Episode 7 Money for Nothing


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Episode 7

Junk makeover show. Sarah Moore saves a green enamel lightshade, a battered 1970s sideboard and a 1930s Lloyd Loom chair at Witley Recycling Centre.


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What are you throwing away?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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-I like the look of that.

-The answer could be hiding in over 20 million

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tonnes of household waste, thrown out by us every year.

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Hmm, what else are you throwing away? Anything exciting?

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That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore wants to get her hands on things

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before they hit the skip.

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Finding, transforming and selling stuff we throw away is an obsession,

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and it's that obsession that I've turned into a moneymaking business.

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I make new stuff out of the old stuff, and I sell it for a profit!

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And, with some of the country's elite designers and makers...

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You've got a bucket of fun for me!

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-It's a big one!

-Is it?

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..she can transform her finds into desirable...

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They are amazing!

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..valuable...

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I've never seen anything like them!

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..and, hopefully, saleable items.

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-That's a lovely job, thank you.

-Thank you.

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If Sarah is successful,

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then she can hand the profits back to the very people who had no idea

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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-£165 here.

-No!

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Deep in the heart of Surrey

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is the home of the Whitley Community Recycling Centre.

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Here, all things unwanted get chucked,

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and that is getting a certain someone very excited.

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Isn't it fantastic? The sun's out, the gate's open

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and they're flooding in here with potentially fantastic finds!

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Finds that could make a spot of money for nothing.

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Obviously that's not one of them!

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But before you head along to your local recycling centre in search of

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your fortune, be aware that Sarah's been given special permission to

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hunt for three items which can be rejuvenated, reinvented and revived

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to be sold on for a profit.

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You get everything here, look. Kitchen sink.

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I know we're here to clean up, but taking that old thing

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might just be pushing it a bit!

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Just as well Kim has arrived with her boot full of booty,

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but is there enough inspiration here for Sarah?

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Ooh, look at your light. I love your enamel light.

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Is that what it is? Is it a light?

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Yeah, so that bit I don't think goes with it, does it?

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No, that's... I haven't got a clue what that is!

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-But...

-I think these, these are just...

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All the factories used to have this kind of lighting.

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Because I thought it might make a nice lamp shade,

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but I didn't know how to do it, so I just thought, "Well..."

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It is quite heavy. It's not, like...

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If you buy a modern one of these, they're really light, whereas

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this one is beautiful, heavy-duty...

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You need a strong ceiling to suspend that!

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-Yeah, or a bit of metal work...

-Oh, I see.

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..I think, to hang it off.

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But out of the stuff that you're throwing away,

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my magpie instincts are drawn to this!

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-Well, you're welcome to it.

-Would that be all right?

-Of course!

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-Of course, you're very welcome.

-Brilliant. Well, thank you for that.

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-My pleasure.

-That's going to be a little project.

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-Lovely to meet you.

-And you too. I'm glad it's gone to a good home!

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-I'll be in touch.

-You could do something with it.

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Yeah, any more of those, come back soon!

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-Thank you so much!

-OK, bye!

-Bye-bye!

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Today's first find is an enamel lampshade.

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Does Kim think there could be an illuminating use for it?

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I hope she makes a lamp out of it, because it just...

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It looks like that's what it should be.

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I thought about putting a plant in it or something but, no,

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I think it should be a lamp. I'd love to see that. I'd love to.

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Well, look at that. A cracking, old, vintage enamel shade.

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I am always a sucker for enamelware

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and this lovely old light shade has definitely seen better days!

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But it must be worth saving.

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We're going to have to think of something really clever to make a

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bit of money out of this one.

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And Sarah knows just the person who can help.

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If you think metal, think Bex Simon.

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Bex is one of the country's leading artist blacksmiths,

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and, together with husband Dave,

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this pair have certainly proved their mettle -

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producing high-end interior furniture,

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and bespoke metalwork commissions.

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I love designing, so I like the most bizarre commissions that we get,

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because it's a real sort of challenge of your design skills.

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I think making things, you can get lost in here.

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The blacksmith's workshop is a bit like a cave.

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You know, it's your safe place.

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It's homely, it's weird because it's dark and its dingy.

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It's a bit like hell!

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-No, sorry!

-It's dark and dingy now...

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Will Sarah's latest loot have the power to light it up?

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With one item safely stowed...

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..the hunt's on for two more dumped diamonds!

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Coloured bathrooms are going to come back, mark my words.

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We'll be clambering to gather up the avocado

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and cram it back into our bathrooms!

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-Wait and see.

-Well there's retro, and there's ridiculous!

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Wow, look at that, look at that!

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Look at what? Oh, it looks like a sideboard.

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Could Nick's cast-off be a winner for Sarah?

