Episode 9 Money for Nothing


Episode 9

Junk makeover show. Sarah salvages a dressing table, designer chair, sun lounger and some smelly old hessian sacks from the tips.


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-Can I have a little rummage around in your rubbish?

-Yeah.

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How do you make money for nothing?

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I love that!

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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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So heavy. They don't make them like this any more. Look at that.

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That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore

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wants to get her hands on things before they hit the skip.

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

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and I've turned that passion into a money-making business.

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

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

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-Say something nice about it.

-My juices are flowing in this one.

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They are going to be "wow".

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

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Isn't that stunning?

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-..valuable...

-Oh, wow!

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-..and, hopefully, saleable items.

-That is bonkers!

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If Sarah is successful, then she can hand the profits back

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to the very people who had no idea

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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Oh, my God! That is amazing!

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Today, Sarah is at the Whitley Recycling Centre in Surrey

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for our first rummage on our tour of the nation's tips.

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Today, I'm after those little gems that, once transformed,

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can make some cold, hard cash.

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The goal is to find four items

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that can go from unwanted and unloved

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to polished and profitable.

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Now, while I'm doing this,

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you look up there and make sure I'm not missing anything, all right?

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Not just anyone can hang about the dump.

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Sarah needed special permission from the dump owners

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before she could start poking about.

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Any minute now, it's going to be complete...

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Oh, no, it's even worse.

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Thankfully, she doesn't have to rely on her puzzle-solving skills

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to spot Keith and his car full of rubbish.

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-Hi, there. I'm sorry to bother you.

-Go on.

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I was just looking at the contents of your boot. What are you doing?

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-Are you clearing out?

-Yes.

-What are the sacks?

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-What are all these for?

-It's hessian.

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Would it be possible to have a closer look at some of them?

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If they're whole, I might be able to do something with them.

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-All right.

-If you don't mind?

-Yeah.

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-So, you do things with things, then?

-Yeah.

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-If you know what I mean.

-That's a very good description of it.

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I try and make stuff out of things that are going to be thrown away.

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But can Sarah make anything out of Keith's old hessian sacks?

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Hessian is a coarse material made from the hemp or jute plant,

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popular in the past for making rope, as well as storing vegetables,

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-such as potatoes and onions.

-I love these.

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It reminds me of the sack race when I was little.

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I'll have to think of something inventive to do with them, though.

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-She's going back a few years.

-Hey, that's rude!

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Ooh, it's just a little bit cheeky, Sarah.

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I'm going to take your sack full of sacks,

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and have a little play-around with those.

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But what does Keith think will become of his hessian sacks?

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I've got no idea, to be honest.

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If somebody can find a use for things like that,

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which you don't see any more, it's brilliant.

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I know they look really rustic,

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but they'd make some really simple tote bags, wouldn't they?

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Something like that?

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Well, they can't get much simpler than they are just now,

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but Sarah knows one designer who can turn them from rags to riches.

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When you think bags, think Neil Wragg.

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From salvaged and unwanted materials,

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Neil creates everything from handbags to haversacks,

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and prides himself on the fact his bespoke bags will last a lifetime.

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I love being able to create something

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from what would be rubbish, I suppose, to other people.

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You could have, for example, a tent that was at Glastonbury,

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and saw the Rolling Stones, and then now it becomes a bag,

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and it's seen quite a life already.

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Everything here has got a personality.

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All the bags have lived a life,

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and they're now about to live a second life.

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So, let's hope Neil can breathe NEW life

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into that pile of unpromising hessian.

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These old sacks have got bags of potential.

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Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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I'm hoping Neil doesn't mind working with something

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that really smells.

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Oh, not you again!

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I've got sacks!

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-They are sacks.

-Here, take these.

-Thank you.

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-Bags of sacks. What could be better?

-There's how many?

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-I think there are about 18.

-OK.

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-That was brave.

-Rustic.

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They smell, don't they?

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-They do, but all my bags have a smell.

-That's reassuring.

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Have you ever used sacks before to make bags?

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No, it doesn't tend to be the material

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that I make the top-end boutique-style bags from.

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They're agricultural, they're rugged.

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There's no disguising that feel, that theme,

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so we possibly don't try to hide that.

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We stick with the agricultural, erm, that kind of feel.

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We don't disguise what they were.

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Do you think we should make something really agricultural,

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like something for the garden out of them?

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We add some fabric and turn it into a trug-style bag.

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So you're in the garden,

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and you're chucking your weeds and everything in.

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Possibly add some leather, um, we make some nice handles.

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Neil plans to make them into useful trug-style bags,

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used for carrying tools, flowers, or veg when gardening.

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A traditional garden trug was a boat-shaped basket

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carved from a piece of timber,

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but these ones are going to be made from smelly old sacks.

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How much do you want for that, Neil?

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If we've got at least ten of these bags that you would take,

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-then we can do them for £12 a bag.

-That sounds great.

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£12 a bag is really reasonable. Brilliant. Well, enjoy the sacks.

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The deal is in the bag.

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Well, that totally exceeds my expectations

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of what we might have been able to do with those old garden sacks.

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It looks like I just commissioned my first range

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of saleable, desirable garden trugs.

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It's nice and agricultural.

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I haven't seen anything that we're going to make

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out there on the streets, so I think this will be something very unique.

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A unique agricultural order it is, then,

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but at a budget of only £12 each,

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can he really turn these unwanted sacks

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into attractive trug-style bags?

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One item found, three to go.

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Sarah's travelled to the Merchants Way recycling centre

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in Walsall, where the cars come in all shapes and sizes - big ones,

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little ones, very little ones,

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and very, very little ones.

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Love a Porsche. I like the Porsche. It's classy.

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Things like this are only going up in value,

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and they're going down in the skip, all day long.

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Can Sarah turn Don's jumble of junk into a tidy sum?

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Oh, I like the look of your chair. Are you chucking the chair out?

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-Pardon?

-Are you chucking your chair out?

-Yes.

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So heavy. They don't make them like this any more. Look at that.

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Think it's the same sort of era as the classic Ercol,

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but it's just a bit too clunky.

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This chair is similar in style to Ercol furniture,

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famed for the sleek lines and smooth curves of their classic designs.

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It's really heavy, isn't it?

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Yeah, it's, er...

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-It's a great pity, but...

-When you're done, you're done.

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I don't think you have to feel guilty about it.

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-We've got more up-to-date stuff, you see, so...

-Yeah.

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And do you know who made it,

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-or do you remember where you bought it from?

-No idea.

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-Yeah. Cos it looks a bit like Ercol furniture.

-Late '60s, '70s.

-Yeah.

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-It's got a good look.

-I do feel guilty about throwing this away.

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OK, I understand, but sometimes you know when

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-you've just had enough of something, don't you?

-Yeah.

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Yeah, I don't think you have to worry about that,

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especially as I'm here to take it away,

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and hopefully do something exciting with it.

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Yeah, sure.

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Sarah's got her hands on her second item,

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and Don's happy it's been rescued from the rubbish tip.

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If it can be repainted and reused, far better.

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Far better than throwing it away.

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I think this is the poor relative of the Ercols,

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but it does mean I'm not destroying a classic British design.

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I think I'm updating something that was just going to go in the tip.

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So, in one way, I'm sad that it's not an established maker that

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I recognise, but then, in another, I can do what I like with it.

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Sarah knows exactly who to take this chair to for a modern makeover.

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Jay Blades is a builder turned philosophy graduate

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turned furniture designer.

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What I love about furniture is the playfulness.

