Episode 17 Money for Nothing


Episode 17

Junk makeover show. Award-winning designer Daniel Heath and upcycler extraordinaire Guy Trench help Sarah Moore transform some tip finds into fantastic desirable objects.


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Oh, I like the look of your rubbish.

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How do you make money for nothing?

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I love a little rummage.

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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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I think that I might be able to make something out of that.

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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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That's wartime.

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

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and I've turned that passion into a moneymaking 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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-That was brave.

-Oh, the potential!

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No!

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

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Work of art.

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..valuable...

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THEY CHUCKLE

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Holy Moley!

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If Sarah is successful,

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

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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Thank you. I'm astonished!

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Today, we're at the recycling centre in Altrincham, Greater Manchester,

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and lumber lover Sarah's here to stop some waste getting wasted.

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Looking around here, you might see lame chairs,

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battered bureaus and broken sofas, but I see nothing but potential.

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I'm here to rescue, resuscitate and revive tired things

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and make some money for nothing along the way.

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Unfortunately, we can't all haunt our local recycling centres.

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Sarah's got special permission for her mission.

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What else have you got in there, then? Shall I have a quick rummage?

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Sarah's mining for three rough nuggets which she will transform

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into diamonds.

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Sarah, in the tip, with the lead pipe.

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I have no clue, though, what she intends to do with that.

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It looks like there's something with more potential

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in Charlotte's boot.

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Oh, don't throw those away.

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-Are they going in?

-Yeah.

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Fancy them?

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-Have you got two of them?

-Yeah.

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Let's have a look, I'd love to.

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So, um, just had enough of them?

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-Not comfortable, or...?

-No, never owned them.

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They were in the house we've just bought.

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-Don't fit with us.

-Just left there and...?

-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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We've got enough chairs already, so, yeah.

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Sadly, they've hit the tip.

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-When did you move in?

-A couple of weeks ago.

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-Is it going all right?

-Yeah, hard work.

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-Well, you know, makes you love it even more if you have to do something to it.

-Exactly.

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I'd quite like to go and try and do something with these.

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-Yeah, you're very welcome.

-Excellent.

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I think they're quite interesting.

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-You can have them.

-I think they'll only ever be a pair of chairs but,

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hopefully, we can make them into something that you really want to own.

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It's really nice not to have to chuck it in the bin.

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Hopefully, I'll be in touch with some progress on them.

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-Yeah, absolutely. Make us jealous.

-Thanks very much.

-All right, bye.

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Sarah looks pleased with these finds,

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but what does Charlotte think she'll do with them?

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I don't know, but I'll be excited to see.

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It'll be interesting and I hope she makes us upset that we've thrown them away.

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From the look of these rickety old things, she might struggle.

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What's the plan, Sarah?

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The bad news is they're brown.

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They're looking a bit boring,

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especially with this maroon flock material on them.

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But the good news is, a pair always sells well.

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They've got some detail in here that I think could be picked out and made

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marvellous and that will really help.

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Sarah knows exactly the right person to transform those chairs.

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Award-winning textile and wallpaper designer Daniel Heath is a

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sustainability guru who relishes the chance to give reclaimed material

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a new lease of life.

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He adds his sought-after signature-style

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to create one-off furniture and contemporary design pieces.

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I love what I do because of the challenges 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 and wants me to

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produce something unique for them.

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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 says he is a fan of reclaimed rubbish,

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but he might be put off by the state of those chairs.

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That's item one done, but Sarah's not taking it sitting down.

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She still has two items to uncover and the sky's the limit.

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I'll take anything. This way.

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Nice try, Sarah.

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Luckily, she's hovering over a heady haul in Robert's boot.

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-What are you chucking out?

-All sorts, a clearance from a seller.

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It's nice, look at that.

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There you go.

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We could really use that. Have you ever used it, or not?

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No. Just slightly too large.

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No, I think that has potential. This could be a good haul. Keep going.

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-Do you mind me looking in your boot?

-Carry on.

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That could be a slippery slope.

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I think that needs to go back into the metal.

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Quite right, Sarah.

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That's one vice you really don't need.

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But hang on, it looks like there's a more acceptable vice in there, too.

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Just... That's really nice.

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-Would you like it?

-I might.

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Be careful. Worn-out old vices are well-known for falling apart on

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people's toes.

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It's really heavy. I have to be able to do something with that.

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Ouch!

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So, is this yours?

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Have you ever used it, or...?

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I think it was a friend of my son's and there's a bigger one.

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There's a massive one, as well, that I've kept.

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-It is spare.

-I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this but I'd really

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like to see if I can make anything out of it.

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Would you mind if I took your vice?

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Yeah, I've got another one if you want to make earrings.

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If I do manage to make anything, can I show you what I've done?

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-Yeah, definitely.

-Excellent.

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OK, well, I'll keep in touch

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and I'm going to take that and ponder on what to do with it.

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-I must be able to do something decorative with it. Thank you ever so much.

-You're very welcome.

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-Have a good day.

-And you.

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Well, Sarah will need an iron will to make something saleable

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out of that thing.