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-Hi.

-Hi, there.

-How are you?

-I'm fine, thanks.

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I'm Sarah. Hi, there. Who are you?

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-Hello, nice to meet you. Nick.

-Hello, Nick.

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I think it's amazing.

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Would it be all right to maybe have a closer look at it...?

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-Yeah, sure it is.

-..and see if there's something

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to be done with it.

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It turns out that this sideboard actually belonged to Nick's

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father-in-law, and it'd just been taking up space in Nick's garage

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for the past five years.

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Hello! Hello! Lucky day!

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If you say so, Sarah!

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Oh, fantastic drawers, too!

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Brilliant. Do you remember it being used?

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It was probably under a pile of stuff

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-last time I saw it being used.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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-He was a bit of a hoarder...

-I like him as well!

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I like all of your family!

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That is the most fantastic thing to turn up at a tip.

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I've never had a sideboard before and...

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Well, stick around, I'll see what else I can bring you!

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Well, that's amazing. What I might have to do is to trouble you.

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Is there any chance you could help me carry it down here

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-out of the way before somebody puts it in the wrong bin?

-Yes, let's get going.

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Well done, Sarah. Not only have you nabbed Nick's super retro sideboard,

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you've got him to carry it for you, too!

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Being Nick's father-in-law's, what will the rest of the family think?

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My wife will love to see it. She'll tell me, "I told you so."

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I was going to sledgehammer it. And, yep, she will be saying...

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"Told you!"

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I love a sideboard. It's everything you could hope for.

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You're going to have to trust me. This is going to look absolutely

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fabulous, and I know just who to take it to.

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Say hello to Daniel Heath.

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Daniel's a designer who can turn his hand to just about anything.

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A wallpaper and textile designer by trade,

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he produces everything from bespoke furniture to high-end furnishings.

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I started off as a printmaker, doing textiles and wallpaper.

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But now I really enjoy working with wood and working with slate.

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I like the challenge of working with new materials

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or salvaged materials.

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No two days are the same for Daniel,

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as he loves to be taken out of his comfort zone.

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I really enjoy it when people come to me with interesting projects,

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and strange materials to try and print onto

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because I like the challenge.

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It's a good thing Daniel enjoys a challenge,

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because Sarah's newly acquired sideboard is on its way...

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Sarah has just one item left to find...

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..an item which she can take home and tackle herself.

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Just catching up on the news!

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There's no time for slacking, Sarah, you might miss potential gems,

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like this one emerging from the back of Dave's car.

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Oh, now that looks like you've had it for a while.

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-Hi, there.

-Hi. Yes. It's got some sentimental value, but it's...

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-Really?

-Where have they come from?

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They came from my grandparents' house.

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This one did, and this one as well.

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-Aren't they sweet?

-Yeah, but they're just too far shot.

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-Oh, I see that one's gone on the seat.

-That one, yeah.

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But they are... It's just...

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How old do you think they are, then, 1920s, something like that?

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'20s, '30s?

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I think these are probably the type of things that are repairable,

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-so there is potential...

-Right.

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-..for chairs like this...

-Yep.

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..if you've got the time and the inclination to get them mended and

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-that sort of thing.

-Well, exactly.

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So I would really like the chance to see if they can be refurbished,

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-or, you know, brought back to life.

-Feel free, go ahead.

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Let me take them away, that's just brilliant.

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-Thank you so much for stopping.

-OK!

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So, Dave's chairs are a winner,

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though he does have some strong ideas about their future...

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I don't particularly want them

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upgraded in terms of losing their integrity...

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..you know, with flowers or steamships.

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Hmm, it's almost as if Dave already knows about Sarah's vast collection

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of floral offcuts.

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These type of chairs turn up at the tip all the time,

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and they've gone in all the same places that they normally do.

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They're looking worn and tired, but people still love these.

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Vintage collectors, and people who like to furnish their houses

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in a 1930s, '40s style, they can't get enough of them!

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But these are going to have a real makeover if they're going to make

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any money at all.

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Sarah's managed to salvage three items from certain doom.

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Kim's green enamel lampshade will be worked on by Bex.

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Nick's retro sideboard will be dandied by Daniel.

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And Sarah will show Dave's chairs some love.

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Would you believe what turned up here today?

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Fantastic finds, great people, heaps of work to be done,

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and I think money to be made.

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Deep in the heart of the Surrey countryside is the workshop

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of blacksmith Bex, who, along with husband Dave,

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creates bespoke commission pieces from scratch.

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That is until Sarah arrives,

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then they have to work with the old rubbish she brings along.

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Well, my lampshade is looking tip-fresh - it's filthy!

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It's going to need really smartening up,

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and I'm hoping Bex and Dave are just the people to do it.