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It reminds me of my childhood, where I used to make Meccano sets,

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and just making stuff.

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Now, with furniture, I'm allowed to take things apart...

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add some paint, add some fabric,

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and just basically add a bit of me.

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Jay has his finger on the pulse of contemporary interior design,

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reworking the very best of British craftsmanship

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and bringing it bang up to date.

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Personally speaking, I think adding colour is very important.

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Give me the most ridiculous piece of furniture,

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and I will turn it into something beautiful -

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that's my claim to fame. I know I can do it.

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He's confident,

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but will he be able to give this chair a style of its own?

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I've brought Jay a real ugly duckling here,

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and I'm hoping he can turn it into a peacock.

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There's potential to make a little bit of money here

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cos, at the moment, this is three quid at a car boot, any day.

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She knows my kind of style of working with timber,

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and anything kind of mid-century modern,

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but she's brought me some interesting stuff before -

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stuff made out of metal and stuff like that,

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which I don't normally work with so, hopefully, erm...

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Yeah, I can't wait to see what she's bringing through the door.

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-Hiya.

-How are we doing? Are you all right? What have you got?

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It's all kissy-kissy, lovey-dovey now...

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Wait till they start haggling over the price.

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OK, it's not stylishly punching, you know, really hard, is it?

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But I'm sure you can do something with it.

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You say it's not stylish. I think it...

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I think it's quite cool,

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and not every chair in every household

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has to be stylish, and this is quite...

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I think it's quite nice in itself.

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It's not the finest of detailing on it...

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-Yeah.

-..but I know, in your hands, you're going to make it look...

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A wee bit of a refresh.

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So, am I allowed to just go wild with this one?

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-Can I do...?

-Oh, yeah.

-OK.

-You can...

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-You can really go for it on this one.

-I can go for it.

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I don't feel, you know... It was going to the tip.

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You can do what you like with it, as long as you make me some money.

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OK. Cool. So we're talking money, then. How much, how much...?

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I thought I'll leave you with a fiver.

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HE LAUGHS

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A fiver? To work on that?

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Wow. All right...

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I'm starting, you know...

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Yeah, you're starting super low. That is...

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In its current state,

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if I saw this at a car boot, I'd pay three quid for it,

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-and I'd be haggling, you know?

-Yeah. Yeah.

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So we have got to elevate this.

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Top whack, in my wildest dreams, one chair on its own -

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am I going to get 75 quid for it?

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Yeah. So that's going to be very, very tight on the creativity.

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Come on, now, Jay -

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where's that positive can-do attitude we know and love?

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But it is a beautiful chair in itself,

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and it could be made even better.

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That's why I come to you, you see, cos I know that

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when I come back, I'm going to go, "Oh, Jay, I love it,"

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because, at the moment, I'm not terribly keen.

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Give it your special Jay magic, and we have a chance.

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Sarah's leaving Jay a budget of £45,

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but has given him free rein to unleash his makeover magic.

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I feel a bit guilty about driving such a hard bargain there,

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but I'm hoping Jay can really strut his stuff with that chair,

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and create something that is really beautiful, and has some value to it.

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I'm hoping to do something really creative with this,

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so Sarah will be able to sell it on for at least £70,

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and it should be...

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Someone should buy this for £70 after I've finished with it,

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cos it's a really solid chair, really sturdy,

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and I know she said she'll probably spend about...

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I'd say about four quid at a car-boot sale,

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but, after it's been jazzed up, it should be able to reach 70.

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A little bit more, probably. Probably even £80.

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Jay will need to come up with a quick and simple idea to

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stay within the £45 budget, without scrimping on the style.

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Back in Marlow, Buckinghamshire,

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Neil's just about to get to work on his heap of hessian.

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Here are all the sacks.

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We've got about 18 sacks.

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We're thinking of keeping an outside feel to them

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and turning into something like a...

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hessian canvas version of a trug.

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So, first thing to do with these is to start the design process,

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and work out what we can do with them.

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Before that, though...

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Time to put these in the washing machine, I think.

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Quite right. That stinky sack smell's got to go.

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And once they're all freshly laundered,

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he starts to design the garden trugs he hopes to rustle up.

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I think we need to establish a shape.

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Neil sketches out his first ideas.

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It looks, er, intriguing.

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If his design is going to work,

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he'll need to combine the hessian sacks with some other materials.

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So, if we maybe can do something with these...

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That's some reclaimed curtain wire from an old camper van.

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Put a tube across around the top, holds it open.

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Those will be put to good use, giving the trugs a bit of structure.

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And Neil's not done there -

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he's spotted another salvaged item to add to the mix.

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Some tent material.

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It's good stuff. Canvas strip along the bottom of the base.

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Another canvas strip around the top, because the hessian sack,

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although it is strong, it's a very loose weave,

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so we can't have people putting in their plums

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and then seeing them roll across the floor.

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With plum security the very highest priority,

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Neil applies a mix of paraffin wax and beeswax to the canvas

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to make the fabric more durable.

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So, the wax will strengthen it and make it sturdy,

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so compared to some unwaxed canvas here,

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we've got a much stiffer wax, and it will be waterproof as well.

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To create that stiff waterproof texture he's after,

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Neil then irons the material so that the wax impregnates the fabric.

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With all the elements in place, Neil stitches it all together.

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Well, bag number one, I think the concept is right,

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the design is right, the look is right.

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It's, er, yeah, it's about there, so that's good.

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It's great, but that was just a prototype.

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He's still got a pile of sacks to start work on.

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Well, the challenge is to make something along the lines

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of what I normally make, which is nice-looking bags.

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Um, the challenge, at the moment,

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is doing it at a price within the budget,

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so trying to get something

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that's quick and straightforward to make.

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However, it obviously can't fall apart.

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Neil's got a budget of only £12 per bag,

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and these trugs seem to need a lot of intricate work.

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In Wolverhampton, Jay is pondering his creative options.

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I'm thinking probably two, maybe three colours, with this one.

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He has to keep time and materials to a minimum to make sure

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he doesn't go over his £45 budget.

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Sometimes what tends to happen is you start to paint,

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and then the design comes to you,

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so what I'm going to do is just play it by ear.

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You guys are going to, erm, see as this...

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creatively unfolds.

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This is a free-form design odyssey into the unknown.

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It's upcycling jazz.

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So I'm going to do black all over,

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but I'm going to pick out some highlights with some colour.

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To me, anyway, those two work really, really well together,

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looking at it from a bird's-eye view...

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So really, really thin layers is what this one requires,

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and most paint, anyway, when I'm using it,

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I always do it very thinly,

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simply because I want the colour to build up,

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rather than dab on a load of paint.

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Jay is using chalk paint.

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It requires no surface preparation,

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and it comes premixed with the wax finish,

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which protects the paint against wear and tear -

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both big time-savers.

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Hmm...

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So, sometimes what I tend to do is just try to imagine the chair,

0:19:130:19:18

erm, finished, and seeing if that looks all right.

0:19:180:19:22

To me, now, that looks a little bit lopsided,

0:19:220:19:28

so I would need something else added in there

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or, I'm thinking, the pink doesn't work.

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It might end up just being two colours.

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Changing the design will take time,

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and that could have a knock-on effect to the cost.

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What I'm going to do

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is add the black, because at the moment, the pink and the blue

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are not working as well together,

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and it's probably because I can see a lot of the brown,

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so I need to have the black, really, on there.

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We could be witnessing creative genius at work...

0:20:090:20:13

..or a project spiralling out of time and over budget.

