A review on Kyle Lane Upcycling WorkShops

I recently attended a workshop given by Joanne of Kyle Lane in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.  Joanne specialises in upcycling furniture “with character and personality”.  She has been operating out of her Clonmel premises since 2010 and is an expert in all things upcycled.  You can find more about Joanne by clicking here.

I originally went along to her Candy Chair Upcycling Workshop back in September and was very impressed.  Joanne supplied the chair and instructed us on how to make the chair into a fabulous one off piece.  Here’s my chair.

Upcycled chairUpcycled Chair

It was a great day and for anyone who is a fan of painting & upcycling projects, it’s a perfect way to spend the day.  She supplied plenty of candy so between the paint and the sugar rush, I was in heaven. You can read more on this workshop here

So getting back to my original post, I attended another one of her workshops, this one was all about the tricks, tips and techniques you can use to enhance your upcycle project.  Joanne supplied the piece again, and in my case, it was a small side table. Here’s the before picture.

Upcycled Table - Before Pic

Throughout the day, she guided us on our piece of furniture, from prepping, priming, sanding – the basics and then onto the good stuff! She then demonstrated how to use different techniques to give your pieces the wow factor.

Gold Leaf Gilding
Using frog tape to create geometric designs

It was all there!  We were treated throughout the day to a supply of goodies from cup cakes, yummy sandwiches, more candy and a constant supply of tea and coffee!  She also supplied each person with a take home goodie box containing little bits to help you get started on your next project and a printed “how to” sheet.


I would recommend anyone with an interest in painting/upcycling to take one of her workshops. Joanne is so helpful and makes the day fun!KyleLane3Along with the Candy Chair Upcycling workshop & her Lampshade workshops, she is currently taking bookings for a Christmas Upcycling Decor Workshop.  For a great day out go and book now!

Here’s my finished result, I went for a geometric design.  Ta Dah!

Upcycled Table - After Pic
Upcycled Workshop - details in the post!


I did a reader review on Kyle Lane’s WorkShop for The HomeMaker Magazine and it was published in their January Edition. Yah!

Reader Review for The Homemaker Magazine