Episode 2 Money for Nothing


Episode 2

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?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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Don't throw them, don't throw them!

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

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we throw out every year.

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Thanks so much for letting me have that.

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I think that's absolutely made my day, I love it.

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That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore wants to get HER hands on things

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before they hit the skip.

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

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and turned that passion into a money-making business.

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

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

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What do you reckon to that? Quite smart, isn't it?

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-Tell me you love it.

-I love it.

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

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Isn't it amazing?

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..valuable...

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It's quite a statement piece.

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..and, hopefully, saleable items.

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I'll take you down to the till, that's fantastic.

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If Sarah is successful,

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

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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Wow! That's amazing.

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Welcome to the Merchants Way Recycling Centre in Walsall,

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where, as ever, the cars keep on coming.

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The trash is being tossed.

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Excuse me.

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And Sarah, she's on the prowl.

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Today, I'm looking for those items destined for the tip with that

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transformative potential that I can turn into profit.

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But before you eager beavers get any idea about heading down to

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your local dump, Sarah's been given special permission to raid the rubbish.

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You never know what you're going to get here. That's why it's so thrilling!

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She's on a mission to save three items from the scrapheap

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to rejuvenate or repurpose, and sell on for a profit.

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It looks like there's plenty of potential loot in Dave's boot.

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You've got a car-full, what are you doing?

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This is my auntie, who's moving from a house to an apartment.

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There's some real old stuff in here, I tell you.

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Surely in amongst all this, Sarah can uncover an item

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to unleash her creativity upon?

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After all, she can make the use-less use-ful, the aw-ful awe-some.

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SARAH LAUGHS

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I don't know where the head's got to, I'm sure.

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Some items, though, are beyond even Sarah's skills. Thankfully.

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Tell you what I'm liking the look of. What's that?

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Little stool or something?

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-Yeah, it's a table.

-It's a telephone seat, isn't it?

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Back in the days before mobiles or cordless phones,

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you may have had one of these next to your telephone,

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so you could have a nice sit while you had a natter.

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I love its legs.

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I've got somebody who I'm working with who loves a leg.

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I nearly said something earlier!

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I nearly said something earlier!

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I'd sooner see YOUR legs than them legs!

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Them legs do nothing for me.

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I'm sure when you take them jeans off, them legs'll get better!

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Now, now, now!

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Keep it clean. This is a respectable show.

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Let's get back to business, please.

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I really like that, I love the metal on it and I like the look.

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Do you think I'll get more than a fiver for it if I do it up?

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You've saved it, that's the most important thing.

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I'll see what I can do with this little gem.

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-Smashing.

-Lovely.

-Put in a good word.

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So what would Dave's auntie make of all this?

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She'd be chuffed, absolutely chuffed.

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It's been part of her life for a long, long time.

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So if you end up recycling that, then that'll be great.

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I know it's only small but I think this is absolutely beautiful.

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These lines are classic,

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you know, got that '50s atomic look to it

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and I think this'll turn out to be a really pretty piece,

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and I know just who to take it to.

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Let's meet the man who'll be ringing the changes on this telephone seat.

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Jay Blades is a builder-turned-philosophy graduate- turned-furniture designer.

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What I love about furniture is the playfulness.

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

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and just making stuff.

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

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add some paint, add some fabric and just basically add a bit of me.

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

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reworking the very best of British craftsmanship and bringing it bang up-to-date.

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Personally speaking, I think adding colour is very important.

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Give me the most ridiculous piece of furniture and I will turn it into something beautiful.

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That's my claim to fame. I know I could do it.

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Hopefully, Jay will be just as engaged when he sees this.

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One item found, two to go.

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At the dump, there's a place for everything

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and everything must go in its place.

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In metal? In metal? Yep.

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I'm now a recycling expert.

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Expert, you don't say?

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Well, let's put that to the test with a quick quiz.

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Plusboard and rubble's down there.

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-Ceramics and tiles up at the end, please.

-Yeah.

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Anything like a sofa bed, you can either put in large bulky items,

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or if it's a recliner chair, I'd put it in metal.

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-How about cooking oil?

-Cooking oil? There's a container over there for cooking oil.

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Impressive! Most impressive.

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Is there a once-prized possession waiting to be cherished again

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in Richard's van?

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You got that well stacked-up in there, then?

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-Yes.

-Wow!

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Oh, my word. What have you been breaking up?

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It's my... Well, my nan's passed away.

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-Oh, no, I'm so sorry.

-Not long ago, but, yeah,

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so it's just a couple of the things out the bedroom, really.

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Just to get rid before we try and sell it.

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-OK, would you mind if I look when you're taking stuff out?

-No.

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Richard is happy for Sarah to have a look in his van,

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and perhaps rejuvenating an item belonging to his nan could,

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in a small way, be a tribute to her.

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You bad boy! Look at that.

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It was typical Nan and Grandad's house.

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Lots of sideboards, lots of, er...

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You're breaking my heart, do you know that?

