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Our Mission

Chalk Therapy refinishes, redesigns, and upcycles old, vintage, and antique furniture out of a studio workshop in beautiful Peterborough, Ontario. With each item purchased, a portion of the proceeds goes towards helping Cancer Care patients and local families in need.

We pride ourselves in being an eco-friendly shop, using only VOC-free paints and no-to-low-VOC stains. Chalk Therapy is also the only store in the Peterborough/Kawartha Lakes area that takes in and breathes new life into broken furniture – keeping it out of our landfills.

Tara Lee Genge and Adam GengeOur Story

Chalk Therapy is owned and operated by Tara Lee Genge.

Tara Lee began Chalk Therapy two years ago out of her home, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system).  Tara Lee found she needed to keep herself moving while recovering from chemotherapy treatments, so she began painting and refinishing furniture. Since receiving notice that she was officially in remission, Tara Lee has been given the confidence to expand and move the business forward in its new location at 3-800 Erskine Ave., Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Looking to have your piece finished, donate a piece, or want to help a local family? Contact us!

If you have a piece of furniture that you want refinished, or if you’d like to donate it and see it be turned into something beautiful (rather than taken to the landfill), send us an email at If possible, please also provide a photo, description, and measurements of the item. At this time we can only accept pre-arranged donations. We do not have a drop-off zone…yet. 😉

A portion of each piece sold goes to local Cancer Care patients, families in need, and local organizations. If you know of a family that could benefit from some of Chalk Therapy’s help, please email us at We’d love to hear your story, and try to help! 🙂

We’d also be happy to have you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. From time-to-time, we’ll offer sales, discounts, contests and giveaways exclusively to our social media followers. Follow us to join in!