Episode 23 Money for Nothing


Episode 23

Junk makeover show. Sarah Moore unearths a collection of ailing mirrors, an old oak wardrobe and some kitchen scales at the recycling centre in Altrincham.


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I've got to be able to do something with that, haven't I?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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I'll take one and be back for the other.

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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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-They're beautiful.

-That's why entrepreneur Sarah Moore...

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Have you got two of them?

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..wants to get her hands on things before

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they hit the skip.

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I'm a passionate user,

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maker and buyer of old stuff and I've turned my passion

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into a moneymaking business.

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

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

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-Stop.

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

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-Nice!

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

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Isn't that clever?

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-..valuable...

-What an original piece of design.

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Oh, no way!

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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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That is amazing!

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Today, we're at the Altrincham recycling centre in the North West

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of England, where the great and the good bring their unloved

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and unwanted items to their final destination.

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Somebody's got to stand up for this rubbish.

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You might think it's on the ropes, but once I've knocked it into shape,

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I could have some heavyweight champions on my hands

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and some big prize money to boot.

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Well, if you didn't follow that long-winded metaphor,

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Sarah will be searching for three items that could be reimagined

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-and sold on for a profit.

-What are you chucking out?

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She's got special permission from the dump to do so and she's hoping

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to meet a lot of interesting people along the way.

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-I'm called Carl Lewis. Remember the runner?

-Yeah.

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Well, I'm off!

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Well, you have to be fast around here.

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Fortunately, Sarah has spotted a familiar face in Adrian,

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who has given her things in the past.

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This time, he's back with a boot full of mirrors.

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I think they're lovely.

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So, was that something that was on a dressing table?

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Originally, yes.

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A long time ago!

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The mirror on it has got a little bit...

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Yes, a bit of foxing on it.

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The older I get, the more damage I like mirrors to have!

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There are some lovely pieces here that I think are charming,

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because they're old. The shape on this is particularly appealing.

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Yes, anything with this nice bevel on the end is always a sign

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of an older, better quality mirror, isn't it?

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I think they're lovely.

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If it would be OK to take them away, rather than throw them in there?

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I would love the opportunity to see what could be made from them.

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I hope they do find a good home,

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because, if there is someone who can get the pleasure...in the past,

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I suppose, we have had from them, then great.

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I'm going to pop them over here, if that's all right.

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Bevelled edges on mirrors are sought after as they scatter light and

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produce an attractive prism effect.

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Sarah is happy to have them and, for Adrian, it's time to say goodbye.

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We were clearing the attic.

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We have grandchildren and they like to play up there.

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This makes a little bit of room for them.

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You can accumulate only so much.

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I am so pleased with this little "haul of mirrors" here.

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They have got so much potential.

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I know a person to take these to who has all the skills to make these

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mirrors reflect their true value.

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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 to

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

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I love what I do because of the challenges that come from every project.

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There's never really two projects that are the same.

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Every brief is different and every client is different and wants me to

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produce something unique for them, so that obviously has an array of

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challenges that I have to face every day.

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Each one that comes along is different and that's the joy of it.

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Well, this one might be very different.

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I don't know what he will be able to do

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with this collection of cast-offs.

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The hunt continues for two more items.

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You never know what is going to pop up at the tip.

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If you're quite finished with all the funny jokes,

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you might be interested in what Wesley has in the back of his van.

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-What's that?

-I've been doing my floor and I found it under the floor

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-of my house.

-That's for me.

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-Is that for you?

-Yes, it's for me. Do you know something?

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My family are Salters.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

-This is quite a find for Sarah as her

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great-great-grandparents were indeed founders of the Salter's scales

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empire. Interesting.

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I'll be able to find out how old it is,

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because they will all have different styles and a different name tag.

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I might see if I can do something with it.

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Make it into something else.

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Then can I come and show you what I've done with it?

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-Of course you can.

-Yeah?

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-I'd love you to, yeah.

-I'm so pleased I found that.

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It was peeking out of there.

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Excellent. Thanks so much.

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No problem.

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Because of the family connection,

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Sarah has decided to work on the scales herself.

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I'm sure it's a weight off Wesley's mind.

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It was found under the floorboards of my kitchen that we are redoing,

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so we think it might have been there since the house was built,

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so about 50 or 60 years, roughly.

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I would imagine it would make a nice little fruit bowl or

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something like that.

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It's a fine balance between a load of old rubbish

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and a potential profit, but I think there's just enough left

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with this lovely set of scales to make something really pretty.

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I hope to give it one more chance at a new lease of life.

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And make a few pennies out of it, too.

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Sarah sounds pretty excited about this find and I can tell

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she already has something in mind for the old scales.

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We'll find out exactly what that is a bit later on.

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With just a final item to find,

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it's back to the boots of cars and the back door of vans to make sure

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no hidden gems end up in the skip.

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This place is rocking today!

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You're on fire today, Sarah.

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As daylight fades, you'll have to get a move on.

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Luckily, John has arrived to save the day.

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Wow, that's a big chunk of something you've got in there.

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-What is that?

-It's a wardrobe.

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Going in there?

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If I can get it out of the car.

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-Can I have a look at it?

-Of course.

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It looks amazing.

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What's the story behind this?