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Do you reckon it'll be an easy job, or a difficult job?

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Um, I think this one will probably be a tricky one.

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A tricky one? OK, we're going to have a tricky one.

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Tricky... That might be a bit of an understatement.

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-How are you? Are you well?

-How are you doing?

-Good to see you.

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-Oh, you're all wet and cold!

-It's freezing. Hey, what do you reckon?

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Oh, look! It's really nice.

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-Great colour. It's really nice.

-It's really cool, isn't it?

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In my mind, since I found this at the tip,

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I was thinking beautiful, smart, crisp.

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But the more I look at it now, it's absolutely filthy,

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and it's dinged all over.

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I thought it still had potential.

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Yeah, well, it just adds character, doesn't it?

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Oh, it's really nice.

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It's really nice, have a feel.

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Lovely! Is it a lampshade?

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Can't take him anywhere!

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Yeah, we could do sort of an industrial-style base...

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So you're thinking, like, floor lamp?

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Yeah, but, like, straight bar, you know, solid base.

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-Maybe, perhaps?

-I get you.

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Sounds amazing, and will you need to have a weight...?

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Some sort of weight to the end of it, to counterbalance it?

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Well, yeah, it could do.

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Just, you know, adjust height, pivot, or something.

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This design is top-heavy so the base needs to be solid and Sarah might

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just have the answer, a previously salvaged lorry jack

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just waiting to be part of the right project.

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That looks perfect, doesn't it?

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You've got all the lovely industrialness of it.

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So, I see that at the bottom, there's a lamp here,

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a bit of wiring. Do you have a gut feel for the price

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-of the whole thing?

-Probably...

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-285.

-That's good. I think that gives us a good leeway.

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I mean, it'd be great to make 100 quid on that

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and you're going to make a beautiful, big lamp.

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That's sounds fantastic. I cannot wait.

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It's going to light up my life.

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So it's going to be a lorry jack light thingy.

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A light? Of course it was going to be a light.

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Now, this is a lovely project but the success will be

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whether it's simple, stylish and they stick to the budget.

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I like the idea of this one.

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I'm quite... I think it's going to look really nice for some reason.

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You always leave those annoying fiddly bits to me, so...

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Yeah! But you're good at those fiddly bits.

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I don't like fiddly bits!

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With Dave doing all the fiddly bits, it's £285 to design and create

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the unique counterbalanced light.

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Walthamstow in East London is a veritable hotbed of designers

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and makers, lots of whom are based at the Blackhorse Workshop,

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which is where Daniel is awaiting the arrival of Sarah.

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It will be interesting to see what she's got for me this time.

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It's been a real mixed bag in the past so obviously these things are

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coming from the tip, they're going to be thrown away anyway,

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so it gives me a bit more of a licence to be creative,

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try out some new ideas and see how they work out.

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It's fantastic to be back in East London

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but this time with a beautiful '70s sideboard.

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It's such a nostalgic piece of furniture

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and I hope that Daniel Heath will be pleased to take it under his wing

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and add some of his own distinctive style to it.

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Nostalgic, yes. Moneymaker? Hmm...

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-What do you think?

-Wow! OK, that's...

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-That's a great sideboard.

-It is good, isn't it?

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It's been knocked about a bit.

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Did you drag it here behind the truck?

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-It came to me like that.

-Right, OK.

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I think it's been in the garage, you know,

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all that kind of stuff when people don't like it

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-so they leave it in the garage for a bit.

-It's been well used.

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-Well-used, but should we get it up in the studio to have a proper look?

-Yes, let's have a go.

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It's not too heavy.

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That wasn't so bad. Daniel didn't seem daunted at all.

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In fact, I think he's been charmed by it.

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-So, do you like it?

-Yeah, I love it.

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It's a great piece. It's the sort of piece that I would have in my own

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home, so it's really nice to see it.

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Let's have a look inside. The hinges seem all right.

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They're in OK condition, aren't they?

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Yeah, hopefully it's transformable without too much work

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-on the structure of it.

-Yeah, it looks good.

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And it hasn't been outside so it's not been, like, destroyed

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-by weather so that's always good.

-It's a bonus, isn't it?

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-Yeah, always a bonus.

-Because if you find it at the tip, you never know what you're going to get.

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OK, Daniel, we know you like it, but what's the plan?

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We could do something with printing, get some imagery on,

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layer up some different colours, perhaps.

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Time to get the sander out, I think,

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and just take back and see what's there underneath.

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And is it... Do you have in mind what you could create

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or a budget that we could put on it

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so that there's some kind of ballpark

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for making a little money on it?

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I think that we could probably do something on this for £500.

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-Thank you. Cheers, Sarah.

-Enjoy doing it.

