Junk makeover show. Sarah saves a collection of items destined for the tip in Walsall, but can an old chair, a metal chest and some offcuts of wood go from drab to designer?
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What are you chucking out today, then?
How do you make money for nothing?
Don't throw them, don't throw them!
The answer could be hiding in the 30 million tonnes of household waste
we throw out every year.
Thanks so much for letting me have that.
I think that's absolutely made my day, I love it.
That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore wants to get HER hands on things
before they hit the skip.
I'm a passionate buyer, maker and user of old stuff
and turned that passion into a money-making business.
I make new stuff out of old stuff and I sell it for a profit.
And with some of the country's elite designers and makers...
What do you reckon to that? Quite smart, isn't it?
-Tell me you love it.
-I love it.
..she can transform her finds into desirable...
Isn't it amazing?
It's quite a statement piece.
..and, hopefully, saleable items.
I'll take you down to the till, that's fantastic.
If Sarah is successful,
then she can hand the profits back to the very people who had no idea
there was cash to be made from their trash.
Wow! That's amazing.
Welcome to the Merchants Way Recycling Centre in Walsall,
where, as ever, the cars keep on coming.
The trash is being tossed.
And Sarah, she's on the prowl.
Today, I'm looking for those items destined for the tip with that
transformative potential that I can turn into profit.
But before you eager beavers get any idea about heading down to
your local dump, Sarah's been given special permission to raid the rubbish.
You never know what you're going to get here. That's why it's so thrilling!
She's on a mission to save three items from the scrapheap
to rejuvenate or repurpose, and sell on for a profit.
It looks like there's plenty of potential loot in Dave's boot.
You've got a car-full, what are you doing?
This is my auntie, who's moving from a house to an apartment.
There's some real old stuff in here, I tell you.
Surely in amongst all this, Sarah can uncover an item
to unleash her creativity upon?
After all, she can make the use-less use-ful, the aw-ful awe-some.
I don't know where the head's got to, I'm sure.
Some items, though, are beyond even Sarah's skills. Thankfully.
Tell you what I'm liking the look of. What's that?
Little stool or something?
-Yeah, it's a table.
-It's a telephone seat, isn't it?
Back in the days before mobiles or cordless phones,
you may have had one of these next to your telephone,
so you could have a nice sit while you had a natter.
I love its legs.
I've got somebody who I'm working with who loves a leg.
I nearly said something earlier!
I nearly said something earlier!
I'd sooner see YOUR legs than them legs!
Them legs do nothing for me.
I'm sure when you take them jeans off, them legs'll get better!
Now, now, now!
Keep it clean. This is a respectable show.
Let's get back to business, please.
I really like that, I love the metal on it and I like the look.
Do you think I'll get more than a fiver for it if I do it up?
You've saved it, that's the most important thing.
I'll see what I can do with this little gem.
-Put in a good word.
So what would Dave's auntie make of all this?
She'd be chuffed, absolutely chuffed.
It's been part of her life for a long, long time.
So if you end up recycling that, then that'll be great.
I know it's only small but I think this is absolutely beautiful.
These lines are classic,
you know, got that '50s atomic look to it
and I think this'll turn out to be a really pretty piece,
and I know just who to take it to.
Let's meet the man who'll be ringing the changes on this telephone seat.
Jay Blades is a builder-turned-philosophy graduate- turned-furniture designer.
What I love about furniture is the playfulness.
It reminds me of my childhood, where I used to make Meccano sets
and just making stuff.
Now with furniture, I'm allowed to take things apart,
add some paint, add some fabric and just basically add a bit of me.
Jay has his finger on the pulse of contemporary interior design,
reworking the very best of British craftsmanship and bringing it bang up-to-date.
Personally speaking, I think adding colour is very important.
Give me the most ridiculous piece of furniture and I will turn it into something beautiful.
That's my claim to fame. I know I could do it.
Hopefully, Jay will be just as engaged when he sees this.
One item found, two to go.
At the dump, there's a place for everything
and everything must go in its place.
In metal? In metal? Yep.
I'm now a recycling expert.
Expert, you don't say?
Well, let's put that to the test with a quick quiz.
Plusboard and rubble's down there.
-Ceramics and tiles up at the end, please.
Anything like a sofa bed, you can either put in large bulky items,
or if it's a recliner chair, I'd put it in metal.
-How about cooking oil?
-Cooking oil? There's a container over there for cooking oil.