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I'd have loved that, I know I would.

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Beautiful and useful, you can't beat it.

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Now, I like the look of that. That's lovely.

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Hidden in amongst the bits and bobs,

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Sarah thinks she's found the perfect item.

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So, tell me about this. You haven't smashed this up?

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No. That was just on the end of the bed.

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Oh, wow.

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So it was all painted to look like wood?

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It's lovely. I want it. Can I have it?

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-Yeah, perfect, no problem.

-Brilliant, let me take that away.

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I think I shall be able to carry that.

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That is lovely.

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Thank you so much.

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If Sarah's going to transform this old tin trunk into a treasure chest,

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she's going to need some serious help.

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But don't worry - she knows just the fella.

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Daniel Heath has a passion for all things sustainable.

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An award-winning wallpaper and textile designer,

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Daniel loves adding an artistic flair to reclaimed materials,

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to create made-to-order furniture and contemporary design pieces.

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When I was a kid,

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me and my brothers would go and get bikes out of skips

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and take them to pieces, fix them up, cobble them together,

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tinker around with them until we had bikes we could ride around.

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And that was great to just find out how things work,

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how things can come to pieces and be restored and how things can still

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have a value even though they've been chucked in the skip.

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Let's hope Daniel can see the value in the old tin trunk.

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Sarah's got goodies for Jay and Daniel,

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but now she needs to find an item for herself.

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The day is almost done, she'd better get cracking.

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SMASH!

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We're having a smashing time at the dump!

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When it comes to cleaning out the cupboards,

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we might say take it to the tip, but Sarah, she's got a tip or two

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on how to make recycling that rubbish pay off.

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So slow down there, Nadim.

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Oh, just before you throw those away, what were these for?

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-Oh, we just...

-Pop them down, relax, relax.

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-I just made some drawers at home.

-Oh, really?

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Yeah, so that's why the blocks of wood.

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-Brilliant. How many have you got?

-I've got plenty.

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Well, I'm after little things from the tip that I think I may be able to make something out of,

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and there's something so nice and chunky about these little bits

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that if you didn't mind me taking them away,

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I'd love to see if I could make them into anything.

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Yeah, can do.

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Any ideas what I might make out of some wood blocks?

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Probably I think you can make some kind of box or something.

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-Or maybe a pet home or something, you know?

-Mmm, excellent.

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I've got my work cut out there, then.

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Right, that's loads to play with there, look at that.

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I'm sure you can do quite a lot,

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cos I've been told they're quite handy stuff to keep

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and probably you can make something out of it,

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but I'm not obviously a person who would know much about it.

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But, yeah, I'm sure you could definitely do something with it.

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Yep, you sure could.

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You could chuck them in the tip!

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I have no idea what she's going to do with these.

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There's something about it that just screams "children".

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I don't know why, I think it's that sort of old children's toy of blocks.

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But I think that these can be made into something

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probably for decoration.

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I'm thinking maybe a row of houses or something out of these.

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Just a bit of fun, a couple of quid each,

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but because I've got quite a few of them,

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there is a chance that I might make a few quid out of them.

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Sarah's scavenged her three items.

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Jay will be getting to grips with the lovely legs

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on the telephone seat.

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Daniel will transform the tin trunk from shabby to chic.

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And Sarah will get creative with these cast-aside cut-offs.

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Well, today has been full of surprises, and although the items

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I've gathered don't look like much at the moment,

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I'm certain I'm going to make some money for nothing.

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This is Wolverhampton. Its motto is "out of darkness cometh light",

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which appealed to philosophy graduate-turned-upcycling expert Jay Blades

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when he was looking for a city to set up his workshop.

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His furniture designs are as bright and bold as the shoes on his feet.

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Most people throw away furniture which is perfectly useful

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and able to last another 50, 100 years.

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As long as you're able to do something to that piece of furniture, um...

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..it would look completely different and it'll still be able to last in your house.

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Will Jay be able to transform this item from chucked to cherished?

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-That looks nice.

-It's a gem.

-Is it le...? No.

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-It looked like it was leather.

-No, it's not.

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It's a telephone chair, call chair, kind of thing.

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-What do you reckon?

-It looks really, really cool.

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I love the legs.

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I saw the legs and I thought of you.

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Yeah, most definitely.

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This is me. All over.

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I think the fabric is the thing that's going to make this shine.

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Is it leather? Is it velvet?

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I love working with leather or velvet and I think they ooze luxury,

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so if we want to sell this for quite a bit of money,

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because of the style it is, it should be quite a bit.

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And this is quite unique, I've never seen anything like this before,

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so we're going to make this one of those spectacular pieces.

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That sounds fantastic.

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-Yeah.

-But what are we thinking about in terms of budget for it?

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If you're working with something like leather,

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leather pushes it up a bit because you have to buy a whole hide,

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they don't sell them in halves, that I know of anyway.

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And...I would love to work in the leather.

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So the leather alone, we could be looking at least 60...

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I would say £60 to cover that.