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I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

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-Cheers, Sarah.

-Bye.

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Well, it sounds like Daniel Heath is definitely a sideboard man.

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I cannot wait to see what kind of pattern and colour he manages to get

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onto that thing and how saleable it's going to be at the end.

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I'm really happy about this one because it's a great piece.

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There's a lot of surface areas, there's a lot of things

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I can do with it and it's a bit beaten up as well,

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which I think is good because it's obviously going to look...

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well, hopefully a lot better when I've finished with it

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than it does now, so, yeah, can't wait to get started.

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Daniel's costs will be £500 to completely reimagine the sideboard

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with layered hand-printed designs.

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But I have to say I'm struggling to imagine what it'll look like.

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Hmm.

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With Daniel working on the retro sideboard and Becks and Dave on the

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old enamel lampshade,

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Sarah's back in West Sussex with a bit of a foreboding fixer-upper...

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These saggy-seated, dodgy-legged chairs.

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Rather you than me, Sarah.

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Well, both these old chairs have their faults,

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this one is in all sorts of trouble around the legs and this one...

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Well, there's a lot of work to be done to this one

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but think it might turn a profit.

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So I think I'm going to put this one aside and concentrate on this one.

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I think the first thing to do is really try and clean this

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chair up and find out exactly what needs to be done to restore it.

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So I'm going to cover my bench and get down to work.

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This Lloyd Loom chair was the brainchild of Marshall Burns Lloyd,

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an American who in 1917 invented a rather swanky loom

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that transformed craft paper into a woven fabric.

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Pretty much everybody who sees these will call them Lloyd Loom because

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they were the major manufacturer of this type of chair, and you can see

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it's not actually made out of fibre, but a coiled paper.

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Not many of them survive in really good condition

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so it's not surprising this looks like this.

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But it's got wooden legs at the front and then these metal ones

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at the back, so it's still fairly solid.

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But I think I just love this old colour.

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This kind of teal is quite on trend at the moment, so I'm going to leave

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it just the way it is and see if I can get this to look any cleaner

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and, hopefully, I'll add a little decoration to make it saleable.

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That teal colour might be on trend but I'm not so sure about the rust.

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Well, this rust is definitely not going to come off with a cloth so

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I've got some wire wool, which is quite a good way

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to get round these corners and clean up something

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that is not a flat surface.

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A bit of elbow grease. Maybe some wax.

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I think that's going to be fine.

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Well, the frame has come up really well.

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I think I've overcome the seat problem.

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I've made a little hardboard pad, put some wadding over the top of it

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and that is going to pop neatly in there

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and be a really lovely, comfortable seat for this old chair.

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But I'm still a bit worried about the arms.

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They're too dirty to make it saleable

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and I want this thing to pack a punch.

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I want to get as much money as possible out of it,

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so I think I've got some old pieces of fabric here.

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I've had them for ages and they're sort of tattoo-esque.

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I know that sounds funny but it's like a rose tattoo...

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That's the way I'm seeing it.

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And I'm just going to lay these on the arms,

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stitch them on and that way that's going to look dirty-pretty-vintage

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and I think when they're in place I'm going to stitch

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some really simple... They'll have to be simple.

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..motifs across the back.

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I'm thinking an anchor, maybe a swallow, perhaps a rose.

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Old-fashioned, sailor-style tattoos, so that when you look at it,

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recognisable as a tattoo.

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Somebody's going to like it, aren't they?

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Sarah's not sounding too confident about this one

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but she has spent just £15 by using offcuts of materials

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and wood and she's hoping that the arms and back of the chair

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will look great with their new embroidery and tattoos.

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Back in Surrey, Becks and Dave are getting to grips with that enamel

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lampshade and already they're thinking of changing Sarah's plan

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for the lorry jack base.

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Do you reckon this will work?

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I'm just thinking of shapes and what would look...

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You know, what would look nice.

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With only the lampshade to work with,

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this project was always going to need something special

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to elevate it and currently it's looking as though

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it might not be the lorry jack.

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I'm just thinking of simplifying the base, you know,

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something that would work really nicely with it,

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just from what we've got, so...

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Look, Dave, we could put, like, a strip down here,

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a couple of rivets, so it's got that industrial look,

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-fill it with sand...

-Yeah, I think that looks good.

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Yeah.

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-Quite nice, isn't it?

-I think we could use that.

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Yeah, if we bring this shape in a bit more as well.

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Cut a nice, clean, straight edge

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and then just bring it back over on itself.

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Yeah, I think that would be better, don't you?

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Yeah, I think so. Yeah.

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I think that works.

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Are you sure, Dave?

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Are we not missing something here?

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We've decided not to use the jack as the base.

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I don't know, I had, sort of, second thoughts about it.