Impressive! Most impressive.
Is there a once-prized possession waiting to be cherished again
in Richard's van?
You got that well stacked-up in there, then?
Oh, my word. What have you been breaking up?
It's my... Well, my nan's passed away.
-Oh, no, I'm so sorry.
-Not long ago, but, yeah,
so it's just a couple of the things out the bedroom, really.
Just to get rid before we try and sell it.
-OK, would you mind if I look when you're taking stuff out?
Richard is happy for Sarah to have a look in his van,
and perhaps rejuvenating an item belonging to his nan could,
in a small way, be a tribute to her.
You bad boy! Look at that.
It was typical Nan and Grandad's house.
Lots of sideboards, lots of, er...
You're breaking my heart, do you know that?
I'd have loved that, I know I would.
Beautiful and useful, you can't beat it.
Now, I like the look of that. That's lovely.
Hidden in amongst the bits and bobs,
Sarah thinks she's found the perfect item.
So, tell me about this. You haven't smashed this up?
No. That was just on the end of the bed.
So it was all painted to look like wood?
It's lovely. I want it. Can I have it?
-Yeah, perfect, no problem.
-Brilliant, let me take that away.
I think I shall be able to carry that.
That is lovely.
Thank you so much.
If Sarah's going to transform this old tin trunk into a treasure chest,
she's going to need some serious help.
But don't worry - she knows just the fella.
Daniel Heath has a passion for all things sustainable.
An award-winning wallpaper and textile designer,
Daniel loves adding an artistic flair to reclaimed materials,
to create made-to-order furniture and contemporary design pieces.
When I was a kid,
me and my brothers would go and get bikes out of skips
and take them to pieces, fix them up, cobble them together,
tinker around with them until we had bikes we could ride around.
And that was great to just find out how things work,
how things can come to pieces and be restored and how things can still
have a value even though they've been chucked in the skip.
Let's hope Daniel can see the value in the old tin trunk.
Sarah's got goodies for Jay and Daniel,
but now she needs to find an item for herself.
The day is almost done, she'd better get cracking.
We're having a smashing time at the dump!
When it comes to cleaning out the cupboards,
we might say take it to the tip, but Sarah, she's got a tip or two
on how to make recycling that rubbish pay off.
So slow down there, Nadim.
Oh, just before you throw those away, what were these for?
-Oh, we just...
-Pop them down, relax, relax.
-I just made some drawers at home.
Yeah, so that's why the blocks of wood.
-Brilliant. How many have you got?
-I've got plenty.
Well, I'm after little things from the tip that I think I may be able to make something out of,
and there's something so nice and chunky about these little bits
that if you didn't mind me taking them away,
I'd love to see if I could make them into anything.
Yeah, can do.
Any ideas what I might make out of some wood blocks?
Probably I think you can make some kind of box or something.
-Or maybe a pet home or something, you know?
I've got my work cut out there, then.
Right, that's loads to play with there, look at that.
I'm sure you can do quite a lot,
cos I've been told they're quite handy stuff to keep
and probably you can make something out of it,
but I'm not obviously a person who would know much about it.
But, yeah, I'm sure you could definitely do something with it.
Yep, you sure could.
You could chuck them in the tip!
I have no idea what she's going to do with these.
There's something about it that just screams "children".
I don't know why, I think it's that sort of old children's toy of blocks.
But I think that these can be made into something
probably for decoration.
I'm thinking maybe a row of houses or something out of these.
Just a bit of fun, a couple of quid each,
but because I've got quite a few of them,
there is a chance that I might make a few quid out of them.
Sarah's scavenged her three items.
Jay will be getting to grips with the lovely legs
on the telephone seat.
Daniel will transform the tin trunk from shabby to chic.
And Sarah will get creative with these cast-aside cut-offs.
Well, today has been full of surprises, and although the items
I've gathered don't look like much at the moment,
I'm certain I'm going to make some money for nothing.
This is Wolverhampton. Its motto is "out of darkness cometh light",
which appealed to philosophy graduate-turned-upcycling expert Jay Blades
when he was looking for a city to set up his workshop.
His furniture designs are as bright and bold as the shoes on his feet.
Most people throw away furniture which is perfectly useful
and able to last another 50, 100 years.
As long as you're able to do something to that piece of furniture, um...
..it would look completely different and it'll still be able to last in your house.
Will Jay be able to transform this item from chucked to cherished?
-That looks nice.
