Furniture Upcycling Group Workshop

Furniture upcycling group workshop


1-day Furniture Upcycling group workshop

Have you always wondered how to go about upcycling your old furniture? Then this workshop is for you!

In our 1-day furniture upcycling workshop you will learn the basic steps to restyle your own piece of furniture. Learn all the tips & tricks from the professionals in a super fun day, with 1-on-1 guidance and a great group atmosphere. We give demos and then you can get started for yourself! We help you with all the steps, and give colour and design advice for your own piece. Any questions? Fire away! We are always available to help!

You will bring a small table, chair, or piece of furniture (side table, bedside table). Furniture upcycling workshop

Classes are taught in Dutch and English as needed. See below for more info. Check out the photos in the gallery for the mood of the day.



Aalsmeerderwerg 443, 1432EC Aalsmeer


Sat 23 November, Sat 26 October, Sat 28 September, Sat 3 August, Sat 31 August, Sat 6 July


10:00 – 16:00


More about Furniture Upcycling Group Workshop

Furniture Upcycling group workshop

1-day Furniture Upcycling group workshop

In our 1-day furniture upcycling group workshop we teach you the basic steps to restyle your own piece of furniture. We start at 10am and finish around 4-4:30pm.

You will need to bring a small table, chair, or piece of furniture. For example a bedside table or small chest of drawers. If you don’t have a piece available to bring, let us know and you can choose a piece from our stock (different pieces available at different & affordable prices).

What you will learn:

  • We will take you through the different types of paint available – and explain the difference between Fusion Mineral Paint and Fusion Milk paint, and when to use them on which pieces of furniture for which desired look
  • We will explain the different methods you can use to decorate your piece of furniture, using transfers, decoupage and stencils and what the difference is between them and when to use which method for the look you want to achieve
  • How to prep your piece, clean & sand it properly using the eco-friendly materials and how to apply the paint in the best way to avoid brush strokes and get a smooth flawless professional looking finish!
  • After you have painted your piece, you will be able to decorate it with either a transfer, a decoupage paper or a stencil. Please note that we do not have time for you to learn more than one decor technique, but you will see others doing the other techniques that you haven’t chosen.

What we provide:

  • Aprons, masks (if preferred, while sanding) & gloves (if required), paint brushes and all paint required
  • You can choose your own paint colour from the selection of 30+ colours available
  • You can choose from a selection of transfers, decoupage papers, or stencils to apply to your piece after it has been painted (if desired).

You will take home your fully restyled piece of furniture ready to take pride of place in your home. Your piece will be dry enough to put in your car at the end of the day. We also take a group / individual photos to capture the wonderful day we’ve had!

This is a group workshop for minimum 4 – maximum 8 people. So you’re with other like-minded people all day and it’s always great fun! There is plenty of free parking available outside the shop.

NB: please note this is a basic restyling workshop and we will not have time to go into detail on other more advanced techniques like gold leaf, gilding, blending, or applying wallpaper to pieces. If you are interested to learn this, we suggest you choose a private workshop for 2 or 3 days.

Furniture Upcycling Workshop Tuition is given in Dutch and English as required.

If you are interested in a group workshop with a group of friends or colleagues – great! Send us a message and we can discuss your needs and set a date! Send your message via the CONTACT FORM.

There is plenty of free parking available outside the shop.


Furniture Upcycling Group Workshop


GEERTJE: Highly recommended! Jill and her team are super sweet people. The workshop is given in a small group so there is enough room for personal advice and help. You are well cared for with coffee, tea and cookies, not to mention the honest lunch together at the table. The result of all the work was really beautiful. Overall great workshop, nice people and super cared for! ❤️
DAS DAS: We can all do some painting but it is different when you can master some techniques and ways to you under proper guidance. You will see the difference. This course is highly recommended. It gives a lot of insight. If you get stuck, the owner likes to think with you and knows a solution to almost everything. Just do it!  BACKGROUND:I went with a colleague for an afternoon and now I want to fix everything.

TAMMY: On Saturday, June 3, I had a great day at Jill’s with 4 girlfriends. From 10am until well after 5pm we were busy restyling 5 pieces of furniture we had brought ourselves. We did this day in celebration of two of us turning/being 50. Jill had a tight schedule, but left plenty of room for questions, creative outlets and great conversations. During the workshop, Jill guided us with her skill and her humor. This day will go along with the wonderful shared memories we have as friends.  I can really heartily recommend Jill to everyone. It was SO special to spread our creative wings!

AMANDA: What a fantastic, therapeutic and incredibly enjoyable workshop. Jill has so much skill and patience. I am hooked and am definitely going to arrange to go back, with another piece, to restore and make beautiful.

BOGUMILA: It was a great experience, professionally organized, it’s worth going there and give a second life to the furniture.