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I'm probably looking at 150 quid maximum on it,

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so I think that that might define what you get to put on the seat.

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Sounds like Jay's big plans to blow the cobwebs away come

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with a big price tag.

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His leather dream is being crushed by Sarah's bottom line.

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I'll leave you with 60 quid, if you struggle on the fabric,

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then maybe I've got another fiver, another tenner to spend.

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OK. 60-70, no more than 70.

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-Don't spend more than 70.

-No more. OK. That's a deal.

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You take care, yeah?

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-Bye!

-OK.

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There's something really special about that telephone chair, and Jay picks up on that.

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He's so good to work with because he knows about leaving a little bit of margin in it for everybody.

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I think he's going to create something really special.

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The fabric is going to be the wow factor,

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and also with the fabric being the wow factor,

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the legs, the side have to complement it as well.

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So this one's going to be quite interesting.

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Sarah and Jay agree this chair needs a modern makeover,

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but can Jay do it within his £60-£70 budget?

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Walthamstow in north-east London was the stomping ground

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of '90s bad boys of pop, East 17.

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They famously sang "everything's going to be all right".

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Obviously, they hadn't seen the old tin trunk Sarah's bringing

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to designer Daniel Heath.

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The sort of work that I normally do is bespoke wallpapers.

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I also do renovations of furniture or work with salvaged materials,

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and quite often I'm the person that goes along and I choose those items,

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so I'm really excited for Sarah to arrive with...

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with whatever she's bringing today.

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This trunk is a very lucky trunk.

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First, it was saved from the tip, now, it's going to see Daniel Heath.

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-Hiya!

-Hello, Sarah! How you doing?

-Yeah, really well.

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-Look at my treasure I've got for you.

-Wow!

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What do you think?

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It's great. I thought it was wood when you came in, but it's...

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

-It's not the prettiest piece,

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but it has got potential to be useful

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and hopefully, in your hands, beautiful as well.

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To make it into something else, I mean,

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I suppose if we...

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..sort of turned it over, we could make it into some sort of cabinet.

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That's a great idea.

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Do you know, that is actually quite clever.

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Sarah could be right. This trunk is in luck.

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You know, if we put it up on some hairpin legs,

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it changes its functionality,

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it makes it into a furniture piece rather than just a chest.

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OK, so what kind of thing were you thinking?

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Is it sort of like drinks cabinet or something?

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Well, yeah, maybe a drinks cabinet.

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I'm a massive cocktails fan, I can't help it!

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I'm always trying to make people make things to put alcohol in.

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Only ever have one!

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Excluding the contents, how much will this cocktail cabinet cost?

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With all the materials, how much do you think it's going to be to transform it like that?

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I think we could probably do it for around 275.

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You're making it into something that is aspirational, aren't you?

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Not everybody has one hanging around at home, do you?

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And I think that 275...

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I've got margin to make on that and can I mix the first cocktail?

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You certainly can, you certainly can. I'll have one too.

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-OK. What do you like?

-Er, I actually like a White Russian.

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-So, see you for the White Russians.

-OK.

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I hope that Daniel cracks on with that trunk and finishes it really

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quickly, because I want to be back here having celebratory drinks

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and counting the profit I might make.

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Sarah's intoxicated on the profit potential.

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But I'm thinking cocktail cabinets are a niche market.

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I'm really glad Sarah's brought this along, cos I think, you know,

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I'm going to have to do something that I haven't really done before.

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I haven't done a cocktail cabinet before.

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So let's make this one into a really special one.

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Daniel's agreed a fee of £275 including labour and materials,

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to turn this dreary tin trunk into a glamorous cocktail cabinet.

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Sarah's dropped off the telephone chair and metal chest.

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Now, at home in Sussex,

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can she earn a wad of cash from these blocks of wood?

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WOOD CLATTERS

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They're noisy, aren't they? Look at that little lot.

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Loads and loads of fun to be had here.

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There's something really childlike about them,

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but I'm hoping to elevate them into more of an interiors project,

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probably making some little houses out of them and using a little bit

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of driftwood I found on the beach to make them look old-fashioned

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and hoping that, with a few trimmings,

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I might be able to make them into really pretty-looking things

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that people want to have around the house.

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Sarah's plan is to create a collection of ornamental cottages

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that would look lovely perched on the mantelpiece.

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She's using leftover sample pots of paint.

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If you're planning on getting crafty,

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it's a good idea to start keeping this type of thing.

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I want them to be quite rough and chunky-looking.

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I'm hoping they might dry a bit more quickly next to the wood burner.

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What I want to do is knock the edges off this a bit...

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rough it up, and then I'm going to put a door on it,

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paint some windows and stick the roof on.

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Sarah's using a bit of old slate and a piece of tin she found

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on a beach for the roofs.

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If you're going to try something like this,

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make sure to smooth any raggedy edges that could cut fingers.

0:19:490:19:53

I think you really do need to find some beaten-up pieces like this,

0:19:530:19:56

because the character and the wear that the sea has created

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in that piece of metal, you just can't recreate.

