Celebrity junk makeover show. Presenters Louise Minchin and Chris Hollins open their homes to Sarah and Jay. Sarah's search uncovers an old rubber boat.
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I've got something pretty unusual in here, I don't know if you're going to be able to do anything with it.
How do you make celebrity money for nothing?
I've got a house full of rubbish!
Entrepreneurs Sarah Moore
and Jay Blades are searching celebrities' houses...
I don't know even how we got in here. Let's get out of here.
..to find tip-bound items to transform...
-I had no idea they were even here.
..by having a really good look around some celebrity homes.
This is unbelievable.
With the help of some of Britain's best designers and makers...
And celebrity faces, we are on a mission to turn celebrity trash...
Into hard cash.
But what will our celebrities think of the transformations?
Those are absolutely brilliant!
Oh, my goodness!
And how much money has been made for their charities?
Jay is kicking things off in the gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside
where he is meeting a popular celebrity.
And he is intent on rooting around in their rubbish.
Waiting for Jay is journalist,
broadcaster and all-round family man Chris Hollins.
You going to catch a bubble?
I am looking forward to meeting Jay,
I don't know what he's going to find in our house.
It looks all nice and tidy here
but there is so much rubbish tucked away,
so is there anything of any use?
I hope so. I really do.
Chris has travelled the world as a sports reporter and has presented
programmes including Watchdog and The One Show.
He lives with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.
But does Chris have any rubbish that Jay can get his hands on?
You are looking at probably the most impractical man in the world,
so if it doesn't work, if it needs fixing, if it needs updating,
if it needs painting, I am not the person to ask, so I'm really looking
forward to learning, possibly,
a little bit from Jay because we waste so much money,
because as soon as it is broken, got a scratch, it's got to go.
-Hello, Chris. How are we doing?
-Nice to see you.
That's Winnie, by the way.
-She will follow you around all day.
-Come on in.
-Have a cup of tea.
-Before we start the rummage.
This beautiful period cottage in the Chiltern Hills
oozes countryside comfort.
It's spacious with a lovely homespun charm.
Chris and his family moved in less than a year ago and you can see why
they fell in love with their slice of country living.
So, Chris, where were you before?
We were in south-west London, Battersea,
and we had two little ones and it is such hard work in London.
So we came out here.
And I have to say I'm still getting used to life in the country.
-"What is that green stuff?"
-This is a complete contrast.
But you only have to go into the garden with the two little ones and
lift up a rock and they are studying bugs and worms and you think,
"Yeah, we have made the right decision."
Speaking of right decisions,
Jay needs to make two of them.
So where does your rubbish live, Chris?
It's like a swan, on the surface it is all nice,
but if you open a cupboard it will just...
It will all fall through. We have a whole load of stuff in one of the
garages that we still haven't unpacked since we moved.
-And we've got a great garden and there are some mysteries there,
possibly. But I am open to persuasion.
Great stuff, Chris.
So this is a playroom.
Although getting Jay to help you
streamline your boys' toy collection...
-Do you like cars?
-..is a little naughty.
He is obsessed with cars. Look at that.
You might as well take Winnie's toys well you're at it.
Sorry, Winnie. This is the sitting room.
We haven't done anything to it apart from
-Sarah is brilliant at dressing places.
-Yeah. It is beautiful.
I think she has done a grand job.
Yeah, I agree.
And I want that officially on the record.
Consider it officially on the record, Chris.
Now what about this great garden of mysteries?
Lead the way, Winnie.
And this is the playground, it is an old paddock that is now our garden.
It is a bit rough and ready.
Loads of wood and stuff that we have got to chop up for the fire,
but there is so much stuff that I have yet to discover,
so this is all over to you now!
I hand this to you!
Thank you. I'm off!
Luckily for Jay, Winnie has decided to lend a helping paw.
There is a lot of wood here.
Not that one, no? It is a nice bit of timber.
No? Move on?
I like that. What do you reckon?
Yeah? Yeah. I think I've got the seal of approval there.
-Are you sure?
I'll ask Chris about that, that's quite nice!
What do you reckon? Eh?
I am no expert in bark or whimper but that sounded like a yes to me.
-What do you think of my shed? Nice, isn't it?
