Episode 1 Money for Nothing


Episode 1

Junk makeover show. Sarah Moore finds four hidden gems in the nation's tips, including a broken cuckoo clock she has to reinvent to try and turn a profit.


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Ooh, just before you throw those away...

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How do you make money for nothing?

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-Can I have it?

-You can have it, yeah.

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The answer could be hiding in the 30 million tonnes of household waste

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we throw out every year.

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Now, this is one seriously unusual tip find.

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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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I'm a passionate user, maker and buyer of old stuff,

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and I've turned my passion into a moneymaking business.

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I make new stuff out of old stuff

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and I sell it for profit.

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

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These were going to be thrown away? Seriously?

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I love it, love it, love it.

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

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It looks brand-new.

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..valuable...

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You are joking.

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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That is a triumph!

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If Sarah is successful,

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then she can hand the profits back to the very people

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who had no idea there was cash to be made from their trash.

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That is amazing!

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Welcome to the Walsall recycling centre

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and the beginning of Sarah's search.

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She's on the hunt for a hunk of junk that can be transformed

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into a chunk of change.

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I love turning a profit where others see trash,

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making old stuff that's drab into desirable and fab

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is just so satisfying.

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Sarah's been given special permission by the recycling centre

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to rummage about today.

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Come on, Walsall - let's see what you've got.

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She's on the lookout for four items that can be brought back to life

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and sold on for profit.

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Sarah is casting admiring glances at the junk in Keith's trunk.

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Are you chucking the chair? You are, aren't you?

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-Yeah.

-You can't.

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You've got to let me have it.

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Have it if you want.

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Keith's clearing out the flat he rented to a loyal lodger

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who has now moved on to a nursing home.

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She was 90... 90 how old?

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-She was 91...

-91. Lovely.

-..last October.

-And local?

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-And she'd been my tenant for 22 years.

-Fantastic, so you don't think she'd mind us having her old chair?

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No, not at all. No.

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-Can I have a sit?

-Yeah.

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Is it comfy?

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I've no idea. I've never sat in it.

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It's great.

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It's lovely.

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And do you think I'll be able to do anything with it

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or make any money out of it?

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-Yeah.

-How much do you reckon?

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-Fiver.

-Fiver!

-HE LAUGHS

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Fiver! I'm definitely going to make you a fiver.

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-Righto.

-Thanks ever so much.

-OK, then.

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If anyone can scrape a profit from this chair, it's Sarah,

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but not if she scrapes Keith's car with it first.

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Ooh, careful!

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The design of the chair, it is good, isn't it?

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You know, to make one of those now would cost a lot of money.

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Definitely.

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Check this out.

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It's retro, it's ruined

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but it looks like it's got so much potential

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and I think it's going to look a million dollars

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and hopefully make a pretty penny, too.

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The best bit is the transformation is going to be...

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# Dun, dun, dah! #

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It's going to be amazing.

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Sarah says retro - I say oh, no!

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Let's find out who she's picked to help make this seat saleable.

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Welcome to Anthony Devine's world.

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Anthony's unique and quirky upholstery has earned him

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the reputation as one of the most imaginative craftspeople around.

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Anthony can upholster almost anything,

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but he does love a good chair.

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Some chairs you just know, you know that this is the one

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and you just know you're on to a winner.

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You can look beyond the kind of the dirt and the holes and the grime

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and you think, "Yes, we've got a gem here."

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And then it's a matter of teaming it up with the right fabric.

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And then from ugly ducklings are beautiful swans.

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Hmm...he may be hoping for a beautiful swan

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but this one might be a lame duck.

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When Sarah and Anthony have worked together in the past, they've...

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Well, let's just say they haven't always seen eye to eye.

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But this time, I want no fighting, OK, children?

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Or there'll be no upholstery for anyone, all right?

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So, anybody who knows me

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knows that I like to be kind of in control of what I do.

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What I'm not particularly comfortable with is

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when people turn up

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and they already have what they want to do cemented in their minds,

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so when Sarah turns up, it's always a little bit tricky

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that she has one idea and I have the other

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and somehow we've got to kind of merge them together.

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So, yeah, it's going to be an interesting one today.

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Devine, are you in there?

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I've got a bad feeling about this one already.

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Right, Sarah, if you just keep your opinions to yourself,

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don't be too pushy, you'll get on just fine.

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I have had a few ideas about it.

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Oh, here we go.

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I actually love the wood and the fabric together,

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so I think it would be good to enhance this.

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We've got to get this kind of colour off and...

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-Yeah.

-..put a rich colour and show that actual wood.

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So, we'll do something with the wood

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and then that'll really work nice with the fabric.

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OK, so, I thought...

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Oh, no, she's at it again.

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Maybe kind of grass green coloured.

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Spring green or summer green are we talking?

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Oh, I think that kind of moss you find under a bush.

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Summer pasture.

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-Yeah. Do you think that would work?

-Yeah.

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Hurrah! A miracle, they've agreed.

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And maybe some flowers in the pasture. You know, something bright as the button.

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Do you have to go to that point?

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I don't look too far down the line

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in trying to pinpoint everything out of what we're going to do

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because I think things will take its kind of natural form

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and then from there it'll almost be obvious what we do. I'm thinking of the nightmares that went before.

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-Let's just keep it simple.

-SHE LAUGHS

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-OK.

-Just keep it simple.

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So, heaps of potential.

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-I'm going to do the professional...

-HE INHALES SHARPLY

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That's going to cost you.

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So, how much, then? I'm just not hearing the money.

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Well, probably round the 475 mark.

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If you do it for 450...

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Ooh, she's giving him the look.

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Don't be afraid of her, Anthony, stay strong.

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-I'm going to leave before you change your mind.

-Thank you very much.

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Works every time.

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Well, after a slightly tense negotiation,

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I think we've got where we need to be with that chair.

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It's going to look amazing. Grass green, brilliant.

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With the chair coming in at £450,

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the plan is simple, grassy and mossy.

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But is Sarah going to like it

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when Anthony inevitably does whatever he's going to do to it?

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That's one item down, three more to find.

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Sarah's travelled to the Woodhouse Lane recycling centre

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in Greater Manchester, where the thought of all those hidden gems

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is making her spin around in a circle for some reason.

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Arriving just in time to bring her back down to earth

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is Simon with some rusty gubbins.

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-Oh, are they going in there, then?

-They are, indeed.

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-They're quite cool, aren't they?

-Well, they are but I'm throwing them away,

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-so I'm not thinking they're all that cool.

-No, obviously not. OK, for me, they look quite cool.

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Are these out of the garden, then?

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They are an old and decrepit fence that's needed replacing

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at the back of the garden for far too long.

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I love that colour on them cos you just can't...

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You can't fake that when you're trying to make something look old.

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They call it patina these days.

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Patina or "pat-in-a" is really just a fancy word for rust.

