Episode 12 Money for Nothing


Episode 12

Junk makeover show. Jay Blades is in Walsall, where he saves a Lloyd loom-style laundry basket, a tired G Plan reclining chair and an oak writing bureau.


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I LOVE these. What are these?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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-That's going.

-No!

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The answer could be hiding in over 20 million tonnes of household waste

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thrown out by us every year.

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So, I'll just do a quick check for Granny's gold.

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That's why reclamation expert Jay Blades

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wants to get his hands on things before they hit the skip.

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I've been a builder. I've been a philosophy student and now I'm

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a furniture restorer. So I know more than most about transformations.

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I revamp the old and turn it into the new,

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and sell it on for a profit.

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

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Why would you chuck these chairs out?

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..he can transform his finds into desirable...

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I've got to take my hat off to you, sir.

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-..valuable...

-You've done well, sir.

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Now, that is supercool.

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If Jay is successful, then he can hand the profits back

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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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-No!

-£80.

-What?!

-Yes!

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Welcome to Walsall...

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..where cars are queueing up.

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Trash is being tossed and Jay is a man on a mission.

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Each of his skip-savaging senses are ever-alert to seek out

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-tip treasure.

-If there's profit to be had, I'm the man to sniff it out.

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-HE SNIFFS

-What's that?

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Jay has been given special permission to roam

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the recycling centre on his quest to save three items

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that he can rejuvenate or repurpose and

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then sell on for a tidy sum. And do you know what?

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He's loving it.

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Oh, look at that! Now that's cool, isn't it?! That's really cool.

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-Do you want a bucket?

-Oh, thank you, sir.

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Look at that. They're lining up now.

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Oh!

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-That's the one.

-Hold on,

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has someone told Jay he's meant to be SAVING items from the skip,

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not chucking them in?

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Terry's helping his partner's son, Scott, clear out his flat.

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What? Hold on a minute, lads. Hold on.

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-Hold on. How we doing? I'm Jay.

-All right. I'm Terry.

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-All right, Terry?

-I'm Scott.

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Is it all right just to have a look at this?

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Put it down. I think this is a little gem.

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-Help yourself.

-Right.

-Little gem?!

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I suppose if you look past the well-worn, scruffy exterior...

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No! Who am I trying to kid?

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Tell me, what's the history behind this one?

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Well, it's actually yours, Scott, ain't it?

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-When did you buy it?

-I've had it years.

-How many years?

-Somebody

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gave it to me. This one itself has been in a bedroom and not been used.

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-OK.

-So that's why it's being put out today.

-You say "this one".

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-So is there another one?

-Yes.

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-Just like this?

-Just like this, but not a recliner.

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Hold on, are you saying this reclines as well?

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-It does.

-Wow! Do you know if it's a make or anything like that?

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I think it's a G Plan.

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You think it's a G Plan. Well, if it is a G Plan and I haven't seen

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anything like this, it will be quite nice and special.

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Hmm. Perhaps I was a little hasty.

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G Plan are a British furniture manufacturer who came to prominence

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in the 1950s. Vintage items can be highly sought-after.

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This could be a little gem, after all.

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It doesn't look very stylish now, but I believe with the right person

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working on it, this could look really, really stylish. So, if it's all right you with guys,

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what I'd like to do is take this and just show you guys what we transformed it into.

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-It would be lovely, that.

-Is that all right?

-Yes. It would be nice.

-All right. Diamond.

-Thank you.

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Are Scott and Terry happy to see Jay make off with the armchair?

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I think it's lovely to see the old furniture be remodelled.

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I reckon Jay could clean it up, paint it,

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perhaps a nice few pillows on it, and I think somebody will buy it.

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I'm not so sure it will be as easy as that, Terry.

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But what is Jay doing rummaging around down there?

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Core, blimey! This is a great find. A G Plan recliner.

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Wow! I've never, ever seen one in all the years I've been doing upholstery.

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Let's meet the maker he's chosen to get creative with this little gem.

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Say hello to Anthony Devine.

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He has two decades of design experience and passes on his

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knowledge to the younger generation at his school of upholstery.

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His work is loud, proud, fresh... and, at times, furry.

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If I was to say I had a style, it probably would be erratic.

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Er, there's loads of ideas washing around in my head, and whichever

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pops out first is the one normally that gets done.

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Easiest thing is like a customer walking in,

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gives you a bit of a design brief, gives you lots of freedom to be able

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to kind of complete it and see it through. But the customer is

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the one that counts more importantly than anything.

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Just keep that in mind, Anthony, when Jay starts getting a bit fussy.

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Come on now, up and at them!

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Jay's got his first item tucked away,

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but there are still two more to find.

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He needs to stay vigilant if he wants to save another goody

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from the claws of the crusher.

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Mike is having a clear-out of his garage

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and he's broken up his old oak writing bureau, ready for the skip.

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-How we doing? You all right?

-All right, thank you.

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-My name's Jay.

-My name's Mike.

-Why are you throwing that away?

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Because it takes up a lot of space.

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The only place I've got for it is in the garage.

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-Yeah.