-It's very nice, yes.
But I was wondering, what's the story behind these two?
They came with the house when we bought it,
so I have no idea where they are from.
What wood is it, do you know?
I think it is oak.
-You can have those two pieces of wood.
It never ceases to amaze me that junk can make Jay so happy.
I think Sarah would have liked these ones.
That's too bad, they are all mine.
Solid bits of oak.
All I've got to do is get these back to the workshop,
clean them up, and the ideas are going to keep on flowing.
-Nice one, Chris.
While Jay rummages around for a second item,
Sarah is in charming Cheshire
to meet her own popular personality.
And waiting to greet her is journalist,
broadcaster and TV presenter Louise Minchin.
She moved to Cheshire five years ago with her husband, David,
and her two children.
Known for anchoring flagship BBC programme Breakfast,
Louise has also presented programmes including Missing Live
and Real Rescues.
And according to their dog, Waffle,
her throwing skills are of a high standard.
Louise is a passionate triathlete
and has even competed as part of Team GB.
But will Sarah's search for tired old trash
be the ultimate endurance test?
We do hold on to things in this house,
so there is quite a lot of potential, I think,
that things can be made much more beautiful than they are now
and maybe put to, I don't know,
go on to a happier life elsewhere, not in my house.
-Hi, Sarah! Come in! Lovely to see you!
I am so excited. I think we've got work to do.
This gorgeous Georgian home will have Sarah jumping for joy.
With a jungle of outbuildings and a large basement,
who knows what junk treasures will be hiding
in those nooks and crannies?
Louise, this is a beautiful house, isn't it?
It is fun, we have been here about five years or so,
since we moved to the north-west with BBC breakfast.
It feels quite new to me still, actually.
I think it is amazing. Is there more to see?
-Do you mind me looking?
-There is more to see, of course.
More to see? Just you wait, Sarah.
This is a lovely room, but can you see what I've done with it?
You have made it your own, haven't you?
I have made it into a triathlete's dream place.
-A recreation place.
And so this looks like an instrument of torture to me.
It kind of is, this is my bike,
so I sit on this and play an online game, if you would believe it,
on my bike, so I cycle against other people
all the way around the world playing this amazing game,
and it is a brilliant way to train in winter.
It is a big theme in my life, it is really important to me.
Nice one, Louise.
But do you know what's important to me?
Finding rubbish that can be transformed.
So on your bike, if you please.
We've got lots of things I'm really excited to show you, actually.
Louise has planned ahead and has a few things earmarked for a makeover.
Do you know something? They look too new for me.
You want rubbish, I can find your rubbish.
I just want rubbish!
We will go out here.
-This is where it gets exciting for me!
-Are you excited?
-This is huge!
I've got something pretty unusual in here.
I don't go if you're going to be able to do anything with it,
but it's had a happy life in our house and it can now move on.
-Come on, show me what it is.
And here it is. It is a boat!
But you can clearly see it is a boat that can't float.
Talk me through it. It looks like a sweet boat.
It has been much-loved, this boat.
But, as you can see, it has a puncture in it.
It is not a happy boat any more.
So you're definitely not going to repair it?
I love the idea that I'd get it repaired but I just can't see myself
-getting round to it.
-It's like a little gem!
Do you think so?
-Do you really?
I like it, not because I immediately know what I will do with it,
but because it's big,
it's got lots of interesting-looking materials on it
and if you have definitely finished with it then I love a challenge.
If you want it, honestly,
I would absolutely love you to have it and I would love to see what you
can do with it, but I cannot see its potential!
You're not alone there, Louise.
There is a long list of things that I think I might be able to find
when I come to people's houses. I just didn't have "boat" on the list.
But I'm so pleased with this, there is lots of material here.
It may have a puncture but it has definitely got potential.
An interesting one for Sarah,
and while she continues her search for item number two...
There's a couple of things you might find interesting.
..back in Oxfordshire Jay is searching high and low
for that second hidden gem from Chris.
There is a lot of stuff in here, but there is nothing really for me.
It's back to the outdoors to see what is hidden in the bushes.
There is something I dumped in here months ago and I've just about
-I don't know whether you fancy the look of this.