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I've got loads of stuff you might consider patina.

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-Oh, really?

-SHE LAUGHS

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-I can see you're talking on my wavelength already.

-Should I not be throwing this stuff away?

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It literally is falling apart, isn't it?

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Chuck it my way and that'd be fantastic.

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Railings like these are relatively scarce

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as many were donated for the war effort during the 1940s.

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It looks like Sarah's going to give these ones

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the chance of another life as well.

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But what does Simon think is in store for them?

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I like the idea of anything being recycled and reloved, I really do,

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but, you know, what she'll do with them

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is a little bit beyond me, really.

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The mind boggles.

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I think Sarah's mind might've completely boggled this time.

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I'm sure she knows what she's doing, though.

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They're rusty, covered in old paint, they've been cut up,

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they've nearly got chucked into a skip,

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but I think these railings have a charm about them

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that has to be a useful in transforming them

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into something else.

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Mmm. Like what, exactly?

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It's definitely going to be a challenge.

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Sarah won't sit on the fence for long.

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She's got someone in mind with the steely determination

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to forge something new out of that scrap.

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Daniel Heath is an award-winning wallpaper and textile designer.

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But he's not afraid of getting down and dirty with reclaimed materials

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to make unique furniture and contemporary design pieces.

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I love what I do because of the challenges

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that come from every project.

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There's never really two projects that are the same.

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Every brief is different and every client is different

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and wants me to produce something unique for them,

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so that obviously has an array of challenges

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that I have to face every day.

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Each one that comes along is different and that's the joy of it.

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Daniel may love to work with reclaimed materials

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but he might be struggling to feel the joy

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when Sarah turns up with these rusty old railings.

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Now, these aren't the type of materials

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that I immediately think of when I think of Daniel's work.

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But I've got a few ideas and I'm hoping this old cast-iron railing

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can be incorporated into something amazing

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that can be sold to make some money.

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-Hiya.

-Hello, how you doing?

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-Nice to see you.

-I'm doing really well. Really well.

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So, did you have any thoughts? And I said it was mad.

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Well... Well, I had things pop into my mind, but...

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OK, yeah, really, really quite bonkers.

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-Yeah, it's like, "Let me out."

-HE LAUGHS

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OK, are they even sound?

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Are they...?

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I mean...are the...?

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Oh, they're OK.

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-Shall we take them in and have a...?

-They look a bit crumbly.

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Crumbly?

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I think you'll find that's a highly desirable patina, Daniel.

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I think there's something about them...

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-OK.

-..that is really beautiful because of the colour

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and pretending they're not beaten-up iron railings.

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That's all very well for you, Sarah,

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but it's Dan who has to work with those beaten-up old railings.

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From what I understand, because these are cast, they are brittle.

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They're not the kind of material that is terribly nice to work with.

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It just gets better and better, doesn't it, Daniel?

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I've had a bit longer to think about them than you have,

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but I'm sort of wondering whether they could be used

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as the support for a table.

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-Yeah.

-A sort of console table or something.

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Sure, OK. OK.

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-You can see that, can't you? You can feel it?

-Yeah, yeah.

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You know, it's going to depend on what we pair up with it

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material-wise cos we can't do anything with them on their own.

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They're going to have to have something that bolts them together

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or holds them together and a surface involved in it somehow.

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Something like a contemporary material

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like Jesmonite might work well.

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Jesmonite is like compound?

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Is that the pourable stuff?

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It's pourable. It's like a synthetic stone.

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OK, so, posh concrete.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, OK.

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You like a challenge, don't you?

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I do, I do.

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Er...this is certainly one of those.

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Great - one you're prepared to take on, though?

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Well, they're here now, so I may as well.

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That's the spirit.

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That's why we love our Daniel. He never shies away from a challenge.

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It'd be good to tie down a price

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where we think we might make some profit.

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If we say a broad ballpark 500 to 600.

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OK, 500-600 quid.

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Nearer to five's always good

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but if you can make the £2,000 console table,

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then just go all the way.

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-Thank you, Sarah.

-Thanks ever so much.

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-See you.

-Bye.

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It's a dirty job -

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and now it's Daniel's job.

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He is going to create something just unbelievable out of those railings.

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I know he's got this vision.

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We'll have to wait and see what it is, though, because at the moment,

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it's a long way from looking commercial.

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These are a big challenge.

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I mean, they are...

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in a real state.

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Hopefully, we'll make something nice with it as ever.

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Daniel's wisely bid high for this work

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as it will involve a lot of experimentation and other materials,

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but with £500-600 of costs,

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it's going to have to be pretty special to turn a profit.

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It's time to head to Manchester,

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where upholsterer Anthony is working some magic on the old, drab chair -

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we hope.

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Ta-da!

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No, still old and drab.

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Take the back off.

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Anthony is used to working with old furniture

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but it's getting harder and harder to come by.

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I mean, the likes of your Parker Knolls,

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your Ercols and stuff like that...

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I mean, ten years ago, we were chucking them out for fun

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-and now...

-HE LAUGHS

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..and now we're taking them out the skips!

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And just as well.

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Anthony starts by removing the 1950s fabric.

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He wants to completely strip the chair to its bare bones.

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But it takes a lot of elbow grease to get out all those original tacks.

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That's it, Anthony, hit it.

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All I can hear in the back of my head is the guy doing the voice-over.

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"That's it, Anthony, hit it."

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Oi!

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This is weird.

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Better watch what I say.

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With the material removed, Anthony is enlisting his helper, Marianne,

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to help sand back the exposed wood.

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Anthony is applying a clear protective wax first

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and then a darker wax on top to bring out the natural grain.

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This chair's probably 60 years old.

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No replacements needed.

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No arms, no hips, no knees.

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There's probably not that many - better not say that -

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60-year-olds as strong as this.

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My mum and dad are over 60 and they're pretty strong.

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-They could do with a bit of re-waxing, that's for sure.

-HE LAUGHS

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Oi, watch it, sunshine.

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To pad the back of the chair,

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they're using a base of green layered felt

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and then an extra layer of cotton padding

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that Anthony is stapling in place with a pneumatic stapler.

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So, we're ready now for the calico.

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We've got our kind of comfort layer here

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and we're ready to go with this.

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So, this is the...

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We call it the FR, which stands for fire retardant.

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Ironically, the only thing that does catch fire on a chair

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that has been treated with fire retardancy is the fire label itself.

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Is there not something else that'll catch fire?

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-Pardon?

-Wood?

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Oh, yeah, and the wood'll burn, too.

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Anthony has listened to Sarah's ideas

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and has picked a grassy, mossy wool for the bulk of the chair.

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It looks more like he's recovering a snooker table.

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He's even got the chalk.

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Right.

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Sarah chose the green

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because, I believe, this is the on-trend colour for 2016.