-I've got a 30-foot garage. I've had two trips out today

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and I've probably got another two more to come! I still haven't emptied it!

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Oh, wow! Any more gems like this in the garage?

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Unfortunately, not.

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It was a good-quality item and it could be restored.

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But unfortunately I've neither got the time nor the skills to do it.

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-This is gorgeous.

-Yeah.

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Well, if it's all right with you, I'd like to take it.

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I'd be delighted for somebody to have it and make use of it.

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It was good quality.

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Yeah. And you keep saying "was". It still is, Mike.

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-It's still going strong, isn't it? Look!

-Yes.

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This big, old bureau has been in Mike's garage

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for the past few years. But before that, it was well-used.

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I was loath to get rid of it. Several years, when we had it first,

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my wife used it as a writing desk and I used it occasionally as well.

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Yes, it's been very useful.

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Not many people do writing any more.

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So there isn't much call for writing bureaus,

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but this can be transformed into something beautiful

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cos I've got just the person to take this to.

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Let's meet the man Jay's chosen to give this bureau a modern makeover.

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Meet master craftsman Norman Wilkinson.

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His attention to detail and skill, honed over years of experience,

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is evident in everything he makes.

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My personality is reflected in what I do.

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I think I try to do everything to the best of my ability.

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Everything we do, I think, looks A1. Everything I make is fantastic.

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-Just like me.

-He does enjoy a joke.

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I'm not sure WE enjoy them so much, but Norman 's so old school

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that even the old school call him old school.

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If I actually told you how long I'd been doing this,

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it would give away my age. I still think I'm 21.

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-In my dreams!

-Don't worry, folks,

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his carpentry skills are better than his jokes.

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They'll need to be, with this item.

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He's grabbed goodies for Anthony and Norman,

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but now Jay's on the hunt for his own item.

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Will the junk in Peter's trunk appeal to Jay?

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Oh, wow!

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Whoa! Hold on a minute.

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-How we doing? I'm Jay.

-All right?

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-So what you doing? Getting rid of that, obviously.

-Yeah.

-And why...?

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-This is beautiful. Why you getting rid of it?

-Well, it's old and...

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It's not old, is it? How old is it?

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It was me Nan's, so it's probably older than 60 years old.

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Wow! But it's still going strong. It's not too bad, is it?

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-Look at that. That's solid inside.

-We used to spend summer holidays

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with my nan. She used to keep stuff in it.

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-There was all... What, sweets?

-Little knick-knacks. Oh.

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-Knick-knacks in there.

-OK. No sweets, though?

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-No cookies.

-No sweets. Little games and what have you.

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So you can entertain yourself during a rainy day outside

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or something like that. All right. Cool!

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Jay suspects that Peter's nan's knick-knack box may

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be made by a well-known manufacturer.

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I personally think this is like a Lloyd Loom.

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Normally they have a label on the back there.

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But this is, yeah, it's kind of the same style of the Lloyd Loom.

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Lloyd Loom furniture was made in the UK from the 1920s.

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Mechanically woven with specially treated paper,

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furniture like this is tough, resistant to damp and built to last.

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What I'd like to do is take this, and if we transform it

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into something, then get back to you and let you know what we've done

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-to it. Is that all right?

-Yeah.

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Nice one! Cheers for that. Nice one. Brilliant! Thank you.

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What does Peter think Jay will do with the basket?

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I think he'll turn it into something nice.

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You know, it is a shame to just throw it away, but...

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we had no use for it at the time.

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It could be a Lloyd Loom. It could be somebody else.

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But the beauty is, these are really easy to transform and turn into

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something really beautiful. So I'm happy that we've got one of these.

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Let's see if I can turn it into a profit.

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It's been a good day at the dump.

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Jay has successfully salvaged three items.

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Anthony will work his makeover magic on the recliner.

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Norman will take up the challenge of the broken-down writing bureau.

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While Jay will make the basket into something saleable.

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I am delighted with what I picked out today.

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Now it's time to turn trash into cash.

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Manchester - a creative powerhouse that has produced musicians,

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film-makers, artists and designers

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that pushed the boundaries of popular culture.

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Thriving within the city's creative whirlwind

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is upholsterer extraordinaire Anthony.

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His work is at the cutting edge of contemporary furniture design.

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So I'm sure he'll love this old thing...

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I've been told this one's quite funky,

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but on the wrong side of funky,

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so hopefully we can turn it to the RIGHT side of funky and leave

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-with a good item.

-From junkified to funkified.

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Anthony sounds like a man with a plan.

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He has still to come face-to-face with Jay's little gem, though.

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It's gorgeous, isn't it, I think?

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Lovely(!)

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But weighs a tonne.

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Pull your britches up.

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The G Plan brand undoubtedly adds a little vintage va-va-voom.

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But this well-worn armchair is still in desperate need

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-of Anthony's expertise.

-I've never seen one of these before,

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and I think it's a no-brainer to save this one.

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-It's really, really gorgeous.

-It's got real potential.

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Mechanism still works.

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It's basically, it's just what to do with it.