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Back in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Neil's finishing the unenviable task

0:20:250:20:30

of turning hessian rags into what Sarah's hoping will be riches.

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Sarah's about to arrive

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and see the transformation of these hessian sacks.

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They were a real challenge. The mess was incredible.

0:20:390:20:43

I've had a workshop full of hessian.

0:20:430:20:46

I became Hessian Man by the end of the day.

0:20:460:20:49

So they've been a challenge, definitely.

0:20:490:20:52

Now, this could be a little bit embarrassing,

0:20:530:20:55

because all of the sacks that I left Neil with were in terrible shape.

0:20:550:20:59

They had moths flying out of them.

0:20:590:21:01

If he's managed to make something saleable out of them,

0:21:010:21:03

I'll be really surprised.

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The sacks started off as smelly, dusty and moth-bitten,

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with little or no sacks appeal.

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They are now multifunctional trug-style bags,

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complete with a canvas base and handles,

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and curtain wiring round the tops

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to make them practical as well as stylish.

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-I can't wait to see them. Is it a "them"?

-There's plenty of them.

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-I think they're amazing!

-Good.

0:21:370:21:39

They look so clean and nice and fresh and...

0:21:390:21:43

-Fantastic!

-Good.

0:21:440:21:45

-There's loads of them. How many have you managed to make?

-Ten.

-Ten.

0:21:470:21:50

Oh, they're really impressive.

0:21:500:21:52

It's something that was going to be thrown away,

0:21:520:21:54

and it will just last another lifetime.

0:21:540:21:56

It's a massive achievement.

0:21:560:21:58

You've turned something that was, frankly, nearly useless,

0:21:580:22:02

short of keeping your tools in in a shed,

0:22:020:22:04

into something that's highly saleable and really attractive.

0:22:040:22:08

It took Neil long enough to make one trug.

0:22:080:22:11

How on Earth has he managed to knock up ten?

0:22:110:22:14

Once I got the production roll going,

0:22:140:22:16

then I was making strips of canvas all in one go, so it's fine, yeah.

0:22:160:22:20

They've come within budget.

0:22:200:22:22

They're bang on, they really are.

0:22:220:22:25

Sarah's delighted, and Neil's just glad

0:22:270:22:29

he doesn't have to don his cape and become Hessian Man any more.

0:22:290:22:33

Not sad to see these ones go. Quite happy to see the hessian sacks go.

0:22:330:22:37

I am so pleased with this lot.

0:22:380:22:41

They look absolutely fantastic and they've got bags of style.

0:22:410:22:44

Get it?

0:22:440:22:46

At the tip, Sarah spotted Keith

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and his large collection of hessian sacks.

0:22:520:22:55

I love these. It reminds me of the sack race when I was little.

0:22:550:22:58

With Keith's blessing, Sarah made off with a bin full of sacks.

0:22:580:23:03

If somebody can find a use for things like that,

0:23:030:23:06

which you don't see any more, it's brilliant.

0:23:060:23:08

And that somebody was bag-maker extraordinaire Neil,

0:23:080:23:12

who turned them into multipurpose marvels.

0:23:120:23:15

And, thanks to his handiwork,

0:23:150:23:17

they were bought by husband-and-wife team, Nick and Kim,

0:23:170:23:21

to sell in their online retro furnishing and lighting shop.

0:23:210:23:26

Beautiful.

0:23:260:23:27

-Functional.

-Mmm.

-Very functional.

0:23:290:23:31

With the bags rehomed,

0:23:310:23:33

it's time for Sarah to visit Keith at his home in Surrey.

0:23:330:23:37

-Hi, there.

-Hello.

-Hi, Keith, how you doing?

-Hi, not too bad.

0:23:410:23:44

-Very nice to see you again.

-Yes, and you.

0:23:440:23:47

I'm here to catch up about the hessian sacks

0:23:470:23:49

-that you were dropping off at the tip.

-Yeah.

0:23:490:23:51

I didn't get the pleasure of working on them myself,

0:23:510:23:53

but they went to a lovely chap called Neil,

0:23:530:23:55

-who uses lots of old materials to make new bags.

-Mm-hm.

0:23:550:23:59

He took them and we had a discussion together about what to do with them.

0:23:590:24:02

Well, let me show you. So, here you go.

0:24:020:24:05

-That might be the way you remember them.

-Right, OK, yeah.

0:24:050:24:09

-And this is how they ended up.

-Wow. They're good, aren't they?

0:24:090:24:13

Are they gardening bags or shopping bags or...?

0:24:130:24:17

They were whatever anybody wanted to be with them.

0:24:170:24:19

Lovely Neil made ten of them for us.

0:24:190:24:21

-After his money, we actually managed to sell them at a profit.

-Right, OK.

0:24:210:24:25

-So, we have £50 here to hand over.

-Oh.

-All for you.

-Oh, grand.

0:24:250:24:31

Oh, thank you. That's most unexpected.

0:24:310:24:34

Any ideas what you might do with it?

0:24:340:24:36

Yeah, several things

0:24:360:24:38

but I think it would be nice to take mother-in-law out for a bite to eat,

0:24:380:24:43

or a glass of wine or two glasses of wine, something like that.

0:24:430:24:47

Fantastic. Thank you very much for dropping them off

0:24:470:24:49

-and thank you for letting me have them.

-Thanks.

-Absolute pleasure.

0:24:490:24:52

-Thanks very much.

-Nice to see you.

-OK, thank you.

-Bye.

-OK, Bye.

0:24:520:24:55

I was really impressed with what Neil managed to do

0:24:570:24:59

with those old hessian sacks,

0:24:590:25:01

and I think Keith was quite impressed too.

0:25:010:25:03

And he's taking his mother-in-law out with the 50 quid.

0:25:030:25:06

There are Brownie points to be had there.

0:25:060:25:08

Neil stuck to his budget of £12 per bag,

0:25:080:25:12

and produced ten, at a total cost of £120.

0:25:120:25:16

The job lot of bags sold for £170,

0:25:160:25:19

giving Sarah £50 to hand back to Keith.

0:25:190:25:22

With the first item making a profit, Sarah's now in Altrincham,

0:25:320:25:36

just outside Manchester, to find another lucky so-and-so,

0:25:360:25:39

transform their junk, and produce a pay-out.

0:25:390:25:42

Diamond rings? £50 notes?

0:25:440:25:46

Wishful thinking, Sarah.

0:25:460:25:48

Perhaps mother and daughter,

0:25:480:25:49

Carol and Tamara, will be able to provide a hidden gem.

0:25:490:25:53

Where's all this stuff coming from, then?

0:25:530:25:55

I've had it donated off friends and a charity,

0:25:550:25:59

because I had a house fire, and I ended up with nothing.

0:25:590:26:02

Everybody has just been so great and donated everything.

0:26:020:26:06

How traumatic.

0:26:060:26:07

Furniture, curtains, bedding, the lot. Clothes for the kids.

0:26:070:26:10

-Everybody was safe, though?

-Everybody's safe.

0:26:100:26:13

Thank goodness for that.

0:26:130:26:16

People were so generous that Tamara has brought the surplus items

0:26:160:26:19

that were damaged or in bad condition.

0:26:190:26:22

-Plus, she needs the space.

-So how many kids have you got?

0:26:230:26:27

-I've got ten altogether. Six of them are at home.

-Ten?!

-Yeah.

0:26:270:26:30

How old's your oldest and how old's your youngest?

0:26:300:26:32

26, and the youngest is one.