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We've just bought a house and it was left by the previous occupiers.

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Oh, my word. Is it whole?

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This is the top half... Well, top four-fifths.

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There is a small piece I've already popped out on the side there.

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This just sits on the base.

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Perfectly good.

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Even an operating lock, still.

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How cool is that? Well, I think it's quite cool.

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It's not to everybody's taste, is it?

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No, our furniture is a bit more modern than that, unfortunately,

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so it just doesn't fit with the rest of it.

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What do you think that is? 1930s, something like that?

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Yeah, probably the Deco kind of era.

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-It's certainly old.

-It's so heavy, it's made of oak, isn't it?

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I would love to see if I could take it away

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and make something out of it, maybe make some money out of it.

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Can I take it away?

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Of course. Absolutely.

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The best part of recycling is reusing it, absolutely.

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Yeah, I think that's fantastic.

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Can I just say, thank you so much for letting me have it.

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-You're must welcome.

-I will be in touch, hopefully, with a glamorous

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makeover or a re-use for it.

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-I'll look forward to seeing it.

-Lovely, thank you.

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Now, what are we going to do with it?

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If it's not modern enough for you, John,

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what do you think Sarah will do to bring it up to date?

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It certainly needs a new coat of varnish and it should be good.

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John may not have liked this big old chunk of Deco wardrobe,

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but I absolutely love it.

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It's got bags of Deco quality about it, it's solid,

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it's untouched and there's lots of potential to make money here.

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A project of this scale requires some real woodworking expertise

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and Sarah has just the man in mind.

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With over 25 years' experience in building furniture,

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if you've got wood, go to Norman Wilkinson.

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I love the timber, I love the finishing of it, I love the product,

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it makes me tick. There is a passion for it, because there's no point

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getting up in the morning, and not doing something you don't like.

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Coming in and picking up the wood and turn it into something lovely,

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that makes me happy.

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Norman's passion is creating handmade bespoke furniture from

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reclaimed and unwanted materials.

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And also using second-hand materials, it's a great joy.

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The old saying, another man's rubbish is another man's...

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I can't think of the saying now!

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Lost for words, Norman?

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Well, you won't be when you see this big beauty.

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At the close of a successful day,

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Sarah has managed to save three items from the skip.

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The mirrors will be looked after by Daniel.

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The Deco wardrobe will be turned around by Norman,

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and Sarah has a set of scales awaiting her attention.

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It has been a lucky day.

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I have scoured this site and saved some amazing things from recycling

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but I have made some big promises

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about making marvellous moneymaking makeovers from my throwaway finds.

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And so, to Walthamstow, a London borough bulging with design talents.

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One of the brightest and beardiest among them is Daniel Heath.

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Sarah is hoping Daniel will see potential in the collection

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of old mirrors she has saved from the skip.

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It's really surprising what people throw away,

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but then obviously Sarah sees a value in it.

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Whether I'll see a value in it or not is yet to be seen.

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Well, that looks like a really classy collection of mirrors down there.

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The moment I saw these at the tip,

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I thought of Daniel, because he does fantastic things with mirrors.

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I just hope he likes the shape of all mine.

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Right, OK, mirrors.

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Various conditions.

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Sarah has brought these mirrors to Daniel,

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because he specialises in glass etching design.

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He designs a nice pattern and then it will be lasered

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straight onto the mirror to make it decorative and dainty.

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You've got a good range of shapes here.

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We can definitely do something with that, maybe an etch.

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Quite strong, isn't it, that shape?

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Yeah, it's a good shape.

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It's also quite sellable, because of the size of it.

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It's something that's giftable.

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The others, however, maybe a bit more work on them.

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Generally, if I get vintage mirrors,

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I won't work on them if they are chipped,

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but this is so close to the edge,

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I might be able to see what we can do in terms of reframing it,

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so that that bit is basically concealed within the frame.

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So, if you do think there's a chance of using it,

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what kind decoration might you put on it?

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I think something quite delicate.

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People still want to use it as a mirror,

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so we don't want to have too much imagery on it

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that it doesn't function in people's homes any more.

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So, it's a fine line, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Literally.

-You don't want to go to town on it.

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Oh, come on, go to town on it.

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We need these to be worth a fortune.

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How much is it going to cost, by the way?

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This one is the least work.

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We can probably do for £90.

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-OK.

-This one needs the most work and is the most up in the air,

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because of the damage. We could do this one for £140.

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For these two, £120 each.

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So, altogether, that's a shade under 500 quid to do all of them.

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Oh!

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I think, from what you say about people buying them as gifts and that

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kind of stuff, we stand to make a profit on that price, don't we?

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Certainly.

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Well, you're not going to make much if Daniel can't fix that chip.

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If I leave them with you, when I come back,

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hopefully they will reflect their true value!

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Oh! OK, thanks, Sarah(!)

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-Always a pleasure.

-Better leave that one with us!

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What Daniel is doing to them is

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going to turn them into miniature works of art.

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That comes at a price, but they are going to make money, too.

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Well, we will wait and see.

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With the mirrors coming in at a steep £470,

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will Sarah be able to get back any kind of profit?

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With the mirrors in safe hands,

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we're travelling out of the city to the quaint village of Hellingly in

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East Sussex, where woodworking wizard Norman is just slapping

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some table legs about.

