Episode 19 Money for Nothing


Episode 19

Junk makeover show. Sarah Moore is in Witley trying to give a classic cuckoo clock a colourful twist, while upcycling whizz Jay Blades gets to work on a pair of bamboo chairs.


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Oh, no, 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

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of household waste 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... 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 brief.

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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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BOTH LAUGH

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Holy Moley!

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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 there was cash to be made

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from their trash.

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-Thank you. I'm astonished!

-SHE LAUGHS

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Today, Sarah is in Surrey at the Witley Recycling Centre.

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Where you and I may see beat up and broken down,

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Sarah sees the potential to make a bob or two.

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People are flooding in here all day long,

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all I've got to do is stop the good stuff from there

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ending up in there.

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She's been given special permission by the recycling centre

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to transform the stuff all these lovely people plan to sling out...

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..into a knockout.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Behave!

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SARAH LAUGHS

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I love it down here, everybody's so nice.

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Don't let her sweet smile fool you.

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If being nice doesn't get her the three items she needs...

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..she's willing to get nasty.

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Hand over your rubbish.

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I'd better put that back before somebody sees me.

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Can Sarah turn the clutter

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in Xana and her husband Tim's boot into cash?

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-What are you doing? Are you clearing out...

-Yes.

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-..or are you moving, or...?

-We've moved

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and we've still got a lot of stuff to get rid of, so...

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Really? So is that...?

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I quite like your enamelware, but I'm interested in your chairs.

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-Right. Yes.

-Have you had them long?

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A long time.

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I've had them years and years and years and nobody's ever liked them.

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And we've tried to eBay them and still nobody wants them.

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I think they've got that retro look that people quite like.

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-And...I think those would be...

-Maybe we should keep them, then.

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Actually, I think you should give them to me and you should see

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if I can make something exciting out of them for you.

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You're welcome to have them.

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Xana may have failed to flog the chairs,

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but that adds to the challenge for Sarah.

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How she intends to make them over, though, I've no idea.

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I'm bamboozled.

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-Thank you for letting me have those.

-You're welcome.

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I shall take them away and cherish them.

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-Look forward to seeing them.

-Yeah, lovely, I'll keep in touch.

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-TIM:

-All right. Bye!

-Bye-bye. Thank you ever so much.

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Is Xana happy her chairs skipped the skip?

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I think that's brilliant, it's much better to recycle and...

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I did feel a bit guilty bringing them.

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And maybe if they can be refreshed, they'll have a new life.

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Da-dah! No? Not your cup of tea?

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Well, I think they've got some potential, they just need a little

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bit of love, a bit of TLC, but I'm sure they're going to turn a profit.

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Sarah knows just the fella to help her turn potential into profit.

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Jay Blades is a builder turned philosophy graduate

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turned furniture designer.

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If you want to have a go at what I do, your best bet is to find

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a piece of furniture that isn't really worth that much money.

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You might have bought it down the charity shop or a car-boot sale

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for about £5, and just play around with it.

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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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Some people like working with spray cans,

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some people like working with artists' brushes.

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Whatever your creativity is,

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just draw it out and allow it to just ooze onto the furniture,

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cos the reality is,

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that furniture was more than likely going to go into a landfill site.

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So, you upcycling it gives that piece of furniture

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an extended lifetime.

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Well, I for one can't wait to see Jay ooze his creativity

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all over these '80s gems.

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One item down, two to go.

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Sarah will leave no boot or box unrummaged,

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no nook or cranny undisturbed...

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It's hard work, but she's loving every second of it.

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I never get TIRED of being at the dump. See, tyres, tired...?

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Oh, dear!

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Let's all just forget that ever happened and move on.

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This is Julie, she's helping a friend clear out her garage.

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Julie, meet Sarah.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

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That's really sweet, isn't it?

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It's very old and tatty now and no use.

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I mean, I can see it's been...

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It's been well used, it was in the garage.

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It's just the right sort of size and it's got that retro charm

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that people are looking to put back into their houses at the moment...

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-Mm.

-So, and...

-Yes, it's all made properly too, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-You know, all the joints and everything, all well...

-Yep.

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But put together to last, and it obviously has.

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This kitchen cabinet has been in Julie's friend's family

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since the 1950s.

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Would it be OK, instead of putting it in the tip,

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-to let me have it to take away and see if I can do something with it?

-Certainly.

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-I think that...

-Certainly, please do.

-And is it...?

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-It's on wheels, isn't it?

-Yes.

-Yeah. I...

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-Makes life easier!

-Lovely.

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-Thank you so much for letting me have that...

-Thank you.

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..and I'll keep in contact.

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It may be well worn, but it's strong and sturdy,

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there's a good few years left in it yet, a bit like me...I hope!

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I'm sure she could rub it down and put a nice distressed look to it.

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I'm sure if you've got the time, vision and the inclination

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to do these sort of things, it'll come out lovely.

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It's just teetering on the brink of having that appeal,

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that retro look that people want to have back in their houses.

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It's got enough chunkiness so we can cut it up and I think

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I could be onto a winner here.

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Julie's also found the drawers,

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which gives Sarah the complete cabinet

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to take to her choice of craftsmen.

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Furniture restorers Johnny and Tom

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just love to breathe new life into old furniture.