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What would Robert do with it, apart from earrings, of course?

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Use it as a vice, I would imagine. I think it'd be too heavy for...

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A paperweight, doorstop, all sorts of things.

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But, er, I wouldn't recommend it as jewellery.

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Why have I just taken that?

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I know why, it's old, it's solid,

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it's got lovely writing on the side of it and it moves around.

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I know who likes working with this kind of industrial material

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and there's money to be made here.

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There is nothing that can't be turned into a lamp

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and Guy Trench is here to prove it.

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Retired North Sea diver Guy is the mastermind behind his band

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of creative craftsmen who can make unique and quirky furnishings

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from the flotsam and jetsam of yesteryear.

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I think the disposable culture we live in today is appalling, really,

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what we throw away but it's not made to last.

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In the old days, they made things to last and that's why I like

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doing what I do. It's keeping those things alive.

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So, for example, the old cameras.

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Why have them in the cupboard?

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They are something that ought to be brought out. If we can turn them

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into a lamp, then we'll keep it. You could say to your grandchildren,

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"That's what your great grandpa used to use, that thing."

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And it's something they can relate to.

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So it's lovely preserving a bit of history.

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Isn't that rewarding? Fantastic.

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Let's hope Guy finds that rusty old vice every bit as gripping

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as his other projects.

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That's two items filed under "found".

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Sarah will take on the third and final item herself,

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if she can find something.

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-What are you chucking out?

-Cardboard.

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Oh, that's no good.

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She's being unusually choosy.

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-Are you coming back with any furniture later, then?

-No.

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No time for small talk.

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No furniture?

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If it's furniture you're after, Sarah,

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take a look in Adrian's boot.

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It's got a lovely pair of legs on it, hasn't it?

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More than a pair.

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-Two pairs.

-Two pairs of legs.

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I see you've got a sweet little piano stool

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and something of a dressing table.

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It's been up in the loft for a long time.

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And it's really just clearing it out.

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We have grandchildren and they like to play up there.

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This makes a little bit of room for them.

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You're throwing stuff out of a certain era here

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that is appealing to people today. Lots of people like...

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It's a vintage look, I have to say.

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-OK.

-Vintage is now over 25 years old, so...

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What should I be doing with it, then, do you think?

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Bringing it here and letting me have a look at it.

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Ray Miller, Liverpool.

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So it's not far from home, is it?

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They say brown furniture's making a massive comeback.

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Oh.

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And it's no surprise.

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Furniture from this era is often beautifully made

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with bags of character

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and it will last much longer than the average pine flatpack nonsense.

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Sarah's sure that she can turn space saving

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into real savings for Adrian.

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I hope that she can use them and maybe sell them.

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That's fine by me.

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It would be nice for them to have a good home.

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These are a sweet little pair of vintage items.

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The table, nice legs on it.

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It's got a little pie crust edge to it.

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And this stool was probably in front of a dressing table in the 1950s.

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Together, these are the kind of things that I'm seeing £5 each in a

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charity shop. Not great in this state

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but these have potential to make profit.

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Well, that's up to you, Sarah.

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With that table and chair nabbed, it's mission complete.

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Daniel will give those chairs the once or twice over,

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Guy will attempt to squash some profit out of that vice

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and Sarah will be getting her teeth into all those lovely legs.

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Today, I've managed to gather yet another unusual horde of items

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which, once reimagined, I think have a real chance

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of making some money for nothing.

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Bustling Walthamstow in north-east London

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is home to textile and printing aficionado Daniel Heath

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who is nervously awaiting Sarah's latest offering.

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It seems like she's got something that I'm going to be a bit

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unsure about, so I'm a little bit more anxious than normal,

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but I guess we'll have to, as ever,

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see what comes when it gets here.

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Poor little chairs abandoned at the tip.

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Somebody's got to show them some love because currently

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they're covered in maroon.

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Daniel...he's the one.

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-Hi.

-Hello, how are you doing?

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-Really well. How are things?

-Good to see you.

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It's all hugs now but he hasn't seen what Sarah's brought him, yet.

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Chairs. Right, OK.

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So fairly straightforward, seemingly.

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Yeah. Let's go and have a look.

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So far, so good.

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Dan seems pretty confident.

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OK, right.

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Some nice detail to it.

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They're a bit weak and I am personally a maroon hater.

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OK. Well, I think that, you know, the seat is really understuffed.

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The frame is sturdy.

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Do you think they're suitable for an update?

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I think we can probably do something with them.

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I'm not sure that they're going to have a huge resale value.

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The chairs are around 100 years old

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but in their current condition they're unlikely to have any value.

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The challenge for Daniel is to add his signature look

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without breaking the bank and there's a lot of work to do.

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I think, basically, it's going to involve using some fabric

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that I've got to re-upholster.

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Sand or paint, not really sure.

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It looks like they're in OK condition

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but I think underneath, that's going to need some new something.

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He's happy to work to a budget of £100 per chair

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which should leave a bit of room for some profit for Sarah.

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Seeing them brought back to life, making just a few quid,

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I'm happy to leave them at that.