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Sarah has brought along the 1930s wardrobe

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to see what Norman makes of it.

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We try and have a go at anything, so what Sarah brings today will

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obviously be a great challenge and let's run with it.

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I am delighted that I was at the recycling centre

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the day this turned up.

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It's got so much charm about it,

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but I've got big plans for it to be turned into something

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that isn't a wardrobe, with the help of my friend Norman.

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I've got a feeling your friend Norman

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is not going to have a choice in the matter.

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I love this.

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-Do you?

-But...

-But...

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..I don't want it to be a wardrobe any more.

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I want it to be something that goes into a kitchen.

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A saucepan?

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A saucepan!

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You're so cheeky! Are you listening? Because this is really important.

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In fact, I've even drawn you pictures.

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-Do you want to see my picture?

-Yes, please.

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-OK.

-Ah, there's a big kitchen cabinet thing.

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So keep the drawers, maybe new handles on the drawer,

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-and then some sort of fitting inside.

-Yeah...

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Got to chew it up and give it some substance.

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I have to be slightly careful, because I know there are kind of

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purists, who are going to say, you shouldn't cut up a 1930s wardrobe,

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but I have thought it through, because this rail...

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I've tried it with hangers and this isn't even a hanger's width any more

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and if it's not useful, it just doesn't sell.

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If we, sort of,

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honour it, I feel comfortable in cutting into it.

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You're in charge. Do what you want!

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I know these kind of things get used in kitchens all the time.

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-There are very fashionable now.

-They are.

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Oh, Sarah has spied some old crates that could be used to make

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shelving that would hold your fruit and veg, or pots and pans.

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Shelves for your baked beans.

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Or a shelf of beans.

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OK, I can imagine what it's going to look like.

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-How are you doing?

-I have your picture,

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I have what you've given me and I am sure, between the two,

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we can make something with it.

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How much can I get away with?

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I'm asking, can you think positively about this?

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Making it look hopefully super sexy...

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..£500, no problems.

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-Speak soon.

-And it's a deal.

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-Take care!

-Bye.

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Sarah has been fairly specific about what she wants

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from this one.

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The question is, will Norman stick to the plan?

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It is going to be a bit of a challenge,

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getting Sarah's ideas across. We have her sketch,

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so we will put our twist on it as well and, hopefully,

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the two will marry and hopefully work.

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To make this super sexy kitchen cabinet will cost £500.

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Sarah is confident about the design,

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but is she confident that it will be a money-maker?

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Our two makers are getting started, so it's back home for Sarah,

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where she is about to get going with the rusty scales.

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She doesn't yet have a plan as to what she...

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-SCALES CRASH Oh, sugar, are you OK, Sarah?

-Yes!

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Don't worry, no-one was watching!

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SHE LAUGHS It was very graceful.

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I've completely broken the scales.

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-You've what?

-I'm joking.

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Oh, thank goodness.

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Look at that, dusts herself off and gets cracking with the job at hand.

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-What a pro!

-These could translate into lighting.

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I've got the scale pans and the other bits and I'm sure, together,

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I can make something decorative out of them

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that someone would like to have as a light in their kitchen.

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But first of all, they really need cleaning up.

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To make her kitchen light, Sarah first dons a pair of rubber gloves.

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And then begins to rub off the loose layer of rust from the pans,

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with the kind of brush you use to do the dishes,

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and then with a steel wool scourer.

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I think she got all those things from her kitchen.

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It turns out I'm really good at this cleaning malarkey. In fact,

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I think I'm too good, I've worn straight through that bit.

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I hope that's not going to be a problem.

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Why don't you take it easy from now on?

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Oh, there goes another chunk.

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Perhaps calm it down a bit, Sarah,

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there will be nothing left at this rate.

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Oops! I still think that's fine, it's still all right.

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Maybe I can use it in the lighting, it might be helpful.

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With the surface rust removed,

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Sarah applies some clear furniture wax to seal in the remaining rust.

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Oh, that's more of it away.

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Why don't you just put it down and get started on the scales?

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Because Sarah is unsure of the type of paint used on the surface...

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-It's a bit like a beak.

-..she is wearing a protective mask.

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Lead-based paints are harmful if the particles are inhaled or ingested.

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So, if you're thinking about rubbing off mystery paint,

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be on the safe side and get yourself a mask.

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Salter's still make scales and they have been making scales for years.

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We've got tiny ones where I grew up, little miniature ones for fish,

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for everything up to huge great ones for flour sacks.

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If I'm hoping this is going to be a kitchen light,

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I'm thinking that kitchen utensils and other kitchenalia is the way

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forward to bring this all together into a light and I have found...

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..one of these.

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That cost 50p, so I'm hoping this might be a really nice way

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of diffusing some light at the front.

0:19:080:19:10

Sarah has her bulb and wiring at the ready, but first she has to assemble

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her various bits of kitchenalia into a light base.

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Sometimes, with things like this, you've just got to get on with it.

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Make a plan as you're going.

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Alternatively, make a plan at the start and at least, that way,

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you have a rough idea of what you're doing.

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Then I've just got to attach the light fitting.

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So, does that mean you're nearly done?