0:20:000:20:03

It's really weird with these things, but when you get it right

0:20:030:20:06

you can tell instantly the scale and how it fits.

0:20:060:20:09

If you get it right, it looks like a crofter's cottage.

0:20:090:20:12

If you get it wrong, it looks like a dog kennel.

0:20:120:20:14

Let's hope Sarah's not been barking up the wrong tree

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with her idea for ornamental cottages.

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She's only spent £5 on glue and a few nails.

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Everything else was free.

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Let's make our way back to Wolverhampton...

0:20:330:20:36

..where Jay's modern makeover of the telephone chair is well underway.

0:20:370:20:43

And what is this I spy?

0:20:430:20:45

The luxurious leather that was ruled out as being too expensive.

0:20:450:20:49

Tell all, Jay.

0:20:490:20:51

I got some really cheap leather from my local market,

0:20:510:20:53

which I really love going to.

0:20:530:20:55

I know everybody goes to these fancy kind of fabric houses,

0:20:550:20:59

but I go down to the local market and he sells me a bit of leather,

0:20:590:21:03

get it at a cheap enough price and I can put it onto chairs like this.

0:21:030:21:06

But I've kept the same kind of colour, so it's similar.

0:21:060:21:11

But I've added a button.

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The reason why I do upholstery first sometimes is because I want to see

0:21:130:21:17

how the fabric looks and then add the colour with the paint.

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I know I'm going to be adding this, this colour somewhere.

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We put the kind of cushion on the back, but to tell you the truth,

0:21:250:21:28

I don't like the cushion. I think it doesn't work.

0:21:280:21:31

I think it looks so cool without the cushion, it's unbelievable.

0:21:310:21:36

The back just destroys it.

0:21:360:21:38

But will Sarah agree to chucking the cushion?

0:21:390:21:42

Especially now it's in luxurious leather!

0:21:420:21:45

I'm not so sure, Jay!

0:21:450:21:47

All I've got to do now is just complement it with some paint

0:21:470:21:50

and that's just going to look zing! It's going to be like that - whoosh!

0:21:500:21:53

"Zing!" Well, I've no idea what it is, but I like the sound of it.

0:21:530:21:59

Jay is using an electric sander

0:22:050:22:07

to expose the natural grain of the wood.

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I want these to be a work of art, so I have to put some effort into them,

0:22:130:22:17

which basically means rubbing down, getting the grain up,

0:22:170:22:20

but this is going to really look cool when it's finished.

0:22:200:22:25

As I've said before, "zing" is what I'm after.

0:22:250:22:27

The key to a long-lasting paint job is to prepare the wood

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so it's clean and crisp.

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Best thing to do when you're painting, I would say,

0:22:360:22:39

is to put less paint on.

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It's always best to really put a thin amount,

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just so you're in control of it and you can actually spread the paint.

0:22:440:22:48

That's a top tip.

0:22:480:22:50

I, however, have a tip about your top.

0:22:500:22:53

If you're painting, best not to wear a pristine designer white shirt!

0:22:530:22:58

Wow!

0:22:580:23:00

That's the first time... that's ever happened.

0:23:000:23:04

That's quite amazing.

0:23:040:23:06

Look at that. I've just got black on my shirt.

0:23:060:23:09

Shocker(!) Who'd have thought(?)

0:23:090:23:11

The blue leg is to match the button

0:23:150:23:18

and to make the button stand out even more...

0:23:180:23:20

..by adding another element of blue.

0:23:230:23:26

And against the three black legs...

0:23:260:23:28

..it's just going to look very...

0:23:310:23:32

Um, what's the word?

0:23:340:23:36

I'll give you a clue - begins with a Z.

0:23:360:23:39

Cor, blimey. I don't even know what the word is.

0:23:390:23:42

Oh, Jay, come on now! I think we all know.

0:23:420:23:45

It just gives it that zing!

0:23:460:23:48

That's the one!

0:23:480:23:49

But will this zing equal ker-ching when it comes time to sell?

0:23:490:23:54

And will Sarah agree to chucking the cushion?

0:23:540:23:57

Back in Walthamstow, north-east London,

0:24:010:24:04

the cocktail cabinet is in full swing.

0:24:040:24:07

Daniel has brought in his assistant Laura to lend a hand.

0:24:070:24:11

They've applied a primer coat of paint and are now on the second coat

0:24:110:24:15

of the finish, a soft cream.

0:24:150:24:18

It's lighter than we were going to do,

0:24:200:24:22

we were going to do quite a dark blue,

0:24:220:24:24

but actually I think because of the size of it,

0:24:240:24:26

I think that would be quite imposing in this space.

0:24:260:24:29

So we're going with something quite light and then as you open it,

0:24:290:24:33

on the inside, you're going to have this glamour of the kind of...

0:24:330:24:37

opulent lining that we're going to put inside.

0:24:370:24:41

Opulent, eh? That sounds exciting.

0:24:410:24:44

How exactly will that be achieved?