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Well, the ideas are endless because it's quite a big space,

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but I would prefer it to be toned down

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because at the time of this being born, this fabric would have been

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the height of sophistication, but now it's too busy.

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I reckon one way to go with it would be just, like, make it a bit more

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sophisticated... that was back in its day...

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-sophisticated for today.

-For today. Yeah. I like the sound of that.

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So, what colours are you thinking, then?

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-The obvious one's grey, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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But I do want to add some element of colour,

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cos I do like the buttons we've got on the side.

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They are quite big. If we can have a button,

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-a different colour or something like that.

-I knew you were going to say

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-that.

-You know I have to.

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The colour-contrasting button - a Jay Blade signature style.

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That will look really, really cool.

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I'm stood behind you shaking my head.

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-You do realise that?

-That's cool!

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Come on, boys. Let's not fall out over a button.

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So, what kind of budget are we looking at?

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I reckon about £450, £475.

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£450, I like the sound of.

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I know there's a lot of fabric in there.

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So if you need a little bit extra in the budget, I could push it up to the £25.

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-Got to pay for your buttons, haven't we?

-I could probably sort you out with buttons.

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But we need to digitally put a little "J" on there!

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Whoa! £450.

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If you need more, let me know.

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-What a gent!

-Thank you, sir. Very kind of ya.

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It would seem Anthony is as smitten as Jay with this retro recliner.

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Do a little drinks holder here.

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And then obviously we're going to make it look pretty as well.

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So I think this is quite good. I really quite like it.

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Jay and Anthony have agreed a budget of £450,

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with the possibility of another 25 quid on top.

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Jay's biggest problem might be getting it back from Anthony.

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SOOTHING CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYS

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From the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manchester,

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to the quiet countryside of East Sussex.

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Things move at a slightly slower pace in the village of Hellingly.

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Which suits bespoke furniture Norman to a T.

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He's as happy as happy can be,

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working away in his little hidey-hole.

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Seems a shame to disturb him, really.

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The stuff you get from the tip,

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it's quite fun. We've had a few bits and I'm thinking,

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"Really? What are we doing?"

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I'm sure Norman will love this old oak writing bureau, though.

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So what do you think?

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-You like it?

-No.

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Oh, well. Norman's not impressed.

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There's only one thing for it.

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Time to turn on the charm, Jay.

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If anybody can turn this into something great,

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he's standing right here, isn't he?

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Flattery doesn't get you everywhere!

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Come on, it's got to reflect in the price?

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-Well, we haven't got that far yet.

-All right, I'm just warming you up.

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Warming me, are you? OK.

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So what plans do you have for this delightful piece?

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OK, that's failed too.

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Norman may be lacking inspiration, but not to worry,

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Jay's got plenty of ideas.

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What I was thinking is just a modern desk.

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Where you will have wires coming through the back to plug stuff in.

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And I would like, if possible,

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something that flips up so all of the stuff with a modern desk,

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whether it is the laptop, smartphone, can just be stuffed

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-inside the actual desk.

-Hide it?

-Hide it, there you go.

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Similar to what they used to do here.

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They used to have a flap there that would hide all of that stuff.

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You can't have a desk with drawers like this, so they'll have to go,

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to be replaced by legs.

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What do you want to hold the top with?

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Lovely contemporary tapered legs.

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So basically...fine tapered leg and then we'll get the oak,

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we will strip it and get it as light as we can, we'll bleach it

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-and do it whatever we need to do. We will make the flap.

-Cool.

-OK.

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What we have to do now is talk about price, then.

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-Price?

-Because all of that sounds really good.

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-How much is that going to cost me?

-How much is that going to cost you?

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Yeah.

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Now we're getting down to business.

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Come on then, Norman, what are you thinking?

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-Er...

-500? 600?

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8, 9?

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Come on, Norman, I can't take this much more.

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I could get that in showroom condition ready for sale

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-for 325.

-Great price!

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-I think that's a good deal. I'm happy with that.

-Are you?

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-Yeah, I'm happy.

-As long as you're happy, I'm happy.

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That's good. Let me know when it's done and I'll come and pick it up.

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Thank you.

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Wow, I'm really chuffed with that.

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I believe Norman gets my idea just a little bit,

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but hopefully he's going to turn it into something REALLY great.

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Jay's idea to turn the bureau

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into a computer friendly desk is a challenge for Norman.

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Can he come up with the goods on a tight budget of £325?

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Jay has dropped off the armchair with Anthony

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and the bureau with Norman.

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Now he's making his way to his workshop in Wolverhampton so he can

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get cracking with his own item -

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the Lloyd Loom-style laundry basket.

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A lovely little box here. In its current state nobody would want this

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in the house, but I'm thinking toy box for the little children.

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So you can have a storage area in there for some of the toys,

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and I've been inspired by these blocks.

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Jay loves the bold, rich colours

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and the geometric pattern the building blocks create

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when put together. Plus, he just likes messing about with toys.

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There you go. Let me turn them around.

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There's my swan.

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-How cool is that?

-Magnificent, Jay, magnificent.