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-I've got great faith that you'll make them look fantastic, so thanks ever so much.

-Thanks, Sarah.

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-I hope they're an easy one.

-Cheers.

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I feel a little bit sorry for Daniel because those chairs currently are

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not a nice prospect but I've brought them here for a reason.

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I'm hoping his beautiful deco hand-printed fabrics

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are going to give those chairs just what they need

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to turn them into something saleable.

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I'm glad that Sarah's brought these because they

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wouldn't have continued their life in any other way so, if anything,

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we're saving them from being broken up.

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So, yeah, I'm glad they're here.

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Sort of.

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Dan's quoted £100 per chair

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which makes a total of £200 for the pair.

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Daniel's fabric designs will add value

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but he's no upholsterer, so those chairs could prove tricky.

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Near the historic town of Maldon in Essex

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is the workshop of lighting supremo Guy Trench.

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Aided as ever by his indispensable sidekick, Keith.

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And Sarah's got a treat for them today.

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I'm hoping she brings something with a bit of history,

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something a bit old, along.

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A bit rusty. We can change it a bit, and we can make it look fantastic.

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Let's hope Guy doesn't buckle under the pressure of that vice.

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I tell you what, it's really lucky that I've got a black book full

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of contacts because it's going to take somebody really skilled

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to turn that into something that's saleable

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and can make a profit.

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But it's all right, because I'm here to see Guy.

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Hello. How lovely to see you again.

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-Good to see you.

-And you.

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-Hi, Keith. How are you doing?

-All right?

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Um, help. Help.

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Oh. A Record vice.

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I saw it at the recycling centre,

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and I just thought there was something about it,

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because it was lovely and chunky and it has all that wear on it,

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that it just couldn't go in the metal skip.

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They're old and still made today, which is brilliant.

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I mean, I thought, because it's got that lovely ability

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to sit on a desk and be chunky,

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that it could potentially be made into lighting.

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I think you're definitely right.

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It could definitely be made into lighting.

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There's some nice colours we can wear back here,

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with wire wool and a bit of furniture remover.

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Just have a look, could it be a wall light?

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Let's have a look. Could that go on a wall?

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-Yeah, like that, I think it is...

-As a wall light?

-Yeah.

-Lovely.

-OK.

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You'd need a good fixing and a good beam to put it on to, but...

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-I've been carrying it, it's not light, is it?

-No.

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Sounds like Sarah's come to the right place for vice advice.

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But what about the price?

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Let's hope it's nice.

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That's a lovely idea.

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It looks charming because, before, I thought, you know,

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maybe it could just go onto a man's desk.

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You're putting that into interiors into restaurants, aren't you,

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with that kind of look.

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They could have the menu hanging from it.

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And wind it up, whatever they like. You know?

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Obviously, that's quite a heavy-duty thing to work with.

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But what kind of cost are we looking at to get it, the right kind of

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electrics in there, you know, the right safety?

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Because I know there's loads of people making lighting,

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but it's very specific stuff that has to go into something like this, isn't it?

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Yeah. I think we're looking at about, probably about £95

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to do that, turn that into a wall light.

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-That leaves a nice bit of margin to make on it.

-Yes.

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So that's a great price, I'm really pleased with that.

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I just can't wait to see what it looks like!

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-It'll look great.

-Really good to see you.

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-Give us a shout when it's ready.

-Thank you, Sarah, lovely.

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-And I'll come back and... Can't wait!

-OK.

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-Take care! Bye.

-Cheers. Bye-bye.

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You can tell when you're in the hands of an expert,

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because they just make everything look so simple.

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That vice as a wall light?

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Genius idea.

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It's very different and I don't think anybody in the world

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will have a vice as a wall light,

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so this will be a first-off and a one-off.

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Guy's charging £95 to illuminate that rusty vice.

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It's certainly got a long way to go before anyone will want

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that industrial hunk of metal hanging on their wall.

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At home in Sussex, Sarah's about to start work on her own finds,

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and she needs some raw material from yet another dump.

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You stay there. Back in a min.

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As a huge fan of all things discarded,

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Sarah knows exactly where to find her nearest one.

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In her own garden.

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I'm looking for buried treasure.

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If you live in the middle of the country,

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100 years ago, nobody collected your rubbish,

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so you had to put it somewhere.

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Many old and rural properties have an historic rubbish heap

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similar to this one hidden away.

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And you'll just find little pits with bottles

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and old batteries and broken up old enamel, all over the place.

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Sarah's been attacking hers for years.

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It's probably her favourite place.

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She's already got quite a collection of Edwardian and Victorian bottles

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and jars but she's just a few short.

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These are the inspiration for my next item.

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Wait and see.

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Gloves might have been a good idea, Sarah.

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She's clearly got a plan for those.

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And she's set aside that old,

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white chair so that she can concentrate on the table.

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This sweet, little table I found at the tip, in its own right,

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it probably isn't worth very much.

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So I'm going to use my dug-up treasure to turn our table

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into a posy table.

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The Victorians had a habit of covering any available surface

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with interesting objects.

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In the spring and summer months,

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stately homes would proudly display floral blooms as posies

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from their walled gardens.

