Episode 23 Money for Nothing


Episode 23

Junk makeover show. Jay Blades is in Walsall. Lighting expert Guy Trench endures a few head-scratching moments trying to salvage a rusty red lathe.


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

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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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-It's a bit criminal to throw away stuff like this, isn't it?

-I know.

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'That's why reclamation expert,

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'Jay Blades 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

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and now I'm a furniture restorer,

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so I know more than most about transformations.

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I revamp the old, turn it into the new 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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So what do you think?

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Oh!

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

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Boom! Smashed it.

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-'..valuable...'

-It's got real potential.

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'..and hopefully saleable items.'

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You've just turned it into a work of art.

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'If Jay is successful,

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'then he can hand the profits back to the very people

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'who had no idea there was cash to be made from their trash.'

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-£80.

-What?!

-Yes.

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Today we're in the Black Country

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in the former leather capital of the world, Walsall.

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And down the local recycling centre, the spring cleaners,

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garden tidiers and rubbish removers come in their hordes.

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This is where restoration expert Jay loves to spend his days.

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There's nothing I like more than a big hunk of junk,

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cos there's definitely treasure to be found and profit to be made.

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Do you see all these cars there?

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For me, this is just like going shopping.

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Jay is combing these cars for three items that can be rejuvenated

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and sold for real money.

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But don't be tempted to go trawling at your local tip

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because Jay has organised special permission to be here.

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-That's a cardigan, isn't it?

-'Step away from that cardigan.'

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No, no, it won't fit me, I don't think.

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'Nicely dodged, Jay.'

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Kate's got something heavy in the back of her car,

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but does it spell potential for Jay?

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-Oh, hold on a minute, let me give you a hand.

-Oh, ta.

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-There we go. And I should introduce myself. I'm Jay.

-I'm Kate.

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-Are you OK?

-So, what are you up to with these doors?

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Well, I've just bought my own house.

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-Oh, well done.

-And I'm just gutting it at the moment.

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How old's the house cos these doors look quite old?

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About 1950s.

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This isn't from inside, is it?

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It's the old bathroom door.

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-Oh is it?

-Yeah, yeah.

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These old doors are all made of solid wood.

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That's an internal door?

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-Yeah.

-That's heavy, isn't it?

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With renovation the name of the game for Kate,

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these doors have got to go.

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So you're going to open it all up, what - top and bottom?

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No, just the bottom, just the bottom, just downstairs.

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Going to be open plan. So why don't you keep the doors

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-you've got upstairs, then?

-No. No, I want new doors.

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I want, like, modern doors, I don't like these.

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But these are quite cool, man.

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It is, it's just having the time to restore it.

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If it's all right with you, I'll take these and I'll stay in contact

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and if we transform it into something nice

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-I'll come along and show you, is that all right?

-Yes, great, yeah.

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-Brilliant.

-Thank you.

-No, thank you.

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Oh, cor blimey, these are heavy, aren't they?

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It's an open and shut case for item number one.

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But is Kate happy to see her doors being nabbed?

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I think it's exciting the fact that he can try and restore them

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and try and re-use them again.

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But re-use them as what?

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Not sure, really.

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I couldn't think of anything to do with them

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but maybe just repaint them.

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Maybe, but I bet Jay's got bigger ideas.

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They don't make them like these any more. These are solid doors.

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This is an internal door from the 1950s.

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Another internal one and then a little baby one,

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really, really, cute.

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Turning internal doors into something has been done,

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it's kind of boring.

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But, to turn a toilet door into something new and different,

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now, come on, I can't resist that.

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Jay's pretty keen on his toilet door,

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but who's he lined up to turn it from lavvy to lavish?

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Say hello to Daniel Heath.

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Daniel is a designer who can turn his hand to just about anything.

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A wallpaper and textiles designer by trade,

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he produces everything, from bespoke furniture to high-end furnishings.

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For me, the creative process is in stages, really.

