Out Of The Dark and into the colourful.

Have you noticed lately how everything is about recycling, up-cycling and vintage finds, I love it and this description is far more interesting than plain old second-hand.

When I was a child, furniture was mostly inherited. When I moved into my own home I bought everything new, and here we are again full circle back with the old stuff, but giving it a new lease of life.

When Kate at Crafts on Sea was looking for advice on setting up the Restore recycling project  I discovered Out of the Dark , they were already on the same mission Kate was helping to set up, both providing support for vulnerable young people by engaging them in craft skills and revamping old unwanted furniture.

Out of The Dark charity projects are all about supporting young people achieve a better life and steer away from crime, and this project brings in the element of craft, DIY and work skills. Not to mention the development of self-esteem and confidence.

Here are some examples of their work:

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I decided to have a go myself  ask my husband to revamp a boring piece of furniture we had.




Sadly my rubbish photography doesn’t show it off as lovely as it really is. I think the next piece we do is definitely going to be more colourful and stylish just like Out of The Dark designs.

I wish Kate lots of luck with Restore and I’m sure they will soon be as experienced as the award winning Out Of The Dark.

If you would like to see what they do, what’s for sale, get involved, or want more information  click the logo.





This post is not sponsored.


  1. ghostwritermummy
    July 20, 2014 / 19:35

    LOVE that so much! I have lots of furniture that needs some TLC but no time at all! Hoping to take part in this over the summer if I can 🙂
    x x

    • July 20, 2014 / 19:54

      My photo doesn’t do it justice, well worth it & we used vinyl silk emulsion.

  2. Julia (@rainbeaubelle)
    July 18, 2014 / 20:58

    What a great project! Your drawers look lovely 🙂 I do really like the turquoise ones too, but in reality I tend to go for natural wood or white furniture, would love to try some colour though. Keep us posted on your next project!

    • July 18, 2014 / 22:14

      Thanks, I will, hoping to do something dramatic : )

  3. July 18, 2014 / 10:17

    What a fab initiative! And I think your husband has done an amazing job. Was it difficult?

    • July 18, 2014 / 17:55

      No Claire it was easy, he used the paint we had left from the living room. It is Vinyl silk emulsion, and a bit of a dust first.
      It looks much nicer than photo, he didn’t paint handles as I want to change them. Will def do it again.

  4. Kate Williams
    July 17, 2014 / 21:12

    That looks fantastic!! Well done and thanks for mentioning me and restore 🙂 x

    • July 17, 2014 / 21:16

      You’re welcome & thanks, I do remember when you were trying to get help. I love that Ikea drawer unit you painted.

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