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These young hotshots have only been working together for a year,

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but have already made a name for themselves

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with their imaginative designs and restoration techniques.

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What I like about what we do is...

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working with friends, that's always a good point,

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but it's having something to start from and having an end result.

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The actual craft and figuring out the problem and solving the problem

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is what's enjoyable about it.

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-As well, it's kind of like a puzzle.

-You know, it comes in,

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not in a very great condition and then you get to see the person's reaction when you get it back

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and that's what I enjoy the most.

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Ah, Tom and Johnny, two young lads full of positivity and optimism.

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Hopefully, this item won't put an end to all that.

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Sarah's salvaged two pieces for her artisans.

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Now she has to save an item from the tip that SHE can transform.

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

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

-Oh, no...!

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-I could turn you into a lapdog.

-She's Daddy's baby.

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

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

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What are you chucking out today, then?

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Well, it's a cuckoo clock, a very nice cuckoo clock,

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-but it needs repair.

-Right.

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-And...

-Oh, wow!

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..I've got another one and it's a shame to throw it away, but...

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Not many people have two cuckoo clocks, do they?

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No, well, I mean,

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I've got the other one because the last one needs repaired, but...

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So, "Made in Germany," did you get it from Germany?

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Yes, um, in the 1950s I was in the Army in Germany

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and I bought it then.

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-It's really sweet.

-In the mid-1950s.

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

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and I don't need it, I wouldn't know where else to put it...

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Well, I think if you've got one cuckoo clock,

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that's probably enough, but if it would be possible

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-to take that from you and see if I can mend it and...

-Oh, please do.

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-Oh, I'm so excited!

-Please do, I'd be much happier doing that than it going down in the...

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In the landfill.

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Yeah, well, I'm definitely... I'm so pleased that...you let us have that.

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That's lovely and I shall try my best to get it going and then I'll...

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-It's up to you now.

-I know. Ooh, the pressure!

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Sarah must be CUCKOO to choose this broken clock,

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but she does love a challenge.

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So I really don't know what I've got here. I'm not a clock expert.

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There's potential that this little cuckoo clock could turn

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

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

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

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at the moment, but I'm going to stay positive and hope

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that I've just picked up a winner.

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Perhaps Sarah can make this cuckoo sing again.

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She has her three items.

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Jay will perform his makeover magic on the bamboo chairs...

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Tom and Johnny will take on the challenge of the cabinet...

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and Sarah will need to make the cuckoo clock

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into something saleable.

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So, today's eclectic collection of items will provide just

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the kind of challenge that I love, but there's going to have to be

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some radical changes if I'm going to make some real cha-ching.

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Welcome to Wolverhampton.

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The hometown of heart-throb Liam Payne from boyband One Direction.

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Their megahit, What Makes You Beautiful,

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is a tale of seeing beauty where others may not...

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..kind of like upcycling expert Jay Blades and furniture.

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Even though I don't agree with people taking chairs like this

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to the recycling centre, um, one thing I must say is that I do

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enjoy that they do, because if they get rid of it or they don't see the

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beauty in it, I guarantee you I will definitely see the beauty in it.

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So, I'm really, really excited

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to see what Sarah's going to bring along.

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These two are a classic 1980s

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conservatory pair of chairs

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and they are going to need all of Jay's imagination

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and ingenuity to turn them into something saleable and desirable.

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I've never seen Jay work with anything like this before,

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so I hope he takes them on.

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I can't think of a safer pair of hands for this pair of chairs.

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-You like to set a challenge for me, don't you?

-I do.

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But I know that you will rise to the challenge,

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that's why I can bring things like this to you

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and I just know you're going to make them look special.

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I'm hoping with a bit of colour and maybe some fantastic upholstery,

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we might be able to create something that has, you know,

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like, a reasonable amount of value to it.

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Yeah. I've never worked with bamboo before and, yes,

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you're quite right, with a bit of colour and a lovely fabric on there,

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it should be able to bring these right up-to-date and...

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I've-I've never done this before, this... It's going to be cool!

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These chairs are a brave new world for Jay.

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He's agreed a budget of £140 for the pair.

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I can't think of a better man to maximise the bang for those bucks.

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In terms of what I've got to spend on them,

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I'm slightly maybe capping your creativity by the budget.

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If you could hit it as hard as you can on that budget, pack a punch,

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-see what you can do for that money, that would be fantastic.

-OK, cool.

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-All right, you take care.

-See ya.

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Well, I think I was right in thinking that those chairs

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are not right up Jay's street, but he is going to take them on

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and if anybody can make a couple of duds into something desirable,

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it's Mr Blades.

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My brain is thinking, like, "What am I going to do?

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"What am I going to do? What am I going to do?"

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I'm thinking of a load of different colours

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and also just how to work with bamboo.

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As I said, I've never done this before.

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Pfff! Wow, Sarah's done it to me today, I must admit, um...

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-Even

-I

-would like to see how these turn out.

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Jay has a £140 budget to transform these '80s throwbacks

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from dated to desirable.

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This is the South London market town of Croydon.

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There's been a market here since the 13th century, where,

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just like today, traders would sell fruit, vegetables,

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leather goods and linen,

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although I think there are probably fewer oxen on sale these days!

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Tucked away nearby is the creative hub

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that is Tom and Johnny's workshop.