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From where I'm sitting, it looks like you've barely started.

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Between the various bits of kitchen equipment and the bulb,

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Sarah has spent £25 in total so far.

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It's a long way from being something saleable, or maybe it isn't.

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I'll wait and see.

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And back we go to Norman.

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Got to chop this off here.

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And we've got to knock them off.

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He's about to start work on the old wardrobe-cum-kitchen cabinet.

0:20:030:20:06

-It's going to be hard, is it?

-Yeah.

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Well, yeah, maybe it will. But it's going to be a challenge.

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Norman's even roped in his stepdaughter Charlie

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to help out after school.

0:20:130:20:15

-Are you going to help me get the hammer and smash it apart?

-OK.

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And the screwdriver and everything?

0:20:170:20:18

Excellent. So, we'll start from the bottom and work our way up.

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See these feet here?

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These little feet there, we're going to actually take them off.

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Hopefully, when we've finished it, you know, it won't be recognisable.

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Norman begins by removing the old feet with a hammer and chisel.

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You just sit there and be the assistant, you know.

0:20:360:20:39

-Am I doing it right?

-Yeah.

0:20:390:20:41

OK. Look at that, beautiful.

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Charlie can then draw out the shape for the new legs,

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using a Georgian-style template...

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So, we're going to obviously just follow the jigsaw round.

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..which Norman can cut out, using a jigsaw.

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Once they have a couple of them - hey, presto - a new leg.

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So, it's changing its appearance already.

0:21:010:21:02

Where we had the little dumpy feet, it's changing that already.

0:21:020:21:06

Spot on, isn't it? Excellent.

0:21:060:21:08

Norman leaves the legs to attach later and moves on to

0:21:090:21:13

the cupboard door and... Oh, not another mirror!

0:21:130:21:17

Oh, Norman, watch you don't crack it!

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He can then start to remove the front panels,

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which will later be replaced by new cabinet doors.

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This is where it starts getting interesting.

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It'll be like the thing that is coming out of the ground

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and turn it into something fantastic.

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Or you're going to look and go, "Tut, tut, tut, that's no good."

0:21:390:21:43

What are you talking about?

0:21:430:21:44

Do you want to glue that next one for me?

0:21:460:21:48

Norman turns his attention back to the legs.

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He's using strong wood glue to attach them to the base.

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And pins them in place using a pneumatic nail gun.

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So, what do you think, Norman?

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It's not feeling kitcheny.

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I suppose it doesn't help with a pole in it, but if you take the pole out,

0:22:050:22:08

I'm a bit concerned it's still going to look like a wardrobe.

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I think we need to

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make it a bit less like a wardrobe and make it a bit more kitcheny.

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But like everything we do,

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we are gradually making it up into a food cupboard.

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Ah, that's the spirit, Charlie.

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We'll check in with you a bit later

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to see what ideas you've come up with.

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Back in Walthamstow,

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Daniel's preparing to start work on the old mirrors.

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He's looking through some of his designs to see which ones

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might work best to be etched straight onto the glass.

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So I have a range of imagery that I can translate onto these,

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but what I need to do first is take them out of the frames,

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measure the glass that we are going to engrave onto,

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and then design something that compositionally will work.

0:23:050:23:08

Daniel starts by taking off the backs, so he can remove the mirrors

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from the frames. For these two long, thin mirrors,

0:23:130:23:17

he'll be discarding the frames completely,

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as they are a little old-fashioned.

0:23:200:23:22

-Ooh!

-Or a lot old-fashioned.

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Really old.

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Very, very old.

0:23:270:23:28

So it says here, "Albion, March 12th, 1908."

0:23:280:23:32

Nearly 108 years old.

0:23:320:23:34

Over 100 years without breaking.

0:23:360:23:38

No pressure, then, Daniel.

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I haven't broken a lot of mirrors,

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but I've broken a few

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and so I've probably got...

0:23:460:23:48

..quite a lot of bad luck

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stored up there for anyone who is superstitious.

0:23:520:23:56

It's lucky we're not all superstitious.

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Oh, that was close.

0:24:010:24:02

Nearly put my favourite tool through my hand!

0:24:030:24:06

That wouldn't have been good.

0:24:070:24:09

We're doomed.

0:24:090:24:10

Daniel carefully removes the mirror from the frames

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and sets to one side.

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He can now begin to remove the larger chipped mirror from its frame

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to see how much damage has been done.

0:24:210:24:23

I wonder what we'll find!

0:24:230:24:25

Might find a treasure map or

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the deeds for something.

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Or a mirror.

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Nothing.

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The simplest option for Daniel will be to remove the mirror from

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the frame completely and simply glue the chip back on.

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But when he takes it out, all around the edge is...

0:24:450:24:49

Well, jaggy.

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It's got this kind of nibbled edge.

0:24:510:24:55

I think that just signifies that it's quite old

0:24:550:24:59

and, actually, they had no purpose to finish that edge really,

0:24:590:25:05

really well, because it was always going to be inside a frame.

0:25:050:25:08

OK, so plan B.

0:25:080:25:10

So, what I'm thinking is to actually rout out this section here,

0:25:100:25:16

so it's deeper and then I'll cut either side, so that the frame

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is a bit shorter. And therefore, we should be able to hide the chip.