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Jay will paint a triangular pattern in vibrant colours on the basket.

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Just going to give it a little rub down to get it prepared.

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He's using a fine sanding pad to remove any dirt or grime

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-from the surface.

-Get my painting jacket on now.

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-Get ready to paint.

-Ooh, a painting jacket!

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Ugh!

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Oh, he even makes a scruffy, old jacket look cool.

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First up, the base layer.

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As this will be a child's toy box,

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Jay's using mineral-based paint, which is solvent-free and non-toxic.

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To apply the paint, Jay is using an oval paint brush

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with extra-long bristles.

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I find that this is really useful

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for getting into all of the little nooks and crannies.

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With the base layer dry, Jay can begin to apply

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his background colour - blue.

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I'm probably going to put about three coats on this.

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So it allows the colour to do exactly what it's supposed to do,

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which is look rich. Already, instantly, that is just looking...

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..really quite cool, actually.

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I'm sure Picasso would be absolutely proud of that.

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He would say, "Jay, you've done really well there, son."

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Who knew Picasso was a Cockney?

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Blimey. To create the geometric pattern,

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Jay is using tape to outline the triangular shapes.

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If you had a flat surface, it would be a lot easier,

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but I've got a surface that is made up of weaves, so

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you just have to make sure this is really pushed down tight

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so I get that clean line going straight across.

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Achieving the smooth, straight line Jay's design requires on the bumpy

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surface of the basket will be no easy task.

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Jay is using paints and equipment he already had in his workshop.

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But he has spent ten quid on an off-cut of vinyl.

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He will use this to upholster the lid.

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

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..where Anthony is struggling to reupholster

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this big, old brute of a chair

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in his attempt to give it a sophisticated new look.

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This chair is a bit of a beast.

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Every time we peel back, there is just another layer riddled

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with more staples, and I know I should be used to it

0:21:320:21:35

-but this is trying my patience.

-Come on, Anthony.

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There's only 4,372 more staples to go - give or take a few hundred.

0:21:380:21:45

And besides, if you stop now, it couldn't look much worse.

0:21:450:21:48

Perhaps we could describe it as the Mad Max makeover.

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It looks like it's almost been...

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apoco...acop... I can't even say it.

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Oh, Anthony I think you'll find it's pronounced...apocalytic...

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apocalopa...apocalystic... Oh, dear.

0:22:040:22:08

It looks like it just came through the apocalypse.

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That's the one!

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There are still plenty of staples to remove, but Anthony has come to the

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conclusion that he and the armchair need some time apart.

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I've decided to have a little break from the beast

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and do the nice bits of the chair.

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These are the two colours we've chosen.

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This will be for the main body of the chair,

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But we also want to do it sophisticated,

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so we are going to add in aspects of this darker grey,

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which I think will look rather nice.

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Now, we've took all the staples out.

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It's time to put them all back in again.

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Anthony will begin his sophistication transformation

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by reupholstering the footboard. For the first layer,

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he's using high-density foam for cushioning and comfort.

0:23:000:23:04

The foam is stapled to shape a smooth curve at the sides.

0:23:040:23:08

The second layer is polyester wadding,

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which removes the friction from the foam, while helping to maintain

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the shape of the fabric.

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And, of course, all the materials Anthony is using

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meet UK fire safety standards.

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I've kind of nicknamed this chair the Beast,

0:23:280:23:30

so here we have the Beast, and now we're starting to develop

0:23:300:23:34

the Beauty. So beauty, beast... Beast, beauty. Beauty, beast.

0:23:340:23:38

You're beginning to worry me a bit now, Anthony.

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Beast, beauty. Beauty, beast.

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I'll stick with the beauty.

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Ditch the beast.

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This is man versus chair in an epic tussle that will test

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Anthony's upholstery skills and his sanity to the limit.

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Beware of the Beast, Anthony.

0:24:000:24:02

GROWLING

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Ah, the bright blue skies and lush green fields of rural Sussex.

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In Norman's workshop, the oak writing bureau is awaiting

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-his skilled touch.

-Tidy workshop, tidy mind.

0:24:250:24:28

Jay's plan is to transform this relic of a bygone era

0:24:290:24:33

into a desk suitable for use with computers and tablets.

0:24:330:24:38

So, Norman, where do we begin?

0:24:380:24:40

The first thing we're going to do with it,

0:24:400:24:42

we are going to be like a demolition yard and smash it to smithereens.

0:24:420:24:45

Let the carnage commence.

0:24:450:24:47

This may look like wanton destruction,

0:24:510:24:54

but Norman is actually breaking the bureau down

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into its individual panels,

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as he wants to use as much of the old oak as possible.

0:25:000:25:03

It's always satisfying smashing something up, isn't it?

0:25:050:25:07

It's quite good fun watching too.

0:25:070:25:10

When upcycling for sale, it is important to remember

0:25:110:25:14

the marketplace. There's not much call for a dedicated bureau

0:25:140:25:19

for writing letters.

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However, a desk you can use your computer at has wider appeal.

0:25:200:25:24

Norman is using the drawer fronts to make the legs.