-It's a gem.
-Is it le...? No.
-It looked like it was leather.
-No, it's not.
It's a telephone chair, call chair, kind of thing.
-What do you reckon?
-It looks really, really cool.
I love the legs.
I saw the legs and I thought of you.
Yeah, most definitely.
This is me. All over.
I think the fabric is the thing that's going to make this shine.
Is it leather? Is it velvet?
I love working with leather or velvet and I think they ooze luxury,
so if we want to sell this for quite a bit of money,
because of the style it is, it should be quite a bit.
And this is quite unique, I've never seen anything like this before,
so we're going to make this one of those spectacular pieces.
That sounds fantastic.
-But what are we thinking about in terms of budget for it?
If you're working with something like leather,
leather pushes it up a bit because you have to buy a whole hide,
they don't sell them in halves, that I know of anyway.
And...I would love to work in the leather.
So the leather alone, we could be looking at least 60...
I would say £60 to cover that.
I'm probably looking at 150 quid maximum on it,
so I think that that might define what you get to put on the seat.
Sounds like Jay's big plans to blow the cobwebs away come
with a big price tag.
His leather dream is being crushed by Sarah's bottom line.
I'll leave you with 60 quid, if you struggle on the fabric,
then maybe I've got another fiver, another tenner to spend.
OK. 60-70, no more than 70.
-Don't spend more than 70.
-No more. OK. That's a deal.
You take care, yeah?
There's something really special about that telephone chair, and Jay picks up on that.
He's so good to work with because he knows about leaving a little bit of margin in it for everybody.
I think he's going to create something really special.
The fabric is going to be the wow factor,
and also with the fabric being the wow factor,
the legs, the side have to complement it as well.
So this one's going to be quite interesting.
Sarah and Jay agree this chair needs a modern makeover,
but can Jay do it within his £60-£70 budget?
Walthamstow in north-east London was the stomping ground
of '90s bad boys of pop, East 17.
They famously sang "everything's going to be all right".
Obviously, they hadn't seen the old tin trunk Sarah's bringing
to designer Daniel Heath.
The sort of work that I normally do is bespoke wallpapers.
I also do renovations of furniture or work with salvaged materials,
and quite often I'm the person that goes along and I choose those items,
so I'm really excited for Sarah to arrive with...
with whatever she's bringing today.
This trunk is a very lucky trunk.
First, it was saved from the tip, now, it's going to see Daniel Heath.
-Hello, Sarah! How you doing?
-Yeah, really well.
-Look at my treasure I've got for you.
What do you think?
It's great. I thought it was wood when you came in, but it's...
-It's really tin, isn't it?
-It's not the prettiest piece,
but it has got potential to be useful
and hopefully, in your hands, beautiful as well.
To make it into something else, I mean,
I suppose if we...
..sort of turned it over, we could make it into some sort of cabinet.
That's a great idea.
Do you know, that is actually quite clever.
Sarah could be right. This trunk is in luck.
You know, if we put it up on some hairpin legs,
it changes its functionality,
it makes it into a furniture piece rather than just a chest.
OK, so what kind of thing were you thinking?
Is it sort of like drinks cabinet or something?
Well, yeah, maybe a drinks cabinet.
I'm a massive cocktails fan, I can't help it!
I'm always trying to make people make things to put alcohol in.
Only ever have one!
Excluding the contents, how much will this cocktail cabinet cost?
With all the materials, how much do you think it's going to be to transform it like that?
I think we could probably do it for around 275.
You're making it into something that is aspirational, aren't you?
Not everybody has one hanging around at home, do you?
And I think that 275...
I've got margin to make on that and can I mix the first cocktail?
You certainly can, you certainly can. I'll have one too.
-OK. What do you like?
-Er, I actually like a White Russian.
-So, see you for the White Russians.
I hope that Daniel cracks on with that trunk and finishes it really
quickly, because I want to be back here having celebratory drinks
and counting the profit I might make.
Sarah's intoxicated on the profit potential.
But I'm thinking cocktail cabinets are a niche market.
I'm really glad Sarah's brought this along, cos I think, you know,
I'm going to have to do something that I haven't really done before.
I haven't done a cocktail cabinet before.
So let's make this one into a really special one.
Daniel's agreed a fee of £275 including labour and materials,
to turn this dreary tin trunk into a glamorous cocktail cabinet.
Sarah's dropped off the telephone chair and metal chest.