0:26:320:26:33

Blimey! Well, with ten kids,

0:26:330:26:36

I bet a bit of extra pocket money could come in handy.

0:26:360:26:39

So, if Sarah can make a profit to give back to Tamara, all the better.

0:26:400:26:45

-That's fantastic.

-And this old chest of drawers might be just the thing.

0:26:450:26:51

-So what do you reckon, 1950s?

-I'd say so.

0:26:510:26:55

It's nice and chunky, isn't it?

0:26:560:26:58

Here, let's just pop it down there.

0:26:580:27:00

Brilliant, thank you.

0:27:000:27:01

Sarah definitely thinks that's a solid find.

0:27:010:27:05

I will keep in touch, show you what I've done,

0:27:050:27:07

and try my best to make you a bit of money. Really nice to meet you.

0:27:070:27:10

-And you.

-Good luck with getting your house together again.

-Thank you.

0:27:100:27:13

-Thank you very much.

-Brilliant. Thank you.

0:27:130:27:15

We'll need to find a home for this lot.

0:27:150:27:17

While Sarah figures out how to attach that mirror,

0:27:170:27:21

let's find out what Tamara thinks will become of her chest of drawers.

0:27:210:27:26

Probably decoupage, whatever it is.

0:27:260:27:30

Get it painted, or stripped back to how it originally was,

0:27:300:27:35

which would be nice.

0:27:350:27:37

So, that dresser's gone from derelict to decoupage

0:27:370:27:41

in a matter of moments.

0:27:410:27:43

It's well made, it's got great proportions, there is lots of money

0:27:430:27:47

to be made here, and I know just the person who's going to make it.

0:27:470:27:50

Daniel Heath has a passion for all things sustainable.

0:27:590:28:03

An award-winning wallpaper and textile designer,

0:28:030:28:06

Daniel loves adding an artistic flair to reclaimed materials,

0:28:060:28:10

creating made-to-order furniture, and contemporary design pieces.

0:28:100:28:15

I've always been interested in drawing.

0:28:150:28:18

I've always drawn things from a very young age. I used to watch

0:28:180:28:21

wildlife programmes and come away and draw the animals.

0:28:210:28:25

I guess I always wanted to be able to apply those drawings

0:28:250:28:29

to something, so the routes were graphic design or textiles,

0:28:290:28:34

and it's actually meant that I've been able to take my imagery

0:28:340:28:36

and put it on all sorts of different things,

0:28:360:28:38

and it's been really good fun doing that.

0:28:380:28:40

Let's just hope Daniel thinks he can have some more fun with that

0:28:400:28:43

chunky chest of drawers.

0:28:430:28:45

That peach princess, I think, really needs a masculine makeover,

0:28:450:28:50

so I'm hoping Daniel is the man for the job,

0:28:500:28:52

and that he'll help me carry it upstairs.

0:28:520:28:55

Daniel's just the lad if you've got something heavy.

0:28:560:28:59

-There you go.

-OK.

0:29:010:29:04

Great, OK, so mirror for up there.

0:29:040:29:07

Yeah. I have got the legs for it, I'm wondering

0:29:070:29:09

if maybe we should put them on to see what it looks like,

0:29:090:29:11

to give you an idea about the proportion of it.

0:29:110:29:14

Be nice to make it more contemporary.

0:29:140:29:17

Would you be keen to keep it just one colour?

0:29:170:29:19

I think maybe we keep it one colour.

0:29:190:29:21

We might do something tonal, on the door fronts.

0:29:210:29:24

Daniel might opt for a two-tone look on the dressing table,

0:29:250:29:30

but the girlie peach paint job definitely has to go,

0:29:300:29:33

and he's got another idea.

0:29:330:29:35

The mirror's great.

0:29:360:29:37

We can detach the mirror, and then what you'll get is a nice, really

0:29:370:29:41

really delicate illustration that we can work onto the back of this.

0:29:410:29:45

That sounds brilliant.

0:29:450:29:46

I had not thought that you would get detail onto that,

0:29:460:29:48

so that is a real bonus.

0:29:480:29:50

They've decided on a radical redesign,

0:29:510:29:54

but what's all that going to cost?

0:29:540:29:57

Well, I think there's a fair amount of work to do on it,

0:29:570:30:00

as we can see, so I think it's going to come in at around £400.

0:30:000:30:03

-I'm happy at that price.

-Great. Thanks very much.

0:30:030:30:06

-There's profit to be made, isn't there?

-There certainly is.

0:30:060:30:09

Brilliant. I can't wait to see it.

0:30:090:30:11

Daniel Heath is never one to disappoint, is he?

0:30:130:30:16

He's going to turn that feminine, pink, not-very-classy thing

0:30:160:30:21

into a dapper gentleman. I can't wait to see the results.

0:30:210:30:24

I know I'm going to make a profit.

0:30:240:30:26

Sarah's confident, but then, she doesn't have to do any of the work.

0:30:260:30:30

Sarah's brought me quite a challenging piece.

0:30:310:30:35

It looks like somebody's obviously had a go at trying to

0:30:350:30:38

make something of it, over several

0:30:380:30:43

paints of coat...

0:30:430:30:45

-TUTS

-"Paints of coat!"

0:30:450:30:47

You'll definitely have a lot of "paints of coat" to do

0:30:470:30:50

before that's presentable.

0:30:500:30:52

There we go.

0:30:530:30:55

Daniel has a budget of £400 for that transformation, but will

0:30:560:31:00

he really manage to turn peach and fuzzy into butch and beautiful?

0:31:000:31:05

In Wolverhampton, at Jay's workshop,

0:31:120:31:15

he's getting ready for Sarah's arrival,

0:31:150:31:18

for a thumbs-up or down to his renovation.

0:31:180:31:21

I'm really pleased I managed to save the Ercol-style chair,

0:31:260:31:29

because, after years of being well-used and well-loved,

0:31:290:31:31

it was being thrown away, reluctantly,

0:31:310:31:33

but I'm hoping that Jay and his fantastic style has recreated

0:31:330:31:37

something that would be welcomed back into anybody's home.

0:31:370:31:40

Has Jay succeeded in jazzing up the retro chair?

0:31:430:31:47

Jay's creative instincts have served him well.

0:31:540:31:57

He kept to his original concept.

0:31:570:31:59

The soft pastel shades give this chair a cosy feel,

0:32:010:32:05

but the sky-blue and pale-pink detailing pop and catch the eye.

0:32:050:32:10

Chalk paints have a rustic texture.

0:32:150:32:17

Jay has used this to give the chair the subtly distressed finish.

0:32:170:32:22

It feels vintage, in keeping with the original styling.

0:32:220:32:25

I think Jay's come up trumps again, but what about Sarah?

0:32:280:32:33

-Hello.

-How are you doing? Are you all right?

0:32:330:32:37

-You like it?

-It's neat.

0:32:370:32:39

I think that really looks really nice.

0:32:390:32:41

You got the chalk paint out.

0:32:410:32:43

Yeah. I'm not a brilliant chalk paint expert, I must admit.

0:32:430:32:48

There are people that can probably do a far better job than me,

0:32:480:32:50

but I love working with chalk paint cos there's no rubbing down.

0:32:500:32:53

It's just straightforward - slap it on and there you go.

0:32:530:32:56

You've got some candy colours in there,

0:32:560:32:58

and they're working really well with the grey.

0:32:580:33:00

-You like it, yeah?

-Yeah, I think you've done well.

-Thank you.