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First, you try and work around an idea and you try and come up with

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a theme that you want to work around for your imagery

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and then you might be trying to find solutions to problems

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and then you'll sort of get this moment,

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this sort of eureka moment, where you find

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that something is suddenly working

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and you feel a lot happier about the time that you put in then.

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So, yeah, the process is quite up and down, really.

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Daniel loves that eureka moment.

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But will this old loo door be a real stinker?

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So far, Jay's nabbed one item. Only two to go.

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I had that sinking feeling that was going to happen.

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Very funny, get back to work, Jay.

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What's all this in John's boot?

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Wow, that's really nice.

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-How are you doing? I'm Jay.

-Hello.

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-All right?

-Pleased to meet you.

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So, obviously you are throwing this away.

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-Afraid so, yeah.

-I really like that.

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To me it looks like a lathe. So what's the history?

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Well, it belonged to my father.

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-He was quite a keen do-it-yourself guy back in the day.

-Yeah.

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-And it's a multi-purpose woodworking tool, basically.

-Right.

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It's got a planer, that's a saw table.

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Wow, yeah, it is, look.

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All right. And that's the lathe bit.

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That's the lathe bit.

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A lathe like this, used for smoothing and shaping wood,

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was built small enough for your DIY enthusiast to use at home.

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Well, I remember it as a child,

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right back when I was a little toddler.

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I don't mean to pry about your age,

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but how old do you think this is, then?

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Well, it's got to be over 50 years old.

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-Wow.

-It's got to be.

-Well, it still looks in good condition.

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John's dad really looked after his lathe and that's made it even harder

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for John to part with this bit of family history.

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I feel really guilty coming down with this cos it's still quite good.

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You shouldn't feel guilty because hopefully we should be able

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to transform this and turn it into something really nice.

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That is such a better end for this

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than to end up over there, isn't it?

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-Over there in the metal bin.

-The metal bin.

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I can go home now a lot happier man than I came down,

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with a view of throwing it away.

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That's a weight off John's shoulders.

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With a little help, Jay's taking away the rather heavy lathe.

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But does John have any thoughts on what could be done with it?

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Well, it could be restored to what it was

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or possibly the components could be taken off.

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I'll be really intrigued

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as to what actually ends up happening to it.

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Yeah, me, too, John, and Jay certainly has lathe love.

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Everything is in working order.

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It's been really well looked after.

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But can you actually turn a profit on it?

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This reminds me of a programme I used to watch when I was growing up,

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Metal Mickey. This is definitely Mickey gone wrong.

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But now it's up to us to turn this family heirloom

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into a modern-day gem.

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Well, if you want a modern-day gem, there's only one man for the job.

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If it's old and rusty,

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you'd better believe that Guy Trench has tried to stick a bulb in it.

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Together with his band of happy helpers,

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Guy creates one-of-a-kind lighting

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that is guaranteed to brighten up any home.

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I enjoy my work so much, every day is different.

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I just can't sit still for a second.

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My mind is always buzzing

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and I'm looking around everywhere,

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whether it's a scrapyard, whether it's a skip -

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"Oh, I'll have that out of it," -

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and then clean it up and turn it into something

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of really great use.

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Every day I'm creating something.

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I don't think any banker, no insurance person,

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no car salesman has a better job than I've got.

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It is a great thrill to turn something, for nothing,

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into something.

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Guy gets a real kick out of his creations,

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but how will he feel about this old lathe?

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It's two down, one more to find,

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and this time, it's an item for Jay to do up himself.

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That's not one I would save, definitely destined for the bin.

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Danny and his grandad Tony have a car full of stuff.

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I bet you Jay's right on it.

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-How are we doing?

-All right?

-My name's Jay.

-Tony.

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-Tony, and you are?

-Danny.

-Danny. All right, Dan.

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-So, you're throwing away obviously this chair.

-Yeah.

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-Why are you throwing it away?

-Well, we've had it years

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and the wife says about time we got rid of it.

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So how long have you had this then?

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Oh, 20 years.

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We had it from a motel that was being refurbished.

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OK. Not Crossroads.

