We love a good furniture makeover and we love a good cause. So Out of the Dark, the UK-based company that rescues discarded furniture and puts young people, usually those struggling with a difficult background or situation, in the driver’s seat of restoring them. Out of the Dark trains and educates the teens they hire in a variety of restorative techniques, from painting to repairing, and then encourages their creativity in transforming the old furniture into revamped and fantastically eclectic new pieces.
The result: Teens with a positive after-school program, as well as heightened skills and self-esteem. And yes, beautiful furniture.
Now, Out of the Dark is available on social shopping site Great.ly, specifically out of tastemaker Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About The House’s GREAT.LY store. And with free worldwide shipping through next Tuesday, September 16, it’s the ideal time to check it out. In the words of Watson-Smyth:
I’d best describe Out of the Dark as punk upholstery. The founders Jay and Jade Blades, both of whom admit to going off the rails as teenagers, turned their lives around thanks to help from their extended families, and now work to provide a similar support network to other young adults who perhaps don’t have adult role models. The furniture is funky and the ethos that of the extended family with everyone learned new skills and being welcomed in. It’s one of my favourite companies and I’m proud to know them personally and stock them in my GREAT.LY store.