House share given charity shop makeover

1 October 2019        

Category: BHF Shops

Junior doctors’ house share undergoes transformation with a difference - everything has come from a charity shop

A south London house share of six young professionals has been given an entirely sustainable makeover, purely with items donated to our shops.  

The four bedroom Camberwell home, shared by a group of friends in their mid-twenties, has been given a stylish makeover with a twist. Every item has been purchased second hand from BHF home stores - from wardrobes to beds and sets of drawers to artwork.


Completed in less than 24 hours, and coming in at under £1700, the home update shows the good quality furniture that can be found in BHF charity shops, which also helps prevent items from going to landfill, and keeps costs down for house sharers and first-time buyers. Items include a bed and mattress for £150, four chairs for £40, bedside tables for £15 each, sets of draws for £20 and wooden wardrobes from £120. Smaller accessories such as lights and pictures came in at £5 to £10 an item.

Helping with the makeover was sustainable interior designer Lynne Lambourne, who also upcycled some existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look. 

The transformation was undertaken by the charity as part of its Reuse Revolution campaign. Launching this October, we want to raise awareness of the possibilities of shopping second hand - not just when it comes to fashion but for the home too. Last year, our home stores helped reuse and recycle over 42,000 tonnes of furniture and electrical products and rescued 180,000 sofas from landfill. This helped prevent 53,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being released into the atmosphere.   


Using upcycled furniture

Interior Designer and Warrior on Waste Lynne Lambourne said: ‘Giving this home an entire charity shop makeover was a fantastic challenge. The shops are like treasure troves where you can find really individual pieces that will give a home its own personal style. Plus adding a lick of paint will instantly makes them unique! Giving furniture a new lease of life is so important - not only in saving good quality items from landfill but also helping fund much needed research.’

Homeowner and housemate Alex Short said: “We’re thrilled with the results of the makeover - which surpassed all expectations! We were also really surprised by how cheap and easy it was. As a big house share, a lot of our furniture were hand me downs from family so it’s fab to have an update and put our stamp on it.

Co-owner and housemate Anna Watts added: “We hadn’t realised that with a lick of paint, you can transform items into stylish pieces and were really impressed with the quality of items that get donated. The BHF free collection service was also really handy and meant we could donate back the pieces of furniture we no longer needed.’’

From contemporary pieces to vintage treasures and unique finds, the BHF stocks a wealth of furniture, including wardrobes from £60, sideboards from £35 and sofas from £120, all waiting to be given a new lease of life.


Charity shop treasures

Allison Swaine-Hughes, Retail Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “These photos show the amazing potential of shopping pre-loved for the home. You can find items that are both great value and good quality, as well as unique pieces that you wouldn’t get anywhere else.
“Shopping with the BHF will help prevent items going to landfill, as well as support our vital research in to beating heart and circulatory disease. So this October, why not do something special for your home, the environment and the millions of people living with conditions like heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia in the UK.” 

To join the Reuse Revolution, we are encouraging those looking to give their home a style update to visit one of our 190 nationwide home stores for quality furniture and home wares. Shoppers with an eye for interior design or those wanting to start their own upcycling project will be amazed at the pre-loved items on offer.

Share your finds on social media by tagging @the_BHF, using the #BoughtAtBHF hashtag and finish the sentence: “I love shopping at the BHF because...”. Participants who post between 1st and 31st October will be entered into a competition* to win £250 to spend at Annie Sloan.


Join the reuse revolution