0:24:440:24:46

This is the wallpaper that we're going to use.

0:24:490:24:51

This is our hand-screen-printed onyx skyline design in gold and black.

0:24:510:24:59

I think it's going to be quite nice.

0:25:000:25:02

-How's it going?

-Er...

0:25:040:25:07

Yeah, it's good. I'm just thinking in terms of the hinges,

0:25:070:25:13

how you want the wallpaper to sit inside.

0:25:130:25:16

Oh, yeah. I see what you mean.

0:25:160:25:18

Actually, we probably don't need them, do we?

0:25:180:25:20

Because the hinges are there to kind of keep the lid open when it's...

0:25:200:25:24

-the trunk is the sort of normal way up.

-Mm-hm.

0:25:240:25:27

So maybe we should take them out somehow.

0:25:270:25:30

I think it might be time to break out the power tools.

0:25:320:25:36

DRILL WHIRS

0:25:360:25:38

-How's it going?

-Not particularly well.

0:25:440:25:46

How come?

0:25:460:25:48

It doesn't seem to be going through enough on this side,

0:25:480:25:51

but I think a bit of perseverance and we should get it off.

0:25:510:25:56

Perseverance...and a crowbar.

0:25:560:25:59

When the drill won't do the job and the crowbar just won't cut it,

0:26:030:26:08

what you going to do?

0:26:080:26:09

Look at those sparks fly!

0:26:110:26:13

Got it! Pretty tough to grind through.

0:26:190:26:22

That's probably why it's lasted so long.

0:26:220:26:24

I'm not sure how much longer it'll last now it's in your hands, Daniel.

0:26:240:26:29

Whoops-a-daisy!

0:26:320:26:33

It went.

0:26:340:26:35

One problem solved, but another presents itself.

0:26:370:26:41

The paint is chipping.

0:26:410:26:43

Daniel's been using a paint designed for interior metal

0:26:430:26:46

such as radiators.

0:26:460:26:48

But it might not be up to the task in hand.

0:26:480:26:51

I just don't know whether it's strong enough.

0:26:510:26:54

-Do you know what I mean?

-Mmm.

0:26:540:26:56

It's back to the drawing board for Daniel.

0:26:570:27:00

Back at Sarah's home in Sussex,

0:27:070:27:09

her cottage industry producing ornamental cottages

0:27:090:27:13

is a hive of activity.

0:27:130:27:15

I've been practising windows, trying to see what looks best.

0:27:160:27:19

I think I'm just going to paint them on using that little square brush.

0:27:190:27:24

I think that's nearly enough detail.

0:27:300:27:32

We're definitely getting there, we're definitely getting there.

0:27:320:27:35

These odds and ends were saved from the skip before Sarah set to work transforming them.

0:27:370:27:43

Well, now. Aren't these little treasures?

0:27:490:27:53

Sarah's eye for detail,

0:27:560:27:58

the little pieces of tin used as dormer windows, the nail fence,

0:27:580:28:04

has made these old blocks simply stunning.

0:28:040:28:08

I am delighted that I found these little blocks of wood

0:28:100:28:13

because I would never have dreamt up these houses

0:28:130:28:16

if I hadn't been inspired by that find.

0:28:160:28:18

Sarah first discovered the cast-aside cut-offs

0:28:210:28:24

in the back of Nadim's boot.

0:28:240:28:27

Ooh, just before you throw those away, what were these for?

0:28:270:28:31

I just made some drawers at home.

0:28:310:28:33

Any ideas what I might make out of some wood blocks?

0:28:330:28:35

Probably I think you can make some kind of box or something?

0:28:350:28:38

-Or maybe a pet home or something, you know?

-Ooh.

0:28:380:28:42

A box or a pet home.

0:28:420:28:44

Excellent ideas.

0:28:440:28:45

Sarah didn't go with them, though.

0:28:450:28:47

Sarah posted photos of the six ornaments on her social media page

0:28:500:28:55

with price tags attached.

0:28:550:28:58

Bramble? Do you want to see the houses?

0:28:580:29:00

What do you think, Bramble? One bark bad, two barks good.

0:29:000:29:03

HE BARKS TWICE

0:29:030:29:05

They have Bramble's bark of approval,

0:29:050:29:07

and they quickly started selling.

0:29:070:29:09

Now Sarah's making her way to Nadim's home to tell him

0:29:090:29:13

what became of his blocks of wood.

0:29:130:29:15

-Hello.

-Hi, Nadim.

-Are you OK?

0:29:180:29:19

Yeah, very well, very well.

0:29:190:29:21

I said at the tip when you dropped off your wood blocks

0:29:210:29:24

that I'd come back and catch up with you,

0:29:240:29:26

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

0:29:260:29:30

-So here is how you probably remember them.

-That's right, yeah.

0:29:300:29:33

And...this is how they ended up.

0:29:330:29:37

Wow, that's amazing.

0:29:370:29:39

-Is that the same wood, is it?

-It IS the same wood.