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We're going to bring the posy table right back in fashion.

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Everybody is going to want one of these.

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I certainly do.

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Oh, yes, me too, for my stately, er, block of flats.

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But, as usual, Sarah's taking things one step further.

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She's marking the position of the jars she's dug up,

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and she's going to embed them in the table.

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All I've got to do now is make some little holes in the top of the table

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for them to go in.

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I'm going to use this!

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That terrifying-looking drill

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is fitted with a hole cutter

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that you can get in any decent DIY store.

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That's scary.

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Make sure you're a seasoned driller before attempting this.

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Oh, that's perfect.

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That will definitely do.

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They look really cool.

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Next, Sarah tidies up the holes and lightly sands the surface

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for painting.

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So I'm painting it a lovely blue-black colour,

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so that when the posies are in it, they really stand out.

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What do you think, Bramble? Bram, what do you think?

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Well, Bramble's not impressed and I'm not surprised.

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This isn't the most elegant of paid jobs.

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I'm not seeking perfection here.

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I want a really rough, rustic look.

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A really bad paint job will obviously just add to its charms.

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She's doing two coats.

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That dusty blue on the top and black on the legs.

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But Bramble's had enough.

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It's like watching paint dry.

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It literally is!

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HE YAWNS

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So what I'm going to do now is just take off all these crispy edges,

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to make it look like I haven't just made it.

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First, she paints it, then she rubs it off again.

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It's hard work, this.

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I could do with a bit of a lie-down myself.

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What I'm trying to do is imagine how it would have been worn out if

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somebody had been using it, like putting all the pots in these holes,

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and where they picked it up on the edges.

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For Sarah's final trick,

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adding a layer of dark wax to complete that vintage feel.

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So you can buy these waxes

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in all sorts of different colours,

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or you can even stir paint into clear wax

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and make your own bespoke coloured finish.

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Still bored, Bramble?

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Bramble! Sausages!

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BRAMBLE BARKS

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I knew she could hear me.

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Sarah's well on her way with her take on Victorian extravagance.

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And, with just £5 spent on wax and paint,

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it may even make a healthy profit.

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But will she actually be able to sell such an unusual item?

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In Walthamstow, Daniel Heath has started work

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on his two tired chairs and he's already found a problem.

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So we have a major wobble that I'm concerned about at the moment.

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Let's investigate.

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At last, that red flock material is removed,

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and there are some unwelcome surprises underneath.

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Oh, wow. I think it was just the fabric holding the thing together.

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With the chair so fragile,

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Daniel decides to take the riskier approach

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of drilling through the frame into the leg.

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I'm going to try and get this straight

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cos, if it goes off at an angle, it's going to come out through

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some of the detailing on the leg.

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Here we go.

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Even the sawdust smells old.

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Next, Daniel adds a long screw to hold it all together.

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Very, very carefully.

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If this wood splits, Sarah may return to only one chair.

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I'm going to do the ultimate test now and I'm going to sit on it,

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which might make some very entertaining footage.

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A bit of movement!

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But it's still up.

0:23:020:23:05

That's encouraging.

0:23:050:23:06

With the legs now structurally sound, sort of,

0:23:070:23:11

it's time for Daniel to think fabrics.

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As a textile and screen printing expert,

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this should be the easy bit.

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I want it to be quite sophisticated and not too jazzy.

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That is a bit jazzy, Daniel.

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Maybe this isn't the ideal colour, or fabric,

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but I'm just going to throw around a few ideas and see what we get.

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Right, next up, elephants.

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This is a circus-themed print and it's got some playful imagery.

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Its pattern might work,

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and a corduroy might be a nice quality fabric finish

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to put on the seat cover.

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Before he commits, it's time for some upholstery practice.

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We want to make the pad quite thick,

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because they were so flat and sad when they arrived.

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With his eye on a limited budget,

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Dan's got a great source for padding.

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These are all foam offcuts from factories.

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You can buy them quite cheaply.

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You just don't know what you're going to get.

0:24:100:24:12

Full marks for your eco-credentials, Daniel,

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but it all looks a bit, well, flat.

0:24:150:24:17

That looks like a big enough piece.

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I might have to glue some bits together, as well.

0:24:200:24:23

Daniel cuts a stack of foam pieces to the right shape.

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Is he feeling buoyant about upholstery?

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I've not done any upholstery before.

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So, um, have a practice.

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Practice makes perfect.

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Wise words.

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Dan's using a piece of MDF and cheap cotton as a test

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so he doesn't have to experiment with the final material.

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I quite like having a go and seeing if I can do something

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that I've not done before.

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If I'm trying something new out,

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I'll just go online and look at videos on YouTube.

0:24:550:24:59

He's right. You can find out how to do just about anything online.

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How do you think I learned to crochet?

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But new skills can take some time to perfect.

0:25:060:25:10

Yeah, I think it's safe to say upholstery is certainly more

0:25:110:25:14

difficult than I thought it would be.

0:25:140:25:17

Yeah, I remember my first crochet hat, Daniel.

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It looked like an octopus.