ROSER: Wonderful experience! Jill and the team took very good care of all of us and gave us a lot of attention to complete our little projects. Not to forget the nice fresh lunch and the muffins 😋. See you all soon! Roser
MONIKA: I had a great experience at the furniture upcycling workshop by AVS. Jill and Hanneke are very welcoming and helpful, generously sharing tips on how to turn an old, boring, tired chair or table into a sparkly, unique statement piece. ❤️ In fact, it was so inspiring that I can’t stop thinking of new projects. Thank you!
MARIJKE: I really enjoyed the Amsterdam Vintage Style workshop at the Aalsmeerderweg 443. Jill taught me a lot that I can apply to the various pieces of furniture I have collected. 
ELLEN: What a great fun day and delicious lunch…. had fine tips from an experienced Jill ….and went home with a beautiful cabinet….
MARJOLEIN: Great fun day, with beautiful results. Jill is very patient and takes the time to show and explain everything well.  She had also provided a delicious sumptuous lunch. It was really a little top day. Highly recommended!!!
SHIRLEY: Fun day with plenty of room to be creative with each other. And under relaxed guidance and feedback from Jill was able to work out and shape my long-held inspiration. It was a great experience.
BARBARA: Fantastic workshop in a very nice location … we had soooo much fun together. Jill was the perfect hostess and is so incredibly creative. We all want another one 😁 …
MONIQUE: What a great creative day. Jill is very knowledgeable about things and color combinations. Good guidance, advice and tips…. A super fun day with friends. Definitely recommended!
TAMARA: Super-inspiring, catered workshop attended by Jill! Fine setting in a small group so everyone got ample attention.  I received a lot of information about various materials and techniques and at the end of the day I took home a completely transformed and beautiful cupboard. Definitely recommended!
HAROLD: On a rainy day, our eye was drawn to the roadside sign. Stopped for a moment and Jill’s casual enthusiasm led us to book a workshop. After a pleasant Saturday of brainstorming, sanding painting and decorating, we are super satisfied and happy with the results!

KARIN: We attended a workshop with Jill.  Jill’s explanation of materials and techniques was super inspiring. She knows an enormous amount and explains it understandably.  The day flew by, we had a lot of fun and are very happy with the makeover of our items 🤩

PETRA: Last Saturday I attended the furniture restyling workshop with Jill. It was a very informative, fun and relaxed day. Jill explains everything very well and has a lot of knowledge of the products and you can and may ask anything. Only time short of course 😂😜. Jill super thanks for the nice day.

MIRJAM: What a great day! You can make full use of your own creativity, but there is also plenty of help from Jill and Roos, for tips & tricks. Learned so much! And the result is fantastic 😍
Super fun to do with a (small) group if there is something to celebrate, for example. You take your own artwork home with you so you can enjoy it for years to come….


Furniture Upcycling Workshop



  • Suitable pieces for restyling: small side table with/without drawer, small nightstand with/without drawer.
  • Please choose wooden pieces with a low-shine surface. Very shiny surfaces need special/more preparation before painting which we will not have time for.
  • Please ensure you bring pieces that do not need repair as again we will not have enough time for this.
  • We will remove all hardware on the pieces prior to prepping them. This creates the best restyled result, rather than painting over hinges etc. Tools are available for removing the hardware. We can clean the handles etc. and/or spray them gold or a different colour, as people wish. We will also add the hardware back on to the piece at the end of the workshop.
  • If possible it would help if you can send us a photo of the piece that you will bring in advance.


  • We follow a schedule for the day so that we move through the all the steps and have enough time for each part of the restyling process. There is also plenty of time for questions and one-on-one guidance.
  • There is time available to apply a transfer, decoupage or stencil at the end of the painting process (once the piece is dry) and you can choose from a selection of these products available. If you would like another product, of course you are welcome to purchase it in the shop.  People can also share eventually, so they don’t need to buy a whole packet of a particular design.
  • Your piece will be dry enough for transport home. It is a good idea to bring a blanket or an old sheet or towel to avoid scratches in the car.


  • We have hairdryers available (if required) so that we can dry the pieces in between paint layers to speed up the drying process.
  • There will be enough paint to work with and a choice of approximately 30 colours. Should someone specifically want to use a colour that hasn’t been provided, you are welcome to purchase it from the shop. Of course you then take the rest of the pot/packet home. Note: One tester pot or one small bag of milk paint isn’t enough for a full small table or nightstand, so you would need to purchase the full pot/packet.
  • Aprons and brushes (and eventually plastic gloves if people prefer to work using gloves) are also provided. All other materials required for preparation and finishing will also be provided. eg. sandpaper, top coat, wax, etc. People are also welcome to use the electric sander but we only have one, so you will have to take turns to use this.


  • We provide full explanation of all the products used, as well as step by step guidance on the process and individual help to each person to ensure the best result.
  • Coffee and tea will be readily available throughout the day. There is a schedule so we can take regular breaks.
  • A delicious healthy sandwich lunch is included in the price.