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Really? So, snooker's the big thing this year, is it?

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Could potentially be like that.

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Something seems a bit fishy here.

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Anthony's playing this awfully safe.

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But just watch, he'll be waiting for us to go

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and then the real transformation will begin.

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In Walthamstow, award-winning textile designer Daniel

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is getting his hands dirty with the rusty old railings.

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This is not a material that I've worked with before.

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I hope that we can maintain some of their decrepit beauty.

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I don't think you'll have any trouble doing that.

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Daniel's using the iron poles

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to make the legs of a classic console table.

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Very rough sketch.

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But this gives me...

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works out how many I need,

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how many poles I need.

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Daniel will have to ever-so-delicately free the poles

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he'll need for his frame.

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All right, just give them a good bash, then.

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Hey, bit of movement.

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Because the worn-out and brittle iron is so difficult to work...

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-Yes!

-..Daniel doesn't think he'll be able to weld it.

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So, once he's rescued all those rods,

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he'll have to improvise a way to join them and the tabletop together.

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To do this, Daniel is designing a joining bracket,

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which he'll integrate into the top.

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Now, I hope you're all listening carefully

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as this is where it gets tricky.

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The tabletop and integrated bracket will be made of Jesmonite.

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No, I've never heard of it either.

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But I know this - it's expensive.

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So, he's making a prototype of this bracket from wood to see that works.

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Very sensible.

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These are fitting into there quite well.

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But we don't need the pointy end.

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So, we're just going to go and chop the ends off.

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It's back to the machine room

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Daniel shares with the other crafty types in the building...

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..to get to work with the metal chop saw, yes!

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And there's a surprise in store underneath all that rust.

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It's come up quite nicely on the cut,

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which might mean that we can do more with it than we thought.

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Dan scraps his wood block prototype

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and decides to try welding the railings after all.

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First, he cuts all the iron poles to the right length...

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..and cleans up the areas he needs to join.

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This is a linishing machine.

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It's like a big sanding belt.

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And it's basically exposing the metal underneath

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because we need to have a clean contact point for the weld,

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so that we have a strong finish to it.

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For a textile expert, Dan's got quite the skill set.

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Is there anything he can't do?

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I've done some welding before, but because we want to keep the paint,

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it does have challenges beyond just working with standard steel.

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I've got all my joins square,

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so hopefully it will weld up quite straight.

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QUITE straight? No-one will pay over £500

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for a "quite straight" table, Daniel.

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Daniel's welding iron will heat the metal to melting point.

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That's a whopping 1,500 degrees centigrade.

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The poles will melt together, and when they cool,

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they'll form a solid bond.

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At least, that's what should happen if Daniel's done it right.

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It's quite hard to tell whether it's worked until I undo the clamps.

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Here's hoping the welds are strong enough to hold up that

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exotic-sounding and expensive Jesmonite tabletop.

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Now it's time to head to Manchester to see what Anthony's

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made of the old '50s chair.

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In the past, Sarah's asked Anthony for nice,

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simple upholstery jobs and he's chosen this kind of fabric.

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And who could forget this one?

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Oof... Mind you, Anthony's stuff always sells,

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but sometimes it's not what Sarah asks for.

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I'm here, hoping that Anthony has taken that brown, tired,

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old chair and turned it into something fabulous.

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It has great bone structure, so it could look good.

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But knowing Anthony, he could have done anything to it.

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When Sarah dropped it off, it was old, brown and a bit down.

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But now, brace yourselves.

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Wow, it's just lovely.

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Anthony's produced a simple, elegant,

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beautifully refitted piece of furniture.

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The apparently on-trend green wool is complemented by lighter

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green side panels that bring out the natural colour of the wood.

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All in all, I think I want to buy it.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-How are you?

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Behold!

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Is that the same chair? I don't recognise it.

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It's completely different. What have you done to it?

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This is just a good, solid piece of furniture.

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We could have been a little bit crazy with it.

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I just think, it is what it is and I think it's just a very nice chair.

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But, as it stands, there's something here that can be sold

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-to everybody.

-I know!

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I would love this in my house! I absolutely love the chair.

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-Just a bit too safe for you?

-Well...

-Boring?

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No, I don't think it's any of those things.

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It's like having a friend... Like, "Do you want to go to the pub?"

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And he's always the one who goes to the pub.

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He's never going to throw anything out there and be crazy,

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he's just like, "I'll get your pint." Know what I mean?

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Do you know something, everybody needs a friend like that.

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Are they still talking about the chair?

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-I'm going to call him Brian.

-Brian. I love it!

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Brian's dependable, he'll get me out of trouble,

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sees you right at the end of the night. I'll take Brian.

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Pack him up for me. I'll send the couriers.

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He's all yours.

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I've got no idea what they're going on about, but I think Sarah's happy.

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I really didn't recognise that chair as the depressing brown thing

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that I dropped off. It's now a dapper little chap

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that's going to turn a profit.

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Just you and me, Brian, it's just you and me.

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Don't leave him hanging, Brian. Aw, BFFs.

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But sadly, Brian has to be sold, and coming in on budget of £450,

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Sarah will have to slap on a high price tag to make a good profit.

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Well, before Brian was Brian, it was just Keith's old chair.

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-You've got to let me have it.

-Have it if you want.

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-Lovingly cared for by his lodger for decades.

-She's 91.

-91.

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-She'd been my tenant for 22 years.

-Keith knew it was a quality piece.

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To make one of those now would cost a lot of money.

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-But was sceptical of any cash value.

-How much do you reckon?

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-A fiver?

-Fiver? Fiver!

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The challenge was on to make Keith more than a fiver.

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Sarah invited round Nick from Smithers of Stamford

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to see if he fancied it for his online shop.

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-So, do you think it would ship out of your website?

-Yeah, I reckon.

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-Ship it to the States.

-Really? Are they liking this kind of thing?

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Yeah, definitely, in America, yeah.

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Confident it would find a new home abroad, Nick bought it.

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Yeah? That's great news.

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Sarah's travelled to Aldridge in the West Midlands to show Keith

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what was done with his chair,

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and hopefully hand over more than a fiver.

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-Keith?

-Hello, Sarah.

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-How do you do?

-How are you?

-Nice to see you again.

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I said at the tip that it'd be great to catch up with you again

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to talk to you about your old chair.

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Am I right in thinking it wasn't actually from your house, was it?

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No, it wasn't, no. It was a house which I'd rented out,

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and the old lady left and just left everything to go to the tip.

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I think at the time I said probably a fiver, if I remember.

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Really, a fiver? Well, let me show you what we managed to do to it.

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-When it was restored, it actually ended up looking like that.

-Wow.

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-It's amazing, really.

-It looks completely different, doesn't it?

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Investing in updating a chair like that is not a small thing,

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so it actually cost us £450.

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-What?!

