Creative Furniture Upcycling for Beginners

A course by Joanne Condon
Furniture Artist and Upcycler. Tipperary, Ireland.
Joined June 2020
, Furniture Artist and Upcycler

Breathe new life into old furniture and design unique pieces that reflect your personal style using innovative upcycling techniques

  • 99% positive reviews (86)
  • 3240 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Breathe new life into old furniture and design unique pieces that reflect your personal style using innovative upcycling techniques

  • 99% positive reviews (86)
  • 3240 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 14m)
  • 18 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Upcycling is an opportunity to give a piece of furniture a second chance and live more sustainably. Furniture artist and upcycler Joanne Condon believes you can create art from forgotten furniture. That’s what she does via her furniture business, which has led her to win multiple awards and publish her own book about upcycling.

In this course, Joanne takes you step-by-step through the process of restoring a pre-loved piece of furniture through DIY techniques, from choosing the right piece to using color, texture, and pattern to breathe new life into it. Are you ready to design and create unique pieces of furniture that reflect your personality?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Basic Materials
  • U3
    U3. Preparing Your Piece of Furniture
  • U4
    U4. Selling Your Furniture
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Find out more about Joanne and her journey to becoming an award-winning furniture artist. She shares her experience growing up in a creative household, more about her current career, and the influences which have inspired her approach to color.

Delve into what upcycling is and take a look at the materials for this course. Explore experimental DIY techniques and how they can be used to create different patterns and finishes. Collect images for a mood board, then learn how to identify color combinations that work well together. Visualize your upcycled piece by sketching your idea on paper and playing with different patterns and colors to refine it.

Joanne shares her advice for choosing a piece of furniture and the difference between new and used items. Prepare your piece for a professional end result by cleaning, sanding, and priming it before learning how to paint it professionally, starting with its most challenging parts. Once dry, sketch your design from earlier in the course onto your piece and paint it. Put the finishing touches to your project, from refreshing hinges to adding new handles.

To finish the course, Joanne talks you through everything you need to know about selling your piece. Learn how to take professional-looking photos on your phone, promote your work on social media and reach out to blogs and magazines to increase your exposure as an artist.

What is this course's project?

Upcycle a piece of furniture and decorate it using color palettes and patterns that express your personality.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in learning how to upcycle furniture using DIY techniques.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary for this course.

In terms of materials, you will need a paintbrush, mini paint roller and handle, sandpaper, primer, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.


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Joanne Condon

A course by Joanne Condon

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Furniture Artist and Upcycler

Joanne Condon is an award-winning furniture artist and upcycler. Her passion for creativity began at a very young age. She attended art classes on the weekends and even painted Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night on her bedroom ceiling in her early teens. She went on to hone her craft by studying and teaching art for several years. Later, Joanne discovered her love for upcycling in particular after buying a house and struggling to find the unique and colorful furniture she wanted to fill it with. Her vibrant upcycled pieces soon attracted attention and enabled her to set up a furniture business of her own in 2011.

Joanne teaches the upcycling techniques she has learned both in-person and online at classes around Ireland. She was the upcycling expert for RTE’s Today Show for a number of years and has won several awards including Best Workshop and Best DIY and Upcycling Account. Joanne has also published her own book, Furniture Crush, in which she shares her expertise in paper form.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Basic Materials

    • Tools and Materials
    • Experimenting Techniques
    • Mood Boards
    • Colour Combinations
    • Sketching Process
  • U3

    Preparing Your Piece of Furniture

    • How to Choose the Furniture
    • Preparing the Piece
    • Priming
    • Painting
    • Painting Your Final Designs
    • Final Touches 1
    • Final Touches 2
  • U4

    Selling Your Furniture

    • How to Promote and Sell Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Furniture Upcycling/Hacking

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Creative Furniture Upcycling for Beginners. Craft course by Joanne Condon

Creative Furniture Upcycling for Beginners

A course by Joanne Condon
Furniture Artist and Upcycler. Tipperary, Ireland.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (86)
  • 3240 students