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-No.

-That's showing my age there, isn't it?

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Yeah, you are, Jay, just like this chair is.

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-Well, let's have a look at it, get it out.

-Yeah. Yeah.

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Wow, how tiny is that?

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And it's got a big rip in it.

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Wow. That's very, very retro.

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That's quite cool. I'll just do a quick check for Granny's gold.

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Finders keepers as they say.

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Make sure you save some for me, Jay.

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If it's all right with you guys,

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could I take this and stay in contact with you

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and show you what we turn it into, if we transform it into something?

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-Yes.

-Would that be all right?

-Yes.

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Jay's bagged himself a little green chair, but what can be done with it?

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Tony?

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I haven't got any idea myself what he would do.

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But my wife's been on to me to get rid of it for years,

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so she'll be very amazed when we get back and tell her

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that it could be turned into something else.

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This chair is definitely past its best,

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but Jay thinks there's life left in it.

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So that is a gorgeous, 1950s, I believe, cocktail chair.

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Well, it could be the 1960s,

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but the shape of it, look at that.

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It's covered in the fabric of the time, which is kind of like a vinyl.

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It's a little bit dated but I believe this is

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an easy transformation because it's a gorgeous gem.

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I'll believe that when I see it.

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Jay's tracked down three very different items.

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First, Daniel will get this exciting toilet door.

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Guy will try to light up this lathe.

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And this odd little chair is for Jay.

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Good luck with that one, mate.

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I really love that these guys have been so generous

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with their unwanted items.

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Now all I've got to do is transform them and turn a profit.

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No pressure.

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In Stratford, east London,

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Daniel is waiting for Jay to turn up with a weird and wonderful tip find.

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Jay's on his way over.

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I hope he can bring me something that I can screen print onto.

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It would be nice if it was something flat.

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Not too much chopping things up

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and unscrewing things or welding this time.

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Let's see.

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Now, that's a workout.

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This old toilet door is going to have the transformation of its life.

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But first things first, Daniel needs to give me a hand with this.

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Daniel. How are you doing, mate?

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-How are you doing?

-Good.

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Well, he wanted flat.

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But a toilet door?

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Mm, not so sure what he'll think of that.

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Oh, wow. Cheers, Jay.

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That's a door, isn't it? No, thank you.

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-It's quite heavy.

-It's very sturdy.

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-Reassuringly heavy, I suppose.

-Yeah.

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So this is the side that I believe has all of the character.

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Yeah, very nice.

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But that would be quite hard to print on, do you think?

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Yeah, it's got this kind of cladding on it, hasn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Yes, once that's off,

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you're going to have the same amount of character printable

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-obviously on the plank fronts.

-But without the brace.

-Yeah.

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And without the toilet roll holder.

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-I quite like that, I quite like that!

-Er, hmm...

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We could potentially turn this into a table and keep some of this...

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-Yeah.

-..kind of character here, underneath the table.

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Well, I think, you know, the bracing's quite nice.

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Hopefully when I, you know, if I take that bit off the front side...

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-Yeah.

-..it doesn't then fall to pieces,

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it will, you know, be braced

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and it should create quite a nice flat surface for a table, yeah.

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So that could work really well.

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Daniel's going to remove the front panel,

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sand it down and then screen print his designs

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onto one side of the door to make a very unusual table top.

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But it's going to take hours, and as we all know, time is money.

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So, how much would all that cost?

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It is a big piece.

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It's going to need a good couple of large screens

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-to put the print onto it.

-Yeah.

-I think we're talking about 340.

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340. I think 340 is good, and if we can,

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let's try and keep some of the original for me,

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please, pretty please.

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For a dining table, really?

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Let's just see how that's going to pan out?

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-It's going to look really, cool.

-Shall we just see?

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-Now, that's a deal.

-Just in case of any spillages on the dinner table.

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-"It's all right..."

-"I've got some tissue here."

-Yeah!

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Jay's getting a little bogged down with that toilet roll holder.

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What does Daniel really think about the toilet door?