0:33:000:33:03

Jay's got the thumbs-up for the style,

0:33:030:33:06

but has he kept to the £45 budget they agreed?

0:33:060:33:09

A quick and easy job, erm, with chalk paint.

0:33:100:33:13

£45 - can't go wrong.

0:33:130:33:15

I think it looks quite cool, actually.

0:33:150:33:17

-I can't ask for more than that.

-No?

0:33:170:33:19

For 45 quid, that is... It's great.

0:33:190:33:22

You've picked all the good points,

0:33:220:33:24

and made them look so much better than they did,

0:33:240:33:26

and I can see that going into interiors magazines anywhere.

0:33:260:33:30

-Job done.

-Right. OK. Cool.

0:33:300:33:32

I'm happy, you're happy, and then,

0:33:320:33:33

hopefully, the person who it goes to, they'll be happy as well,

0:33:330:33:36

-so happy all around.

-Brilliant.

0:33:360:33:38

Well, let me take that away and, erm, try and get it sold

0:33:380:33:40

and I'll pass on the happiness when I find out who takes it.

0:33:400:33:43

-All right, no problem.

-Thanks again.

-You take care now.

0:33:430:33:45

For £45, it's a really cheap and quick and easy job to do.

0:33:470:33:51

It's a solid chair, as I said before,

0:33:510:33:53

and it's going to last the test of time, really.

0:33:530:33:55

It's... It's a good, strong chair.

0:33:550:33:57

Well, Jay has managed to pump a bit of cool into our one single chair.

0:33:590:34:03

He's really lifted it with those lovely pastel colours,

0:34:030:34:06

and I'm hoping to squeeze a little bit of profit out of it too.

0:34:060:34:10

Sarah first came across the chair just as owner Don was about to

0:34:150:34:19

sling it in the skip...

0:34:190:34:21

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

-Yeah.

-It's got a good look.

0:34:210:34:24

I do feel guilty about throwing this away.

0:34:240:34:27

..so he was happy Sarah saved it.

0:34:270:34:29

With its colourful redesign, it was sold to Nick,

0:34:330:34:37

who also bought those hessian bags.

0:34:370:34:39

It's time to bring Don up to date with his chair's upcycling odyssey.

0:34:410:34:47

-Hello again, Don.

-Hello. Hello, Sarah.

-How are you doing?

0:34:470:34:50

Very well, thank you. Yeah.

0:34:500:34:52

I said, when we last met, that if I could do something

0:34:520:34:55

-with your lovely old chair, I would be back in touch.

-Yeah.

0:34:550:34:58

And, although it was maybe a little, erm,

0:34:580:35:01

-old-fashioned looking, it was...

-It was dated, yeah.

-Dated?

0:35:010:35:04

Yeah, probably dated, but do you know something?

0:35:040:35:06

Dated is now called retro, retro is vintage,

0:35:060:35:08

-and vintage sells, so...

-Oh, right. Right.

0:35:080:35:10

It went off to Wolverhampton, to a fantastic guy called Jay Blades.

0:35:100:35:14

-Right.

-Now, I'll be keen to know what you think about it,

0:35:140:35:17

-so I've got some pictures.

-Oh, right, yes.

0:35:170:35:19

Here is your chair.

0:35:190:35:21

-Oh, yeah.

-So, what he's done to it...

0:35:210:35:24

-Right, right. Wow.

-Now, he has painted it,

0:35:240:35:28

and he's added some colour.

0:35:280:35:29

Oh, right.

0:35:290:35:31

-Do you approve?

-Quite different, quite different, yeah.

0:35:310:35:34

Transformed it, hasn't it?

0:35:340:35:35

-Yeah, it has given it a new lease of life and...

-Really, yeah.

0:35:350:35:38

-Oh, yeah. Yeah.

-Yes, he worked on it beautifully,

0:35:380:35:40

and the colours make it actually quite commercial.

0:35:400:35:43

-Right. Yeah.

-So, I have got some profit to hand over to you.

0:35:430:35:46

-I have got...

-Really?

0:35:460:35:48

-..£25 here.

-Oh!

0:35:480:35:50

-The profit from your old chair.

-Oh!

0:35:500:35:53

-That's for you to keep, to do whatever you like.

-Well...

0:35:530:35:56

Thanks very much indeed.

0:35:560:35:57

What will you do with that? Any ideas?

0:35:570:35:59

-A worthwhile charity, I think. Yeah.

-Oh, well, that's a lovely idea,

0:35:590:36:02

-and thank you so much for letting us have your chair.

-Yeah.

0:36:020:36:05

It was a sweet little thing,

0:36:050:36:06

-and I'm glad it made a little bit of profit.

-Yeah.

0:36:060:36:08

Hopefully, people will be inspired to pick up a paintbrush

0:36:080:36:10

-and do something with their own chairs.

-OK.

-OK?

0:36:100:36:13

-And it was lovely to catch up with you.

-Yeah, brilliant.

0:36:130:36:15

-It's been a pleasure.

-Take care.

-Been a pleasure.

-Bye-bye.

-Thank you.

0:36:150:36:18

Well, that was a lovely chair, a lovely result,

0:36:200:36:23

and a lovely £25 going to good causes.

0:36:230:36:26

Jay charged £45 for the makeover.

0:36:280:36:31

Sarah sold it for 70, making a profit of £25.

0:36:310:36:36

That's two out of two making money. We're on a roll!

0:36:460:36:50

The next thing Sarah picks out, she'll work on herself,

0:36:500:36:53

and it looks like there's something she can settle on

0:36:530:36:56

in Barbara and John's estate.

0:36:560:36:59

That looks quite cool.

0:36:590:37:00

They don't make them like that any more, do they?

0:37:000:37:02

Look at that! What's the story behind this one?

0:37:020:37:05

It was one of two sun loungers, camp beds,

0:37:050:37:08

that my parents had at a holiday home they had down in Devon.

0:37:080:37:12

Is it just me or does it look sort of quite cool?

0:37:120:37:15

Well, I suppose...

0:37:150:37:17

Perhaps somebody younger than me might think that it was cool!

0:37:170:37:21

I think I've probably seen too much of it in my time.

0:37:210:37:24

It might be something that could have another lease of life,

0:37:240:37:26

and it would be great to take it away

0:37:260:37:28

-and see if there's one last gasp for the lounger.

-By all means.

0:37:280:37:32

-That would be lovely, thank you.

-Yeah.

0:37:320:37:33

It'd be nice if it had some other use again.

0:37:330:37:36

Either Sarah's expecting some sun,

0:37:360:37:38

or she's got a clever idea up her sleeve.

0:37:380:37:42

What do Barbara and John think that might be?

0:37:420:37:44

Not much you can do with the chair, except lounge in it.

0:37:440:37:46

I hope she finds somewhere nice in the sun.

0:37:460:37:48

But it's a very nifty piece of kit, isn't it?

0:37:480:37:50

-I think she'll have a great time on it.

-Mm.

0:37:500:37:53

Relaxing away!

0:37:530:37:54

You're probably wondering what I want to do with the retro camp bed,

0:37:560:37:59

but it's got style, it's got class!

0:37:590:38:02

You can't let things like that go in the tip.

0:38:020:38:04

And I think, with a bit of funking up,

0:38:040:38:06

that thing is going to make some money.

0:38:060:38:08

With that fourth item secured, Sarah's time at the tip is over.

0:38:080:38:14

I might be here some time. You might want to go away.

0:38:140:38:16

Back in his studio in Walthamstow, East London,

0:38:280:38:31

Daniel's turning his attention to the dressing table.