0:25:200:25:21

Don't be downhearted.

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It only took a few years to get good and you've got a few hours.

0:25:230:25:27

Best of luck.

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Near Maldon, Guy and Keith are enjoying their heavy metal

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and Guy's getting quite excited.

0:25:370:25:40

I do like this piece here,

0:25:410:25:43

I think it's the best thing Sarah's brought to me, actually.

0:25:430:25:45

I love the navy blue in this bit here.

0:25:450:25:47

Not so keen on the silver here.

0:25:470:25:49

Someone's obviously painted it.

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I think what we ought to do is see if we can get rid

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of some of that paint. It's just ugly here.

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Under Guy's supervision,

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Keith attacks the unsightly silver with a sharp blade.

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It's coming off, which is really nice.

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Then some wire wool.

0:26:050:26:07

-That's not bad, is it?

-No.

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And, finally, some paint stripper.

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Makes life so much easier using these chemicals

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to remove nasty bits and pieces.

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Perhaps you should have started with that, gents.

0:26:160:26:19

Oh, here we go, there is a bit of blue coming through.

0:26:190:26:21

Keith's sensibly wearing gloves

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as that's nasty stuff to get on your skin.

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I think when we finish that that could look rather nice.

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-Are you ready for a bit of a wax on that, Keith?

-Try that bit.

-Yeah, OK.

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Our busy bees are giving the vice a wax coating

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for a clean matte finish.

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And slowly, slowly, you're seeing it being transformed.

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Lovely. No, that's nice.

0:26:420:26:44

That's very nice. Yeah, no. I think that's clean.

0:26:440:26:46

Next, Guy calls on another of his associates,

0:26:460:26:50

electrician Steve.

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Since Guy's making a wall lamp,

0:26:520:26:54

Steve fixes it onto a wooden base so that it can be hung

0:26:540:26:57

because you don't want that thing falling down.

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I think you need to hang this one on something which is fairly sturdy.

0:27:000:27:04

A little lightweight plasterboard, it might pull out

0:27:040:27:06

so try and find something firm to put this onto.

0:27:060:27:09

Steve fixes a metal stem to the vice

0:27:090:27:11

that will hold the light,

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but Guy's not completely satisfied.

0:27:130:27:16

I don't like this.

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We've got a lovely old-looking vice here

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and we've got a nasty bit of steel,

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which is shiny.

0:27:220:27:23

It doesn't really go together.

0:27:230:27:25

We don't do shiny. We like keeping things nice and old.

0:27:250:27:28

After Guy attacks it with some wire wool,

0:27:280:27:31

Steve gives it a coat of tourmaline

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to darken the metal so it matches the rest of the vice.

0:27:330:27:37

Now you can see, we've got a lovely black rod here,

0:27:370:27:39

all looks in keeping with the rest of it.

0:27:390:27:42

Once it's dry and waxed,

0:27:420:27:44

Steve threads his wire through and solders the light fitting in place.

0:27:440:27:47

Meanwhile, Guy's grappling with some key design concepts.

0:27:470:27:51

It may look better with a shade or without a shade, just a bulb.

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Do you know, I don't know.

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I'm not sure which is the best way to be.

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Decisions, decisions.

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Let's have a look at that, Steve.

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Yeah, looks quite good.

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In Sussex, Sarah's posy table needs a final flourish.

0:28:130:28:18

As pretty much nobody's heard of a posy table.

0:28:180:28:21

We really need to get these things in context

0:28:220:28:24

to take pictures to sell them.

0:28:240:28:27

Sarah arranges the flowers and places all the jars in their holes.

0:28:320:28:37

OK, that should do it.

0:28:370:28:39

But has she brought that humdrum brown table into bloom?

0:28:390:28:43

Sarah took an unwanted old white seat and an average occasional

0:28:430:28:47

table from the recycling centre.

0:28:470:28:50

She soon decided to concentrate her efforts on the table.

0:28:500:28:53

Now, Sarah's taken it back in time

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and transformed it into a posy table

0:29:000:29:03

that wouldn't look out of place in the reception

0:29:030:29:05

of a 19th-century stately home.

0:29:050:29:08

Those Victorian jars she found in her garden tip

0:29:090:29:12

present her bouquets beautifully.

0:29:120:29:15

And their colours pop out against the dusty blue

0:29:150:29:17

of the warm-looking table.

0:29:170:29:19

And Sarah knows exactly who to target for a sale.

0:29:200:29:24

I'm really pleased how this has turned out.

0:29:260:29:28

The flowers in it look lovely and that's important

0:29:280:29:31

because if I'm going to sell this to a florist, it needs to really work.

0:29:310:29:34

Definitely worth embracing those power tools.

0:29:340:29:37

At the dump, Sarah spotted some of Adrian's furniture.

0:29:390:29:43

It's got a lovely pair of legs on it, hasn't it?

0:29:430:29:45

It was up in the loft for a long time

0:29:450:29:48

and it's really just clearing it out.

0:29:480:29:52

Which, sadly, had worn out its welcome.

0:29:520:29:54

You can accumulate only so much.