Now, at home in Sussex,
can she earn a wad of cash from these blocks of wood?
They're noisy, aren't they? Look at that little lot.
Loads and loads of fun to be had here.
There's something really childlike about them,
but I'm hoping to elevate them into more of an interiors project,
probably making some little houses out of them and using a little bit
of driftwood I found on the beach to make them look old-fashioned
and hoping that, with a few trimmings,
I might be able to make them into really pretty-looking things
that people want to have around the house.
Sarah's plan is to create a collection of ornamental cottages
that would look lovely perched on the mantelpiece.
She's using leftover sample pots of paint.
If you're planning on getting crafty,
it's a good idea to start keeping this type of thing.
I want them to be quite rough and chunky-looking.
I'm hoping they might dry a bit more quickly next to the wood burner.
What I want to do is knock the edges off this a bit...
rough it up, and then I'm going to put a door on it,
paint some windows and stick the roof on.
Sarah's using a bit of old slate and a piece of tin she found
on a beach for the roofs.
If you're going to try something like this,
make sure to smooth any raggedy edges that could cut fingers.
I think you really do need to find some beaten-up pieces like this,
because the character and the wear that the sea has created
in that piece of metal, you just can't recreate.
It's really weird with these things, but when you get it right
you can tell instantly the scale and how it fits.
If you get it right, it looks like a crofter's cottage.
If you get it wrong, it looks like a dog kennel.
Let's hope Sarah's not been barking up the wrong tree
with her idea for ornamental cottages.
She's only spent £5 on glue and a few nails.
Everything else was free.
Let's make our way back to Wolverhampton...
..where Jay's modern makeover of the telephone chair is well underway.
And what is this I spy?
The luxurious leather that was ruled out as being too expensive.
Tell all, Jay.
I got some really cheap leather from my local market,
which I really love going to.
I know everybody goes to these fancy kind of fabric houses,
but I go down to the local market and he sells me a bit of leather,
get it at a cheap enough price and I can put it onto chairs like this.
But I've kept the same kind of colour, so it's similar.
But I've added a button.
The reason why I do upholstery first sometimes is because I want to see
how the fabric looks and then add the colour with the paint.
I know I'm going to be adding this, this colour somewhere.
We put the kind of cushion on the back, but to tell you the truth,
I don't like the cushion. I think it doesn't work.
I think it looks so cool without the cushion, it's unbelievable.
The back just destroys it.
But will Sarah agree to chucking the cushion?
Especially now it's in luxurious leather!
I'm not so sure, Jay!
All I've got to do now is just complement it with some paint
and that's just going to look zing! It's going to be like that - whoosh!
"Zing!" Well, I've no idea what it is, but I like the sound of it.
Jay is using an electric sander
to expose the natural grain of the wood.
I want these to be a work of art, so I have to put some effort into them,
which basically means rubbing down, getting the grain up,
but this is going to really look cool when it's finished.
As I've said before, "zing" is what I'm after.
The key to a long-lasting paint job is to prepare the wood
so it's clean and crisp.
Best thing to do when you're painting, I would say,
is to put less paint on.
It's always best to really put a thin amount,
just so you're in control of it and you can actually spread the paint.
That's a top tip.
I, however, have a tip about your top.
If you're painting, best not to wear a pristine designer white shirt!
That's the first time... that's ever happened.
That's quite amazing.
Look at that. I've just got black on my shirt.
Shocker(!) Who'd have thought(?)
The blue leg is to match the button
and to make the button stand out even more...
..by adding another element of blue.
And against the three black legs...
..it's just going to look very...
Um, what's the word?
I'll give you a clue - begins with a Z.
Cor, blimey. I don't even know what the word is.
Oh, Jay, come on now! I think we all know.
It just gives it that zing!
That's the one!
But will this zing equal ker-ching when it comes time to sell?
And will Sarah agree to chucking the cushion?
Back in Walthamstow, north-east London,
the cocktail cabinet is in full swing.
Daniel has brought in his assistant Laura to lend a hand.
They've applied a primer coat of paint and are now on the second coat
of the finish, a soft cream.
It's lighter than we were going to do,
we were going to do quite a dark blue,
but actually I think because of the size of it,
I think that would be quite imposing in this space.
So we're going with something quite light and then as you open it,
on the inside, you're going to have this glamour of the kind of...
opulent lining that we're going to put inside.
Opulent, eh? That sounds exciting.