0:38:310:38:34

One of the first jobs is to remove that thick layer of gloss paint,

0:38:340:38:39

but that's going to be a tough job.

0:38:390:38:41

So, I'm going to strip down the paint, and I think I'm going

0:38:410:38:45

to see what the condition is of the piece underneath.

0:38:450:38:48

I'm still a bit concerned about how we're going to get the paint off

0:38:480:38:51

without messing up the top surface.

0:38:510:38:54

I'm hoping that putting a bit of heat on the paint surface

0:38:580:39:04

will just bubble it up, so then we can scrape it off, because...

0:39:040:39:10

-Oh!

-Whoops. Don't drop your drawers, Daniel.

0:39:100:39:13

This heat gun will help to strip the thick paint from the wood beneath.

0:39:170:39:21

So it's bubbling up, I'm hoping that that'll mean...

0:39:230:39:27

Yeah. Lovely under there.

0:39:310:39:33

It's actually really nice. I think it's teak.

0:39:370:39:42

I wonder if that'll change my ideas for what I do with it,

0:39:420:39:45

in terms of painting the drawers.

0:39:450:39:47

With this discovery, Daniel might ditch the plan to paint them,

0:39:510:39:54

and instead expose the natural wood.

0:39:540:39:57

That's going to mean a lot of painstaking prep work,

0:39:570:40:01

but that doesn't daunt a perfectionist like our Dan.

0:40:010:40:05

This piece of furniture was made nearly 60 years ago,

0:40:080:40:11

but you sand it back and actually, it's still great underneath.

0:40:110:40:15

It was built to last. I'm going to carry on scraping.

0:40:150:40:21

You do that, Daniel. It's going to take you a while.

0:40:210:40:24

Back home in Sussex, I bet poor Sarah's hard at work

0:40:300:40:34

turning the old sun lounger into a money-maker.

0:40:340:40:37

Oh, or maybe not.

0:40:390:40:41

Absolutely nothing wrong with this. Just like this - perfect.

0:40:410:40:46

But it's not going to make much money.

0:40:460:40:48

The sun worship will have to wait.

0:40:500:40:52

Time to get the lounger into the workshop.

0:40:520:40:54

I loved this lounger the first moment I saw it.

0:40:580:41:02

I don't know why, I suppose it's cos it's retro,

0:41:020:41:05

and I can tell it's really well made.

0:41:050:41:08

It's got a fantastic ratchet system on here,

0:41:080:41:10

which means the ends go up and down and stay in place,

0:41:100:41:13

so it's designed to be really comfortable.

0:41:130:41:15

There's a blow-up pillow under here.

0:41:150:41:18

And that's done well to survive in such good nick for...

0:41:180:41:21

Well, it must be...

0:41:210:41:23

I'd say nearly 50 years old.

0:41:230:41:25

Some things actually improve with age, I think you'll find, Sarah.

0:41:250:41:29

Take me, for example.

0:41:290:41:31

The only thing about it is, at the moment, it's really looking tired.

0:41:320:41:36

Actually, I haven't been sleeping well lately.

0:41:360:41:38

There's a bit of rust on the legs...

0:41:380:41:40

I'm not opposed to a rub-down.

0:41:400:41:42

..and there's some marks on the canvas.

0:41:420:41:44

Well, you can't make an omelette without cracking a few eggs.

0:41:440:41:47

So, I'm thinking, a little bit of an update,

0:41:470:41:49

and I might be able to make a few quid on it.

0:41:490:41:51

Oh, there's definitely life in the old dog yet.

0:41:510:41:55

But back to the sun lounger.

0:41:550:41:57

The cover's in good nick, so Sarah's going to use it in the final piece.

0:41:570:42:00

It just means removing and washing.

0:42:000:42:03

But what exactly is the master plan for this project?

0:42:030:42:07

So, I'm thinking, if I can reposition this

0:42:080:42:11

from sun lounger into daybed, or make it into something

0:42:110:42:14

that people want to have in their conservatory

0:42:140:42:16

or even as a spare bed in their bedroom,

0:42:160:42:19

then I might stand a chance of making some money out of it.

0:42:190:42:23

So it needs some careful thinking,

0:42:240:42:27

but I'm going to get this washed and at least know that I've got that

0:42:270:42:30

to work with if it comes up in good condition.

0:42:300:42:32

So, it's a makeover that promises quite the transformation.

0:42:330:42:37

As the canvas is edged with plastic,

0:42:420:42:44

Sarah's cleaning it by hand using a mild washing powder in warm water.

0:42:440:42:49

One more rinse.

0:42:510:42:52

Then it's just a matter of hanging it out to dry.

0:42:540:42:58

Actually, that's happened to me a couple of times too.

0:42:580:43:01

Hmm, who knew I had so much in common with a sun lounger?

0:43:010:43:04

Time to sort those legs.

0:43:060:43:08

Spray time! I'm doing it out here because if I get mess everywhere,

0:43:080:43:13

next week, it's going to be mown off

0:43:130:43:15

and it'll be completely gone by then.

0:43:150:43:17

I'm going to have it upside down.

0:43:170:43:19

Hm!

0:43:190:43:20

Maybe it's a table.

0:43:200:43:22

Must stay focused.

0:43:240:43:25

Oh, yes!

0:43:310:43:32

It's definitely called "shocking yellow" for a reason.

0:43:330:43:36

OK, the similarities between me and the lounger end right here.

0:43:380:43:42

I wouldn't be seen dead in that.

0:43:420:43:44

I hope you know what you're doing, Sarah.

0:43:440:43:47

Hold back.

0:43:470:43:48

When you're spray-painting, it dries so quickly. It's better just to do

0:43:480:43:52

very fine layers, and then you don't get all these dribbling marks on it.

0:43:520:43:56

And you want to go past the object every time,

0:43:560:43:58

and then you don't get over spray,

0:43:580:44:00

which is this kind of film of little bits on the surface.

0:44:000:44:03

So, it dries very quickly, do it quickly, move on,

0:44:030:44:06

come back and give it another layer.

0:44:060:44:08

The legs may need a couple of coats,

0:44:080:44:10

but there won't be any need to lacquer it,

0:44:100:44:13

as the spray paint should prevent any further rust.

0:44:130:44:16

But, of course, yellow legs and a clean canvas isn't enough for Sarah.

0:44:160:44:20

Well, I've managed to get the first coat onto the frame,

0:44:230:44:25

and that looks great, and the cover has washed up really well, so now

0:44:250:44:28

I want to add some 1950s-inspired floral design to the cover,

0:44:280:44:33

and I'm hoping that my potatoes are going to help me out.

0:44:330:44:36

No, I'm not going mad - these work really well as an instant printer.

0:44:360:44:41

They carve really well, and they're slightly porous,

0:44:410:44:44

so that when you pick up the paint on it,

0:44:440:44:46

you get enough to do a few good prints before you have to dip again.

0:44:460:44:49

If you've never used them, you need to try.

0:44:490:44:52

A potato stamp - now there's a thrifty thought.

0:44:520:44:56

First, Sarah needs to carve her design into the cut spud.

0:44:560:45:00

You can draw an outline with a pencil,

0:45:000:45:03

or freestyle it as Sarah's doing.

0:45:030:45:05

Well, I'm happy with that. Time to give it a quick test.

0:45:050:45:10

Sarah's using some left-over emulsion paint.

0:45:100:45:13

It may fade once it's washed,

0:45:130:45:15

but it all adds to the overall rustic charm.

