

Chalk paint is a type of paint used in up-cycling. Its chalky matte finish has an uncanny ability to transform a surface in a few coats. Chalk paint is also perfect for distressing to get that shabby chic finish you see on so many up-cycled pieces of furniture.

This session will teach you the basics of mixing chalk paint, how to apply it, and the art of distressing once applied. You will have a choice of nine colours to create your own unique chalk paint colour.

All materials are included in the price.

How to make chalk paint course: available dates

Saturday 28th March 2020
Saturday 2nd May 2020
Saturday 13th June 2020
Saturday 18th July 2020

How to up-cycle a pre-loved side table.

£85 per person – up to 2 people per session.

Up-cycling is the perfect solution to furniture that needs a little love. Don’t spend money on buying new, once you have the basic up-cycling skills you can save money by giving furniture a new lease of life.

You will have a choice of pre-loved side tables, from a selected range that can be up-cycled within the day.

Learn the basics of preparing the side table, before painting it the colour of your choice with chalk paint.

All materials and furniture are included in the price.

How to up-cycle a preloved side table: available dates

Saturday 18th April 2020
Saturday 23rd May 2020
Saturday 4th July 2020
Saturday 29th August 2020

When I visited Clean Start last Saturday to do the one day upcycling furniture course everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. Willz was very professional and took me through everything step by step.

We mixed our own chalk paint and mixed the paint to get my chosen colour. I was given a small coffee table to paint and was shown how to apply the paint/rub it down and re-apply the paint. Once dry was was taught how to distress areas of the furniture that would naturally be worn over time, giving an aged/shabby sheek affect. During each stage from start to finish nothing was too much trouble.

I had a great day and I would recommend anyone thinking of upcycling either as a hobby or a business to book on this course!
Thank you again Willz for a great day 🙂


Julie, Cheshire | November 2019

We look forward to seeing you, but if you need any more information or to ask any questions, drop Willz an email: info@cleanstart.uk.com

A little information about CleanStart…

The CleanStart vision is to support our neighbourhoods, helping them become safer, stronger, cleaner and greener. We are a social enterprise, which means that we can offer a great range of property services and good quality recycled furniture at affordable prices while re-investing our profits into the local community. We provide employment, training and support for those who may find it difficult to secure jobs elsewhere.