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And Sarah's wheeling the old kitchen cabinet their way...

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..one hard-earned inch at a time.

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I think I should probably have left this at the tip.

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A few times she's brought stuff which was really unexpected

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and kind of a bit shocking, so hopefully nothing too outlandish.

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Yeah.

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This poor old kitchen cabinet is in a really sorry state

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and I'm hoping the boys in here are going to take up the challenge

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to turn it into something amazing, because at the moment I'm thinking

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it should probably have stayed at the tip.

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-Hello!

-Well, perhaps the boys can help you see the positive side

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of this item again, Sarah.

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-Give us a hand with this.

-Oh, wow.

-SARAH LAUGHS

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-"Wow?" That sounded almost enthusiastic!

-Yeah, yeah.

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-It's a bit of a dog, isn't it?

-That's kind of cool.

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-Shall we get it inside?

-Yeah.

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Well, I think underwhelmed adequately describes that reaction.

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-It's not in fantastic condition, is it?

-No.

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But I'm hoping that there is just enough left in it

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that you can actually make it into something,

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because it has got quite solid drawers to it.

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I'm having a look here and I'm thinking it might even be

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beech-fronted to the door and the drawers, so...

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Any ideas what you might be able to do with it?

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Yeah, definitely, I mean,

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the handles themselves are really nice, actually, they just need a lot

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of cleaning up to kind of get them back to sort of a nice kind of look.

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Yeah. If we take this paint off and see what's underneath here,

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this could be really nice, this wood.

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So perhaps the whole carcass stripped might be nice

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and then finished in oil or some other kind of finish.

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If it was kind of pale and interesting

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with those sweet little handles on it, it could look quite nice.

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-This is a bit of a shocker on the top, though.

-Yeah.

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Yeah, we're going to have to do something with that.

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Possibly painted, probably with an oil finish.

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-Cost comes into it as well, but...

-Yeah, exactly.

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..I think we need to see what we can...

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Keep it looking as good as possible, but keeping it cheap.

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-Yeah, I like that "cheap" word.

-BOTH CHUCKLE

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But if I'm leaving you, what, 260?

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If you can try and make it as saleable as possible

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and as approachable to as many people...

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-with styles of their interior...

-Certainly.

-..that would help.

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That's why with the top we'd probably go for something that's

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quite a neutral colour, something that's going to go well in any room.

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So that way people are going to be able to kind of use it

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where they like.

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I think that sounds great.

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-Yeah, so that's brilliant work. Perfect.

-Yeah.

-Thank you so much.

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Cool.

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Good lads, taking up that challenge!

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Because that old kitchen unit - it's definitely seen better days.

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The only place that that is going is up.

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It's going to be a challenge for us to get it back up and running,

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hopefully as a useful piece for someone, whether or not it's

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-used in the kitchen or, you know, in their hallway, you know?

-Yeah.

-Um...

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It's going to be a challenge,

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but I think it's going to be a nice piece at the end of it.

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The boys have a plan.

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A stripped wood cabinet with a painted worktop

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and they have a price, £260 all in.

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From the suburban streets of South London to the quiet

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countryside of Sarah's home in Sussex.

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She's dropped off the bamboo chairs and the cabinet and now,

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having enjoyed a morning walk with Bramble,

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

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So, the cuckoo clock really doesn't work.

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

0:18:000:18:03

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

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and I've also spoken to a horologist.

0:18:050:18:08

A what? Excuse me a sec.

0:18:090:18:12

NARRATOR TYPES ON KEYBOARD

0:18:120:18:14

One quick interweb search later,

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I can tell you a horologist is a clockmaker.

0:18:170:18:20

You learn something new every day!

0:18:200:18:22

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

0:18:220:18:26

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

0:18:260:18:30

Aw, this cuckoo will cuckoo no more.

0:18:310:18:35

But don't fret, Sarah has a plan.

0:18:350:18:37

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

0:18:400:18:45

OFF-KEY "CUCKOO" SOUNDS

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You know when a cuckoo clock is broken -

0:18:490:18:51

it starts to sound like a pigeon.

0:18:510:18:52

OFF-KEY "CUCKOO" SOUNDS

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It's a heavyweight item and Sarah needs to lighten the load

0:18:550:18:59

by clearing out its internal workings.

0:18:590:19:02

I'm sorry, this feels awful.

0:19:020:19:04

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

0:19:040:19:07

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

0:19:090:19:14

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

0:19:140:19:17

no idea is too off-the-wall or wacky - get inspired and go for it.

0:19:170:19:23

So that is pretty much stripped now, so if that's all one colour,

0:19:250:19:29

I think that's going to look really cool,

0:19:290:19:31

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

0:19:310:19:35

and this bit, the old moulding from the front,

0:19:350:19:38

definitely needs to be kept and I'm hoping that a phone

0:19:380:19:41

might fit in there...

0:19:410:19:44

Oh, look, that is perfect...

0:19:440:19:47

and really lucky, cos that's going to mean it will look like

0:19:470:19:50

it's made to do this, which is always helpful.

0:19:500:19:52

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

0:19:520:19:54

and then the phone will go in here, I've just got to work out a way of

0:19:540:19:57

getting the charger cord in here for whichever phone people have.

0:19:570:20:02

Can't be that hard, can it?