0:25:300:25:33

He is cutting them into 2½ inch wide strips.

0:25:330:25:37

We'll try and make the legs a little bit modern,

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we'll cut them to a standard height for a table,

0:25:430:25:46

and then we will atually taper the leg both sides,

0:25:460:25:49

so it looks nice and contemporary and everything, and go from there.

0:25:490:25:53

When the strips are cut to the correct length,

0:25:530:25:56

Norman will glue two of them together to create each leg.

0:25:560:26:00

Just give it a quick sand just to...

0:26:000:26:03

Yes? Just to...?

0:26:040:26:06

-Just to...

-Come on, Norman, spit it out.

0:26:060:26:09

Take off any muck or anything.

0:26:090:26:11

So when we glue it up, it will hold lovely.

0:26:110:26:15

To ensure a strong bond,

0:26:190:26:21

Norman is using G clamps to apply pressure.

0:26:210:26:25

These will remain in place for 24 hours.

0:26:250:26:28

To make the desktop, Norman will use the sides of the bureau,

0:26:290:26:33

but first he has to remove the nails.

0:26:330:26:35

It's just making sure we get all the nails out so the saw,

0:26:350:26:38

and different things like that... It's a bit time-consuming,

0:26:380:26:41

but once we're there we can really start rocking and rolling.

0:26:410:26:44

-This one, we've got a hairline crack in.

-Peek-a-boo, Norman.

0:26:460:26:51

We could glue it, so it's not the end of the world.

0:26:510:26:54

Using reclaimed wood like this

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is far from the easy option, but for Norman it's all part of the fun.

0:26:570:27:01

I love old timber. I love the character in it.

0:27:050:27:08

You know, you get something old, something rubbish,

0:27:080:27:11

and turn it into something great.

0:27:110:27:12

Right now, Norman, to MY eye, all you seem to be doing is taking

0:27:120:27:17

someone's rubbish and making it even rubbisher.

0:27:170:27:20

Can't wait to see it when it's not a pile of dirty old wood.

0:27:200:27:24

It's all go with our artisans.

0:27:290:27:31

And also with Jay.

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He's putting the finishing touches to his transformation.

0:27:360:27:40

That will be one really cool toy box.

0:27:400:27:44

This basket was tired, tatty and in dire need of TLC.

0:27:460:27:51

Now it's a fun-filled toy box.

0:27:530:27:57

Unable to achieve a smooth geometric line,

0:27:580:28:02

Jay developed his idea into a lovely mountain scene -

0:28:020:28:06

the triangles forming hills, trees and snow-capped mountains.

0:28:060:28:10

Jay added an eye-catching forest of handles on the reupholstered lid

0:28:130:28:18

using vinyl to ensure it's easy to clean after the kiddiewinks

0:28:180:28:22

have had their sticky fingers all over it.

0:28:220:28:25

This toy box will trigger the imagination and be a fantastic

0:28:250:28:29

addition to any kids' bedroom.

0:28:290:28:31

I've done it all, inspired by my dear friend Henry the horse,

0:28:310:28:35

who's come along to check out the forest. And I tell you,

0:28:350:28:38

he does love it. He wants to have a butcher's inside.

0:28:380:28:43

There's plenty of room for him and his mates. He agrees, it looks good.

0:28:430:28:47

Now what I've got to do is take some pictures,

0:28:470:28:49

get this online and get it sold.

0:28:490:28:51

Peter was just about to sling the basket in the skip,

0:28:530:28:56

-when Jay stopped him in his tracks.

-How old is it?

0:28:560:29:01

-It was me nan's.

-No.

-Seriously?

0:29:010:29:04

-So it's probably older than 60 years old.

-Wow.

0:29:040:29:07

Jay set about transforming it.

0:29:070:29:10

For him, it was child's play.

0:29:120:29:14

The toy box was sold to Sixth Link -

0:29:160:29:18

a vintage and retro store in Shropshire.

0:29:180:29:21

The shop's owner, River, was well pleased.

0:29:210:29:25

Absolutely love how it's inspired by a small little toy,

0:29:250:29:28

and it's created such a lovely item.

0:29:280:29:30

Now Jay is in Brownhills in the West Midlands to catch up with Peter,

0:29:300:29:35

and tell him what became of his box.

0:29:350:29:37

-Morning.

-Morning, Peter. How are you doing?

-Not too bad at all.

0:29:390:29:43

Good on you. So do you remember the box that you brought down

0:29:430:29:46

-to the recycling centre?

-Yes.

-It's been in your family for a while?

0:29:460:29:49

Yeah, it is about 60 years old, I'd imagine, yeah.

0:29:490:29:51

Wow! So I was able to do something to it.

0:29:510:29:55

It was a little project I took on myself.

0:29:550:29:57

And I transformed it into a kid's toy box.

0:29:570:30:01

-Get this up the right way.

-Oh, that's nice.

0:30:010:30:04

Doesn't look the same, does it?!

0:30:040:30:06

No! I tried my best not to make it look the same.

0:30:060:30:09

So...painted it with some mountains

0:30:090:30:11

on the front and a little bit of padding on the top.