0:25:210:25:26

Sounds like a lot of effort.

0:25:270:25:29

You said it. Whatever you do, just be careful.

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And back we go to see Norman, where hopefully we'll find some good luck.

0:25:380:25:43

As long as there's no ladders to walk under or a black cat...

0:25:430:25:46

Oh, we're doomed.

0:25:460:25:48

Norman!

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Oh, there you are.

0:25:510:25:53

Now we are going to do the corners.

0:25:530:25:55

We've got to put a top on it.

0:25:550:25:57

We normally use a standard one, like that.

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But it's not big enough and imposing,

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so we can put that up and make it up as we go along and build it up

0:26:020:26:07

and see where we go. Nine times out of ten, it normally works.

0:26:070:26:11

Making it up always does.

0:26:110:26:13

Cornice, from the Italian meaning "ledge",

0:26:150:26:18

is a decorative moulding that crowns a building, room,

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or piece of furniture.

0:26:210:26:23

Norman feels the existing cornice

0:26:240:26:26

isn't big or exciting enough for Sarah.

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So he's making grooves in some wood,

0:26:300:26:32

which he will then add to the smaller cornice,

0:26:320:26:35

making it bigger and more imposing.

0:26:350:26:37

Yeah, brilliant. Let's go and fit it.

0:26:380:26:41

There we go. Definitely looking less wardrobe-y now.

0:26:430:26:47

Good job, Norman.

0:26:470:26:48

Norman fixes the various levels of cornice to the base,

0:26:500:26:54

first with strong wood glue...

0:26:540:26:56

..and then pinning in place.

0:26:570:26:59

It's looking good.

0:27:020:27:03

It is. But I think I remember Sarah saying crates for shelving.

0:27:030:27:07

And I don't see those crates about any more.

0:27:070:27:10

Oh, no. You're deviating from her plan.

0:27:100:27:14

It'll be make or break time.

0:27:140:27:16

Especially when Sarah gets here.

0:27:160:27:18

And I, for one, cannot wait.

0:27:180:27:21

Oh, yeah.

0:27:210:27:22

Our makers are well on their way,

0:27:250:27:27

so it's time to check in with Sarah and that kitcheny light.

0:27:270:27:31

She was using a thing you strain your chips with

0:27:310:27:34

and I think I saw a flan dish.

0:27:340:27:36

Ah, there it is.

0:27:360:27:38

Are you happy with how it's all come together, Sarah?

0:27:380:27:41

-Who made this?

-You did, Sarah.

0:27:410:27:44

Before, the old scales had spent years

0:27:460:27:49

under the floorboards in the dark.

0:27:490:27:51

But now...

0:27:530:27:55

..they are ready to light up someone's life

0:27:560:27:59

as a snazzy kitchen lamp.

0:27:590:28:01

Sarah threw in everything but the kitchen sink to make this quirky

0:28:020:28:06

and unique piece of lighting.

0:28:060:28:08

And the result is certainly original.

0:28:090:28:12

Well, I love the idea that these kitchen scales are seeing the light

0:28:130:28:16

of day again, because they spent 50 years under the floorboards

0:28:160:28:19

and I'm hoping I've hooked up a recipe for success and that there

0:28:190:28:22

is profit to be made out of them.

0:28:220:28:24

Well, to cook up a profit,

0:28:250:28:27

we're going to have to turn those scales into sales.

0:28:270:28:31

What's that?

0:28:350:28:36

That, as Sarah discovered, was Wesley's dusty scales.

0:28:360:28:40

I found it under the floor of my house.

0:28:400:28:43

-That's for me.

-Sarah loved them instantly.

0:28:430:28:46

My family are Salters.

0:28:460:28:48

-Really?

-Yeah.

-And Wesley made a guess as to what they would become.

0:28:480:28:51

I would imagine it would make a nice little fruit bowl

0:28:510:28:54

or something like that, so...

0:28:540:28:56

I don't think anyone would have guessed that Sarah would stick

0:28:560:28:58

a bulb in it and make it a light.

0:28:580:29:00

Sarah got in touch with regular customer Nick of online retailers

0:29:020:29:05

Smithers of Stamford,

0:29:050:29:07

to see if he might fancy it for his shop.

0:29:070:29:10

And you know what? He bought it.

0:29:100:29:12

Someone who likes their cooking might like it,

0:29:120:29:15

a nice quirky light for the kitchen.

0:29:150:29:17

Sarah has travelled to Sale, outside Manchester, to meet up with Wesley,

0:29:190:29:24

but has she come with cash?

0:29:240:29:25

-Hi there.

-Hi.

-Hi, Wesley.

0:29:290:29:30

-How are you doing?

-I'm good, thank you.

0:29:300:29:32

Is this what you were busy converting when I saw you at the tip?

0:29:320:29:35

Yeah, yeah. I was renovating the house and that, yes.

0:29:350:29:37

I took your scales.

0:29:370:29:38

-Now, they weren't in great condition, were they?

-No.

0:29:380:29:41

Where did you find them? Under here?

0:29:410:29:43

Under the kitchen floor, it was, actually.

0:29:430:29:45

The plumber was there, doing a bit of pipework

0:29:450:29:48

and wondered if they were ours and we'd never seen them before.