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It's flat.

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Brilliant. Thanks, Jay.

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He had some pretty out-there suggestions, I'm not going to lie.

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The only problem that I can see with this

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is that when I've taken the front piece off,

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I hope that there's not too many surprises behind there.

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I'm really pleased that Daniel's accepted the challenge

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of turning that old toilet door into a cool, contemporary table.

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With his fantastic designs,

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I know we're going to be serving up a profit.

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It's £340 for Daniel to create a unique table.

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As long as it doesn't all fall apart when that front panel's removed.

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Not far from the Blackwater Estuary, in a tucked-away barn near Maldon,

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Guy has his workshop.

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He really loves a bit of rusty old metal.

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But will he be as keen on this old lathe

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that Jay saved from being scrapped?

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Jay's probably a bit like a sort of scavenger.

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He's at the coalface and he's digging around and he's looking for

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all different sorts of things.

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I've got the last bit left in the boot.

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I've brought it to my main man Guy.

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Now, Guy's the man that I believe will know what to do

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with this stuff.

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I love working with metals.

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Old metals that's got lots of rust and dents and nuts and bolts in it.

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I'm going to look forward to whatever he brings,

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cos it's always a test for me - what can I actually do?

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-Guy!

-Hi, Jay, how are you?

-How you doing?

-Nice to see you.

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-You all right?

-Good to see you again.

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-I've got something here for you.

-Ah!

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-What do you think?

-This is a great lathe.

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Probably a wood... it is a wood-turning lathe.

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I'm thinking light,

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is what I'm thinking, but this is quite a lot to deal with.

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There's lot of component parts on this.

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Yeah, we could turn that into a lamp no problem at all.

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This is the motor, I think that's got quite a nice look to it.

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I think we turn that into a wall light.

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We've got the bracket at the back here.

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I could see a light bulb coming out the top here

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or something off the wall here and up the top.

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Nice idea, but that motor looks kind of heavy to mount on a wall.

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It does weigh a ton and I think it will pull someone's wall off.

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-JAY LAUGHS

-We can't have that.

-No.

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I think what we'll do,

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we'll undo it here, inspect inside,

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remove the guts, nobody's ever going to see that as a wall light

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and we shall make it a lot lighter.

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Guy's going to rip the motor's stuffing out,

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to make it a wall-mountable light.

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But what about the rest of the lathe?

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For me, there's something about this that I really, really love.

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Is it possible that we could use that as the switch?

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I definitely think so. We could somehow fix this...

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-Oh, what?

-Into the bottom here.

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It looks part of the unit and it looks like you're going to turn it

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on and off from here, but I think, for simplicity's sake,

0:17:020:17:04

we'll just have a little draw string here and we can just click it on,

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-click it off.

-I like, I like.

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And I think that'll just make it look a bit different,

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a bit special and it'll be the only one in the world like this.

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That's what I like to hear. That means we can charge more.

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We can definitely... You can definitely charge more.

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You've brought me right on to the main question, which is the money one.

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How much is it going to cost me

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to have that and that turned into a light?

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-I think £140.

-I'm happy with that. That's a fair price.

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-Thank you.

-Great.

-It's a done deal.

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But repurposing a lathe isn't going to be easy, even for Guy.

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It's a real challenge.

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I mean, there's so many bits and pieces here,

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one could create all sorts of different things with,

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but it's just getting the look right. That's the challenging bit,

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to make it look rather special and that somebody wants to buy.

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I just love coming down to Guy's workshop.

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What we're going to produce is something really, really beautiful.

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What could be better?

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That's £140 to build a one-off wall light.

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Sounds like an industrial mishmash to me. Good luck, Guy.

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Just north-west of Birmingham is Wolverhampton,

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home of '70s rock and Jay's workshop.

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As a captain of colour,

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he's got to come up with a plan to restyle this plasticky old chair

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into an appealing pew.

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How are you going to do that, Jay?

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This mid-century cocktail chair has definitely seen its heyday,

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but now, a bit worse for wear.