-To make it look like that.

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HE LAUGHS

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So that's probably why lots of people,

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when they have chairs like that, they just end up taking them

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to the tip, cos if you go to somebody

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and you say you want it completely redone, that's what it costs.

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But I managed to sell it and I've got some profit to share with you.

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-You said a fiver, did you, before?

-That's right.

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Well, I've actually got £100 there for you,

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a little treat, for your old chair.

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Wow, thank you! I'm amazed.

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Any thoughts about what you might do with 100 quid?

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A few meals out, I should imagine.

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-Fantastic.

-Thank you very much, Sarah.

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-Thank you very much, Keith. Take care.

-Take care! Bye.

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Well, I think Keith was genuinely surprised that he got £100 profit

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out of his old chair, and I love the idea that he's going to be

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going out and having dinners on us.

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Anthony's labour and materials came in on budget of £450.

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And with a sale of £550, Keith's walking away £100 richer.

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Told you we could make you more than a fiver.

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That's our first item successfully selling for a profit.

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Sarah's back at the tip to find more hidden treasures,

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and, as always, she's full of good advice.

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Just make sure you're not throwing out any diamonds with the rubbish.

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No diamonds, must make a note of that.

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Anyway, there might be a jewel of a find

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in the back of Julie and Dewi's car.

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Oh, you've got a lovely bootful there. There's all sorts.

0:27:380:27:42

Where's all this coming from?

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-This is my son's house. He's moving house.

-OK, and you're helping out.

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-He's moving to London? He's leaving you, is he?

-He is, yes. At last.

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-At last!

-I've heard of the bank of Mum and Dad,

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but the moving company of Mum and Dad?

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-Who'd have children, hey?

-Well, we wouldn't mind, but he's 33!

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-You never get rid of them, really.

-Don't say that!

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Well, it does mean you've got the pick of his old stuff, Sarah.

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What do you think of those chairs?

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I think these are good, solid chairs, aren't they?

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Handmade, nice shaped base to them. Nice and sturdy.

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Normally they really wobble. Don't sit down. I might not get up.

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-Yeah, comfortable. They have to be comfortable, don't they?

-Yes.

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-If it would be OK to take away these chairs...

-That would be nice, yes.

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I really appreciate those. I'm going to take these away.

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Sarah's legged it with the chairs,

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but what do Julie and Dewi think will become of them?

0:28:350:28:38

Yeah, if she can do something... If they were sanded down and just,

0:28:380:28:41

that natural wood brought back up again.

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Here's hoping the chairs will still have legs in the sales market.

0:28:430:28:47

Sarah certainly thinks so.

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Charming, solid, bit of '50s styling on here,

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and potential to give them a really charming makeover.

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And we know who likes doing that, don't we?

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Jay Blades is a builder turned philosophy graduate

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turned furniture restorer.

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A couple of people have asked me, how do I describe my style.

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Personally, I don't know. I call myself a modern restorer,

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which basically means I restore furniture for a modern market.

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Jay has his finger on the pulse of modern design interiors,

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reworking the very best of British craftsmanship

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and bringing it to the 21st century.

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Someone did say to me once, "Your furniture makes me feel happy,"

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so I used to call my furniture happy furniture,

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because it makes you smile and it adds a bit of humour to your house.

0:29:380:29:42

My style is definitely not boring.

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My style is definitely not run-of-the-mill.

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At the moment, those chairs aren't exactly avant-garde,

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so Jay might have his work cut out making them his own.

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These chairs are solid and brown and quite nice, but so dull.

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And what I need is Jay to absolutely go to the edge with them

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and make them into something amazing.

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-Hiya.

-You all right?

-Yeah.

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Guess what I've got for you.

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Chairs, man, more chairs.

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-Lovely chairs.

-I'm glad you said lovely.

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Yeah, they are real wood.

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-They are.

-They're lovely chairs.

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Solid.

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Yeah, these are gorgeous.

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These are really good little farmhouse or kitchen chairs.

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What ideas have you got for these?

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I think out of the farmhouse and into the 21st century.

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I'm hoping that you won't mind putting some colour on them.

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You want colour, I'll give you colour.

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My juices are flowing in this one. I like the idea of whacking...

0:30:460:30:49

I can add a bit of colour. This is really cool. Really, really cool.

0:30:490:30:53

So the dull chairs are in for a colourful Jay Blades transformation.

0:30:530:30:58

I won't say too much about what I'm going to do to them,

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but they are going to be wow.

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How much money do you want to make them wow?

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Hit me with it. Come on.

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He's thinking about it.

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Still thinking about it.

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Still thinking.

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-Still thinking.

-I'm going to say 75 apiece.

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75 each to make these wow.

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-I'll leave them in your very capable hands.

-Thank you.

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-That's very kind of you.

-We'll hopefully come back

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and find something a bit prettier next time I see you.

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They're going to be pretty amazing. They're not just going to be pretty.

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-Pretty and amazing together.

-Go for it.

-OK.

-Can't wait to see them.

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-Take care.

-You too. You take care.

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It's going to look really cutting-edge. Really trendy.

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Not even trendy. These are going to be setting the trend.

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These two are just going to get that "woo!" factor,

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-is what they're going to get.

-Woo!

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But is the "woo" factor really going to be enough to see Sarah

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turn a profit on these?

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On a budget of £150, they'll need every bit of bling Jay can bring.

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In Walthamstow, Sarah's back to catch up with Daniel.

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Have the rusty old railings she left with him had a magic makeover?

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Well, I have been wondering,

0:32:230:32:25

can you actually make old railings into something designer and cool?

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Let's go and find out.

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So this one's quite different.

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I'm using some materials that I haven't used before.

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So we're using the wrought iron from the gates

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and then I've made a Jesmonite top so, yeah, I just hope she likes it.

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When Sarah dropped off the pile of old iron,

0:32:470:32:50

Dan faced a challenge of Herculean proportions.

0:32:500:32:53

Incredibly, he's risen to the challenge and created a cool,

0:32:560:33:00

sophisticated console table.

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The railings have been welded to create a simple support

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structure, keeping their rusty, I mean, patina-ed appearance.

0:33:060:33:11

Daniel has worked with a brand-new material, Jesmonite,

0:33:110:33:15

to create a classically simple, cool-looking top.

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It's quite an achievement,

0:33:190:33:20

considering what he had to work with.

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-Daniel.

-Hello.

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Oh, wow!

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-Quite different.

-How you doing?

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Yeah, I'm good. Good to see you.

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Oh, my word, I had no idea it was going to look like that.

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-How cool.

-Something a bit more contemporary, a bit more modern.

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Were you thinking bar? Are you thinking console?

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I was thinking console, so it could go in someone's hallway

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if they have a wide hallway.

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It could be somewhere where there's a telephone

0:33:460:33:49

or they can put their keys when they come in.