Is that of any interest whatsoever?
-It's an old gate.
-This is amazing!
A big old gate. That's been hidden behind here for months.
So I can have this, or potentially...?
-No, you can definitely have this, because..
..the truth is we have not dumped it because it is too heavy and we would
have just left this here. But is it of any use?
I can see a lot of things being made out of this.
I have to say, we are going to do nothing with this.
This would have rotted away, you can have it. With bells on.
-Yes! I am excited about this one.
-Yeah, thank you.
If you are excited, Jay, then we are excited.
I am so glad Chris has pointed this out to me,
this is a gate that has true potential.
Will it still be a gate or will it not be a gate?
Now that is the question.
But all I know, this is a winner.
Getting a little bit ahead of yourself, Jay.
But ten out of ten for enthusiasm.
Chris, it has been a pleasure.
My pleasure, too. I have really enjoyed that.
-Hope you have found enough.
-I have found loads.
Now I have got to get into a workshop and get cracking on.
-I wish you the best of luck.
-Thank you, sir.
-See you soon.
-Take care now.
-It better be good!
-It will be.
As far as I'm concerned he has taken away two pieces of rubbish,
couple of planks of wood and an old gate
that I was willing to throw away.
And now he promises me something really good.
And I can't wait to see it.
Jay has his two items,
let's hope doesn't draw a blank with the planks
and can create a new great fate for the gate that's in a state.
Can't wait. Oh, dear...
Back in Cheshire,
Sarah is still looking for a second item to take from Louise Minchin.
So these... This was a shelter, wasn't it?
-It's like a bomb shelter.
Louise has taken Sarah to her bomb shelter,
which looks like it's not been cleared out since the Blitz.
That's got to be good for Sarah!
These are very old, aren't they?
They might be on the potential list. They're very interesting.
Sarah has already secured the old inflatable boat.
And the hunt continues.
I was sort of thinking about these because these are shortly,
unless you want them, going to be made into wood.
-My dad gave them to me when we first moved into the house.
And he didn't want them any more and they are literally as you can see
dangerous, falling apart.
You can't sit on them.
-OK, I can see why
-they've ended up...
-Can you see why they're in the wood shed?
They were a beautiful set of chairs, they look French to me.
-They look country.
-Do you think they are?
-Well, I think they're quite old.
-Oh, do you? Oh, dear.
I mean, look. Look, you can't... You definitely...
-They're not for sitting on, are they, at the moment?
-I understand why they might be here.
-Without being rude about them.
But I think they're absolutely beautiful.
So you will make them so that people can sit on them,
use them and look...
-They're going to look lovely, are they?
-Well, I don't know
-but I'd really love to give it a go. Just let me have them.
You can take all four. Yeah.
Hmm. We have our second item but defining them as chairs is a bit
of a stretch at the moment.
I'm not sure I should be taking these,
they're very rickety and there are bits missing, but they are so close
to that woodpile, I just can't leave them here,
so I'm going to take a chance on these.
And the very best of luck with that one, Sarah.
Aw. Thank you, Sarah, thank you very much.
Oh, thank you and, hey, thanks for the boat.
It's going to be happy something, but I think that is just a really
interesting thing to be taking away, so...
I didn't imagine it but it's been fantastic.
I'm utterly delighted that you're going to take that.
-Good luck with that.
I'm absolutely made up with what she's taken away today because that
boat has had happy days in this house, so absolutely made up that
she's taking that. Also those chairs,
they were just one short stop from being fire lighters so she's
rescued things that really, really needed rescuing.
Sarah's set sail with Louise's inflatable boat
and the well-used chairs.
She clearly enjoyed her rummage with Louise,
but now it's all aboard for a trip of hard work and creativity.
Bon voyage, captain!
So, we are under starter's orders for our transformations.
And what better place to begin than wonderful Wolverhampton,
where Jay is about to start work on Chris' oak planks,
and it's fair to say he's looking forward to it.
I've got these two lovely bits of oak from Chris and I can't wait to
get started on them. First of all, I treated them for woodworm
and now I'm going to make a table out of it.
I've got these beautiful legs, that were given to me,
and now I've just got to get sanding,
and even though I've got a sander that gathers all of the dust up,
I still recommend wearing a dust mask, because you never know.