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She's come to the right place to get this spruced up,

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a new dress and also a lick of paint.

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I didn't know chairs were female.

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This new upholstery dress will come from some of Jay's

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favourite fabrics.

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And he loves a bright colour.

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That colour with that is going to be the main body.

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So...

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Already you can see that's working.

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So this, for me, is the deal clincher.

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And instead of just being a normal button,

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this is going to be a pom-pom, but then,

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another element of surprise is what we'll put on the back.

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Hang on, did he just say "pom-pom"?

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Oh, that's mustard.

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In Jay's speak, mustard means hot.

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That's hot, as in a shocking pink pom-pom

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sewn into a chair as a button.

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I definitely need to see this.

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After sanding down the chair legs, Jay's going to get them painted.

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Better to be safe than sorry.

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Put a dust mask on. A very good shake.

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Jay's plan is to spray one leg shocking pink to go with the pom-pom

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and the rest of them he'll paint black.

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That is out there, Jay.

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Now, that's pretty in pink, isn't it?

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If you say so, mate.

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Back in his studio, Jay's finishing painting the rest of the legs.

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So, now I'm waiting for that to dry,

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I can crack on with the pom-pom.

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I've been waiting for this bit.

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He's actually got a special pom-pom maker.

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At primary school, didn't we just use a bit of cardboard.

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Just wrap it around.

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Jay winds the wool tightly round the plastic arches on the pom-pom maker.

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Really just go for it, wrap it all on.

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After some intense winding,

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he just has to snip that wool all the way round.

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Check out that pom-pom.

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And he's adding a string.

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The string goes in the middle.

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Oh, I can hardly wait(!)

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And there you have it.

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It's a pink pom-pom.

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So, with the pom-pom over there and the pink leg there,

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that's a pretty popping pink.

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And to give the chair a professionally upholstered finish,

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Jay's taking it to his mate Linford.

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-Afternoon, Jay. Nice to you see you again.

-How are you doing?

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-Good?

-How are you keeping?

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-Where you picked this up from, Jay?

-Walsall.

-Walsall.

-Walsall tip.

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What's underneath here, is it webbed?

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-Yeah.

-Oh, terrible.

-Yeah.

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Linford will have to replace all the old padding

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to meet British fire safety standards.

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And, to meet Jay's cool and trendy standard,

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he's going to cover the front of the chair with blue material

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and the back will be floral.

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Then there's the pom-pom. Enough said.

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Altogether, on upholstery, material and paint,

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Jay's spending £210.

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Let's hope this isn't a multicoloured fabric fiasco.

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It's back to Stratford in London where Daniel's about to start

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turning this toilet door into a table.

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First to go is the bog-roll holder.

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It's been many, many different colours, this door, over the years.

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It looks like it's been blue, green, red.

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This door's got a lot of history,

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but will it have any damage under the cladding on the other side?

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Now for the moment of truth.

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There's a really nice colour underneath here.

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Oh!

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Well, at least there are no holes in it.

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Daniel's using a heat gun to help scrape off some of the paint

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so he can reveal the surface that he'll be printing his designs onto.

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Ah, that looks quite satisfying.

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I really like this pink.

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I might use this pink as the base colour.

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Next thing for me to do is work out a design to go onto this.

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Influenced by a bit of Art Deco architecture,

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Daniel's going for a geometric design.

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This is a rough approximation at the moment,

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but pink is going to be more peachy and dusty.

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Dusty pink.

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Lovely, Daniel. Once Daniel's decided on the pattern,

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he has it make a silk screen of the design and print it onto the wood.

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I'm really going to get one hit at this.

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If I misprint it or print it wrongly, I'm going to have to sand

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the whole thing back again and I'll lose some of those

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qualities that I really like in a piece.

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So, fingers crossed, I'll get it right first time.

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No pressure.

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The pressure is most definitely on Daniel.

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Because at this moment, this is more dog's dinner than dinner table.

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Back in Malden, salvage specialist Guy is sizing up the job

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of turning this old lathe motor and industrial switch into a wall light,

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with the help of his electrician pal, Steve.