0:33:490:33:52

But it's quite a modern statement piece.

0:33:520:33:55

It's elegant. It's great. The lines on it are fantastic.

0:33:550:33:57

I think it's actually turned out to be much more elegant

0:33:570:34:00

than I thought it would be because I had this idea

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we were going to create blocks to clamp the pieces together,

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which was, I think now in hindsight,

0:34:060:34:08

would never have been structurally sound enough.

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I love what you've done. I like the quirkiness.

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Obviously you've used them in the structure under here.

0:34:130:34:16

Yes, to support the top.

0:34:160:34:18

So a nice bit of recycling where you're not wasting,

0:34:180:34:20

you're not buying in material.

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It saves money, even if it makes more work.

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Talk me through the top. What's that?

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So this is Jesmonite, which is a material that I've not used before.

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So we had to build a mould and pour it and cast it

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and then release it from there and hope that it was all in one piece.

0:34:350:34:38

-It's quite nice cos it's cold.

-And it's crisp. It's fantastic.

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Yeah, and cos it's wrought iron and it's welded,

0:34:420:34:45

-and this is Jesmonite and it's quite thick...

-Yeah.

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..it should hold at least lamps

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if somebody wants to put anything heavier on there, to a degree,

0:34:520:34:56

that you'd be able to.

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600 quid left on the table.

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Yep, the only cost really was the Jesmonite and the labour.

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-It's a fantastic piece, Daniel. Thank you so much.

-Thanks, Sarah.

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-Let's get it packed up and let's sell it.

-Right.

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I'm really happy that Sarah's happy with the piece,

0:35:130:35:16

but this piece is quite different for me.

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It's exploring new materials and different aesthetics,

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so really, really happy with how that went.

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So, as it turns out, yes, you really can make

0:35:260:35:29

railings into a stunning, high-end designer piece of furniture.

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Who knew?

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When Sarah met Simon at the recycling centre, there was

0:35:360:35:40

a difference of opinion.

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They're quite cool, aren't they?

0:35:420:35:44

They are but I'm throwing them away

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-so I'm not thinking they're all that cool.

-No, obviously not, OK.

0:35:450:35:48

For me, they look quite cool.

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But it wasn't long before he was embracing Sarah's love

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of all things old.

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I've got loads of stuff you might consider patina.

0:35:540:35:57

I can see you're talking on my wavelength already.

0:35:570:36:01

And, in no time at all, the old became new again.

0:36:010:36:06

Determined to find the console table a new home,

0:36:060:36:09

Sarah opened her laptop and uploaded pictures on to the internet.

0:36:090:36:13

Apparently that's how you sell things these days.

0:36:130:36:16

Look, it got 51 hearts.

0:36:160:36:19

I don't know what that means.

0:36:190:36:21

Sarah's travelled to Altrincham to catch up with Simon

0:36:230:36:26

and let him know how she got on online.

0:36:260:36:29

-Hi, Simon.

-Hi. Good morning.

0:36:300:36:32

-Hi there, how are you doing?

-Very good, thanks. How are you?

0:36:320:36:34

Very well, very well.

0:36:340:36:36

Distinct lack of railings at the front of your house.

0:36:360:36:38

Yes, and even fewer at the back now than there was a few months ago.

0:36:380:36:42

So those railings were original to the area?

0:36:420:36:44

I think they were original to the area.

0:36:440:36:46

If you look around, they're all around the perimeter there.

0:36:460:36:49

-Did you wonder what we might do with them?

-I certainly did.

0:36:490:36:52

I had no need for them. You wonder why anyone else does.

0:36:520:36:56

Your railings went up to Walthamstow to a guy named Daniel Heath,

0:36:560:36:59

who is a well-known maker and designer.

0:36:590:37:03

He thought really carefully about what to do with them

0:37:030:37:05

and I've got some pictures to show you how they ended up.

0:37:050:37:08

Here goes.

0:37:080:37:10

Wow!

0:37:100:37:11

It's very different from what I took out of my back garden.

0:37:110:37:14

-So this is a console table...

-OK.

-..he's created out of them.

0:37:140:37:17

What do you think?

0:37:170:37:19

Yeah, it looks a damn sight better than it did in the back garden.

0:37:190:37:21

They're currently still for sale. I haven't sold them yet.

0:37:210:37:24

When they have done, I will be back in touch

0:37:240:37:26

and hopefully handing over some money to you.

0:37:260:37:28

Fantastic. Even better news.

0:37:280:37:30

Lovely to catch up again

0:37:300:37:31

and I'm going to keep my eye open for some railings around here.

0:37:310:37:34

-There's plenty there.

-Thank you ever so much.

-Thank you.

-Bye-bye.

-Cheers.

0:37:340:37:38

Daniel came in on budget of £600,

0:37:380:37:41

but, with the railings table still to be snapped up,

0:37:410:37:45

we could end up being £600 down.

0:37:450:37:48

Hopefully, though, it'll find a new home soon

0:37:480:37:51

and we can share the profits with Simon.

0:37:510:37:54

Well, it was lovely to catch up with Simon.

0:37:540:37:56

I don't think our console table was exactly his cup of tea,

0:37:560:37:59

but it will be somebody's, so I'm hoping to be back here

0:37:590:38:01

and handing over some profit very soon.

0:38:010:38:04

Sarah's travelled to the Witley recycling centre in Surrey to search

0:38:100:38:14

for the final item, which will be the one she works on herself.

0:38:140:38:19

And she'll not stop until she has it. She's like a dog with a bone.

0:38:190:38:23

Can I recycle you? Would you like to come home with me?

0:38:230:38:26

I can turn you into a lap-dog.

0:38:260:38:28

Come on, Sarah, no time for pats. The clock is ticking.

0:38:280:38:33

Or, in Richard's case, it's not ticking.

0:38:330:38:35

What are you chucking out today, then?

0:38:370:38:39

Well, it's a cuckoo clock. Very nice cuckoo clock, but it needs repair.

0:38:390:38:43

Right.

0:38:430:38:44

-Oh, wow.

-I've got another one. It's a shame to throw it away but...

0:38:440:38:48

-Not many people have two cuckoo clocks, do they?

-No.

0:38:480:38:51

I've got the other one cos this one needs repair.

0:38:510:38:54

So made in Germany. Did you get it from Germany?

0:38:540:38:56

Yes, in the 1950s I was in the army in Germany and I bought it then.

0:38:560:39:02

It's really sweet.

0:39:020:39:04

I hate throwing it out, but it's going to cost a lot to repair

0:39:040:39:09

and I don't need it.

0:39:090:39:11

I wouldn't know where else to put it.

0:39:110:39:13

I think if you've got one cuckoo clock that's probably enough, but

0:39:130:39:15

if it would be possible to take that from you, I'll see if I can mend it.

0:39:150:39:19

-Oh, please do.