So let's get on with it.
There are several types of woodworm beetle in the UK
and the products used to treat them vary.
Whatever treatment you decide upon,
make sure you always wear a mask and gloves
during all stages of the application.
So, as you can see, the timber is coming up beautifully.
And you can notice along the side as well there's loads of little holes.
Those are where the woodworm have been eating the wood and the holes
are always going to be there unless I trim it down a bit,
and I might have to do that.
Mmm. There certainly seems to be
a lot of damage left over from this woodworm, Jay.
So that's one down and one more to go.
But you can see already the timber is looking beautiful.
All right, enough admiring, on to the next one.
Nothing wrong with that, Jay,
but as the process goes on, the damage to these great bits of timber
becomes more and more apparent.
So what I'm deciding to do now is cut it all down,
the sanding's done and I'm just going to cut off this bit here
which has got a bit of dry rot.
Great, let's throw some dry rot into the mix.
This timber is disappearing fast.
So, going to have to do some manual work now,
which I don't mind, actually.
My triceps need a bit of work!
You can say that again, Jay.
It's like watching a matchstick man building the table.
But between woodworm, dry rot and Jay getting a little saw-happy,
the question is whether there'll be any wood left to create a table.
And with Jay's costs at £50,
could disappearing timber equal disappearing profit?
With Jay sawing away,
Chris Hollins' old gate has landed in Surrey,
with an Artisan who can turn rust into pure gold -
Artist-blacksmith Bex is a master in manipulating metal
into high-end furniture and bespoke metalwork commissions.
Together with husband Dave,
this dynamic duo relish each new challenge,
then go at it hammer and tongs.
It doesn't feel like work,
it's not like you wake up on a Monday and think,
"Oh, I've got to go to work",
because it is what you do and what you enjoy doing and it's creative
and you're building and every day is different.
It is a love, and it is definitely YOUR obsession.
Oh, it's my obsession. Without that,
I'd...just fall into a
I just dug it over there.
Thanks, love. Just in case.
Yeah, there, ooh!
Here's hoping that this task contains no pitfalls whatsoever.
Good luck, guys.
So what would you like to make from this?
What would I like to make from a gate?
Yeah, that is exactly what I was going to say!
Makes sense to me.
But what do I know? What do you think, Jay?
-Hello, Bex, it's Jay.
Hello, Jay, how are you?
I'm very good.
Jay has a few ideas about where to go on this project.
But he's obviously keen to hear what Bex and Dave are thinking.
Cos it's an amazingly big gate and
one thing that we are really good at making is gates.
-Aw, that sounds cool!
time to break out the chalk and begin designing.
Then we'll use solid section. That bit there,
put a join in there, and I think we should taper it sort of round
So far I like the look of this, Bex.
Forge that bar to there, that would join on to that one
to add a nice little detail, then cut up the tubes and sort of
twist them, bend them, shape them.
# Any way you want them! #
Well, not quite any way, we do have to sell the thing.
I think that's a really nice design.
-Ooh! Love gates.
Me too, Bex, I love gates.
First up, Dave's removing the cross rails.
There's lots of material on this huge gate,
so plenty of spares to get creative with.
You know all those cross rails?
We could cut them up and just rivet them all together.
Yep. They're quite narrow.
Narrow, schmarrow, Dave.
The heat rises on this job,
as Bex hits the forge to begin shaping some metal.
What I'm going to do is stick this in the fire.
But first of all, we're going to weld on this here,
so it's like a twisting tool.
So when we clamp it in the vice and we've got the heat,
just twist it up,
and it should collapse in on itself and just do some things like that.
In other words, give it a very cool design.
OK, now to go in the fire.
When building a gate, Bex has a list of top tips.
Chief amongst them is measure everything.
The drainpipes, the rendered plinths,
how the wall slopes in and out - everything.
Also write down measurements in one way - millimetres.
It's the industry standard and will help when other people get involved.
So, it's looking good so far.
We've got a couple of twists in it.
But it's quite thin, box sections.
So it is quite easy to burn.
So you really have to keep your eye on it.
Dave, keep an eye on it!
Yeah, Dave. Come on, make an effort.