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Right, so, Steve, I'm thinking of...

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..having this as the top.

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-Right.

-OK.

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And having this, the switch point here.

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Because I think it's quite important. It's part of it.

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-Right, and then the whole thing as a wall light, right.

-Exactly.

-OK.

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I'm with you, boys, top plan.

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There's a big sort of magnet in here, Steve, is there?

0:24:340:24:36

-A motor and there's a lot of weight in there.

-Lots of copper and magnets in there.

0:24:360:24:40

We need to get that out to make it lighter,

0:24:400:24:43

otherwise it's going to be a strong wall to put it on.

0:24:430:24:46

Jay's to done us well. He's trying to test me, I think.

0:24:460:24:49

THEY CHUCKLE

0:24:490:24:51

While Steve is off getting the electrical parts together,

0:24:510:24:54

Guy gets on with the graft -

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cleaning the metal with wire wool.

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I don't like taking too much off of the old character.

0:24:590:25:02

We just want to shine up some of those little nuts and bolts.

0:25:020:25:05

So now we're going to use a bit of our colour restorer.

0:25:090:25:11

This stuff takes off the top layer of paint

0:25:110:25:14

and so any scratches with it.

0:25:140:25:16

Here we can see, the colour is starting to come up a bit.

0:25:160:25:19

Lovely. Next to be cleaned up is this switch.

0:25:190:25:22

I'm just going to give this a tiny bit of beeswax,

0:25:220:25:25

it's going to liven this up a bit.

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I thought beeswax was a wood polish.

0:25:280:25:30

Who knew it does a great job on metal?

0:25:300:25:34

Do you know, I think that's come up quite well.

0:25:340:25:36

Sparky Steve's up next to get the guts out of that motor.

0:25:360:25:40

We can be a little bit more destructive than normal,

0:25:400:25:43

which is a relief.

0:25:430:25:45

Yeah, that should do the trick, Steve.

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Yeah, this is why the motor is so heavy. Lots of copper wires.

0:25:520:25:56

We need to extract all that.

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Right, so...

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Could we turn that into a lamp, Steve?

0:26:020:26:04

Not today.

0:26:060:26:07

I think Guy could turn just about anything into a lamp.

0:26:070:26:11

We'll earn a couple of bob out of that as well.

0:26:110:26:13

So no waste at all.

0:26:130:26:15

For a pile of copper wire like this,

0:26:150:26:17

he might get a couple of quid down his local scrapyard.

0:26:170:26:21

Next, the lamp will need a mount to be hung on a wall

0:26:210:26:24

and Guy's got an old bit of scaffolding board.

0:26:240:26:27

Perfect.

0:26:270:26:28

Let's have a look at that.

0:26:280:26:30

Do you know, I reckon that's not bad.

0:26:310:26:34

It still has to be wired up,

0:26:340:26:36

so Steve has made a special tube with threading

0:26:360:26:39

to fit the bulb and switch. Impressive work, Steve.

0:26:390:26:43

I'm just going to use some of this braided flex.

0:26:440:26:48

As a qualified electrician,

0:26:480:26:50

Steve will make sure this lamp complies with UK safety standards.

0:26:500:26:55

That looks like pretty clever work.

0:26:550:26:58

Just put another little bit of threaded tubing on that end

0:26:580:27:01

and that's how we're going to mount electrical connection for the bulb.

0:27:010:27:04

While Steve fixes up the wiring,

0:27:040:27:07

Guy's working on the wood mount,

0:27:070:27:09

but will this lamp be good taste?

0:27:090:27:12

Or industrial waste?

0:27:120:27:13

While work on the other two items is well under way,

0:27:190:27:23

in Wolverhampton, Jay is in his studio,

0:27:230:27:26

putting the final coat of paint on the chair legs.

0:27:260:27:29

The old chair is back from upholsterer Linford

0:27:300:27:33

with a brand-new seat and cover.