0:30:110:30:14

-Looks completely different.

-Yeah, it's lovely.

-And it was inspired

0:30:140:30:18

by Henry the horse, that's just there on top.

0:30:180:30:21

-Yeah, it looks nice.

-And I am pleased to tell you

0:30:210:30:25

I was able to sell it, and I've got

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£35 profit for you, sir.

0:30:290:30:32

Thank you. That's nice.

0:30:320:30:34

So any ideas what you want to do with the money?

0:30:340:30:37

Well, I was going to put it towards a meal for the wife's 60th.

0:30:370:30:42

-That sounds good.

-That's what we'll do with it.

0:30:430:30:45

Bless you. Well, I might see you again at the recycling centre.

0:30:450:30:49

-Right.

-And you take care now.

0:30:490:30:52

-Thank you. Bye.

-See you.

0:30:520:30:54

Creating the toy box cost Jay £10.

0:30:570:31:01

He sold it for £45,

0:31:010:31:04

giving Peter £35 to put towards a birthday treat.

0:31:040:31:08

In Manchester, the drizzly, overcast sky

0:31:140:31:17

is reflected in Anthony's downbeat disposition.

0:31:170:31:21

Taming the Beast has proven to be an ordeal.

0:31:230:31:26

This chair has been a definite struggle.

0:31:260:31:31

Just been...almost, like, a career-deciding chair, this one.

0:31:310:31:36

But we got there.

0:31:360:31:38

We finished it. Just.

0:31:380:31:40

Yeah, so hopefully Jay will be pleased with the transformation.

0:31:410:31:45

The chair was Jay's little gem.

0:31:480:31:51

A vintage G Plan recliner that he hoped to give a little va-va-voom

0:31:520:31:57

with a sophisticated new look.

0:31:570:31:59

Fantastic!

0:32:030:32:05

Gone are the drab and dreary browns, to be replaced by sleek and suave

0:32:050:32:11

grey. The wool fabric is luxurious and looks simply sumptuous.

0:32:110:32:16

As this is a recliner,

0:32:160:32:19

Anthony faced the difficult challenge of ensuring that

0:32:190:32:22

the moving parts look as cool when reclined as they do when upright.

0:32:220:32:26

He's succeeded! But it tested his skills to the max.

0:32:270:32:32

This chair has been transformed from beastly to beautiful.

0:32:320:32:36

One thing it doesn't have, though, is a colour-contrasting button -

0:32:360:32:41

Jay's signature look he hoped Anthony would add.

0:32:410:32:46

Anthony, you could be in trouble.

0:32:460:32:49

How are we doing, sir?

0:32:490:32:51

-All right. Are you all right?

-I'm very good. Very good.

0:32:510:32:54

Oh-ho-ho!

0:32:540:32:56

I do like.

0:32:570:32:59

I do like. See, sometimes...

0:33:000:33:03

..less is definitely more.

0:33:050:33:08

This has got more than any other chair I've ever known!

0:33:080:33:11

I wish it was less!

0:33:110:33:12

-It does look cool. And this is wool, isn't it?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:33:130:33:17

I think the real key was to try and lose a lot of its weight by getting

0:33:190:33:22

rid of that kind of heavy fabric, trying to slim it all down.

0:33:220:33:24

-Yeah.

-Plus, make it look stylish.

0:33:240:33:27

Plus, you know, not make it TOO alpha-male looking.

0:33:270:33:31

Still the big armchair that it is.

0:33:310:33:33

Yeah.

0:33:330:33:35

Jay's loving it. Anthony has done a great job.

0:33:350:33:39

But has he managed to do it for the £450 he agreed with Jay?

0:33:390:33:44

-Did we come in on budget?

-To be honest, I've been on such a journey,

0:33:440:33:47

I can't even remember.

0:33:470:33:49

But, yes.

0:33:490:33:51

The one thing that would have taken it over budget, which we didn't have

0:33:510:33:55

enough in the budget for, is unfortunately we had to forget your button.

0:33:550:33:59

-I tell you the truth, I didn't even notice the button.

-You see?

-I didn't notice it.

0:33:590:34:02

-That's what I thought, "He's not going to mention it!"

-No, I didn't notice it.

0:34:020:34:06

So yeah. It looks cool without the button.

0:34:060:34:08

-But you've got that detail there.

-Yeah, I mean, like, to be honest,

0:34:080:34:12

-that was one of the first bits I did to it.

-So we've come in on budget,

0:34:120:34:16

looks cool, I haven't got a button - but I don't need a button.

0:34:160:34:19

All I've got to do is sell it now. So, thank you, sir.

0:34:190:34:24

-Good luck.

-I don't need it, after what you've done.

0:34:240:34:26

Wow, now that's what I call a transformation -

0:34:290:34:31

from a beast of a chair

0:34:310:34:33

to a slick, cool, grey and contemporary masterpiece.

0:34:330:34:37

Anthony has done it again. And he's taught me something as well.

0:34:370:34:40

You don't always need a coloured button on a chair.

0:34:400:34:43

-Or do you?