How exactly will that be achieved?
This is the wallpaper that we're going to use.
This is our hand-screen-printed onyx skyline design in gold and black.
I think it's going to be quite nice.
-How's it going?
Yeah, it's good. I'm just thinking in terms of the hinges,
how you want the wallpaper to sit inside.
Oh, yeah. I see what you mean.
Actually, we probably don't need them, do we?
Because the hinges are there to kind of keep the lid open when it's...
-the trunk is the sort of normal way up.
So maybe we should take them out somehow.
I think it might be time to break out the power tools.
-How's it going?
-Not particularly well.
It doesn't seem to be going through enough on this side,
but I think a bit of perseverance and we should get it off.
Perseverance...and a crowbar.
When the drill won't do the job and the crowbar just won't cut it,
what you going to do?
Look at those sparks fly!
Got it! Pretty tough to grind through.
That's probably why it's lasted so long.
I'm not sure how much longer it'll last now it's in your hands, Daniel.
One problem solved, but another presents itself.
The paint is chipping.
Daniel's been using a paint designed for interior metal
such as radiators.
But it might not be up to the task in hand.
I just don't know whether it's strong enough.
-Do you know what I mean?
It's back to the drawing board for Daniel.
Back at Sarah's home in Sussex,
her cottage industry producing ornamental cottages
is a hive of activity.
I've been practising windows, trying to see what looks best.
I think I'm just going to paint them on using that little square brush.
I think that's nearly enough detail.
We're definitely getting there, we're definitely getting there.
These odds and ends were saved from the skip before Sarah set to work transforming them.
Well, now. Aren't these little treasures?
Sarah's eye for detail,
the little pieces of tin used as dormer windows, the nail fence,
has made these old blocks simply stunning.
I am delighted that I found these little blocks of wood
because I would never have dreamt up these houses
if I hadn't been inspired by that find.
Sarah first discovered the cast-aside cut-offs
in the back of Nadim's boot.
Ooh, just before you throw those away, what were these for?
I just made some drawers at home.
Any ideas what I might make out of some wood blocks?
Probably I think you can make some kind of box or something?
-Or maybe a pet home or something, you know?
A box or a pet home.
Sarah didn't go with them, though.
Sarah posted photos of the six ornaments on her social media page
with price tags attached.
Bramble? Do you want to see the houses?
What do you think, Bramble? One bark bad, two barks good.
HE BARKS TWICE
They have Bramble's bark of approval,
and they quickly started selling.
Now Sarah's making her way to Nadim's home to tell him
what became of his blocks of wood.
-Are you OK?
Yeah, very well, very well.
I said at the tip when you dropped off your wood blocks
that I'd come back and catch up with you,
and I've got some pictures to show you how it ended up.
-So here is how you probably remember them.
-That's right, yeah.
And...this is how they ended up.
Wow, that's amazing.
-Is that the same wood, is it?
-It IS the same wood.
So there's a few more pictures to show you.
That looked like a great, great artwork.
I'm really impressed. That's amazing. That looks really good.
Well, I'm really pleased, I'm pleased that you like them
and it turns out other people like them too, because I sold all of them.
-And, um, I've actually got some profit to share with you...
I have got £180 for you.
Do you have an idea about what you might spend it on?
I don't know. I'll probably take my mum out for dinner or something, so, yeah, that's amazing.
-Well, I really enjoyed working on them,
I'm glad I was there when you dropped them off, and thank you so much, and for your time today, too.
It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you very much for that as well.
An absolute pleasure. Take care, bye-bye.
Well, that was a really lovely ending to the story of those blocks of wood,
because I enjoyed working on them.
I think Nadim was quite surprised with what we did with them
and he gets to take his mum out for dinner with the money.
Sarah spent £5 on a few fixings.
The cottages sold for a total of 185 quid.
That leaves £180 for Nadim.
And his mum.
The blocks of wood were a big success for Sarah.
Jay's putting the finishing touches to the telephone chair.
Will Sarah give the thumbs-up or down to Jay's handiwork?
I can't wait to see what Jay has done with that poor little redundant telephone chair.
I'm hoping he's given it a new lease of life and a purpose again.
Sarah and Jay were both hung up on the smooth curves and slender legs of this item.
But it didn't mean a thing, cos it didn't have that zing.
The two-tone colour palette and simple but eye-catching addition
of the blue button make it modern and stylish.
Jay's left the back bar untouched.