It's hard to get the staff nowadays, eh, Bex?
Jay and Bex have agreed a whopping £600 budget to go from gate to
ornate garden gate.
Let's hope it'll open up a great profit.
Sarah's at her workshop in Sussex, with Louise's old rush chairs.
How you feeling about this one, Sarah?
Four chairs - not a single one of them fit for sitting on.
But they just couldn't just be chopped up and burnt, could they?
But how I'm going to make a set out of something out of this lot,
something I could even sell,
I just don't know, it's really ambitious.
Maybe two would be good.
Hmm, I think making one chair would be a success.
Good luck, Sarah.
This is a bit like a chair jigsaw.
So what I've got to do is find the good bits on each chair to combine
to make a couple of good chairs.
And which good bits might you be referring to, Sarah?
That needs a new stretcher.
That's got two stretchers.
That one hasn't got a seat.
Great. This one needs...
The Vicar of Dibley to pop over and give it the last rites, maybe?
Well, a lovely, sympathetic restoration takes ages.
There are hundreds of little metal pins
holding all these pieces together.
And there is varnish over the surface that just looks dirty.
So literally every piece of this is going to have to be sanded.
Good on you, Sarah.
But with that much sanding,
it might be time to break out the power tools.
It's coming up beautifully.
With all the sanding done,
Sarah can now refocus her attention on all the mending still to do.
Well, so far I've cleaned out all the joints,
I've found all the pieces that need to make up each chair
and I've given it a really good sanding.
But I now need to glue it all back together,
make sure the joints are really tight and well stuck.
Pinned, as well, with some metal tacks.
And then hopefully this is going to look great.
Sarah has only spent £3, but she's down to just two chairs
and she's still not sure if she can rescue those.
Whilst Sarah cracks on with the chairs,
Louise's old rubber boat is in Marlow,
in the hands of a man with the ability to bag any job, Neil Wragg.
From scraps into satchels and rags into bags, Neil is your man.
Neil utilises tough and rugged materials destined for the dump
and transforms them into one-of-a-kind carry-alls
that will last a lifetime.
Pretty much everything I use is salvaged or reclaimed or upcycled,
so it's giving a new lease of life to something that somebody
doesn't want any more. I'm not entirely sure why I focused on bags,
it might just be because it's something that I enjoy making.
And there's never one bag that does everything, anyway.
So, it's a bag for the festival or a bag for the commute
or a bag for exploring the jungle.
Could be anything.
Being prepared for anything will certainly help you today, Neil.
I've a feeling Sarah thinks I'm not being challenged enough
because she's brought me a rubber boat.
And Sarah's on the blower...
-..to chat through her thoughts for the big old boat.
It's really rugged, tough.
Obviously, very waterproof, so a wet-weather kind of duffle bag,
you know, chucking in your kit after your, I don't know, after
your open-water swim or your day on the beach or something like that?
Thank you very much, bye-bye.
We're going to stick with the outdoors stuff.
We're going to make some sort of duffle bags, keep it simple,
but keep it so that it's very usable.
It's good for the triathlete, good for the beach.
How many bags will depend on how much material will be salvaged,
so it's anchors aweigh.
But where does Neil begin?
I'm thinking I'll just cut some patches off that I think I'm going
to be able to turn into bags,
and see if I can get those particular bits clean first.
This is a rubberised, synthetic fabric with a vinyl plastic coating.
And if that sounds like a difficult material to work with, well, it is.
When you get to it, it's several layers thick.
That's really quite tough.
So getting a needle through that is going to be quite a challenge.
Right, well, I've managed to cut myself some bits of fabric from this
mucky old boat. A lot of it is a bit grotty, though.
So I've got myself some new PVC cleaner.
And I'm going to hope that it comes up OK.
Yeah, that's coming up all right.
It's getting the muck off.
So far, the voyage of discovery is staying on course.
But some tricky waters are still to be navigated.
The fabric's clean but Neil still has to get a needle through it.
We've got some horrible ridges on this rubber.
So what I've done is shaved them off.
I'm going to see if I can get a needle through it,
so that I can get this zip attached.
Right, we're coming to the thick rubber bit.
So either the needle's going to break,
or it's not going to go through.