0:20:050:20:07

I think just get a little bit of something

0:20:070:20:11

to go over the top there and...

0:20:110:20:12

it'll be fine.

0:20:120:20:15

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

0:20:150:20:18

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

0:20:210:20:25

Yep, I'd say so.

0:20:250:20:27

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

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

0:20:300:20:35

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

0:20:350:20:40

thankfully!

0:20:400:20:41

In Wolverhampton,

0:20:410:20:43

in Jay's workshop there's been big changes to the bamboo chairs.

0:20:430:20:48

They look cool.

0:20:500:20:51

Jay has had them spray-painted by an expert technician to ensure

0:20:510:20:56

a pristine, smooth finish.

0:20:560:20:58

So...

0:20:590:21:01

These chairs, when Sarah brought them in to us,

0:21:010:21:03

were just like a...plain kind of bamboo look and...

0:21:030:21:08

what I've done is, I've sent these to a spray guy to get them sprayed.

0:21:080:21:12

The contrast that I want to try and create is the chair looks

0:21:120:21:15

beautiful in black, but then I want a kind of distressed bit,

0:21:150:21:19

where, here, it looks as if it's just dripping with paint.

0:21:190:21:22

Jay is going to add a coloured motif using gold spray paint.

0:21:240:21:28

If he doesn't like it, he can't undo it, as removing the gold paint

0:21:280:21:32

would damage the perfect black finish.

0:21:320:21:36

I don't normally use spray paint and stuff like that,

0:21:370:21:40

so one's feeling a bit nervous.

0:21:400:21:41

So what I'm going to go for is doing a little bit of a test run

0:21:410:21:44

first of all.

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When using spray paint, it's important to work in

0:21:470:21:51

a well-ventilated area, wearing the appropriate safety gear.

0:21:510:21:55

But that is quite cool.

0:21:550:21:56

And that's exactly what I want...

0:21:580:22:00

where it drips down.

0:22:000:22:01

Test run a success. It's time for the real deal.

0:22:040:22:08

I only get one chance at this and it has to look good, um,

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because once I put the paint onto there, that's it,

0:22:120:22:15

I've got no more chances to rub it out or go over it again.

0:22:150:22:18

I'm nervous just watching!

0:22:260:22:28

It's a one-shot deal, so here's hoping Jay achieves

0:22:280:22:31

the element of distressed grandeur he's after.

0:22:310:22:34

I said you only get one chance at it, and the one chance I've got,

0:22:460:22:50

-I don't like it!

-HE CHUCKLES

0:22:500:22:52

Oh, he's made a right old mess of that.

0:22:520:22:55

In South London, there's a whole lot of stripping going on.

0:22:580:23:03

Tom and Johnny have been hard at it for over three hours,

0:23:080:23:11

stripping the paint from the cabinet.

0:23:110:23:14

It's just a lot of not very nice work on this one.

0:23:160:23:18

There's a lot of dirty work, a lot of sanding,

0:23:180:23:20

a lot of years of paint and build-up on it,

0:23:200:23:22

so it's not the most glamorous of jobs, but I think the end result's

0:23:220:23:26

going to come quite quickly once we've done all the horrible bits.

0:23:260:23:29

Sarah hoped that once stripped,

0:23:310:23:33

it would reveal the cabinet was made of solid beech.

0:23:330:23:36

Unfortunately, it's plywood.

0:23:360:23:39

Only the front of one drawer is beech.

0:23:390:23:42

This means a change of plans.

0:23:420:23:44

You can really see the difference between the two drawers now.

0:23:460:23:49

So this one's the solid beech and this one's plywood.

0:23:490:23:53

Um, so, we're going to paint the carcass instead

0:23:530:23:57

and have a stripped wooden top.

0:23:570:23:59

So it's basically kind of flipping the idea, really.

0:23:590:24:02

It was going to be a painted top and a...bare...bottom.

0:24:020:24:07

Ha-ha! He said bare bottom!

0:24:070:24:09

Oh, just me, OK.

0:24:100:24:11

And now we're going to have the carcass painted

0:24:130:24:16

and the top in bare wood.

0:24:160:24:18

We found this old bit of worktop...

0:24:180:24:22

A surface that's going to be a good fit for our kitchen unit.

0:24:220:24:27

It's a bit messy, as you can see, cos we've used it for stripping!

0:24:270:24:30

-HE CHUCKLES

-So it needs a bit of a clean-up,

0:24:300:24:32

but we know there's nice solid wood underneath,

0:24:320:24:34

so we've just got to get to it.

0:24:340:24:36

While Johnny takes care of the worktop,

0:24:380:24:41

Tom is preparing to paint the undercoat of the cabinet.

0:24:410:24:44

If you use a dark-coloured paint,

0:24:440:24:46

then it's quite good to use a darker undercoat.

0:24:460:24:48

I'm going to thin it with a little bit of water as well.

0:24:480:24:51

It just helps it go on smoothly so you get nice thin coats

0:24:520:24:56

that you can build up gradually

0:24:560:24:57

and it'll sink into the pores of the wood a bit more.

0:24:570:25:00

Obviously, make sure that it's a water-based paint if you're going to do that.

0:25:000:25:03

If it's an oil-based paint, then it won't work so well.