-You've missed your chance, Jay.

0:34:430:34:46

Fortunately, he didn't miss Scott and Terry,

0:34:460:34:48

as they were about to chuck the chair. What did Terry think Jay would do with it?

0:34:480:34:54

I reckon Jay could clean it up, paint it,

0:34:540:34:56

perhaps a nice few pillows on it.

0:34:560:34:58

I think you boys are in for a nice surprise.

0:34:580:35:01

Jay wasted no time in finding a buyer.

0:35:050:35:08

Boutique hotel Monachyle Mhor in Perthshire in Scotland

0:35:080:35:12

loved Anthony's work. And owner Tom couldn't wait to put his feet up.

0:35:120:35:17

Perfect!

0:35:170:35:19

Jay has travelled to Aldridge in Walsall

0:35:210:35:24

to meet up with Terry and Scott,

0:35:240:35:26

show them the transformation and hand over the profit.

0:35:260:35:29

-How are you doing?

-Hello.

-Hi, Scott.

0:35:320:35:35

-How are you doing, mate? You all right?

-Very good.

-So do you remember

0:35:350:35:38

the old, I think, G Plan recliner chair that you brought down?

0:35:380:35:43

Well, I was able to take it to a guy called Anthony up in Manchester, and

0:35:430:35:46

he transformed it into something quite beautiful, I think.

0:35:460:35:49

And here's what your recliner looks like now.

0:35:510:35:54

We have finished it in a lovely grey wool.

0:35:540:35:56

-Look at that.

-Completely transformed.

0:35:560:35:59

-Yeah, it's nice.

-So what do you guys think of that?

0:35:590:36:02

-Absolutely beautiful.

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

0:36:020:36:04

Bless you. Pleased to say that we've managed to sell it,

0:36:050:36:09

and I've got for you guys £50 profit.

0:36:090:36:12

-Great.

-So any ideas of what you might do with the money?

0:36:120:36:16

No. Perhaps have a drink!

0:36:160:36:18

Have a drink? Don't blame you! All right, well, I'll be off

0:36:180:36:22

-on my travels.

-Thank you very much.

-Have a nice drink.

0:36:220:36:24

-Take care and have a good one.

-OK. Thank you very much.

0:36:240:36:27

-No problem.

-Bye-bye.

-See you later.

0:36:270:36:30

Anthony's labour and materials came to £450.

0:36:310:36:36

Jay sold the recliner for a cracking £500,

0:36:360:36:40

giving Terry and Scott £50 for a night down the pub.

0:36:400:36:44

Lovely.

0:36:440:36:45

In East Sussex, has Norman repurposed the writing bureau

0:36:490:36:54

into the contemporary desk Jay believed would have

0:36:540:36:58

-wider sales potential?

-I had to think about what we were doing

0:36:580:37:01

because of the base and the legs and things like that, but we've done it

0:37:010:37:04

and I think it has turned out really well.

0:37:040:37:06

I think we will get a good response from him.

0:37:060:37:09

I had to try and get into Jay's head and maybe what he'd do.

0:37:090:37:12

-But I think it's got the look.

-Inside Jay's head?

0:37:120:37:16

Who knows what's going on in there?!

0:37:170:37:20

The writing bureau was a relic of a bygone age.

0:37:240:37:28

Jay wanted to give it a new purpose,

0:37:280:37:30

so it could have a new lease of life.

0:37:300:37:32

Norman was lacking inspiration when he first saw the bureau,

0:37:340:37:38

but it's well and truly struck now. This is lovely.

0:37:380:37:42

He has taken Jay's concept and crafted a beautiful desk,

0:37:440:37:48

using only wood from the bureau,

0:37:480:37:51

finished with a clear varnish to highlight the grain.

0:37:510:37:54

It also accentuates the wear and tear of the antique oak.

0:37:540:37:59

These imperfections achieved over decades add character.

0:37:590:38:03

The desk is given a contemporary edge

0:38:050:38:07

with the colour highlights that Jay will definitely approve of.

0:38:070:38:10

And Norman has integrated a tablet holder,

0:38:120:38:15

which gives this desk a modern spin.

0:38:150:38:18

I'm impressed, but what about Jay?

0:38:220:38:25

-How are you?

-I'm very good, sir.

0:38:280:38:30

-Nice strong grip.

-Thank you, thank you.

-There we go.

-Where are we?

0:38:300:38:34

Oh!

0:38:340:38:36

-Do you like it?

-That is amazing!

0:38:360:38:38

I remember the bureau looking like a bureau. Now...

0:38:380:38:41

That's amazing. I mean, look at it!

0:38:420:38:45

-You set the task, so we've done what you wanted.

-No, I set the task,

0:38:450:38:48

but sometimes I am a bit like, "Is he going to do it or not?"

0:38:480:38:51

but look at it, man. That is like... that is the whole bureau.

0:38:510:38:54

Wow! You've done it.

0:38:540:38:56

Proper, like, smashed it.

0:38:560:38:58

Done it. Like, oh, man.

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I think it's safe to say he is quite pleased.