0:29:480:29:51

They were definitely old, weren't they?

0:29:510:29:53

There was something about them. They had that lovely sort of vintage,

0:29:530:29:55

retro quality about them. So, do you want to see what we did with them?

0:29:550:29:58

-Yes, yes, please.

-They were turned into...vintage lighting.

0:29:580:30:02

Oh, very good.

0:30:020:30:04

-Very good.

-So, all I did was use an old spatula,

0:30:040:30:08

one of those things you lift the chips out with...

0:30:080:30:10

-Yeah.

-So we just bend that round and this is the pan that was

0:30:100:30:13

-originally the weighing pan on it.

-Right, very good.

0:30:130:30:15

-Were you surprised?

-Yeah, very surprised.

0:30:150:30:18

Yeah, I ought to have kept it and done it myself.

0:30:180:30:20

Well, other people liked them as well, because they sold.

0:30:200:30:23

I've actually got some profit to give back to you.

0:30:230:30:25

I've actually got 95 quid for you.

0:30:250:30:28

-Wow! Brilliant.

-Was that what you were expecting?

0:30:280:30:31

Not at all, no. No.

0:30:310:30:33

What will you do with that? Any immediate ideas?

0:30:330:30:36

Treat the kids, I suppose, with it.

0:30:360:30:37

-Something like that.

-Oh, brill.

0:30:370:30:39

That sounds great. Thank you so much for taking the time and for talking

0:30:390:30:42

to us at the tip. I hope you and the kids have some fun with that.

0:30:420:30:45

-I'm sure we will.

-Excellent.

0:30:450:30:46

-Thank you so much, lovely to see you again. Bye-bye.

-Bye.

0:30:460:30:50

Sarah spent £25 on the bulb and all the kitcheny stuff,

0:30:530:30:57

so, with an impressive sale of £120,

0:30:570:31:00

Wesley is walking away with £95 to treat the kids.

0:31:000:31:04

Sarah's travelled back to Hellingly to see if Norman has had any luck in

0:31:130:31:18

making the 1930s wardrobe a little less wardrobe-y.

0:31:180:31:22

Sarah had very specific instructions

0:31:230:31:25

about the kitchen cabinet she wanted,

0:31:250:31:28

so, Norman, how close is the finished piece to that brief?

0:31:280:31:31

Oh, it's a lot different. It's not quite the spec that we talked about,

0:31:310:31:35

but we had to change it as we went along, so it's going to be

0:31:350:31:38

interesting to see what she says, but I think she's going to love it.

0:31:380:31:41

Well, I left Norman with a real challenge.

0:31:410:31:44

I wanted that old-fashioned wardrobe completely repurposed into

0:31:440:31:47

a good-looking kitchen cabinet.

0:31:470:31:49

He should have been more than up for the challenge,

0:31:490:31:51

but I just can't imagine how it's actually going to look.

0:31:510:31:54

When Sarah picked it up,

0:31:570:31:58

this whole thing looked like a wardrobe malfunction.

0:31:580:32:01

Now, it's a practical and pretty kitchen cabinet.

0:32:040:32:07

Norman used blackboard paint on the new doors to add that kitcheny vibe.

0:32:090:32:14

And if you still think that's not enough, get a load of the inside.

0:32:140:32:17

Instead of old crates, Norman's used new wooden shelving,

0:32:200:32:25

which makes enough space for all your kitchen appliances

0:32:250:32:28

and your tins of beans.

0:32:280:32:30

-Hello, hello.

-Hiya, Sarah.

0:32:350:32:37

-How are you?

-I'm very well.

0:32:370:32:38

-How are you?

-Nice to see you again.

0:32:380:32:40

It's covered up. Is that because it's a surprise or a shock?

0:32:400:32:43

We'll let you make that decision.

0:32:440:32:46

How fabulous is that! It's very cool.

0:32:500:32:54

-Seriously.

-Open inside.

0:32:540:32:56

-Norman, it's amazing!

-I was trying to think of, like,

0:33:000:33:02

an Irish food cupboard or something and trying to give it a twist.

0:33:020:33:05

It's lovely. It's come a long way.

0:33:050:33:08

It's come from that attic bedroom to right in the middle

0:33:080:33:11

of somebody's house, and getting all of that detail in it is lovely.

0:33:110:33:16

It looks like a kitchen cupboard.

0:33:160:33:17

You know, there's no wardrobe about this.

0:33:170:33:19

-The proportions of it...

-Yeah.

0:33:190:33:20

But it's a great thing and I think people will invest in something

0:33:200:33:23

-like that and that's, you know, a clever repurpose.

-Yeah.

0:33:230:33:26

-Can I open the drawer?

-Yeah, open the drawer as well.

0:33:260:33:28

Yeah, the drawer works.

0:33:280:33:29

They're great handles, aren't they?

0:33:290:33:31

Yeah, really chunky. Nice.

0:33:310:33:33

It's a good-looking, lovely piece.

0:33:340:33:36

-You've done really well.

-I'm really, really pleased with it.

0:33:360:33:39

So, 500 quid budget on it.

0:33:390:33:42

You've done a lot of work for that, by the look of it.