0:29:390:29:41

So there's a few more pictures to show you.

0:29:410:29:44

That looked like a great, great artwork.

0:29:440:29:46

I'm really impressed. That's amazing. That looks really good.

0:29:460:29:50

Well, I'm really pleased, I'm pleased that you like them

0:29:500:29:52

and it turns out other people like them too, because I sold all of them.

0:29:520:29:55

-Wow.

-And, um, I've actually got some profit to share with you...

-OK.

0:29:550:29:59

I have got £180 for you.

0:29:590:30:03

-Wow! Seriously?

-Yep.

0:30:030:30:04

Do you have an idea about what you might spend it on?

0:30:040:30:07

I don't know. I'll probably take my mum out for dinner or something, so, yeah, that's amazing.

0:30:070:30:11

-It's great.

-Oh, lovely.

0:30:110:30:12

-Yeah.

-Well, I really enjoyed working on them,

0:30:120:30:15

I'm glad I was there when you dropped them off, and thank you so much, and for your time today, too.

0:30:150:30:19

It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you very much for that as well.

0:30:190:30:22

An absolute pleasure. Take care, bye-bye.

0:30:220:30:24

Well, that was a really lovely ending to the story of those blocks of wood,

0:30:270:30:31

because I enjoyed working on them.

0:30:310:30:33

I think Nadim was quite surprised with what we did with them

0:30:330:30:36

and he gets to take his mum out for dinner with the money.

0:30:360:30:40

Sarah spent £5 on a few fixings.

0:30:400:30:43

The cottages sold for a total of 185 quid.

0:30:430:30:47

That leaves £180 for Nadim.

0:30:470:30:51

And his mum.

0:30:510:30:53

The blocks of wood were a big success for Sarah.

0:30:540:30:57

In Wolverhampton,

0:30:570:30:59

Jay's putting the finishing touches to the telephone chair.

0:30:590:31:02

Will Sarah give the thumbs-up or down to Jay's handiwork?

0:31:060:31:11

I can't wait to see what Jay has done with that poor little redundant telephone chair.

0:31:110:31:16

I'm hoping he's given it a new lease of life and a purpose again.

0:31:160:31:21

Sarah and Jay were both hung up on the smooth curves and slender legs of this item.

0:31:220:31:28

But it didn't mean a thing, cos it didn't have that zing.

0:31:280:31:32

The two-tone colour palette and simple but eye-catching addition

0:31:430:31:47

of the blue button make it modern and stylish.

0:31:470:31:50

Jay's left the back bar untouched.

0:31:570:31:59

It's chipped and cracked,

0:31:590:32:00

but contrasts nicely with the sleek finish of the paintwork -

0:32:000:32:05

a talking point hinting at the chair's history.

0:32:050:32:08

And of course the leather.

0:32:100:32:12

A touch of extravagance - exactly what Sarah was after.

0:32:120:32:16

Now, this is how Jay would like the chair to look.

0:32:190:32:22

But for Sarah's viewing, he'll bring back the cushion

0:32:220:32:25

and try to smooth-talk her round to his way of thinking.

0:32:250:32:29

Good luck with that!

0:32:290:32:31

Do you like it?

0:32:320:32:34

Let me look at it.

0:32:340:32:35

SHE GASPS

0:32:350:32:37

-It's leather!

-It's leather, yes.

0:32:370:32:39

I thought I'd push the boat out a bit, just a wee bit.

0:32:400:32:43

It's luxury!

0:32:430:32:45

It is luxury! The one thing I don't like is, I don't like the back.

0:32:450:32:48

I think it doesn't look good with the back on there.

0:32:480:32:50

But the back off - now, that is style.

0:32:500:32:53

For me, it just doesn't look... When you look at it,

0:32:530:32:56

because no-one has a chair up that high anyway, really.

0:32:560:33:00

Hee-hee!

0:33:000:33:01

It just looks cool. Really, really cool.

0:33:010:33:04

Mmm. That could work.

0:33:040:33:06

Will she or won't she?

0:33:060:33:08

Personally, I'm on Team Jay.

0:33:080:33:10

And now it looks naff.

0:33:130:33:15

Cool...

0:33:150:33:17

Yeah! Baby!

0:33:170:33:19

You're completely right.

0:33:190:33:20

This is luxury, classy, designer, and that is sluggish, isn't it?

0:33:200:33:26

Yeah, it is, it's not good. But that - that works.

0:33:260:33:29

That looks... I think that looks really, really cool.

0:33:290:33:32

You've done well there, you've done well!

0:33:320:33:34

I have done well, thank you, thank you.

0:33:340:33:36

Let's put it back on its pedestal so I can have a proper look. Because that... The legs...

0:33:360:33:40

You've got such a great eye.

0:33:410:33:43

It's beautiful, I think. It just oozes style, sex appeal.

0:33:430:33:46

It's one of the most stylish things I've ever produced.

0:33:460:33:49

And because Jay did a deal on the leather,

0:33:490:33:52

he hasn't burst his budget.