0:25:030:25:05

Top tip from Tom.

0:25:050:25:07

The cabinet will be finished in olive green, a deep, earthy,

0:25:090:25:13

natural colour, which should sit in harmony with the natural finish

0:25:130:25:17

of the stripped wood worktop.

0:25:170:25:19

So, like, as expected underneath, it's a really nice,

0:25:240:25:27

solid piece of beech.

0:25:270:25:28

It's starting to come through, it just needs a lot,

0:25:280:25:30

lot more sanding, so I'm just going to continue doing this

0:25:300:25:33

and then hopefully we can get it looking like this all over.

0:25:330:25:35

They've been forced to change their plans once,

0:25:350:25:38

here's hoping it's plain sailing from here on in.

0:25:380:25:41

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

0:25:500:25:55

It's just arrived back from a special technician

0:25:560:25:59

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

0:25:590:26:02

wait till you see a load of this.

0:26:020:26:04

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

0:26:060:26:09

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

0:26:090:26:11

and turn it into something really kitsch and cool.

0:26:110:26:14

So the cuckoo clock has been flocked.

0:26:140:26:16

Flocking is the process of adding thousands of tiny particles

0:26:190:26:23

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

0:26:230:26:28

It gives the item a velvety feel.

0:26:280:26:30

It was very popular in the 1970s on wallpapers, but truth be told,

0:26:300:26:36

you can flock almost anything.

0:26:360:26:38

It's flocking marvellous.

0:26:380:26:39

Look at these two. Aren't they amazing?

0:26:410:26:43

Look at that really vibrant, lovely pink.

0:26:430:26:46

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

0:26:460:26:49

so when I put it all together, it should kind of layer up

0:26:490:26:52

so it looks really pretty.

0:26:520:26:53

But this stuff, stunning, isn't it?

0:26:530:26:56

So all I've got to do now is put it together, and hopefully

0:26:560:26:59

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

0:26:590:27:01

When Sarah saved this cuckoo clock from the scrapheap,

0:27:030:27:06

it was beyond repair, but now...

0:27:060:27:09

It's time has come to be born again

0:27:120:27:15

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

0:27:150:27:20

It's functional and eye-catching,

0:27:240:27:26

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

0:27:260:27:30

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

0:27:320:27:36

It's one of a kind, uber-cool and utterly brilliant.

0:27:400:27:44

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

0:27:490:27:51

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

0:27:510:27:53

and I'm just hoping it's saleable.

0:27:530:27:55

It was almost lost for ever, but Sarah saved Richard's broken clock.

0:27:580:28:03

What are you chucking out today, then?

0:28:030:28:05

Well, it's a cuckoo clock, a very nice cuckoo clock...

0:28:050:28:08

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

0:28:080:28:14

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

0:28:140:28:18

Sarah paid £72 to have the clock flocked,

0:28:200:28:24

plus 12 for a charger, making her total spend £84.

0:28:240:28:29

She sold the charging station to Velvet Moon,

0:28:300:28:33

a craft shop in Glasgow, and is now on her way to Richard's home

0:28:330:28:37

near Witley to hand over the profit.

0:28:370:28:39

DOORBELL RINGS

0:28:400:28:43

-Hi there, hello.

-Hello.

0:28:430:28:45

-Richard, hi, it's Sarah.

-Sarah.

0:28:450:28:47

-Hi there, nice to see you again.

-Nice to see you, this is...

0:28:470:28:49

-Oh, hello there. Hi, I'm Sarah.

-Hello, I'm Anne.

0:28:490:28:51

-Anne, hi there, how do you do?

-Hi.

0:28:510:28:53

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

0:28:530:28:55

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

-Oh, yes.

-Yeah.

0:28:550:28:57

..to see, and it was at least £150 just to get somebody to look at it,

0:28:570:29:01

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

0:29:010:29:03

-That's why I went to the dump!

-That's right.

-Yes!

0:29:030:29:05

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

0:29:050:29:08

so I've got some pictures to show you how it ended up.

0:29:080:29:10

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

-Oh, no!

-Yeah.

0:29:100:29:14

ALL LAUGH

0:29:140:29:15

-I knew I was going to get that reaction!

-Wow!

-That's lovely.

0:29:150:29:18

-Gosh, it's gone pink. Fantastic.

-Isn't that fantastic?

-Wow.

0:29:180:29:22

So it is now a phone charger.

0:29:220:29:25

-Wonderful. Oh, how clever!

-A phone charger, yeah.

0:29:250:29:29

-And it was flocked.

-Oh!

-Lovely!

-ALL LAUGH

0:29:290:29:33

-So it has had a new lease of life.

-That is amazing.

-Yes.

0:29:330:29:35

It is definitely in the pink and it has been bought by a shop

0:29:350:29:39

-who specialises in that kind of thing...

-Oh, really?

-Oh.

0:29:390:29:41

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

-Oh, good!

0:29:410:29:44

-Oh!

-It didn't make a fortune...

-I'm sure it didn't!

0:29:440:29:46

-..but I have got £26 here...

-Oh!

0:29:460:29:50

..for your old cuckoo clock and I hope you don't mind this now?

0:29:500:29:52

That is fantastic. I mean, as it was going in the tip, um...

0:29:520:29:56

You know, I don't want that, so it'll go up to the church,

0:29:560:29:59

-where she... You know, up at Witley.