-I'm so excited.

0:39:190:39:20

I'd be much happier doing that than it going down in the landfill.

0:39:200:39:26

Yeah, I'm so pleased that you let us have that, it's lovely,

0:39:260:39:29

-and I shall try my best to get it going.

-It's up to you now.

0:39:290:39:33

I know. Ooh, the pressure!

0:39:330:39:36

Sarah must be cuckoo to chose this broken clock,

0:39:360:39:39

but she does love a challenge.

0:39:390:39:41

I really don't know what I've got here.

0:39:430:39:46

I am not a clock expert.

0:39:460:39:47

There's potential that this little cuckoo clock could turn

0:39:470:39:50

a pretty penny, but, at the moment, it's not working.

0:39:500:39:53

I'm not sure if all the bits are here.

0:39:530:39:56

I'm not sure what kind of market there is for cuckoo clocks

0:39:560:39:59

but I'm going to stay positive and hope I've just picked up a winner.

0:39:590:40:03

Perhaps Sarah can make this cuckoo sing again.

0:40:030:40:07

From the hustle and bustle of the dump to the quiet countryside,

0:40:270:40:31

Sarah's back home and, having enjoyed a morning walk with Bramble,

0:40:310:40:35

she's going to get started on the cuckoo clock.

0:40:350:40:38

So the cuckoo clock really doesn't work.

0:40:450:40:48

I hoped I might be able to get it going or something

0:40:480:40:50

simple would be wrong with it, but I've had a really good

0:40:500:40:53

look at it and I've also spoken to a horologist.

0:40:530:40:57

A what?

0:40:570:40:59

Excuse me a sec.

0:40:590:41:00

TYPING ON KEYBOARD

0:41:000:41:02

One quick interweb search later,

0:41:020:41:04

I can tell you a horologist is a clock-maker.

0:41:040:41:07

You learn something new every day.

0:41:070:41:10

It's 150 quid at least to get it repaired and a very long

0:41:100:41:13

waiting list, so I'm afraid I don't think this is going to tick again.

0:41:130:41:17

Ah, this cuckoo will cuckoo no more,

0:41:190:41:22

but, don't fret, Sarah has a plan.

0:41:220:41:26

She intends to transform this clock into a smart phone-charging station.

0:41:280:41:33

CUCKOO CALLS

0:41:330:41:36

You know when a cuckoo clock is broken.

0:41:360:41:38

It starts to sound like a pigeon.

0:41:380:41:41

CLOCK COOS

0:41:410:41:43

It's a heavyweight item and Sarah needs to lighten

0:41:430:41:46

the load by clearing out its internal workings.

0:41:460:41:50

I'm sorry. This feels awful.

0:41:500:41:51

If this all goes wrong, it could make a lovely bird box.

0:41:510:41:55

You might think Sarah's cuckoo phone charging station is bird-brained,

0:41:560:42:01

but when you're finding a new purpose for an old item,

0:42:010:42:05

no idea is too off-the-wall or wacky.

0:42:050:42:08

Get inspired and go for it!

0:42:080:42:11

So that is pretty much stripped now

0:42:130:42:15

so if that's all one colour, I think that's going to look really cool,

0:42:150:42:19

but I need to find out a way of introducing a phone to it and

0:42:190:42:23

this bit, the old moulding from the front, definitely needs to be kept.

0:42:230:42:27

I'm hoping that a phone might fit in there.

0:42:270:42:32

Look, that is perfect.

0:42:320:42:34

I'm really lucky because that will mean it will look like it's

0:42:340:42:37

made to do this, which is always helpful.

0:42:370:42:40

So that's going to be on there in some beautiful colour

0:42:400:42:42

and then the phone will go in here.

0:42:420:42:44

I've just got to work out a way of getting the charger cord

0:42:440:42:47

in here for whichever phone people have.

0:42:470:42:51

Can't be that hard, can it?

0:42:540:42:56

I think just get a little bit of something to go over the top there

0:42:560:43:00

it'll be fine.

0:43:000:43:03

I said give it a go. I didn't say it would be easy.

0:43:030:43:06

I wonder if it's too late to call that horologist back?

0:43:090:43:12

Yep, I'd say so.

0:43:120:43:15

Well, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,

0:43:150:43:18

but what will this bird-brained idea be worth when completed?

0:43:180:43:22

So far, Sarah has only spent £12 on a charger for this project,

0:43:220:43:27

thankfully.

0:43:270:43:29

Over in Wolverhampton...

0:43:430:43:46

..it's time for Jay to give the pair of chairs the Blades treatment.

0:43:490:43:53

I'm hoping to make these look really gorgeous.

0:43:530:43:58

Jay has got a visitor to his studio today.

0:44:000:44:03

I don't mind as long as they don't start to decorate it

0:44:030:44:06

the way that they do.

0:44:060:44:08

Yeah, the pigeon's a pain in the bum!

0:44:100:44:12

So, while hoping Percy's NOT going to make a contribution,

0:44:140:44:19

on with work on the chairs.

0:44:190:44:21

This is chalk paint

0:44:210:44:22

and basically with chalk paint, you don't need to rub down.

0:44:220:44:25

You can just paint straight on to the furniture.

0:44:250:44:29

It will give you an instant kind of look of how the finished

0:44:290:44:33

article's going to be.

0:44:330:44:35

Having promised Sarah a vibrant, colourful Jay Blades original,

0:44:350:44:39

it's no surprise he's painting them a striking shade of...

0:44:390:44:44

er, grey?!

0:44:440:44:47

Sometimes, what happens is I apply a paint and then I can see

0:44:470:44:50

the design coming up in my mind, and this is really going to work.

0:44:500:44:55

It's going to be really, really cool.

0:44:550:44:58

The special furniture paint Jay's applying it gives a neat matt look.

0:45:010:45:05

I've gone for it now so I'll have to make a commitment.

0:45:060:45:10

So now what I'm thinking is...

0:45:130:45:17

to paint the leg.

0:45:170:45:19

I want to do loads of different effects

0:45:190:45:21

but I've got to take it nice and easy.

0:45:210:45:23

Jay's decided on a colourful accent

0:45:230:45:26

on only one of the legs of each chair.

0:45:260:45:29

Those, I think,

0:45:300:45:32

they work really well together.

0:45:320:45:34

Could even take that one out and add that in there.

0:45:340:45:36

So we're going to give it a go.

0:45:360:45:37

Go on, then.

0:45:370:45:39

Jay's planning to create a drip effect on the leg

0:45:410:45:44

so he is diluting the paint

0:45:440:45:46

and raising the leg up to stop paint pooling on the bottom.

0:45:460:45:50

This is going to be a really organic kind of drip

0:45:520:45:57

so the more you start to put on

0:45:570:46:01

in certain areas,

0:46:010:46:03

the drips will just form itself.