It's chipped and cracked,
but contrasts nicely with the sleek finish of the paintwork -
a talking point hinting at the chair's history.
And of course the leather.
A touch of extravagance - exactly what Sarah was after.
Now, this is how Jay would like the chair to look.
But for Sarah's viewing, he'll bring back the cushion
and try to smooth-talk her round to his way of thinking.
Good luck with that!
Do you like it?
Let me look at it.
-It's leather, yes.
I thought I'd push the boat out a bit, just a wee bit.
It is luxury! The one thing I don't like is, I don't like the back.
I think it doesn't look good with the back on there.
But the back off - now, that is style.
For me, it just doesn't look... When you look at it,
because no-one has a chair up that high anyway, really.
It just looks cool. Really, really cool.
Mmm. That could work.
Will she or won't she?
Personally, I'm on Team Jay.
And now it looks naff.
You're completely right.
This is luxury, classy, designer, and that is sluggish, isn't it?
Yeah, it is, it's not good. But that - that works.
That looks... I think that looks really, really cool.
You've done well there, you've done well!
I have done well, thank you, thank you.
Let's put it back on its pedestal so I can have a proper look. Because that... The legs...
You've got such a great eye.
It's beautiful, I think. It just oozes style, sex appeal.
It's one of the most stylish things I've ever produced.
And because Jay did a deal on the leather,
he hasn't burst his budget.
He completed the work for £60.
The leather, you normally buy leather hide and it can be about £250.
But I've got a man at my local market
and he sells me leather hides really, really cheap
and this was like an offcut of one and, yeah, it just worked.
It's the business, isn't it?
It may look the business, but will it be a good bit of business?
The proof, as ever, will be in the profit.
Jay has definitely managed to get some life back into the old stool...
and I'm going to make a bit of money on it,
because the design is great and it's got a very strong look now.
Sarah first spied this leggy lovely in Dave's boot.
What was that? Little stool or something?
-It's a telephone seat, isn't it?
-With a back.
It belonged to Dave's auntie.
It's been part of her life for a long, long time.
So if you end up recycling that, then that will be great.
All the vintage chair needed was a little va-va-voom.
Made-over to the max, it was an easy sell it for Sarah
through a specialist antique and up-cycling shop in London.
Now she's on her way to Dave's house to surprise him with the good news.
Hello, Sarah. Nice to meet you again.
-How are you?
-I'm really well, David. How are things?
Smashing, yeah. Smashing.
Lovely. Well, I said after our brief encounter at the tip that I'd be back in touch about your chair.
-It belonged to your aunt, didn't it?
That's right, she was downsizing, yeah.
I work with a guy called Jay Blades,
who takes a lot of mid-century furniture like yours
and really makes it look amazing. Do you want to see what he did with it?
Yeah, yeah. I'd love to, love to.
-I think you probably remember it looking...
-Yes, yes, yes.
Looking like that.
After he finished with it, it looked like that.
Excellent, yeah. Unrecognisable, really.
What do you think your auntie would think about that?
She'd be amazed, really. And just pleased, you know?
I think that generation don't throw things away, do they?
You know what I mean? Yeah, she'd be chuffed.
I took it to a shop in London.
It did sell, and I'm really pleased to say it sold at a profit as well.
-So I've got £60 here to give to you.
-For you, for your old chair.
I think it should go to my auntie, actually. I think she'll have that, but, yeah, yeah.
Excellent. Any idea...? What does she like, what kind of interests does she have?
She likes theatre and arty things, things like that.
Now she's a pensioner, I'll say just treat yourself to whatever you want to do.
Seems a good idea, doesn't it, yeah?
It was my auntie's at the end of the day, I was just...
-The messenger, yeah.
Oh, well, that's lovely. Well, say thank you very much to her.
-And thank you for your time and for letting us take it away
and do something with it. It'll make a lot of people very happy now.
Well, it's made me happy and you happy, there's no losers!
-Take care, thanks ever so much.
Jay charged Sarah £60 to transform Dave's auntie's chair.
Sarah sold it for 120,
turning a profit of £60.
That's two success stories.
The pressure is on Daniel and his cocktail cabinet.
I hope he's fixed that paint problem.
Sarah's made her way to Walthamstow in London to check it out.
So, I'm expecting the rusty tin trunk that I dropped off
to be transformed into something fabulous
with the work of Daniel Heath.
He mentioned cocktails - I'm well up for that.