Or, worst of all, it's going to look a complete mess.
Having agreed a budget of £100 with Sarah,
will the boat's tough material end up sinking
Neil's plans for the duffle bags?
In his Wolverhampton workshop,
Jay has the cloth out to give a final rub down
to his finished table.
They started off as two lonely and unloved chunks of timber
with very few prospects.
The sky's the limit for this sleek, oak table.
The timber has come up as good as new after treatment for woodworm and
chopping away the rotten ends.
The classic quality of the dark wood has been enhanced
with six coats of oil, and contrasted with a bright, modern,
metal channel running the length of the table.
The recycled, retro legs give the chunky oak top
a light, elegant look.
So, this table has been a labour of love.
It's tested me, taking me completely out of my comfort zone.
And it's been hard.
To tell you the truth, when I look at it, it's all been worth it.
It most certainly has, Jay.
But there's no time to rest on your laurels.
Back in Surrey,
Bex and Dave are itching to unveil their gate-into-gate transformation.
I'm here in Surrey to meet Bex and Dave.
And I can't wait to see what they've done with that garden gate.
Discarded and out of sight behind Chris' shed,
this old, metal gate was destined to a life of rust and ruin.
reducing the size of the original,
our new spring gate has been forged in the fire
to allow it to be shaped and twisted to give it an organic feel.
Spare metal from the workshop has been welded across the frame.
And then hammered to make the leaves,
which were finished with car spray paint to add colour.
The main body of the gate was galvanised
and coated in graphite black paint,
the best method for rust protection.
Bex wanted this gate to represent spring,
but what will Jay think?
Is that it?!
Guys, this is why you do what you do.
Look at that. That is a gate, man!
It's a gate to make you smile.
It does more than that.
Because when you guys said, like, "We're going to make a gate."
I'm like, "A gate out of a gate, very original."
But look at that!
It's a work of art. That's beautiful.
You can't even call it a gate.
It's like an adventure to somewhere else.
It's like it's going to take me to Never Never Land or something.
I love making gates.
And I think gates that make you smile, as well,
they're welcoming you in.
You know, it's playful, it's nice.
And then the bit of colour, as well.
So, yeah, it's a gate to make you smile.
It's just beautiful.
Well, Jay's clearly won over, but how did the budget go?
With the extra time we put in, it was probably
nearer to £800 in the end.
I'm absolutely happy with £800, because that is beautiful.
So, £800, I'm absolutely fine with it.
-My work is done.
-I bid you good day.
-See you later.
A very happy Jay heads off,
but will the spring-inspired gate to be making its way to a new home?
Jay is back in Oxfordshire to give Chris a sneak peak
at what happened to his old junk.
I'm going to be really interested to see what Jay has done.
Because as far as I was concerned,
it was an old gate and a couple of planks of wood.
I mean, he was getting really excited about it.
I thought he was going a bit doolally,
but he was excited and promised me great things.
Well, Chris, a promise is a promise.
-How are we doing, Chris?
-I'm really well, nice to see you.
-Come on in.
So, I won't keep you in suspense any longer.
Winnie sounds excited, anyway.
Well, she knows what I'm doing.
Here we go.
I tell you what, it's a lovely bit of wood.
-It's gorgeous. Look at this.
-Lovely grain, isn't it?
Beautiful. Because it's oak, this is.
What's the red bit?
That's a bit of metal that I've got,
and I sprayed it up, just to put it in the middle.
I am sad to say that this one hasn't sold.
-And I don't think it's not because it isn't nice,
I just think it hasn't gone to the right person yet.
As soon as it does, I'm going to bring you the money.
-Do you know what? My wife would like that.
-I know she would.
-But she can't have this one.
-All right. Good job, mate.
-Really good job, lovely.
-Thank you, sir.
And with your metal gate,
I took it down to a lady in Guildford called Bex.
And she turned it into...
-This is your gate.
-That is not my gate.
This is definitely your gate.
-That's unrecognisable, isn't it?
-Oh, that is beautiful, isn't it?
-Look at that.
From my old, really modern, ugly-looking gate?
Yeah, she's created that.
-I'm please tell you...
..that we sold that one for £1,000 profit.