0:29:540:29:56

Sarah turned the table into a stunning floral display.

0:29:560:30:00

Blooming marvellous!

0:30:020:30:03

It looks great and was snapped up by Sara Hughes,

0:30:040:30:07

the owner of a vintage furniture store in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

0:30:070:30:12

What Sarah's done with it is really imaginative

0:30:120:30:14

and I just think it's really fun

0:30:140:30:16

and I've got customers who are florists who'll love it.

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And now, Sarah's at Adrian's home to surprise him with the good news.

0:30:210:30:25

-Hello there.

-Hello there.

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Lovely to see you, how are you?

0:30:280:30:30

-Hi, there. I'm Sarah.

-Pleased to see you.

0:30:300:30:32

-This is my wife, Sarah.

-Another Sarah. Lovely.

-Two Sarahs.

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That keeps it very easy for me.

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So it was your things, the stool and the little occasional table,

0:30:360:30:40

you were dropping off at the recycling centre.

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Had they been family pieces, or...?

0:30:420:30:45

The stool, yes. The table, no.

0:30:450:30:47

I set the stool aside and it was actually the table that I

0:30:470:30:50

decided to work on because it had such an interesting shape to it.

0:30:500:30:53

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

0:30:530:30:56

But before I do, have you ever heard of a posy table?

0:30:560:30:59

A posy table? Presumably for flowers.

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What's a posy table?

0:31:010:31:03

Well, I can show in a moment but a friend of mine told me about it

0:31:030:31:06

and it is this lovely table that gardeners in big estates

0:31:060:31:09

used to prepare little bouquets and buttonholes

0:31:090:31:12

-for the ladies and gentlemen of the house.

-Wow. Wow!

0:31:120:31:15

I've got some pictures to show you.

0:31:150:31:17

-Lovely.

-So here is your table.

0:31:170:31:19

Oh!

0:31:190:31:21

Can we have it back?

0:31:220:31:23

-Isn't that lovely?

-It is. Oh, yeah.

0:31:240:31:27

-Do you approve of its re-use?

-Oh, yes, absolutely.

-It's lovely.

0:31:270:31:30

-It's nice to have something that is now going to be used.

-A second life.

0:31:300:31:33

Yes, well, it's been snapped up by a shop and I've managed to make you a

0:31:330:31:37

-little bit of profit on it.

-Oh, excellent.

0:31:370:31:39

So here is...

0:31:390:31:41

£130...

0:31:410:31:43

Wow!

0:31:430:31:45

For your occasional table.

0:31:450:31:48

As we say round here, better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

0:31:480:31:51

Lovely! Well, yes, I think it's definitely better than that.

0:31:510:31:53

-That's wonderful.

-It is, terrific.

0:31:530:31:56

Have you got thoughts about what you might do with it?

0:31:560:31:58

-Well, yes, we have.

-Alzheimer's Society.

0:31:580:32:00

My mother died about ten years ago

0:32:000:32:03

and Dad looked after her for a number of years,

0:32:030:32:05

well supported by the Alzheimer's Society.

0:32:050:32:07

Well, I think that is absolutely lovely and I was really inspired

0:32:070:32:11

by your old table and that's a great place for that to go.

0:32:110:32:13

-Splendid. Thank you very much.

-A total pleasure.

0:32:130:32:16

Lovely to have met you and to catch up with you, Adrian.

0:32:160:32:18

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you. Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

-Thank you.

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Sarah spends a modest £5 on the makeover.

0:32:240:32:28

She sold the posy table for a whopping £135,

0:32:280:32:32

earning Adrian and his wife, Sarah,

0:32:320:32:34

£130 of profit.

0:32:340:32:36

Well, if Adrian and Sarah's reaction is anything to go by,

0:32:360:32:40

there are going to be posy tables popping up everywhere.

0:32:400:32:43

I'm delighted that they like what I did with it and I'm so pleased that

0:32:430:32:46

that money is going to such a worthy cause.

0:32:460:32:49

Sarah's back in Walthamstow to pick up Daniel's first attempt

0:32:550:32:59

at upholstery.

0:32:590:33:01

Have all those online tutorials paid off?

0:33:010:33:04

It's been quite nice to work on the chairs.

0:33:050:33:07

It's been challenging cos I haven't done upholstery at all before,

0:33:070:33:10

but it's nice to have them finished and looking good.

0:33:100:33:14

I'm here to pick up those two little chairs.

0:33:140:33:17

Now, Daniel is really going to have to pull it out of the bag with this

0:33:170:33:19

one because turning a profit on those, that's tricky.

0:33:190:33:23

This pair of unwanted chairs

0:33:250:33:27

had seemingly come to the end of the road.

0:33:270:33:29

They look more destined for the bonfire than the dining room.

0:33:310:33:34

But all they needed was a spark of inspiration.

0:33:350:33:38

The chairs are now contemporary and unique.

0:33:460:33:49

With new-found skills, Daniel has made the chairs solid and sturdy.

0:33:490:33:53

Whilst using his old skills to screen print

0:33:550:33:57

one of his designs onto the cord covering.