0:45:150:45:18

Definitely worth practising.

0:45:180:45:21

Once you get stuck in on the real thing, there's no going back.

0:45:210:45:25

I think that sample looks really cool.

0:45:290:45:32

I'm a bit scared about doing it on the real thing.

0:45:320:45:35

Don't worry, Sarah -

0:45:350:45:36

if you mess it up, there's only your reputation on the line.

0:45:360:45:41

Ooh, the pressure!

0:45:410:45:42

She's hoping to keep costs to a minimum

0:45:460:45:49

and profits to the max with this one,

0:45:490:45:51

but with such a bespoke look, will she find a prospective buyer?

0:45:510:45:55

In Walthamstow, Daniel's still hard at work on the dressing table.

0:46:000:46:04

Today, he's helped by his assistant, Laura, and it's a good job,

0:46:040:46:08

because it's intricate work.

0:46:080:46:10

The primer from the previous paint job is still in there.

0:46:110:46:14

-Just getting the last remnants out with little scalpels.

-Scalpels?

0:46:140:46:19

-This is less like woodwork and more like surgery.

-Got to get it all.

0:46:190:46:24

But I think it will be worth it,

0:46:240:46:26

I think it's going to have a good result.

0:46:260:46:29

Once every last atom of old paint has been removed,

0:46:310:46:34

Daniel's planning to paint the exterior of the unit,

0:46:340:46:37

and oil the front of the drawers to showcase the natural wood grain.

0:46:370:46:42

We'll have a nice contrast between the kind of warm, orangey wood

0:46:440:46:49

and the cool, dark blue that we're going to use on the outer casings.

0:46:490:46:55

But before all that, a base coat.

0:46:560:46:58

He's even going to line the drawers with wallpaper of his own design.

0:47:000:47:04

This should be enough, unless I'm not doing my calculations right.

0:47:050:47:12

Daniel's going all out to create a unique and sophisticated

0:47:130:47:17

new item for Sarah, but this is all taking a lot of time.

0:47:170:47:22

Is he really going to be able to deliver on budget?

0:47:220:47:25

Back in Sussex,

0:47:330:47:35

Sarah's putting the final touches to the retro sun lounger.

0:47:350:47:38

Oh, fancy!

0:47:420:47:43

When Sarah rescued it from certain death at the tip,

0:47:480:47:51

it was a tad tired, but still functional.

0:47:510:47:54

Now, the sun lounger screams of 1950s glamour.

0:47:570:48:02

Sarah has embellished the canvas with potato-print leaves

0:48:040:48:07

and hand-cut fabric flowers.

0:48:070:48:10

She's re-covered the head support pocket

0:48:160:48:18

with matching floral material,

0:48:180:48:21

and the vibrant yellow legs set the whole thing off a treat.

0:48:210:48:26

CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS

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CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS

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All we need now is a pool and a cocktail,

0:48:310:48:33

and I could be made for the day.

0:48:330:48:35

But that won't sell it, will it?

0:48:350:48:38

CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS

0:48:380:48:39

Sarah first discovered the sun lounger

0:48:420:48:44

in the back of Barbara and John's car.

0:48:440:48:47

It was one of two sun loungers, camp beds, that my parents had

0:48:470:48:53

at a holiday home they had down in Devon.

0:48:530:48:55

Perhaps somebody younger than me might think that it was cool!

0:48:560:49:00

I think I've probably seen too much of it in my time.

0:49:000:49:03

Well, I'd be willing to bet John would struggle to recognise

0:49:030:49:06

his old sun lounger now.

0:49:060:49:09

It did make it to the seaside -

0:49:090:49:11

it was sold to the Shed Boutique in Ramsgate,

0:49:110:49:14

where Lucy was very pleased with the new addition to her stock.

0:49:140:49:18

We are a seaside shop,

0:49:180:49:19

and this sort of mix of retro and arts and crafts really go together

0:49:190:49:23

nicely for us, and suit what we sell in the shop.

0:49:230:49:25

Sarah has returned to show Barbara and John

0:49:250:49:28

what became of their old sun lounger,

0:49:280:49:31

but will she be handing over any profit?

0:49:310:49:33

-Hi, Barbara, hello.

-Hello, Sarah.

0:49:350:49:37

How do you do? Hello, John, lovely to see you again.

0:49:370:49:39

-Hello.

-Now, it was down in Witley where I first saw your sun lounger.

0:49:390:49:43

In fact, it wasn't yours, was it? Was it your parents'?

0:49:430:49:46

My parents, yes, and in fact I can remember it since my childhood.

0:49:460:49:49

It's one of those things.

0:49:490:49:50

It was one of two that's been around for a long time.

0:49:500:49:53

Well, it had a certain look,

0:49:530:49:54

and it was that thing that first drew me to it.

0:49:540:49:57

But did you wonder why I took it away?

0:49:570:50:00

Well, certainly, because I've always found it incredibly uncomfortable!

0:50:000:50:03

Well, for ten minutes in the sun,

0:50:030:50:04

I'm sure it would be lovely to lie on.

0:50:040:50:07

I've actually got some pictures to show you.

0:50:070:50:09

So here is your sun lounger after a makeover.

0:50:090:50:11

-Ohh!

-Oh, my God!

0:50:110:50:14

-It's beautiful, actually.

-My mother would have loved that,

0:50:140:50:17

because she was a great one for making all sorts of

0:50:170:50:19

weird artworks and things, and I think she would particularly have

0:50:190:50:22

appreciated what you've done with that, from an unpromising start.

0:50:220:50:26

I really enjoyed working on it. It was a sweet thing,

0:50:260:50:29

and it turns out that other people liked the look of it

0:50:290:50:31

and I've actually managed to sell it at a profit.

0:50:310:50:33

So I have some money to share with you here.

0:50:330:50:36

I've got £33 here that I've managed to...

0:50:360:50:40

-Blimey!

-..garner as a profit for you, so there you go,

0:50:400:50:43

there is a small windfall from the sun lounger.

0:50:430:50:46

That is probably about ten times what it cost originally!

0:50:460:50:50

-Thank you very much.

-What might you do with that?

0:50:510:50:54

I think I'd like to spend it on the garden, actually.

0:50:540:50:56

I think that would be appropriate, wouldn't it?

0:50:560:50:58

She really would have appreciated that,

0:50:580:51:00

-being a great gardener as well.

-I think she'd have been amazed.

0:51:000:51:02

She would, she'd have been absolutely gobsmacked.

0:51:020:51:04

Well, it was a really...

0:51:040:51:06

I loved working on it, it was a bit of fun, I've made a bit of money,

0:51:060:51:09

and if you're going to buy something for the garden, I'm really pleased,

0:51:090:51:12

cos I think that puts it very nicely back where it came from, doesn't it?

0:51:120:51:15

-Yeah, yeah.

-Lovely, thank you so much.

0:51:150:51:18

-Thank you.

-I look forward to seeing you and your excellent rubbish

0:51:180:51:21

at the tip sometime soon.

0:51:210:51:23

-Thanks ever so much, bye-bye.

-OK, bye.

-Bye.

0:51:230:51:25

The old lounger cost Sarah £12 to transform.

0:51:300:51:34

She was able to sell it for 45,

0:51:340:51:36

which meant there was a profit of £33 to return to Barbara and John.

0:51:360:51:41

Well, the sun lounger might have been a bit of a laid-back project,

0:51:430:51:46

but I loved working on it,

0:51:460:51:48

and I'm pleased that £33 is going to buy something lovely

0:51:480:51:51

for John and Barbara's garden.