You are kidding me?
No, I'm not kidding you. So there's £1,000 for you, sir.
Or for your charity, I should say.
-Are you all right?
Mate, thank you so much.
-No, you're more than welcome.
-£1,000 for my charity.
-So where's it's going to?
-It's a charity called CLIC Sargent.
-Yeah, so, it's for...
I mean, it's the most horrendous moment in anybody's life,
if you can imagine that your child is diagnosed with cancer.
-Leukaemia and cancer.
And you can imagine your world just falls apart and this charity,
CLIC Sargent, just helps you through this horrendous process.
So they find out where you can get your nearest treatment,
what sort of treatment, help your children through the treatment.
Help the parents find accommodation near hospital.
So they do absolutely everything so that you can concentrate on looking
-after your child.
-That's a brilliant cause.
-So that is brilliant.
-Thank you very much.
-That's a brilliant cause, thank you.
Thank you. That is brilliant.
I'll be off before your wife comes back and sees this table.
If you don't find a buyer...
-I know where to come!
-Mate, thank you so much.
The gate that turns into £1,000, brilliant.
What an amazing result.
Jay's done an incredible job.
We've only sold one item out of two,
but we've made £1,000 for my charity.
I am so shocked.
I'm over the moon, to coin a football phrase.
And there could still be more money to come.
Jay's table is still up for sale.
But with Bex's gate selling at £1,800,
making a whopping £1,000 profit,
Chris is delighted the money is heading to a charity
that supports young cancer sufferers.
Back in her workshop,
Sarah is snapping some pics of the newly restored rush chairs.
They look much better than they did when they arrived.
When discovered at Louise's home,
they had a one-way ticket to Bonfireville.
To transform these chairs was an incredibly labour-intensive process
that required Sarah to first make sure she had all the elements needed
for two complete chairs.
Then there was the sanding, clearing out of every joint,
de-pinning and re-pinning,
the spindles around the edges had to be replaced,
old glue had to be removed
and then replaced with new glue and clamped.
And finally, the rush seats came up as good as new
after a good old scrub.
Well, that's what you call a sympathetic restoration.
They have been lovingly restored in every possible way.
And now, hopefully, I've revealed their true charm
and their potential sale value.
You certainly have, Sarah.
The Village Trading Store in Acton took quite a shine to them.
Company director Laura was more than pleased.
Yeah, I think they're a pretty pair, are these two.
I love the grain on the back of the chairs.
I think they'll make a nice addition to somebody's home.
Sarah's back in Marlowe to drop in on our Neil.
I did break a boatload of needles on this project.
And half the time was spent trying to get your head round
what you can't do with this fabric.
But I hope she's going to be pleased with what I did
manage to eek out of this rubber boat.
Louise's old boat had given her and her family many years of happy
memories. But its time had come to an end, and it was all washed up.
Now, using the material to create five amazing,
water-resistant duffle bags,
Neil is sending the old boat on a new and exciting journey.
Three of the bags form a traditional cylinder shape,
using the boat's rigging as the drawstring.
Neil has very cleverly used the large end caps of the boat
for the other two bags,
retaining some of the original features, like the grab handles.
You clever man!
So, it's anchors aweigh, me hearties,
these bags have many adventures ahead of them.
Oh, my word!
Here's your boat.
You really are the bag genius, aren't you?
-This was a boat.
It's a few bags now. It wasn't easy.
-How many have you done?
-You've got five bags.
-Five fantastic bags!
-Once I decided to keep it simple.
Simple, but really good.
This is just hilarious, isn't it?
There's various bits and pieces from the boat that are still there.
-They look good.
-They look different.
No, they look good. They're not just different, they're great.
I mean, I can sense that you've had some struggles with them.
They look like a boat, but they don't.
And that's what makes it funny.
Funny, practical, beautiful and totally unique.
But enough about me.
How's our budget?
I left you a minute budget, not expecting this much bag,
this much detail.
I just worked up to that budget, to be honest.
So 100 quid for all of this?
-Yeah, why not?
-I think that's excellent value.
I mean, I think...
You've done it again. Unique, unique luggage.
You can't do wrong. think they're going to fly.
No, Sarah, they're going to sail out of the door.