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I got all excited at the time but then, you know,

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sort of re-evaluated the whole sort of design.

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So we've gone for something different.

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At the moment it looks a bit like a bin...

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..but when we've finished it will kind of look like

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a nice, big, solid base, I think, but we'll see.

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So, it seems a base like a bin beats a lorry jack.

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But how's the top of the lamp going to work?

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It's going to have a pivoting point

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and we'll make the shaded side heavier

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and then we'll have different weights

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that'll bring it up and down.

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I don't know, I've never made one before so, you know,

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you learn on the job.

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So it's going to be a bit of trial and error, but, you know,

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what possibly could go wrong? Oh, no! What...

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-Yeah, what possibly...

-What could possibly go wrong?

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-What possibly could go...?

-What could...?

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What could possibly go wrong?

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What could possibly go wrong?!

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See, it's already going wrong.

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Uh-oh!

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I've got a bad feeling in my water about this and, at my age,

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that's not good. I do hope you know what you're doing, Bex.

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Back in Walthamstow, Daniel's getting his teeth into

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that sideboard, along with assistant Luke, and, yes, this is a big job.

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I'm trying to work out whether there's some amount of solid wood

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in the construction. There might be board in the middle

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and then veneers.

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But we're just trying to strip them down as much as possible

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so that we can paint them and fill them.

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The plan is to paint the sideboard once it's sanded

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and Daniel has a paint supplier with green credentials -

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the Forest Recycling Project, who specialise

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in selling second-hand paint, and Fitzroy's on hand to help.

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-Hello. How are you doing?

-All right.

-Nice to see you.

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OK. Are you after some paint?

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Yeah, I'm after some paint for a project.

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I'm just going to paint some furniture, so we need...

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I think we need satinwood.

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OK, great. Any idea of which colours you're after?

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-Going to go for green, I think.

-For green, OK.

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We've got a selection over there

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and we've got a few more over here and a few more down here as well.

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I would say start over there and then see what you find.

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-Brilliant.

-If you need any help, give us a shout.

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Great, thanks very much.

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Watch out if you're using second-hand paint.

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A bad smell means the chemical components

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which prevent hardening have gone off.

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This paint won't give an even coverage.

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And low-cost paint has more water, so, once open,

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won't last as long as more expensive brands.

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This is the right colour. This is the colour that I want.

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Let's have a look and see if it's... Yeah, satinwood. OK.

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For wood and metal. I think that will do it.

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Great. OK, brilliant.

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Having found just the right colour of paint,

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Laura's been given the task of painting

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the freshly prepared sideboard carcass,

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whilst Daniel concentrates on screen printing the top.

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The good thing is if it doesn't print really well, it shouldn't move

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because we've got it set up on a jig, but if it doesn't...

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If there's imperfections in the print,

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we can always line up the screen and print it again.

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Because it's wood and it's pretty solid, it shouldn't change shape.

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OK.

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So, moment of truth.

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Ready?

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This is where we see whether I've got lots of work to do or not.

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HE GASPS

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-Whoa!

-Do you think that means he likes it?

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That is a result.

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That's the result that I wanted.

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Nice.

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With the sideboard well under way,

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it's time to return to West Sussex, where Sarah is putting the finishing

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touches to the Lloyd Loom chair.

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Well, I'm just using this last scrap of Union Jack here

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to try and pull this whole thing together

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and I think the tattooing kind of stuff is...

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Is pretty much working.

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I want to do a little bit more to it, but I'm just going to stitch

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this in place, just layer up all that old-fashioned,

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ragged old detail to go for my dirty-pretty-vintage look.

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When Sarah saved this Lloyd Loom chair

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from the tip it was feeling very sorry for itself.

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Now, it's definitely vintage and pretty

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with unique embroidered sailor-themed tattoos

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and a newly upholstered seat

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complementing the original Lloyd Loom style.

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But will anyone fall in love with it enough to buy it?

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I think the chair has come out quite well.

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It's interesting, it's a little bit quirky

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and you certainly won't find another one.

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I think that's a very safe bet, Sarah.

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Losing no time, Sarah's photographing the chair

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in all it's glory in order to upload pictures onto social media,

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and all before you can say, "Hello, sailor."

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Back in Whitley, Dave was dumping some chairs.

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-Aren't they sweet?

-Yeah, but they're just too far shot.

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Although he hadn't completely given up on them.

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I don't particularly want them upgraded in terms of losing their

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integrity, you know, with flowers or steamships.

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He'll be happy there's not a steamship in sight

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and the flowers, well, I reckon they look smashing.

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The online pictures did the trick and the chair was bought by

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a collectables emporium in Clacton run by owner Rick.