0:46:030:46:05

Is that really going to give the chair leg a stylish finish?

0:46:070:46:11

Now, I've made a choice to do this colour before this one.

0:46:110:46:17

Now, that, the yellow looks a bit too similar.

0:46:170:46:19

It looks... Oh! Look at that.

0:46:190:46:22

Careful, Jay. I hope you're making more than just a mess there.

0:46:220:46:28

Sometimes you have mistakes but I'm going to use that, actually.

0:46:280:46:30

I'm going to use that paint.

0:46:300:46:32

It just means I've just got to work even quicker.

0:46:320:46:35

Well, hurry up, then.

0:46:350:46:37

Do you know? I think I'm beginning

0:46:370:46:39

to see where you got this idea from, Jay.

0:46:390:46:41

In Sussex, there's been some big changes to Sarah's charging station.

0:46:580:47:03

It's just arrived back from a specialist technician

0:47:040:47:07

and if you didn't think she was cuckoo before,

0:47:070:47:10

wait till you see a load of this.

0:47:100:47:12

Well, I've had a really fun idea for the cuckoo clock

0:47:140:47:17

so I just thought I'm going to throw caution to the wind

0:47:170:47:19

and turn it into something really kitsch and cool.

0:47:190:47:22

So the cuckoo clock has been flocked.

0:47:220:47:24

Flocking is the process of adding thousands of tiny

0:47:280:47:31

particles of fluff to an object covered in a fine coat of glue.

0:47:310:47:36

It gives the item a velvety feel.

0:47:360:47:38

It was very popular in the 1970s on wallpapers.

0:47:380:47:42

But, truth be told, you can flock almost anything.

0:47:420:47:46

It's flocking marvellous.

0:47:460:47:47

Look at these two.

0:47:480:47:50

Aren't they amazing?

0:47:500:47:51

Look at that really vibrant, lovely pink.

0:47:510:47:54

I've mixed it up a bit and I've got a few different tones of pink here

0:47:540:47:57

so when I put it all together,

0:47:570:47:58

it should kind of layer up so it looks really pretty.

0:47:580:48:01

But this stuff - stunning, isn't it?

0:48:010:48:04

So all I got to do now is put it together

0:48:040:48:06

and hopefully we'll end up with something that is truly unique.

0:48:060:48:09

When Sarah saved this cuckoo clock from the scrapheap,

0:48:110:48:15

it was beyond repair but now...

0:48:150:48:17

..its time has come to be born again

0:48:200:48:23

as a retro-chic and completely unique smartphone charging station.

0:48:230:48:28

It's functional and eye-catching.

0:48:320:48:34

A classic cuckoo clock design given a bold and brash spin.

0:48:340:48:38

The vibrant shades of playful pink give it a pop-art feel.

0:48:400:48:44

It's one of a kind,

0:48:480:48:49

uber-cool and utterly brilliant.

0:48:490:48:52

Well, it's definitely kitsch, isn't it?

0:48:570:48:59

And I think it's beautiful, it's definitely useful,

0:48:590:49:01

and I'm just hoping it's saleable.

0:49:010:49:03

It was almost lost forever

0:49:060:49:08

but Sarah saved Richard's broken clock.

0:49:080:49:11

-What are you chucking out today, then?

-Well, it's a cuckoo clock.

0:49:110:49:14

Very nice cuckoo clock.

0:49:140:49:16

I hate throwing it out but it's going to cost a lot to repair.

0:49:160:49:22

She couldn't fix it but she did find a way to repurpose it.

0:49:220:49:26

Sarah paid £72 to have the clock flocked,

0:49:280:49:32

plus 12 for a charger,

0:49:320:49:34

making her total spend £84.

0:49:340:49:36

She sold the charging station to Velvet Moon,

0:49:380:49:41

a craft shop in Glasgow,

0:49:410:49:43

and is now on her way to Richard's home near Witley

0:49:430:49:46

to hand over the profit.

0:49:460:49:47

DOORBELL

0:49:480:49:49

-Hi there. Hello. Richard, hi. It's Sarah.

-Sarah.

-Hi there.

0:49:520:49:55

-Nice to see you again.

-Nice to see you.

-Hello there. Hi. I'm Sarah.

0:49:550:49:58

-Hello. I'm Anne.

-Anne. Hi there. How do you do?

0:49:580:50:01

Now, I actually took your cuckoo clock to...

0:50:010:50:03

I think it's a horologist, isn't it?

0:50:030:50:05

And it was at least £150 just to get

0:50:050:50:08

somebody to look at it so I know why you were taking it to the tip.

0:50:080:50:11

-That's why I went to the dump.

-That's right, yes.

0:50:110:50:13

Having not been able to get it going, I had to think of

0:50:130:50:15

something else to do with it so I've got some pictures

0:50:150:50:17

to show you how it ended up.

0:50:170:50:18

-Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised. Here is...

-Oh, no!

0:50:180:50:21

THEY LAUGH

0:50:210:50:24

-Wow.

-That's lovely. Gosh.

-It's gone pink.

-Fantastic.

0:50:240:50:28

-Isn't that fantastic?

-So it is now a phone charger so...

0:50:280:50:33

-Wonderful. How clever.

-A phone charger.

0:50:330:50:37

-And it was flocked.

-Oh!

-Lovely.

0:50:370:50:40

So it has had a new lease of life. It is definitely in the pink

0:50:400:50:44

and it has been bought by a shop who specialises in that

0:50:440:50:48

kind of thing and I do have a little bit of money to hand over to you.

0:50:480:50:52

It didn't make a fortune but I have got £26 here

0:50:520:50:57

-for your old cuckoo clock and I hope you don't mind.

-That's fantastic.

0:50:570:51:01

As it was going in the tip,

0:51:010:51:04

you know, I don't want that, so it will go up to church, where she...

0:51:040:51:08

-You know, up at Witley.

-Oh, fantastic.

0:51:080:51:11

We're about to spend a lot of money on outside decoration

0:51:110:51:14

and so on and the sound system, so it'll go into that pot.

0:51:140:51:18

I'm so pleased that's going to somewhere so close to your heart.

0:51:180:51:21

-Thank you very much.

-Great. Well, thank you so much for the clock.

0:51:210:51:24

-Lovely. It's a wonderful surprise.

-That's very sweet of you.

0:51:240:51:28

-Thanks very much.

-Bye-bye. Thank you ever so much.

0:51:280:51:31

Well, that flocked cuckoo clock has raised £26 for Anne's church,

0:51:340:51:38

and some eyebrows along the way,

0:51:380:51:40

but I think we got away with it.

0:51:400:51:42

Sarah spent a total of £84 transforming the cuckoo clock.

0:51:440:51:49

She sold it for 110,

0:51:490:51:51

turning a profit of £26 for Richard and his wife, Anne.