0:33:520:33:54

He completed the work for £60.

0:33:540:33:57

The leather, you normally buy leather hide and it can be about £250.

0:33:570:34:01

But I've got a man at my local market

0:34:010:34:03

and he sells me leather hides really, really cheap

0:34:030:34:06

and this was like an offcut of one and, yeah, it just worked.

0:34:060:34:10

It's the business, isn't it?

0:34:100:34:13

It may look the business, but will it be a good bit of business?

0:34:130:34:17

The proof, as ever, will be in the profit.

0:34:170:34:20

Jay has definitely managed to get some life back into the old stool...

0:34:220:34:27

and I'm going to make a bit of money on it,

0:34:270:34:29

because the design is great and it's got a very strong look now.

0:34:290:34:32

Sarah first spied this leggy lovely in Dave's boot.

0:34:330:34:38

What was that? Little stool or something?

0:34:380:34:40

-Yeah.

-It's a telephone seat, isn't it?

-With a back.

0:34:400:34:43

It belonged to Dave's auntie.

0:34:430:34:45

It's been part of her life for a long, long time.

0:34:450:34:48

So if you end up recycling that, then that will be great.

0:34:480:34:52

All the vintage chair needed was a little va-va-voom.

0:34:520:34:56

Made-over to the max, it was an easy sell it for Sarah

0:35:000:35:03

through a specialist antique and up-cycling shop in London.

0:35:030:35:07

Now she's on her way to Dave's house to surprise him with the good news.

0:35:090:35:15

Hello, Sarah. Nice to meet you again.

0:35:210:35:23

-How are you?

-I'm really well, David. How are things?

0:35:230:35:26

Smashing, yeah. Smashing.

0:35:260:35:28

Lovely. Well, I said after our brief encounter at the tip that I'd be back in touch about your chair.

0:35:280:35:32

-Yeah.

-It belonged to your aunt, didn't it?

0:35:320:35:35

That's right, she was downsizing, yeah.

0:35:350:35:37

I work with a guy called Jay Blades,

0:35:370:35:39

who takes a lot of mid-century furniture like yours

0:35:390:35:42

and really makes it look amazing. Do you want to see what he did with it?

0:35:420:35:46

Yeah, yeah. I'd love to, love to.

0:35:460:35:47

-I think you probably remember it looking...

-Yes, yes, yes.

0:35:470:35:51

Looking like that.

0:35:510:35:53

After he finished with it, it looked like that.

0:35:530:35:56

Excellent, yeah. Unrecognisable, really.

0:35:560:35:59

What do you think your auntie would think about that?

0:35:590:36:02

She'd be amazed, really. And just pleased, you know?

0:36:020:36:05

I think that generation don't throw things away, do they?

0:36:050:36:07

You know what I mean? Yeah, she'd be chuffed.

0:36:070:36:10

I took it to a shop in London.

0:36:100:36:12

It did sell, and I'm really pleased to say it sold at a profit as well.

0:36:120:36:16

-Really?

-So I've got £60 here to give to you.

0:36:160:36:19

-For me?

-For you, for your old chair.

0:36:190:36:21

I think it should go to my auntie, actually. I think she'll have that, but, yeah, yeah.

0:36:210:36:26

Excellent. Any idea...? What does she like, what kind of interests does she have?

0:36:260:36:30

She likes theatre and arty things, things like that.

0:36:300:36:33

Now she's a pensioner, I'll say just treat yourself to whatever you want to do.

0:36:330:36:37

Seems a good idea, doesn't it, yeah?

0:36:370:36:39

It was my auntie's at the end of the day, I was just...

0:36:390:36:42

-The messenger?

-The messenger, yeah.

0:36:420:36:44

Oh, well, that's lovely. Well, say thank you very much to her.

0:36:440:36:47

-I will.

-And thank you for your time and for letting us take it away

0:36:470:36:51

and do something with it. It'll make a lot of people very happy now.

0:36:510:36:54

Well, it's made me happy and you happy, there's no losers!

0:36:540:36:56

-No losers.

-No losers.

0:36:560:36:58

-Exactly.

-Smashing.

-Take care, thanks ever so much.

-Thank you.

-Bye-bye.

0:36:580:37:01

Jay charged Sarah £60 to transform Dave's auntie's chair.

0:37:040:37:10

Sarah sold it for 120,

0:37:100:37:12

turning a profit of £60.

0:37:120:37:16

That's two success stories.

0:37:200:37:23

The pressure is on Daniel and his cocktail cabinet.

0:37:230:37:26

I hope he's fixed that paint problem.

0:37:260:37:29

Sarah's made her way to Walthamstow in London to check it out.

0:37:320:37:37

So, I'm expecting the rusty tin trunk that I dropped off

0:37:370:37:40

to be transformed into something fabulous

0:37:400:37:42

with the work of Daniel Heath.

0:37:420:37:44

He mentioned cocktails - I'm well up for that.