0:51:510:51:53

In Walthamstow, Daniel Heath's putting a final shine

0:51:590:52:02

on the 1950s dressing table with mirror.

0:52:020:52:06

Well, I'm back in East London to see if Daniel Heath has managed

0:52:060:52:09

to change the drab dressing table into something beautiful.

0:52:090:52:12

It was right up his street, so I really hope he's nailed it.

0:52:120:52:16

When Sarah picked it up, this was a vision in peach,

0:52:170:52:21

girlie, and stuck in its dated paint job.

0:52:210:52:24

Now, it's a slick and stylish cobalt blue beauty.

0:52:310:52:36

All of the hard work revealing the original wood grain

0:52:370:52:40

on the drawers has paid off splendidly,

0:52:400:52:44

and Daniel's aviary of etchings are an elegant and airy touch.

0:52:440:52:48

But will Sarah be drawn to it?

0:52:520:52:54

I'm looking forward to showing Sarah what we've done with it.

0:52:540:52:57

It was a lovely shape to work with, a nice piece to work on,

0:52:570:53:01

-especially considering how it came in.

-You said it, Daniel.

0:53:010:53:06

-Daniel. Hiya.

-Hello, Sarah, how you doing.

0:53:060:53:09

I'm really well. Is that really it?

0:53:090:53:12

That's it, yes, that's what was underneath all that pink.

0:53:120:53:16

-The wood's beautiful.

-The grain is quite lovely.

0:53:160:53:19

And that mirror, it's lovely. These are just charming, aren't they?

0:53:190:53:23

-Thank you.

-Beautiful etchings on there.

0:53:230:53:25

Tucked away, there's even more.

0:53:280:53:30

Oh, what a surprise!

0:53:300:53:32

We've lined the drawers,

0:53:320:53:33

because we wanted to bring some more pattern into the piece as well.

0:53:330:53:38

That's a really lovely touch. I think that's beautiful,

0:53:380:53:41

to get that extra bit, and that colour way, inspired... Oh, wow!

0:53:410:53:46

Wallpaper of Daniel's own design in the drawers

0:53:460:53:49

makes another personal touch.

0:53:490:53:52

I really can't believe how stylish it looks.

0:53:520:53:55

-It's a smart piece.

-It's packed in there, isn't it?

0:53:550:53:59

I think it's safe to say that

0:53:590:54:01

Daniel's got one satisfied customer in Sarah.

0:54:010:54:04

She might even sell it, if she can stop enthusing long enough.

0:54:040:54:10

I think you've created something that's hugely saleable,

0:54:100:54:13

and it's just, "How high do we sell it for?", because it's beautiful.

0:54:130:54:16

Yeah, I couldn't believe what it was hiding, basically,

0:54:160:54:20

underneath the thick pink gloss.

0:54:200:54:23

When Sarah first spotted them, mother and daughter,

0:54:280:54:31

Carol and Tamara, were clearing out surplus items

0:54:310:54:34

after disaster struck at home.

0:54:340:54:36

Because I had a house fire, and I ended up with nothing,

0:54:360:54:39

and everybody has been so great and, like, donated everything.

0:54:390:54:44

-Tamara's is a busy household.

-So how many kids have you got?

0:54:440:54:48

-I've got ten altogether.

-Ten?!

0:54:480:54:50

How old's your oldest and how old's your youngest?

0:54:500:54:52

26, and the youngest is one.

0:54:520:54:55

Sarah was happy to help her free up some space

0:54:550:54:58

by taking the dressing table...

0:54:580:55:00

..which has since been reborn as a beautiful blue bit

0:55:020:55:06

of bedroom furniture.

0:55:060:55:08

And it wasn't long before the dressing table found a new home.

0:55:080:55:12

A keen customer spotted a shot of it

0:55:130:55:16

proudly displayed on Daniel Heath's instagram account.

0:55:160:55:21

Now, it's off to be delivered to its new owner,

0:55:230:55:28

and Sarah's returned to Greater Manchester to update

0:55:280:55:31

Tamara and mum Carol on what became of their dump-destined item.

0:55:310:55:37

-Hello.

-Hi, Sarah.

-How are you?

-I'm all right, thank you.

0:55:370:55:41

-Hello, Tamara. Oh, Carol, hi there, how are you?

-This is my mum.

0:55:410:55:44

-I remember meeting you.

-Yes.

0:55:440:55:45

You were looking like you had been very busy when I last saw you.

0:55:450:55:51

Yes, decorating and clearing.

0:55:510:55:53

The dressing table - it wasn't a very modern-looking thing.

0:55:530:55:56

-It hadn't been well decorated, had it?

-No, no.

-It wasn't you, was it?

0:55:560:55:59

No, it wasn't me, it was already like that.

0:55:590:56:02

Did you have any idea what we might do with it?

0:56:020:56:04

-Probably repainted it, maybe...

-Change the handles.

-Yes.

0:56:040:56:09

A bit of an update.

0:56:090:56:11

I took it along to a guy called Daniel Heath,

0:56:110:56:13

and he specialises in surface pattern design.

0:56:130:56:16

So, do you want to see what he did with it?

0:56:160:56:18

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:56:180:56:20

Here is your dressing table.

0:56:200:56:22

So he stripped it back...

0:56:220:56:25

-Oh, it's lovely.

-..and he repainted it and finished it.

0:56:250:56:27

-Look at the mirror.

-And engraved the mirror.

-That's gorgeous.

0:56:270:56:30

-That's lovely.

-So, I did manage to sell your dressing table.

0:56:300:56:34

I've actually got some money here -

0:56:340:56:36

-I've got £350.

-No! Shut up! Wow.

0:56:360:56:43

-Wow, Sarah.

-All yours.

-Thank you.

-It's an absolute pleasure.

0:56:430:56:50

I didn't really expect that, honestly. It's brilliant.

0:56:500:56:53

And what will you do with it? Any ideas?

0:56:530:56:55

I'm going to buy a new TV with it,

0:56:550:56:57

I had one donated and I was very grateful.

0:56:570:57:00

The sound went on it this morning, so I'm going to replace the telly.

0:57:000:57:03

-Excellent, well, really great to catch up.

-Thank you, Sarah.

0:57:030:57:06

-Nice to see you, Carol, as well. Bye-bye.

-Bye!

-Thank you!

0:57:060:57:10

I am so pleased that this particular project has turned out well,

0:57:120:57:15

because Tamara and her family have been through lots recently,

0:57:150:57:18

and I think that money is going to come in handy.

0:57:180:57:21

Daniel's materials and labour on the dressing table came in on budget,

0:57:230:57:27

at £400. It then sold for a splendid £750,

0:57:270:57:33

leaving Sarah with £350 to hand over to Tamara.

0:57:330:57:38

Sarah has rescued four items from a life of grime.

0:57:440:57:47

The smelly old hessian sacks are now stylish garden trugs.

0:57:510:57:56

The bit of brown furniture became black, and blue, and pink.

0:57:560:58:00

Sarah stamped her mark on the sun lounger,

0:58:010:58:05

and one peachy dressing table was dragged in to the modern day.

0:58:050:58:09

Well, what a fantastic result.

0:58:120:58:14

Who'd have thought so many amazing things could be made

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from just a trip to the tip?

0:58:160:58:18

Sarah salvages a dressing table, designer chair, sun lounger and some smelly old hessian sacks from the tips, but can she and her band of artisans successfully transform the tip-bound trash into top-end products?


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