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We sell medals, coins, militaria, antiques,

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and this thing, being an individual sort of piece,

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I think will fit in nicely with our shop.

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It's what our customers are looking for.

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Don't get too comfy, Rick. You've got to sell that.

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Sarah is in Whitley to show Dave what became

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of his old chair and to hand over the profit.

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-Hi, Dave.

-Hello, Sarah.

-How are you doing?

-Nice to see you.

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Now, I met you at the tip when you were throwing away

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a couple of chairs that I think have been in your family,

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-in your wife's family, for a while.

-Yeah, my wife's family, yes.

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And one thing that I really remember about us talking

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was you mentioned the fact, "Just don't cover it in flowers,"

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which I think you meant in jest,

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but I've got some pictures to show you of what I did with it.

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Brace yourself because there might be the odd flower.

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Here is your chair.

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Oh, yes. Oh, it's really lovely.

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I actually used some tattooing as an inspiration.

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I was trying to get a step away from flowers but a few crept in,

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so I thought I'd use that to give it a distinctive look.

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The good news is that somebody really liked it.

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In fact, it's gone off to a collectables shop in Clacton.

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-Right.

-And I don't know if this is a bit of a surprise

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but I've actually got £135.

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-I wasn't expecting that.

-That's for you.

-Crazy.

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Thank you very much.

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I have to put you on the spot and ask you,

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what might you do with £135?

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Well, one of my daughters works for a charity called Porchlight...

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-OK.

-..in Kent, and they work with homeless people

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and vulnerable people so I'm going to give it to them.

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Oh, well, that's fantastic.

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That makes all those hours spent stitching seem even more worthwhile.

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Well, thank you so much and really lovely to catch up with you.

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-Bye-bye.

-And you. Thanks.

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SHE EXHALES

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Well, I'm so glad that went well because I was a little bit nervous

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that Dave wouldn't like all those flowers

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but I think he might have been a bit more impressed with the tattoos.

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He certainly liked the end result.

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Sarah spent just £15 on materials updating the old Lloyd Loom chair

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and she was able to sell it for 150,

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which meant £135 of profit for Dave.

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Back in tranquil Surrey, in the workshop of Becks and Dave.

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We left them in the midst of a design conundrum.

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They were working on a floor lamp, incorporating the old enamel lampshade.

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Let's hope Sarah is a fan of the end result.

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I think this one has been quite a struggle for us.

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There's been an awful lot of head scratching.

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Well, I've come back to collect my battered enamel lampshade

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and hope that Becks and Dave have turned it from utility

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into something truly sensational.

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Anticipation.

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-She'd better like it.

-She'd better like it!

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When Sarah found the old enamel lampshade,

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its future was not looking so bright.

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By utilising additional scrap metal,

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Becks and Dave have created a counterbalanced floor lamp

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with serious industrial elegance.

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The base now has a very solid foundation.

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The chosen flex has a natural linen covering.

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Eyelets have been hand-forged to hold it in place.

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And the counterbalancing weight is supported by a handmade cage.

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Time to get the boss in.

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Becks, Dave.

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-Hi!

-Hello. Oh, my goodness me!

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It's enormous!

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-It is!

-Oh, my goodness, guys, it's fantastic.

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Is that cord?

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Yeah, it's...

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It's quite a...

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Oh! I love it.

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Very, very exciting.

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Guys, it's amazing.

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Do you like it?

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I love it. How's the domestic harmony?

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-It's been touch and go at times, hasn't it?

-Yeah. Completely.

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It's like a weight off a clock, or something,

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what have you done in there?

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It's just a great big lump of steel we found.

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What, just hanging around in the yard?

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And does it move up?

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Yeah, so we've got that.

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-Yeah.

-And then it'll...alter.

-Alter.

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And then like that.

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So that's...

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Oh! It is heavy.

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It's...

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I think it's one of

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the most beautiful pieces of design I've seen in ages.

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I love it. And this is beautiful.

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So, can you take the lamp off?

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-Yeah, it slides off.

-You hold that end.

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-OK. Is it hot?

-It's balanced.

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Yeah, OK.

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-OK.

-So I do that as well?

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OK. And then it's got the bulb.

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-Yeah.

-So that'll just come off.

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The original budget for this job was set at £285.

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Despite the work proving to be far more complex than they anticipated,

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much to Becks and Dave's credit,

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they're sticking to the original agreed price.

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There's a lot of good karma coming your way because

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I think you've created something really special.

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-Great. Well, I hope you can sell it for lots.

-Yeah!

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So do I, Dave. So do I!

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I'm completely in love.

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Thanks.

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See you soon. I won't bring you any more cheap lampshades.

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-All right.

-Nice to see you. See you soon.

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-See you later.

-See you.