0:37:440:37:47

Hold on, YOU mentioned the cocktails!

0:37:470:37:49

Will she be toasting Daniel's success or drowning her sorrows?

0:37:490:37:54

The bold blue gloss paint was a brave choice.

0:38:030:38:06

It immediately attracts the eye and makes this item a focal point

0:38:060:38:10

in any room, just as a cocktail cabinet should.

0:38:100:38:14

Daniel's Art Deco wallpaper is a little bit lush and, all in all,

0:38:190:38:24

I think this will add the wow factor to any interior.

0:38:240:38:28

I'm impressed.

0:38:320:38:34

But what about the boss?

0:38:340:38:35

-So, are you pleased with how it's gone?

-Yeah.

0:38:350:38:38

Brace yourself, brace yourself.

0:38:380:38:40

OK... Here we go.

0:38:400:38:42

It's so cool, isn't it?

0:38:470:38:50

Oh, Daniel! It's really cool, isn't it?

0:38:500:38:52

It's quite fun. Um...yeah.

0:38:520:38:54

And lovely little brass details. Those are really good, aren't they?

0:38:540:38:58

Yeah, so the brass and the blue really complement each other.

0:38:580:39:02

Then we've got some of that colouring coming into the print in the back as well.

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Yeah, nice to see that with the lovely wallpaper.

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We did flip-flop a bit on colour.

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In the end, we wanted to have quite a hardy finish on it,

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so we used quite a strong metal paint, so, yeah,

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that's how we ended up with the blue.

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Well, I'm loving the gloss and the detail.

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It's lovely seeing it floating up on those legs.

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Did you have to make them or did you manage to buy them?

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I bought them in the end,

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because I found a guy that mainly makes hairpin legs and, er,

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thinking about bringing it in on budget,

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if I'd bought the materials and welded it here,

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it would have cost more, so...

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It far exceeds my expectation of what should've been done with that old tin trunk.

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It was never going to end up like this, and the fact that you have

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seen the vision to do it, I think is brilliant work. Thank you so much.

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Great. Thank you, Sarah. Cheers.

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Daniel's done an outstanding job, and bang on budget.

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That went well.

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You know, it's one of the more characterful pieces,

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so I'm glad that it was well received.

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Sarah first came across the old tin trunk in Richard's van.

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Now, I like the look of that. That's lovely.

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-I want it. Can I have it?

-Yeah, perfect, not a problem.

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Brilliant. Let me take that away. I think I shall be able to carry that.

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And Sarah picked bright spark Daniel to give it a new lease of life.

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The cocktail cabinet was snapped up by Nick Smith,

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who sells to clients all over the world

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from his online vintage and retro shop.

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Now she's visiting Richard

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to show him how she transformed that old tin trunk.

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-Hi, Richard.

-Hi, Sarah.

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-How are you doing?

-Very good, thank you.

0:41:020:41:04

-I said when we met at the tip that I'd like to come and catch up with you about your old trunk.

-Yep.

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So I'm here. Have you thought about what we might have done with it?

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Not a clue. I mean, there were some paint marks on it that probably needed cleaning off,

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but not a clue what they would have done with it, to be honest. We were just looking to get rid of it.

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It was an old trunk and no-one would want it.

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It turns out your trunk was a very lucky trunk, because I work with a designer called Daniel Heath,

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who is the most amazing surface-pattern designer.

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-Do you want to see what he did?

-I'd love to, yes.

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OK, so, I think you probably remember it looking more like this.

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Yep.

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And this is Daniel with his finished piece.

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-What do you reckon?

-Brilliant!

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-Wow!

-Can you imagine that your trunk

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would ever have ended up looking like that?

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I would never have thought it would look like that.

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He's done a brilliant job on it.

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So I showed it to a dealer that I work with

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and he came along and snapped it up.

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It's a great thing, and actually managed to make some profit for you.

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Oh, brilliant!

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So I have got £125 here for you...

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-Wow, that's great!

-..for your old trunk.

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-I never expected to get any money for it.

-£125 profit.

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-What would you do with that?

-Excellent. Um...

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Well, we're going away in the summer so we'll probably put it towards that,

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to have a nice time with the children.

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I think that's a great thing to do with it, and thank you so much

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for taking the time, at the tip and today, to let me catch up with you.

0:42:200:42:23

-No problem at all.

-Take care.

-Brilliant.

-Thank you ever so much.

-Thank you.

-OK. Bye-bye.

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I think both Richard and I were surprised with how much

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Daniel managed to achieve with that old trunk,

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and it sounds like the family are going to have a few special treats on holiday now.

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So, Daniel charged Sarah £275 for the makeover.

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Sarah sold it to Nick for 400

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and Richard gets to put £125 into the holiday kitty.

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Sarah upcycled three unwanted items.

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They proved to be a good bit of business

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and good for the environment.

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Rather than being chucked in the landfill,

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they're being cherished in a home.

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Well, they were three brilliant transformations,

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from tip-bound to top end,

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with money for nothing made along the way.

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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.


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