-Yes.

-Oh, fantastic.

0:29:590:30:02

So, you know, we're about to spend a lot of money on outside

0:30:020:30:05

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

0:30:050:30:10

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

0:30:100:30:13

-Thank you very much.

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

0:30:130:30:16

-Well, lovely, that was a wonderful surprise.

-That's very sweet of you.

0:30:160:30:19

-Thanks very much.

-Bye-bye, thank you ever so much.

-Bye!

0:30:190:30:23

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

0:30:250:30:31

She sold it for 110,

0:30:310:30:32

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

0:30:320:30:37

In Wolverhampton, at Jay's workshop...

0:30:410:30:44

..he's getting prepped for Sarah's arrival to give the thumbs up

0:30:460:30:49

or down to his handiwork.

0:30:490:30:51

It is perhaps no surprise that those two bamboo chairs

0:30:560:31:00

were destined to the tip.

0:31:000:31:01

They're short on style and even though there is

0:31:010:31:04

a little bit of bamboo and wicker creeping back into fashion,

0:31:040:31:07

they just didn't have the look.

0:31:070:31:08

But I'm hoping with all Jay's skills,

0:31:080:31:10

he's managed to make them look desirable and saleable.

0:31:100:31:14

Has Jay succeeded in transforming these '80s chairs?

0:31:150:31:19

He's added a dash of contemporary panache.

0:31:240:31:27

The addition of the floral fabric adds a timeless classic quality.

0:31:300:31:35

And with a deep cushion, well, that just looks oh so comfy.

0:31:430:31:48

And as for that drippy, distressed motif,

0:31:520:31:56

it's now a golden glint down one side - a stylish touch.

0:31:560:32:00

For Sarah's viewing, Jay's hiding the floral design.

0:32:030:32:07

He's such a tease!

0:32:070:32:10

-How are things?

-Very good, very good.

0:32:130:32:16

BOTH LAUGH

0:32:160:32:17

-Are you good?

-They're different. They're different.

0:32:170:32:20

They are different.

0:32:200:32:22

Uh-oh, is that different good, or different bad?

0:32:220:32:25

That's just... This is the bottom fabric, if that makes sense?

0:32:260:32:30

OK, are you saying there's... there's another dimension?

0:32:300:32:33

Oh, yeah, there's another dimension.

0:32:330:32:35

So we've got to turn them over...

0:32:350:32:36

Different good! Excellent.

0:32:440:32:47

Great, thanks, lovely. Er, I'll take those.

0:32:470:32:50

-They're cool!

-You like 'em, yeah?

0:32:500:32:53

Yeah, they're good. They're really good.

0:32:530:32:54

They're strong and they were weak, and that is amazing to achieve that.

0:32:540:32:58

And you've got a real chunk of comfort in that...

0:32:580:33:01

Chunk of a cushion there, chunk of a cushion.

0:33:010:33:03

Cos the problem that I had before is when you sit on them,

0:33:030:33:06

the bamboo's really...

0:33:060:33:08

it comes through the thin cushion, and personally,

0:33:080:33:12

I really like the fabric, I must say, it's really, really nice.

0:33:120:33:15

I haven't gone for this print right in the centre because there's

0:33:150:33:18

so much going on here that I thought

0:33:180:33:21

do it a little bit off-centre, similar with that one as well.

0:33:210:33:24

Rather than use the fabric in exactly the same way that

0:33:240:33:27

everybody would, it's just doing it a little bit off-centre,

0:33:270:33:30

which makes it look really, really cool, I think.

0:33:300:33:32

They look classy, they look designer and they look expensive!

0:33:320:33:37

They do look expensive, I must admit.

0:33:370:33:39

70 quid each we left on them, did they come in on budget?

0:33:390:33:42

Bang on budget, £70 each, yeah. They look really, really expensive.

0:33:420:33:46

I really do like them,

0:33:460:33:48

I never really liked them when you brought them in.

0:33:480:33:50

-I thought they were horrible.

-Horrible?

-Yeah!

0:33:500:33:53

He's dissing my skip finds again! I don't have...

0:33:530:33:56

-I don't shop for my stuff, OK?

-I know you don't.

0:33:560:33:59

I need to drag it

0:33:590:34:00

kicking and screaming off a recycling centre, so...

0:34:000:34:03

I love what you've done to them.

0:34:030:34:05

I think you've given them every chance of going back into

0:34:050:34:08

somebody's house and being loved again.

0:34:080:34:10

-Thank you.

-Nailed it again, Blades.

-HE LAUGHS

0:34:100:34:13

Right, thanks for that.

0:34:130:34:15

That's a job well done, Jay.

0:34:150:34:17

These chairs are as exciting as I could possibly have hoped for.

0:34:190:34:23

They have got heaps of character now.

0:34:230:34:25

They are crispy, clean, exciting things

0:34:250:34:28

that I can sell and hopefully make some money on.

0:34:280:34:31

Xana was moving home and clearing out when Sarah spied this pair.

0:34:350:34:39

I've had them years and years and years and nobody's ever liked them.

0:34:400:34:44

I think you should give them to me and you should see

0:34:440:34:46

if I can make something exciting out of them for you.

0:34:460:34:48

It's much better to recycle and...