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The legs are part of the drawers and we thought,

0:39:050:39:07

"Let's do the Jay touch." We got the legs painted inside as well.

0:39:070:39:11

-I've only just noticed that.

-And then we open it up.

0:39:110:39:14

Piece de resistance. Oh-ho!

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So we tied the inside colour with the legs.

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We made it so it can fit an iPad or a Samsung or whatever.

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You've got the hole there for the charger as well.

0:39:260:39:28

This is really good. The yellow in the inside is an extra detail.

0:39:280:39:32

-Happy days.

-More than happy days, mate.

0:39:320:39:34

I'm as happy as a bumblebee in the summer.

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Going from flower to flower to flower. I'm pollinating,

0:39:360:39:39

and look what I've ended up with. Not a pot of honey. But that.

0:39:390:39:43

Look, I have to be honest, I have absolutely no idea

0:39:430:39:47

what he's talking now.

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And when Jay thought he reached peak happiness,

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it turns out Norman is bang on his £325 budget.

0:39:520:39:56

I'm going to get someone to pick that up.

0:39:560:39:59

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

-I'm glad you're pleased.

0:39:590:40:02

-I am over the moon.

-If you're happy, I'm happy.

-I'm over the moon.

0:40:020:40:05

-More than happy.

-See you soon.

-Take care.

-All the best, mate.

0:40:050:40:08

Can't believe his response, Jay. I mean, it was great.

0:40:080:40:11

I'm glad he loved it. Makes the job worthwhile when someone shows

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that much appreciation. I would say we smashed it.

0:40:150:40:18

Mike had owned the writing bureau for over 30 years.

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He had started to break it up for chucking in the skip,

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but Jay soon put a stop to that.

0:40:270:40:30

Several years ago, when we had it first,

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my wife used it as a writing desk and I used it occasionally as well.

0:40:320:40:37

Yes, it's been very useful.

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And now that Jay and Norman have finished with it,

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it could be used for another 30 years.

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The desk was sold to a vintage and antique shop in Kent.

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Now Jay is back in Walsall to tell Mike what happened to the bureau

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and pass on a little bit of profit.

0:40:590:41:01

-Hello, Michael.

-Good morning.

-How are you doing?

0:41:010:41:05

-Not too bad, thank you.

-Good. So do you remember the old writing bureau?

0:41:050:41:10

Yes. My wife bought it, oh, years ago.

0:41:100:41:13

-Somewhere in Walsall.

-OK. Did she used to write on it?

0:41:140:41:18

Yes, she used to use it to...

0:41:180:41:19

Well, she used to stand in front of it with her music

0:41:190:41:24

and mark it all up and whatnot for her concerts.

0:41:240:41:28

OK. Well, I took it to a guy called Norman

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and he worked his magic on this bureau of yours,

0:41:310:41:35

and turned it into a very sleek and contemporary...

0:41:350:41:39

Very nice.

0:41:390:41:41

-..desk.

-I really like that.

0:41:410:41:42

And this is all made from the writing bureau.

0:41:420:41:45

-Yeah.

-He's done some yellow inside.

0:41:450:41:47

And also gave me some yellow legs.

0:41:490:41:52

Right, very good. Beautiful, really.

0:41:520:41:55

Especially the way the wood has come up, now it's been cleaned up.

0:41:550:41:59

-Yeah.

-My wife would have approved of that.

-Oh, bless.

0:41:590:42:02

She wouldn't have had a laptop in it. She would have had sheet music.

0:42:020:42:06

Oh, right! I'm pleased to tell you I was able to sell it, and I have...

0:42:060:42:13

£75 profit for you, sir.

0:42:130:42:18

Oh! Thank you very much indeed.

0:42:180:42:19

Any ideas of what you might do with the money?

0:42:190:42:22

Well, it's going to go to the palliative care nurses

0:42:220:42:26

who looked after my wife in her last two years.

0:42:260:42:30

-So that's where that'll end up.

-That's a good cause.

0:42:300:42:36

-Thank you.

-Well, hopefully I might see you again.

0:42:360:42:39

-You take care now.

-Bye.

-Bye-bye.

0:42:390:42:42

Norman charged Jay £325 to transform the bureau.

0:42:440:42:50

Jay sold it for £400,

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giving Mike £75 to donate to the nurses charity

0:42:530:42:56

that cared for his wife.

0:42:560:42:58

With more than a little help from his friends,

0:43:010:43:04

Jay has managed to transform these dumped diamonds

0:43:040:43:08

into a pocket full of profit.

0:43:080:43:11

Three unwanted items that were destined for the skip have been

0:43:110:43:16

revamped into cool and stylish pieces.

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Even better - they are heading for new homes.

0:43:190:43:22

Restoration wizard Jay Blades is in Walsall, West Midlands, and he is on a mission to salvage three items bound for the skip. Jay has his hands full repurposing a Lloyd loom-style laundry basket. Upholsterer Anthony Devine gets to work stamping his own unique style on a tired G Plan reclining chair. Master carpenter Norman Wilkinson has his work cut out upcycling an oak writing bureau.


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