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Well done, guys.

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Well, I've never seen anything like that before.

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They have totally over delivered on the design, on the style.

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Altogether, that lamp is a designer gem.

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-It does look good.

-It does.

-Phew!

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-It has come together.

-It has.

-It looks great.

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-We only saw it together a few minutes ago so that was lucky.

-Yeah!

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When Sarah caught up with Kim at the tip in Whitley,

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Oh, look at your light!

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..a shiny enamelled lampshade caught her eye.

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I thought it might make a nice lampshade

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but I didn't know how to do it.

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With Kim unsure, Sarah was happy to take it off her hands.

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My magpie instincts are drawn to this.

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Well, you're welcome to it.

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-Would that be all right?

-Of course.

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Once Becks and Dave had worked their magic on the floor lamp,

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it was soon on its way to a new home in Fowey, Cornwall, run by Nick.

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Yeah, I've fallen in love with it already, really.

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It's beautifully industrial.

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I love the sort of blacksmithy feel to it.

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It's the sort of thing that fits entirely well with our shop,

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so I'm delighted with it

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and can't see any problem shifting it.

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Sarah's in Godalming to show Kim what became of her old lampshade

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and to hand over the profit.

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-Hi, Kim.

-Hello.

-Hello, how are you doing?

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I'm very well, how are you?

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Yes, very well, very well.

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-Good.

-Nice to see you not at the tip.

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Yes, for once.

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You had heaps of stuff that you were clearing out, weren't you?

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I spent so much time there, you wouldn't believe it.

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Just so much time, masses and masses of stuff.

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It was a lovely thing, actually.

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It was a good, chunky, old lampshade.

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So did you wonder what we might do with it?

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Yes, I was very interested to know what you are going to do with it, fascinated.

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I took to a lovely blacksmith's who turned it into

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a beautiful light and here's some pictures for you to have a look at.

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Oh, my goodness. That's stunning!

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A floor lamp.

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Aren't people clever?

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Absolutely superb.

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I have to say it's a very clever piece of design.

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-I'd like it.

-Really?

-Can I have it back?

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Well, you can, but you'll have to go a long way,

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In fact you're going to have to go all the way to Cornwall to buy it.

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-Goodness, right, OK.

-Because it's been snapped up by a shop down there

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-and that means I've actually got some profit to share with you.

-Ooh!

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In fact, I have £115 for you.

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Good grief. Oh, thank you very much!

0:35:430:35:45

Marvellous.

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Wow! That's a lot of money.

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I have to ask the question, what might you do with that?

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I think we'll give it to a charity, to a nurse's charity, probably.

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I think that where we found it,

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it had a connection to a nursing family so I'd like it to go there.

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I'm so pleased that I was there

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on the day that you were throwing that out.

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It was a lovely thing to start with.

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Yes, I'm so pleased that it's been developed into something lovely

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and not just gone to waste.

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That's fantastic.

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Thank you so much for letting us have it.

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Pleasure, absolute pleasure.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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-Great to catch up. Bye-bye.

-Goodbye.

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Well, I'm so pleased that Kim was a fan of our heavy metal lighting.

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In fact, she even wanted to own it herself

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and that is the ultimate accolade.

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Sarah made light work of producing a profit from the old lampshade.

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Becks and Dave charged £285 and Sarah managed to sell it for 400,

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which left £115 profit for Kim.

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Returning now to Walthamstow and the Blackhorse Workshop,

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Sarah is eager to discover what Daniel has managed to do

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with the old sideboard.

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Well, if there's one piece of furniture

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I've always wanted to find in a tip, it has to be a sideboard.

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Ours is looking a little bit tired but after Dan's finished with it,

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I'm sure it's going to be looking amazing.

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I'm really, really happy with this piece.

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We were working really, really late last night

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to get it to this but I know that Sarah's going to like it

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and I can't wait for her to arrive

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and do the reveal, really.

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When Sarah salvaged this '70s sideboard,

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it was dowdy and distressed.

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Daniel and his team have sanded it back,

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removing the age-old scratches and scrapes.

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He's given it a splash of colour

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and he's covered each flat surface

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with a uniquely designed screen print,

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bringing the old sideboard bang up-to-date.

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-Hi!

-Hello, Sarah. How are you doing?

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-What do you think?

-Dan, it's amazing.

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Thank you.

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It's been a real...challenge

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because there's so many different, kind of, elements to it but...

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-But do you like it?

-I absolutely love it, actually.

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I'm really, really pleased with it.

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It's a nice piece because there's a lot of different surface on it

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that you can cover in pattern

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and we've kept the colours fairly limited to the green and the black,

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brought out the woodgrain and, yeah,

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it's really working, I think.