0:34:490:34:52

I did feel a bit guilty bringing them.

0:34:520:34:54

But maybe if they can be refreshed, they'll have a new life.

0:34:540:34:57

And that's exactly what happened.

0:34:580:35:01

With a striking new look, Sarah sold the chairs to Nick Smith,

0:35:040:35:09

a regular client of hers whose online shop specialises

0:35:090:35:12

in retro and recycled items.

0:35:120:35:15

And now, Sarah's going to tell Xana the good news.

0:35:150:35:19

-Hi there.

-Ah, hello.

0:35:210:35:22

-Hello.

-Hi, good to see you.

-And you. So, is this...?

0:35:220:35:25

This is where you were moving to when I saw you at the tip?

0:35:250:35:27

-Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is it.

-How did it go?

0:35:270:35:29

You said you had loads of bits that you were clearing out, have you...?

0:35:290:35:32

We did, we've spent all summer whittling it down

0:35:320:35:35

and finally we're all sorted now.

0:35:350:35:37

Um, your chairs went all the way to Wolverhampton

0:35:370:35:40

to a fantastic guy called Jay Blades who specialises in taking

0:35:400:35:42

furniture like yours and giving it a whole new lease of life, and

0:35:420:35:45

I've got some pictures to show you.

0:35:450:35:47

-I'd love to see it.

-How about that?

0:35:470:35:49

Wow! That looks amazing! Oh, gosh. They're so different.

0:35:490:35:53

They're lovely.

0:35:530:35:55

And for some reason I thought they were going to be

0:35:550:35:57

a sort of khaki colour.

0:35:570:35:58

I don't know why - I didn't expect them to be black.

0:35:580:36:01

The cushion pads are absolutely beautiful and really lovely fabric.

0:36:010:36:03

They're really comfortable as well, they've got that big,

0:36:030:36:06

-squashy seat pad on them.

-Yeah, because they were really...

0:36:060:36:09

I had quite thin pads and after a while they were a bit sort of...

0:36:090:36:11

-That ten-minute chair where you want to stand up again?

-Yeah.

0:36:110:36:14

They're not like that now and they're lovely and they have been

0:36:140:36:16

bought by a retro shop and I've got a little bit of profit to hand over.

0:36:160:36:20

-You're joking?! That's so good!

-So, there is £25...

0:36:200:36:24

-There's...£5 there...

-Wow! Thank you!

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..and 20 quid there for you.

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Well, that's not bad for some... some old junk! Thank you very much.

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What might you do with that little...lot?

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Well, I don't think we'll need to buy any more chairs,

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but it'll probably go towards something else that we need here,

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so that's very helpful.

0:36:390:36:40

-Lovely, OK, well, really great to catch up.

-You too.

0:36:400:36:42

-Thank you very much for letting me have your chairs.

-You're welcome.

-Bye-bye!

-Bye-bye.

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Jay charged Sarah £140.

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She sold them for 165, giving £25 profit to Xana.

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In South London...

0:37:050:37:07

..Tom and Johnny are ready to reveal the fruits of their labour to Sarah.

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Ever since I dropped it off,

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I have been wondering if Tom and Johnny have been able to find

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any redeeming features to transform that old kitchen cabinet

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into something that you'd want to have in your house

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and that I can sell for a profit.

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Have the lads achieved the perfect combo of style and practicality?

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They've done a marvellous job!

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The replacement beech worktop has been sanded down

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and finished with a clear varnish.

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It's a strong and sturdy bit of solid wood,

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which adds character and quality.

0:37:580:38:01

The original metal handles have scrubbed up a treat

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and add to the heavyweight feel.

0:38:070:38:09

This cabinet was built to last and now it's ready to take

0:38:120:38:16

pride of place in a new home.

0:38:160:38:18

Hello?

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For now, though, it's hidden away, ready for the grand unveiling.

0:38:220:38:26

-How are you?

-Good, and you?

-How are you doing?

0:38:270:38:29

-Really nice to see you.

-You too.

-Nice to see you again.

0:38:290:38:31

-Oh, it's under wraps.

-It is, yeah.

0:38:310:38:33

-Is that a good thing or not?

-You'll see in a second.

0:38:330:38:36

Guys, that's amazing! I cannot believe that. It's great.

0:38:380:38:43

It looks fresh and modern and really cool, doesn't it?

0:38:430:38:45

-The finish is fantastic. It looks brand-new.

-Yep.

0:38:450:38:49

-Retro style...

-Yeah.

-..but brand-new.

-Mm-hm.

0:38:490:38:51

We used all the original fittings, they cleaned up really nice,

0:38:510:38:54

so we didn't even have to change them, so, yeah.

0:38:540:38:56

Look at you! That's so clever.

0:38:560:38:59

I did not think that it would have that much style and that much

0:38:590:39:02

distinction about it, because it was awful when I dropped it off,

0:39:020:39:05

-wasn't it?

-Yeah, it didn't look great.

0:39:050:39:07

And a great chunk of timber on the top that adds gravitas to it.

0:39:070:39:10

And it's much thicker, which is nice,

0:39:100:39:12

cos it gives it a bit more kind of weight to it.

0:39:120:39:14

-Before it looked quite flimsy, whereas now it looks really solid.

-Mm.