0:33:570:34:00

With a vibrant lick of blue paint offsetting the raised yellow seats,

0:34:020:34:06

these chairs would make a bold statement in any room.

0:34:060:34:10

Daniel's dug deep with this one.

0:34:100:34:12

Let's just hope Sarah's happy with the results.

0:34:120:34:15

-Hello.

-Hello, how are you doing?

0:34:170:34:20

-Are they them?

-They are, they are. A bit of a transformation.

0:34:200:34:23

-They look completely different, don't they?

-They do. Yeah.

0:34:230:34:26

Um, comfortable and they look like they would fall apart

0:34:260:34:30

-before, didn't they?

-Yeah.

0:34:300:34:32

This is beautiful what you've done with the...

0:34:320:34:34

I've never seen corduroy printed like that.

0:34:340:34:36

Thank you. Yeah, we thought it would be a nice accent piece

0:34:360:34:39

for somebody's front room.

0:34:390:34:41

And before they didn't look like that.

0:34:410:34:43

I mean, they looked like the ones you'd hide away

0:34:430:34:45

and get out if you had to

0:34:450:34:46

and now, I think it's cos you've luxed up the base bit here,

0:34:460:34:51

the seat pad to make it feel, look generous

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and they just have a completely different, like warm, comforting

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look to them because they just didn't look like that before.

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No, no. Yeah, they're quite comfortable.

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I can attest to that.

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Well, that's great.

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But will Sarah be comfortable with how much they've cost?

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I think you've done wonders with them.

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There was £100 each budget for them.

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Is that all right? Did you come in on budget?

0:35:140:35:17

-Yeah, that's fine.

-They will sell instantly, won't they? Great.

0:35:170:35:20

Yeah, especially with a bit of Daniel Heath action going on on the seat. That's fantastic.

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I think if we get them packed up,

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-I shall ship them out and see if I can make some money out of them.

-Wonderful.

-Thanks.

0:35:260:35:30

-They're great.

-Cheers, thank you.

0:35:300:35:32

Sarah's as puffed up as those seat bases.

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Does Daniel feel his first attempt at upholstery has been a success?

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That went really, really well.

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I'm really pleased that Sarah liked the chairs so much.

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So yeah, very happy.

0:35:450:35:47

Well, if there was one person who was going to make a profit on those

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chairs, it was Daniel Heath. I can't wait to get them sold.

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At the recycling centre,

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Sarah came to the rescue of Charlotte's unwanted chairs.

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Don't throw those away!

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-Are they going in?

-Yeah.

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Fancy them?

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And Charlotte wished them well.

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I hope she makes us upset that we've thrown them away.

0:36:100:36:13

Daniel repaired them and gave them a bang-on-trend makeover.

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At home, Sarah uploaded pictures of them onto the internet

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on sites including social media, Etsy and eBay.

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People looked at the chairs and then decided whether to buy the chairs.

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Well, I love Daniel's luxury update of those two little chairs.

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They didn't have much potential at the beginning, but now they have,

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and I'm hoping they're going to be snapped up soon and when I've made some profit,

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I'll be back in touch with Charlotte and giving her the good news.

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Daniel's labour and materials came to £200.

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With no buyer, as yet, we could be facing a potential loss.

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But with a bit more time, we should hopefully find the chairs a new home

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and we can hand over some profit.

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In Maldon, Sarah can't wait to see what Guy's been up to.

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This vice is such a quirky item,

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because out of all the designers I know,

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I think Guy is pretty much the only one who would take it on.

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But who knows what a vice light will actually look like?

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Let's go and find out.

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The vice was an old rusty lump of metal

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with very little aesthetic value.

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But thanks to Guy and his team of experts,

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it's now been reimagined into a conversation piece wall light

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with bags of character.

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It's been carefully stripped back to its original paintwork

0:37:470:37:51

and waxed for a soft matte look,

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giving it the perfect blend of historic and desirable.

0:37:530:37:57

The brand-new light fitting has been expertly aged

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so it feels as though it's always been there.

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And the team have topped it off with an optional lampshade

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to give it a sophisticated finish.

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They've managed to create a lamp which is undoubtedly one of a kind.

0:38:090:38:14

This has got to be my favourite I've done for Sarah.

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As a wall light, it really ticks all my boxes.

0:38:200:38:23

It's really cool.

0:38:230:38:25

It's going to tick her box, I think, it's different.

0:38:250:38:27

They say everybody has a vice, but will Sarah want this one?

0:38:270:38:31

-Hi, Guy.

-Hi, Sarah. How are you?

0:38:320:38:35

That's...

0:38:350:38:37

I can't believe it, is that it?

0:38:370:38:39

-That's it.

-Isn't that clever?

0:38:390:38:42

I can't believe you've turned that horrible thing

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into something decorative.

0:38:460:38:48

I think it's one of the best things recently I've done

0:38:480:38:51

and these actually work,

0:38:510:38:53

so we can make the jaws go up smaller or larger

0:38:530:38:56

and, um, I think the whole thing looks just amazing.

0:38:560:39:00

It's beautiful. You have just the right sort of finish on it, as well.