0:33:420:33:44

We're happy to keep it in budget and, yeah, 500 quid's good.

0:33:440:33:47

Norman's played a blinder and, for £500,

0:33:480:33:52

there could be real profit potential with this one.

0:33:520:33:54

Well, it was never really in doubt, was it?

0:33:560:33:58

Norman has absolutely transformed that old, dated wardrobe

0:33:580:34:01

into a beautiful kitchen unit. My job, the easy one, is to sell it.

0:34:010:34:06

-What's that?

-At the end of a long day,

0:34:120:34:15

Sarah spotted John throwing out his 1930s wardrobe.

0:34:150:34:19

Just bought a house and it was left by the previous occupiers.

0:34:190:34:22

It was a bit old-fashioned for John.

0:34:220:34:24

No, our furniture's a bit more modern than that.

0:34:240:34:26

But it put a big smile on Sarah's face.

0:34:260:34:29

I think it's amazing.

0:34:290:34:31

So she took it away,

0:34:310:34:32

leaving John wondering what could be done with it.

0:34:320:34:34

Certainly needs a new coat of varnish.

0:34:340:34:36

And it should be good.

0:34:360:34:38

Well, John, we managed more than that.

0:34:400:34:42

Norman transformed it into our one-of-a-kind kitchen cabinet.

0:34:420:34:46

Keen to get it sold,

0:34:480:34:49

Sarah listed it on online marketplaces

0:34:490:34:52

and reached out on social media.

0:34:520:34:54

But were there any takers?

0:34:540:34:56

Sarah's travelled to Hale in Altrincham

0:35:020:35:04

to show John what Norman got up to with his wardrobe.

0:35:040:35:08

-Hi, John.

-Hi, hello.

0:35:100:35:11

-Nice to see you again.

-And you, and you.

0:35:110:35:13

Come down here and tell me,

0:35:130:35:15

did you get your old wardrobe down from all the way up there?

0:35:150:35:17

Yes. It's a couple of flights up.

0:35:170:35:19

So, it was a really good quality wardrobe,

0:35:190:35:21

but it wasn't very functional, was it?

0:35:210:35:23

I don't know if you ever put clothes in it?

0:35:230:35:25

-No.

-The hangers...

-It just... It just took up storage space

0:35:250:35:28

in a corner, looking kind of out of place,

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particularly with the rest of the furniture in the house.

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Did you think, when I took it away, what we'd do with it?

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I mean, the creative juices weren't really flowing too much for my mind.

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But a wardrobe, maybe?

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Maybe... You know, zhuzhed up a bit.

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-I don't know.

-It wasn't far off.

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

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So your old wardrobe is now like this.

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-Oh, wow.

-It has been given a brand-new coat of paint.

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It's got new handles on it.

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It's chalkboard on the front and it is a very useful kitchen cupboard.

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Excellent. I quite like it now!

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I'm really pleased to hear you say that.

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-It looks fantastic.

-Do you approve?

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Yes, yes, absolutely.

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It took quite a long time to get it to look like that,

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so I haven't had much opportunity to sell it,

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so I'm hoping I'm going to be back in touch with some profit.

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So, as soon as I've sold it,

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I'm hoping there'll be a couple of hundred quid coming your way.

0:36:200:36:23

-Excellent.

-It was great to catch up.

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-Thank you so much.

-Thank you for bringing the pictures round.

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It looks fab. Really pleased with it.

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Thank you ever so much.

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-All right.

-Have a good day.

-Cheers.

-Bye-bye.

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With Norman's labour costs coming in on budget at £500 and the wardrobe

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yet to sell, it does mean we may have a loss of £500,

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but I'm sure it will find its forever home soon enough.

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In Walthamstow,

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Daniel's been working very carefully on those fragile mirrors.

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Sarah dropped off four

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and let's hope that's what she'll be picking up.

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Well, I left Daniel with a really interesting selection of mirrors

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and I'm hoping, like many things around here, if he got it right,

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the price of them should only be going up.

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Well, let's see.

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Mirror, mirror in the skip.

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You were old and worn and had a chip.

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But now...

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..you certainly are the fairest of them all.

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Daniel's designs have been etched beautifully onto the mirrors,

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creating a leafy, birdie motif.

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His plan to shorten the large frame to hide the chip

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has worked perfectly, and, to set it off,

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he's painted it a pastelly blue.

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All the mirrors have new, shiny fittings, ready for the wall.

0:37:490:37:54

Hi, how you doing?

0:37:560:37:57

I'm very well, thanks. Very well, thanks.

0:37:570:37:59

-So have you broken them all?

-No, we're going to go for a reveal.

0:37:590:38:03

-I didn't know they were under here.

-Oh, yes.

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Yeah, yeah. So, are you ready?

0:38:040:38:06

-Are you braced?

-Oh, yeah, definitely.

0:38:060:38:08

Wow! Yep, they've got it, haven't they?

0:38:100:38:13

-They have, they have.

-They've definitely got it.

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We managed to sort of hide the chip underneath the frame as well,

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by shortening the frame...

0:38:190:38:21

-That's really clever.

-..on this one as well.

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So that one's back in action.

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These two, I think, are going to be good sellers.

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They are lovely. They look brand new, don't they?