Bless these bags and all who use them.
Who'd have thought an old boat could be made into that much fun?
He's done a cracking job.
He certainly did.
And now it's Sarah's job to throw the sales net
out far and wide online.
Sarah is back in Cheshire to let Louise Minchin know what became of
her old junk and how much money was made.
Number one, I really hope that she's done something with the boat,
but I know that's a really tough task.
Number two, the chairs - again, broken,
about to be put on the bonfire.
So I am really hoping
that they've made a little bit of money for charity,
and I can't wait to see what she's done with them.
Well, Louise, that time has come.
-Aw, how lovely to see you.
How are you?
How have you done? I can't wait to see it.
Come on, Waffle, let's see what she's done.
I've got things to show you.
Nice to see you again. I always get a bit nervous at this point.
Do you know, I'm nervous too - what have you done?
Well, I'm going to start off by saying,
you definitely were finished with everything we took away, hadn't you?
Because, starting with your chairs, I had to smash up two of them.
-You smashed them up?
-In order to make two perfect ones.
OK. That's good, they were going to be smashed here, so that's fine,
-Yeah, I thought it was better to make two really good ones
-and make something that was saleable.
I went for a sympathetic restoration of the chairs.
Oh, look at them, they look beautiful! Don't they?
Well, they were lovely chairs.
I polished them all, waxed them all
and sent them off to a new home and made £107 on them.
£107, really?! Well done!
Well, thank you. OK, so, the boat.
-Do you want to see what they look like?
-Yeah, I really do!
-So boat bags end up...
-..looking like this.
-Oh, my gosh!
I mean, hardly, they look really cool.
They are really cool. These are Minchin boat bags,
and he managed to make five really useful bags.
They're waterproof, they are practical, they are good-looking,
rustic things. What do you reckon?
I mean, I'm literally staggered by how they look.
They look absolutely fantastic.
And for all my triathlon gear, I would love one of those bags.
But I can't buy one?
-No, they are gone.
They were popped up on social media and sold in minutes.
-So, 200 quid profit from those means altogether...
200? Oh, my God!
You are an amazing lady.
I have got £307 here for you.
From your boat and your chairs.
Oh, my gosh, you are an amazing lady.
You really are.
That's just... I'm really quite emotional, actually,
because that's a staggering amount of money,
and that's going to go straight to charity from something that...
You know, we were just only going to take to the tip, or burn.
So thank you so much.
-It's real pleasure.
We had a good time working on this stuff.
It's lovely to make a bit of money.
Have you a charity in mind that you are sending that to?
I have, and that's why I'm emotional,
because I am going to give it to the Manchester Emergency Fund.
We've lived here in the North West for the last five years,
we feel so much part of this whole community.
And £307, I'm really emotional, proud and thankful.
-Thank you so much.
-Aw, well, that is just fantastic.
It's lovely to know where things are going, and what a worthy cause.
We're going to both end up in tears.
I'm going to make you cry! Thank you so much.
-Well, it was great, thank you.
I am so impressed by what Sarah's achieved.
I'm impressed, I'm inspired,
I'm excited because she turned things that were just rubbish,
really impressed by what she's done.
She's made money! Fantastic.
Sarah sold the bags for £300, minus Neil's costs,
that leaves a profit of £200 for Louise.
The rush chairs were sold for £110.
And, after Sarah's costs, the profit came to 107 quid.
So, in total, Louise can donate
£307 to the Manchester Emergency Fund.
Sarah and Jay saved four bits of celebrity junk.
Instead of ending up in landfill,
they've all been given a new lease of life,
a new look
and a chance to be loved again.
Well, we loved meeting up with Chris and Louise.
And with the help of two amazing artisans,
we were able to save four things from destruction.
And we opened the gate on a great profit,
which is going to a couple of amazing charities.
Presenters Louise Minchin and Chris Hollins open their homes to Sarah and Jay. Sarah's search uncovers an old rubber boat and a pair of wicker chairs that were destined for the dump, while Jay rescues and transforms a garden gate and some oak planks. Sewing specialist Neil Wragg and artist blacksmith Bex Simon lend their skills to transforming the items, but what will Louise and Chris think of the results?