Hold on, YOU mentioned the cocktails!
Will she be toasting Daniel's success or drowning her sorrows?
The bold blue gloss paint was a brave choice.
It immediately attracts the eye and makes this item a focal point
in any room, just as a cocktail cabinet should.
Daniel's Art Deco wallpaper is a little bit lush and, all in all,
I think this will add the wow factor to any interior.
But what about the boss?
-So, are you pleased with how it's gone?
Brace yourself, brace yourself.
OK... Here we go.
It's so cool, isn't it?
Oh, Daniel! It's really cool, isn't it?
It's quite fun. Um...yeah.
And lovely little brass details. Those are really good, aren't they?
Yeah, so the brass and the blue really complement each other.
Then we've got some of that colouring coming into the print in the back as well.
Yeah, nice to see that with the lovely wallpaper.
We did flip-flop a bit on colour.
In the end, we wanted to have quite a hardy finish on it,
so we used quite a strong metal paint, so, yeah,
that's how we ended up with the blue.
Well, I'm loving the gloss and the detail.
It's lovely seeing it floating up on those legs.
Did you have to make them or did you manage to buy them?
I bought them in the end,
because I found a guy that mainly makes hairpin legs and, er,
thinking about bringing it in on budget,
if I'd bought the materials and welded it here,
it would have cost more, so...
It far exceeds my expectation of what should've been done with that old tin trunk.
It was never going to end up like this, and the fact that you have
seen the vision to do it, I think is brilliant work. Thank you so much.
Great. Thank you, Sarah. Cheers.
Daniel's done an outstanding job, and bang on budget.
That went well.
You know, it's one of the more characterful pieces,
so I'm glad that it was well received.
Sarah first came across the old tin trunk in Richard's van.
Now, I like the look of that. That's lovely.
-I want it. Can I have it?
-Yeah, perfect, not a problem.
Brilliant. Let me take that away. I think I shall be able to carry that.
And Sarah picked bright spark Daniel to give it a new lease of life.
The cocktail cabinet was snapped up by Nick Smith,
who sells to clients all over the world
from his online vintage and retro shop.
Now she's visiting Richard
to show him how she transformed that old tin trunk.
-How are you doing?
-Very good, thank you.
-I said when we met at the tip that I'd like to come and catch up with you about your old trunk.
So I'm here. Have you thought about what we might have done with it?
Not a clue. I mean, there were some paint marks on it that probably needed cleaning off,
but not a clue what they would have done with it, to be honest. We were just looking to get rid of it.
It was an old trunk and no-one would want it.
It turns out your trunk was a very lucky trunk, because I work with a designer called Daniel Heath,
who is the most amazing surface-pattern designer.
-Do you want to see what he did?
-I'd love to, yes.
OK, so, I think you probably remember it looking more like this.
And this is Daniel with his finished piece.
-What do you reckon?
-Can you imagine that your trunk
would ever have ended up looking like that?
I would never have thought it would look like that.
He's done a brilliant job on it.
So I showed it to a dealer that I work with
and he came along and snapped it up.
It's a great thing, and actually managed to make some profit for you.
So I have got £125 here for you...
-Wow, that's great!
-..for your old trunk.
-I never expected to get any money for it.
-What would you do with that?
Well, we're going away in the summer so we'll probably put it towards that,
to have a nice time with the children.
I think that's a great thing to do with it, and thank you so much
for taking the time, at the tip and today, to let me catch up with you.
-No problem at all.
-Thank you ever so much.
I think both Richard and I were surprised with how much
Daniel managed to achieve with that old trunk,
and it sounds like the family are going to have a few special treats on holiday now.
So, Daniel charged Sarah £275 for the makeover.
Sarah sold it to Nick for 400
and Richard gets to put £125 into the holiday kitty.
Sarah upcycled three unwanted items.
They proved to be a good bit of business
and good for the environment.
Rather than being chucked in the landfill,
they're being cherished in a home.
Well, they were three brilliant transformations,
from tip-bound to top end,
with money for nothing made along the way.
Sarah saves an interesting collection of items that were destined for the tip in Walsall, but can an old phone chair, a metal chest and some offcuts of wood be changed from drab to designer? Upcycling expert Jay Blades is a master with a paintbrush and is out to convince Sarah that his bright and bold design ideas can make an old bit of furniture cool again, while award-winning designer Daniel Heath has his hands full giving the old metal chest a retro makeover.