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You've managed to get a good finish on that wood

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and that must have been tricky because it wasn't in great nick.

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It was pretty scratched, yeah.

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We sanded it about as much as we could

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because it is a veneer on the top surface,

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so we did have to be quite careful not to take it back too much

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but, yeah, it's come up nicely.

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-Talk me through the budget.

-Well,...

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..we didn't actually spend a lot.

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The main expense was time.

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-Right.

-It was a bit of a labour of love

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but because we used the resources that we have here already,

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Yeah, we were able to bring it in on budget.

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So, 500 quid for that is fantastic.

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Thank you so much, I really couldn't be more pleased.

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I'll be back in touch to tell you what kind of money we make

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because I think that one's got a lot of potential.

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Cheers.

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I really like the piece and, you know,

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hopefully, my taste is reasonable.

0:39:280:39:30

So, yeah, absolutely overjoyed.

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Well, Dan has taken that sideboard from retro and really unloved

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into cool, collectable, and commercial.

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Wow, look at that, look at that.

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When Sarah noticed Nick in Whitley,

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he had a boot full of furniture not quite to his taste.

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-Not everybody's cup of tea, though, is it?

-No, not mine.

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The sideboard had belonged to Nick's father-in-law

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who was a man after Sarah's own heart.

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He was a bit of a hoarder.

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I like him, as well. I like all of your family.

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Daniel relished the potential

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to fill all those flat services with print.

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Before Sarah had a chance to sell it,

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Daniel had already put it up online on the site Instagram

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and it was Lee and his girlfriend Helen

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who snapped it up as the very first piece of furniture

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for their new home. Aah!

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Looking at it now, you just can't imagine

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someone wanted to throw it away, to be honest.

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I'm glad they did want to do it away because now we get to keep it.

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Yeah, so, thank you, whoever was going to throw it away, I guess.

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That would be Nick,

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who Sarah is catching up with in Godalming

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to tell him what happened to his sideboard.

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Hi there. Hello. How are you doing?

0:40:510:40:53

I'm very well, how are you?

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Yeah, very well. So, you were having a mad moment

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-when I met you at the recycling centre.

-That's right, yeah.

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And I seem to remember you saying something about a sledgehammer

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and you thinking about smashing up the sideboard that we took.

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-Yes!

-Well, I'm so pleased that you didn't because I love a sideboard

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and they rarely turn up at the tip in such good condition as your one

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and Daniel Heath, who is a surface pattern designer,

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absolutely loved it.

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So I've got some pictures to show you of how it turned out.

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So, Nick, here's your sideboard.

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-Oh, wow!

-Do you think that looks all right?

0:41:240:41:27

That is incredible. Is that, sort of, Mackintosh, isn't it?

0:41:270:41:31

He shared that amongst the people that follow him

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and, immediately that he put a picture up of it online,

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somebody bought it.

0:41:380:41:39

-So, I've got a little bit of profit to share with you.

-OK.

0:41:390:41:42

I have £150 here to give to you for Daniel's work on your sideboard.

0:41:420:41:46

-Lovely. Thank you.

-It's a pleasure.

0:41:460:41:49

That's gorgeous, it really is.

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Any ideas what you might do with a little windfall like that?

0:41:520:41:55

It was my late father-in-law's sideboard

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and he's got four grandchildren, so they'll be getting some of this,

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some each and, probably, some to the RNLI as well,

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which was his favourite charity. So...

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Well, I'm so pleased to hear that.

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I hope he would approve of what happened to it.

0:42:100:42:11

-I think he will.

-Brilliant. Really good to catch up.

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Thank you so much for dropping off such a great piece of furniture.

0:42:140:42:17

-Well, thank you.

-Absolute pleasure. Bye-bye. Bye-bye.

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Well, I think the sideboard story is lovely.

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Nick was going to smash it with a sledgehammer

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but Daniel has really given it a lovely makeover

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and now it's in somebody else's house

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where they're really going to love it.

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Daniel charged £500 to do the work on the old sideboard

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and it sold for 650,

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which left £150 profit to hand over to Nick.

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Sarah salvaged three unwanted items.

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Kim's lampshade has been given a bright future by Becks.

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Nick's sideboard has been made over by Daniel.

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And Sarah has tattooed Dave's Lloyd Loom chair.

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Well, with lots of hard work from Becks and from Daniel

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we managed to transform three tip finds

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into truly fabulous items that are now fit for any home

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and along the way we made some healthy profit

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and some money for nothing.

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Sarah Moore is at Witley Recycling Centre in Surrey. She saves a green enamel lightshade for blacksmith Bex Simon to work wonders on, a battered 1970s sideboard for screen-printing sensation Daniel Heath and a 1930s Lloyd Loom chair in desperate need of repair.