0:51:510:51:55

Back in Wolverhampton,

0:52:020:52:04

Jay has put the finishing touches to the pair of chairs.

0:52:040:52:07

I'm happy as a bumblebee.

0:52:070:52:08

These, I believe, could go in an art gallery.

0:52:080:52:11

They are really that good.

0:52:110:52:12

I'll call the Tate Modern now, Jay.

0:52:130:52:16

But will Sarah be as excited?

0:52:160:52:18

I have been really looking forward to see what Jay has managed to do

0:52:200:52:23

to those two boring old farmhouse-style chairs that

0:52:230:52:25

I dropped off, so I'm hoping he's managed to sprinkle some magic

0:52:250:52:29

on them and turn them into something really fantastic.

0:52:290:52:32

Sarah challenged Jay to transport these solid but dull chairs

0:52:350:52:39

from their country cottage past into the 21st-century...

0:52:390:52:44

..and Jay has certainly not disappointed.

0:52:540:52:57

With a bit of elbow grease and the flick of a wrist,

0:52:570:52:59

he's given them a whole new future on the interiors cutting edge.

0:52:590:53:03

The cool, grey base coat makes the perfect canvas on which to

0:53:050:53:09

showcase the bright, bold, neon drip effect,

0:53:090:53:12

which brings the chairs alive with personality and colour.

0:53:120:53:16

Jay's justifiably proud of his handiwork

0:53:170:53:20

so let's hope Sarah takes to them as well.

0:53:200:53:22

What do you think?

0:53:240:53:25

Have they got...? They're really cool.

0:53:250:53:28

I think they're really, really cool.

0:53:280:53:29

I'm over the moon with them, to tell you the truth.

0:53:290:53:31

I think they're really sophisticated.

0:53:310:53:33

-It's just really quite clever.

-Sophisticated? That's quite cool.

0:53:330:53:36

That's a nice one. I like that.

0:53:360:53:38

If you had done it all over or you had not paired it up with

0:53:380:53:42

such a lovely finish, I think it would look childlike

0:53:420:53:45

-but what you've done looks cool. It's cool.

-OK.

0:53:450:53:47

I think it really does look cool. I really, really like it.

0:53:470:53:51

You've certainly managed to give them a new identity

0:53:510:53:53

because they were pretty boring before, weren't they?

0:53:530:53:56

They was a bit, yeah.

0:53:560:53:57

And what's more, Jay's labour and materials are on budget, too,

0:53:590:54:02

at £150 for the pair.

0:54:020:54:05

-Do you reckon I'm going to turn a profit on these or not?

-I think

0:54:070:54:09

-you're going to turn a profit.

-I think they're fantastic.

-No problem.

0:54:090:54:12

-Thanks.

-All right?

-We've started something big here.

0:54:120:54:15

Yeah, no, we've started a trend, that's what that is. Trendsetter.

0:54:150:54:19

-You take care now.

-Bye.

-Bye.

0:54:190:54:21

There is not a trace of country cottage left on those chairs.

0:54:230:54:26

He's blown away the cobwebs and brought out all their best features

0:54:260:54:30

and that design idea is really clever.

0:54:300:54:33

Dewi and Julie were clearing out their son Owen's stuff

0:54:400:54:44

in preparation for a big move.

0:54:440:54:46

-He's leaving you, is he?

-Yes. Yes. At last.

-At last!

0:54:460:54:50

Sarah took a shine to their pair of chairs.

0:54:500:54:53

Good, solid chairs, aren't they? They're handmade.

0:54:530:54:57

Dewi and Julie were happy to let her have them.

0:54:570:54:59

-She can do something with those.

-Yes, she can do something.

0:54:590:55:02

If they were sanded down and just

0:55:020:55:04

that natural wood brought back up again...

0:55:040:55:06

That's not what happened...

0:55:060:55:08

But the chairs have now been completely

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reinvented for the modern age.

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And what's more, they've been sold.

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Sarah got back in touch with Nick, who bought Anthony's green chair,

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and he agreed that these were cool customers.

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I love the detail paintwork on the chairs. They look really cool.

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Yeah, like all these paint splatters on the legs. They look really good.

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Different. Very different.

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Time to head to North Wales and, with Dewi busy at work,

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Sarah will be showing Julie what became of the chairs.

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-Hi there.

-Hello, Sarah. Nice to see you again.

-And you. And you.

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Well, it was great seeing you at the tip and being really helpful, you

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-were helping your son move, weren't you?

-Yes. Yes. It was a busy day.

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I saw lots of things I was interested in

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that he was disposing of, and one of them was the pair of chairs,

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the stick-back chairs.

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So I've got some pictures here to show you how they ended up.

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I don't know how much they look like the chairs that you remember but...

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Oh, gosh. Well, no, they were wood, weren't they? Like a pine effect.

0:56:070:56:11

-Yes.

-Those are beautiful, aren't they?

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What he's done is he's given them a good coat of paint and he has put...

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-Just a bit of colour on.

-A bit of colour just on the legs

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-just to give them a little something different.

-That's lovely.

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So I did actually manage to sell the chairs

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and I've got a little bit of money here to hand over.

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Not a fortune but I have got...

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-There's £5 there...

-Oh, good heavens.

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-..and 20 more to go with it...

-Thank you very much.

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..for your son's old chairs.

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So, you worked really hard that day.

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What are you going to do with the money?

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Well, I had thought it would be nice to go out for a meal

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but I think it would be nice to give it Owen as well,

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because he bought the chairs originally,

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and it's lovely to see that they've been brought up

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to such a high standard, so I think Owen would appreciate it.

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It was a pleasure. Thank you so much for your time

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-at the tip and here today.

-I enjoyed it very much.

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-I did tell Owen. He was quite excited.

-Excellent.

0:56:580:57:00

-Well, lovely to catch up. Thank you ever so much.

-Thank you.

0:57:000:57:03

-Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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Well, I think Julie's a very helpful and generous mother

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because not only did she help her son move,

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she let us have those chairs

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and she's going to give the profit back to him.

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Jay's labour and materials on the chairs came in at £150.

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Sarah sold the pair for £175,

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leaving her £25 to hand over to Julie.

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Sarah scoured the country and saved four items from a life of grime.

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The old brown chair was transformed into gorgeous green...

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..the old green railing transformed into a gorgeous table,

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Sarah's cuckoo clock now looks pretty in pink...

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..and two old wooden chairs are now the hippest new seats on the block.

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Who'd have thought it was possible to do all of that

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with a load of old rubbish?

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We made lovely things that have gone to new homes

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and made some money along the way.

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Sarah Moore finds four hidden gems in the nation's tips, including a broken cuckoo clock she has to reinvent to try and turn a profit. Can upholsterer Anthony Devine, award-winning textile designer Daniel Heath and design guru Jay Blades help make money from the other three items?


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