0:39:000:39:04

It's got a nice look to it, it's quite sort of industrial.

0:39:040:39:07

We're just showing you it with a feather shade,

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but we could have a black shade,

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you could have just a funky bulb in, whatever you wanted.

0:39:110:39:14

It is really appealing,

0:39:140:39:16

I love the fact you put that piece of chunky wood on the back,

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because the looks so strong, isn't it?

0:39:200:39:21

The vice lamp is an artistic triumph,

0:39:210:39:24

but did Guy manage to clamp that budget down?

0:39:240:39:28

I think it was £95 to convert the vice, are we anywhere near that?

0:39:280:39:32

We are on budget, just.

0:39:320:39:34

It is really just.

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It's a little bit more extra work than we thought it was,

0:39:360:39:38

but as you've brought me lots of things,

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we'll keep our word and that's our price to you.

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I think it's really exciting that you're creating these one-offs.

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And if this is the first vice light ever,

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then we're really lucky to have that and I'm pleased it came

0:39:480:39:51

into the tip and it's ended up here.

0:39:510:39:53

I think it's a lovely ending to its story.

0:39:530:39:56

So thank you so much.

0:39:560:39:57

So Guy's answered the question,

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what does a vice light look like?

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And the answer...

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Amazing, and really saleable.

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I love it and her look on it was, wow, it's really different.

0:40:100:40:15

And that's exactly what I'm trying to create for everybody.

0:40:150:40:18

I think she loved it.

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At the dump Sarah pounced when she spied Robert's bootful.

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What are you chucking out?

0:40:250:40:27

All sorts, I'm clearing the cellar.

0:40:270:40:29

-That's really nice.

-Would you like it?

-I might.

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Thankfully, she ignored Robert's suggestions.

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I've got another one if you want to make earrings.

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Instead, the vice has been transformed into a wall light,

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and Sarah was soon able to sell it to Morag Smith,

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a furniture and interiors dealer from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

0:40:440:40:48

I think the vice lamp is fab.

0:40:480:40:50

It's quirky, it's unique.

0:40:500:40:52

Um, it has purpose, so it'll sell very well.

0:40:530:40:57

Immediately, you're putting an interesting bit of history

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into a useful place in the house.

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Sarah's back in Greater Manchester

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to let Robert know what became of his rusty old vice.

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-Hi there!

-Hi, Sarah, how are you?

0:41:150:41:16

-I'm really well. Nice to see you again.

-Nice to see you.

0:41:160:41:19

When I saw you at the recycling centre,

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I thought you were reluctantly throwing out some stuff,

0:41:200:41:23

-but were you having a clear-out?

-Yeah, I was having a clear-out of the cellar.

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I guess the only thing that was of any value, it was the vice.

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And did you think what we might do with it?

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You could either use it as a bench vice again, or a doorstop.

0:41:310:41:34

I couldn't really imagine anything more artful to do with it.

0:41:340:41:39

We took it to a fantastic chap called Guy Trench

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and he specialises in making old stuff into lighting,

0:41:410:41:44

-so do you want to have a look at what he did?

-Yeah, I'd love to.

0:41:440:41:47

-Here is your vice in all...

-I can't wait to see it.

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In all its new glory.

0:41:500:41:52

Wow, that's amazing.

0:41:520:41:54

He cleaned it all up and did that.

0:41:540:41:58

That's incredible. I didn't think it would be made into a light.

0:41:580:42:01

I was thinking some art feature, or something, if at all.

0:42:010:42:04

It was lovely and it has real appeal.

0:42:040:42:07

So your light has sold.

0:42:070:42:09

It takes quite a lot of investment to turn something like that into a

0:42:090:42:11

light, so I've got a little bit of profit for you.

0:42:110:42:14

-Oh, lovely.

-I've just got 20 quid.

0:42:140:42:16

Oh, brilliant! I was expecting nothing for it, so that's great,

0:42:160:42:20

that's really good. I'm going to give that to charity, definitely.

0:42:200:42:23

That's fantastic. I'm glad that's going to a good cause.

0:42:240:42:26

So thank you ever so much.

0:42:260:42:28

-Thank you, Sarah, lovely to meet you.

-Lovely to catch up again.

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Guy charged £95 for labour and materials.

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The lamp sold for £115.

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Leaving a profit of £20 for Robert.

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Sarah found three waste wonders at the recycling centre in Altrincham.

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Charlotte's suspect seats were given a stand-up makeover.

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Robert's old vice was given a new twist as a lamp.

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And Adrian's table took a trip back in time.

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Well, it might not always be straightforward,

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but I'm really proud of those three great transformations,

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and it's really good to know

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that all those things we saved from the tip are off to brand-new homes.

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Award-winning designer Daniel Heath and upcycler extraordinaire Guy Trench are on a mission to help Sarah Moore transform some tip finds into fantastic desirable objects.

With three items successfully saved from the skip in Altrincham, Sarah gets to work on a discarded table. Guy has some interesting ideas that should help an old vice find a new home, and can Daniel put his unique twist on a pair of chairs and turn them from drab to fab?


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