0:38:290:38:31

Yeah. Yeah, and considering that these ones are about 100 years old,

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it's just miraculous that, when you clean them back,

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you're not sure how scratched they're going to be,

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but they're in really good condition.

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-They're lovely.

-Thank you.

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They look... I don't know how you do it,

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but it's a really good thing!

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Now, I left you various money on the table.

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I think we had something like 90 quid on that one,

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120 on these and 140 on that.

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Yeah. All on budget, all fine.

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This one, obviously, was a bit more messing around, but as I say,

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it came off in the end, so that's all right.

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I had no idea we'd end up with something that felt so high-end and

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-delightful, really.

-Thank you.

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Daniel's done a great job and on budget.

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But selling all four, Sarah's got her work cut out.

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It's a nice end to this project,

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because I'm glad they didn't get thrown out.

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So long as the mirrors aren't scratched or cracked,

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then they can always be reused,

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so it was nice to do that and put them back out again.

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Well, Daniel, he pulls it off again.

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Four fantastic mirrors that I'm definitely going to be able to

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sell for a profit.

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-I think they're lovely.

-When Sarah stopped Adrian at the dump,

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she saw potential in his collection of mirrors.

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So, was that something that was on a dressing table?

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A long time ago.

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Sarah wasn't put off by their age.

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The older I get, the more damage I like mirrors to have!

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So Adrian sadly had to say goodbye.

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We were clearing the attic.

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We have grandchildren and they like to play up there.

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This makes a little bit of room for them.

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Well, they're not gathering dust in the attic any more.

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Sarah then had the challenge of getting them sold.

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She put them on display at her regular barn sale.

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She also listed them online to see if there were any takers.

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And it worked!

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But did she manage to shift them all?

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Sarah's travelled to Hale, outside Altrincham,

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to let Adrian know how she got on selling them,

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and maybe hand over some cash?

0:40:450:40:47

Hi there, hello, Adrian.

0:40:490:40:50

-Hello, Sarah.

-How are you?

0:40:500:40:52

-Sarah.

-Sarah, hi there.

0:40:520:40:53

-Another Sarah.

-How do you do? Now, I said I would be back in contact

0:40:530:40:56

and, the last time I saw you,

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there were all sorts of things coming out of the back of your car.

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But it was the mirrors that I particularly liked.

0:41:000:41:02

Was that something to do with you, Sarah?

0:41:020:41:04

Yes. I've had them for a long time,

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but I bought them at jumble sales and things like that.

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So did you wonder what we might have done with them?

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We didn't think there was a market for them at all.

0:41:120:41:15

And beyond painting the frames, I don't really...

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I couldn't imagine what you could do with them.

0:41:180:41:20

Well, one of the frames did get painted and they went to Walthamstow

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to a fantastic guy called Daniel Heath.

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So I've brought you some pictures to show you what he did.

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He has etched the surface of them, so this pair of long mirrors,

0:41:300:41:33

he's taken the frames off to reveal the lovely bevel and then engraved

0:41:330:41:36

-them all.

-Oh, wow!

-That's lovely, with the birds as well.

0:41:360:41:40

-What do you think?

-Lovely.

0:41:400:41:41

-Lovely things.

-Yeah. I'm amazed that they're

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actually created from something that we were going to throw away.

0:41:440:41:47

I have had them on the market and I've managed to sell two of them.

0:41:470:41:50

-I've actually got £30 here for your mirrors.

-Oh, lovely!

0:41:500:41:54

So there are two more still to sell and they will sell easily,

0:41:540:41:58

I know, so, as soon as they have done, I'll be back in touch.

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But there's £30 here for the moment.

0:42:000:42:03

What might you do with that?

0:42:030:42:04

My mother died ten years ago suffering from Alzheimer's and Dad

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looked after her for a long time, so it will be going to

0:42:090:42:12

the Alzheimer's Society to support those people that are in need.

0:42:120:42:15

Well, that sounds like a lovely thing to do with that money.

0:42:150:42:18

-Thank you very much.

-Very best.

0:42:180:42:20

Thanks, Sarah, nice to meet you.

0:42:200:42:21

Thanks. Bye.

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For the two mirrors that Sarah's sold,

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Daniel's labour and materials came to £210.

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The total sale was 240, meaning there was a £30 profit.

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As for the two remaining mirrors,

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we still have £260 of Daniel's costs to make up.

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But given a bit more time,

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I'm sure they will get snapped up and we can hand a bit more to Adrian

0:42:450:42:49

and Sarah for their charity donation.

0:42:490:42:52

Thanks to Sarah, three items have been rescued from the rubbish.

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Sarah transformed the rusty scales into a quirky kitchen lamp.

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Daniel's mirrors went from dated to designer.

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And Norman worked his magic on the 1930s wardrobe.

0:43:090:43:12

Well, we rescued, revitalised and retailed that rubbish with some

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really ravishing results.

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You try saying that!

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Sarah Moore unearths three hidden gems at the recycling centre in Altrincham and is on a mission to transform them with the help of two very talented artisans. Daniel Heath is tasked with saving a collection of ailing mirrors, while Norman Wilkinson has his hands full in a bid to rethink an old oak wardrobe. Sarah works her magic turning some kitchen scales from drab to fab.


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