0:39:140:39:17

There's nothing lightweight about this piece of furniture,

0:39:180:39:22

but have the boys kept within their £260 budget?

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How did you come out on costs for it?

0:39:270:39:29

Yeah, we went a bit over, but not too much. About £35 over.

0:39:290:39:32

Mainly on materials, cos it took so long to clean it and strip it and...

0:39:320:39:36

-Mm.

-You know, lots of sandpaper, lots of wire wool and stripper.

0:39:360:39:39

Yeah, and we decided to go for a better-quality paint,

0:39:390:39:42

which was definitely worth it.

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I know, well, it's got a lovely sort of matt look to it, hasn't it?

0:39:440:39:47

It's a good choice and you've done well to match that up.

0:39:470:39:51

So I think to make that out of what I left with you is a great job,

0:39:510:39:56

really, very cool.

0:39:560:39:58

-So thank you so much.

-Cheers.

-Cool, no problem.

0:39:580:40:01

-Brilliant.

-Cheers.

0:40:010:40:03

Tom and Johnny have worked wonders.

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This cabinet combines utility and beauty.

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Sarah met Julie when she brought the cabinet to the tip for a friend.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

0:40:150:40:16

-That's really sweet, isn't it?

-It's very old and tatty now and no use.

0:40:160:40:22

I'm sure if you've got the time, vision and the inclination

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to do these sort of things, it'll come out lovely.

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And we knew a couple of craftsmen who had all three.

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And then it was time to sell.

0:40:360:40:38

Sarah posted pictures online

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and hosted a pop-up barn sale to showcase the cabinet.

0:40:450:40:49

Now she's off to meet Julie once again, along with her friend -

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also called Sarah, who originally owned the cabinet -

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to show them its new look.

0:40:590:41:01

-Hello!

-Hi there.

-Hi!

0:41:020:41:03

-Oh, and Sarah. Hi there. How do you do?

-Hello!

0:41:030:41:05

Nice to see you.

0:41:050:41:07

-Oh, are you in the wars?

-No, a broken hand.

0:41:070:41:11

Oh, dear, oh, dear.

0:41:110:41:12

So you were helping out and diligently dropping off

0:41:120:41:16

-the old kitchen cabinet when I last saw you.

-Yes, that's right. Yes.

0:41:160:41:19

Did you think what we might do with it when we took it away?

0:41:190:41:22

Not really, no, I couldn't see any sort of...

0:41:220:41:24

-..improvement to it, do you know what I mean?

-Yeah.

0:41:260:41:28

Well, it went to some lovely guys, they're called Tom and Johnny,

0:41:280:41:33

who are based down in Croydon and they are proper furniture restorers

0:41:330:41:38

and so they're used to putting a very fine finish on things.

0:41:380:41:40

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

0:41:400:41:42

-So here is the restored kitchen cabinet.

-Oh, my word!

0:41:420:41:47

That is wonderful!

0:41:470:41:48

-It's good, isn't it?

-It is.

0:41:480:41:50

They have completely restored it...

0:41:500:41:52

-Yeah, yeah.

-..and they've given it a new chunky top.

0:41:520:41:55

-Ah!

-All of the drawers completely relined.

-Same handles?

0:41:550:42:00

Yeah, same handles, they kept all of the detail that they could.

0:42:000:42:03

It's surprising what you can do if you have the foresight,

0:42:030:42:07

-you know, that's marvellous.

-It's beautifully restored.

0:42:070:42:09

-Could be an island, couldn't it? You know, a kitchen island.

-Exactly.

0:42:090:42:12

Yeah.

0:42:120:42:13

It's something that's still for sale, so they have made it

0:42:130:42:17

-look amazing and I have high hopes that it will be soon sold...

-Yes.

0:42:170:42:21

-..and I can come back to you with some profit.

-Oh!

0:42:210:42:24

But it is a really lovely piece and all the bones of it have been saved.

0:42:240:42:29

-It's gorgeous.

-Great.

0:42:290:42:30

-Really nice to catch up.

-OK, thank you.

-Bye-bye!

0:42:300:42:32

-Thank you.

-Bye!

0:42:320:42:33

Well, I think Julie and Sarah really appreciated Tom and Johnny's

0:42:370:42:41

hard work in transforming that old kitchen cabinet,

0:42:410:42:43

they certainly brought it back to life.

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Tom and Johnny charged almost £300 for the restoration.

0:42:480:42:52

The cabinet is still to sell, so that might mean a loss of £295.

0:42:520:42:58

But I'm sure it won't be long before the cabinet is taking

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pride of place in a new home.

0:43:020:43:04

Sarah saved three unwanted items from the skip and now,

0:43:080:43:12

rather than being chucked in the landfill,

0:43:120:43:15

they've been given a new lease of life.

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Well, we've made a little bit of money along the way,

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but what's been really special is that I've met some great people

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and we've seen three tip finds transformed into amazing new items.

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Sarah Moore is in Witley on a mission to salvage three skip-bound items and give them a new lease of life. While Sarah has her hands full reworking a classic cuckoo clock to give it a colourful twist, upcycling whizz Jay Blades gets to work stamping his own unique style on a pair of bamboo chairs. But what can the visionary team of furniture restorers Tom and Johnny do to revolutionise a clapped-out old kitchen unit?


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