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Upcycle Furniture, Restore hope & Support local people: Community Inspiration

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Volunteers from The Furniture Station at Agapanthus Interiors, Stockport during their Chalk Paint Workshop

People are entering accommodations without something to sleep on, to sit on and to dine on. The Furniture Station is 22 years into operations to tackle this issue & through the re-use of pre-loved furniture items we continue to support disadvantaged homes in Stockport.


Our latest ‘Paint Project’ provides a fresh opportunity for various damaged/worn woodwork items that may have otherwise gone to landfill to be up-cycled through the application of chalk paint & wax; encouraging further re-use of pre-loved items into more homes within & surrounding the Borough.

Launched in 2015, and following the passion of just one of our volunteers – the project blossomed to allow desk chairs to be transformed into dining chairs,  marked coffee tables to be freshly painted with chalk paint and further unused, worn items to be given a make-over with the shabby chic trend. Now with a team of 6 local volunteers lending a hand in the operations, they have received specialised Chalk Paint training with local designers, Agapanthus Interiors, and the project moves forward successfully to support our clients with up-cycled reusable furniture items.

Staff from Capita Travel & Events, Stockport with their chalk painted furniture items at The Furniture Station


The project has even attracted local firm Capita Travel & Events, based in Stockport, who organised 22 of their staff to volunteer with us over two days. Employees grouped together to volunteer at The Furniture Station to paint unused coffee tables, dining chairs & bedside cabinets so that they were in good condition for local families to be supported with. (More information and pictures from these recent events coming soon!)

Recently funded by the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund & The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation,  the workshop will be able to purchase paint, wax & equipment to enable the development of the project which welcomes work placements & volunteering locally in the charity’s aim to support those long-term unemployed to gain further skills & experience to re-enter the workplace.

“Our Paint Project allows us to upcycle stained, worn & damaged items that have not had the chance for re-use so that more items can effectively support more families entering accommodation who are without the basic furniture items for a home. It allows us to extend our current work experience offering so that local people, particularly those who are unemployed & seeking work experience can obtain various transferable skills to assist them back into the workplace & at the same time acquire useful, independent skills for their own home.”  Joanne Watson, Chief Officer

Joanne Watson, Chief Officer at The Furniture Station presented with a cheque from Mr Horton, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund
Joanne Watson, Chief Officer at The Furniture Station presented with a cheque from Mr Horton, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

It has been a challenging couple of years financially to ensure operations are kept running following loss of funds and the ongoing struggle to keep operating costs met. The Paint Project has created a platform to generate self-sustaining funds in the near future, which we hope to support our existing work within the community. We welcome anyone interested in supporting our work to join our Supporters Group. Those interested in lending a hand in volunteering or taking part in a placement for just a morning per week are invited to express their interest via joanne@furniturestation.org.uk