0:27:330:27:35

But for perfectionist Jay, the paint finish has to be immaculate.

0:27:350:27:40

It looks like the party was most definitely over

0:27:450:27:48

for this green vinyl cocktail chair, complete with a nasty rip.

0:27:480:27:53

Now...

0:27:530:27:54

..it's been reupholstered in striking, modern fabric.

0:27:590:28:03

Tactile blue velvet for the front

0:28:030:28:06

and this lush flowery design on the back.

0:28:060:28:09

And then there's the fabulous legs in black and pink.

0:28:120:28:16

Signature Jay in every way.

0:28:160:28:18

Finally, you cannot miss this pom-pom.

0:28:200:28:23

It might have seemed like primary school fancy, but looking at it now,

0:28:230:28:27

it looks gorgeous.

0:28:270:28:29

Linford's done a cracking job on this little cocktail chair.

0:28:310:28:35

The chair, the fabric, it just works.

0:28:350:28:38

The pom-pom has made it back into the mix,

0:28:380:28:40

so this chair is definitely ready for a party and I'm as happy

0:28:400:28:45

as a bumblebee in the summer, and what do bumblebees love?

0:28:450:28:47

Flowers.

0:28:470:28:49

Look at that. Now that...

0:28:490:28:51

-HE EXHALES

-..it's just too much and then there's more.

0:28:510:28:55

It goes underneath the chair as well.

0:28:550:28:57

All that's left to do with this one is take some pictures,

0:28:570:28:59

get it online and get it sold.

0:28:590:29:01

That's what's got to be done. Let's get cracking.

0:29:010:29:03

Before you can say, "Fancy a cocktail?"

0:29:030:29:06

Jay is posting pictures online to try and land a buyer,

0:29:060:29:10

not forgetting the pom-pom, of course.

0:29:100:29:12

When Jay met Tony in Walsall, he was throwing out a burst chair.

0:29:130:29:17

We've had it years and my wife said it was about time to get rid of it.

0:29:170:29:20

He'd been given it for free, 20 years ago.

0:29:200:29:23

We had it from a motel that was being refurbished.

0:29:230:29:26

-OK. Not Crossroads.

-No.

0:29:260:29:28

Jay was a sucker for that kitsch quality.

0:29:280:29:31

That's very, very retro, that's quite cool.

0:29:310:29:34

After swapping green vinyl for some velvet and a pom-pom,

0:29:340:29:39

Jay's pictures of the chair enticed a private buyer online.

0:29:390:29:43

Now Jay's in Birmingham to tell Tony

0:29:440:29:47

about the transformation of his chair.

0:29:470:29:50

There he is.

0:29:500:29:52

-Hello, Jay.

-How are we doing, Tony?

0:29:530:29:54

-Are you all right?

-Fine, thanks, yeah. Nice to see you.

-Good on you.

0:29:540:29:57

So, do you remember the chair that we picked up off of you

0:29:570:30:00

-at the Walsall dump?

-I do. Yeah.

0:30:000:30:03

Well, we've managed to transform it.

0:30:030:30:05

So we've got some pictures to show you.

0:30:050:30:07

I think it's quite amazing what we've turned it into.

0:30:070:30:10

So there's your green chair.

0:30:110:30:14

-Brilliant.

-It's got a lovely blue velvet all over it

0:30:140:30:17

and then there we've got a lovely little pink pom-pom.

0:30:170:30:21

That's the whole point of that, to bring a smile and a bit of fun.

0:30:210:30:25

Oh, don't show it to my wife, she might want it back.

0:30:250:30:28

Well, she'll have to argue with the buyer who's bought that

0:30:280:30:31

because we've managed to sell it and we've got a bit of a profit.

0:30:310:30:35

-We've got £65...

-Brilliant.

-..to give to you.

0:30:350:30:39

-Thank you very much.

-Any ideas of what you might do with the money?

0:30:390:30:43

Well, yeah, I used to have two topiary teddy bears

0:30:430:30:46

-which I nurtured for years...

-Right, yeah.

-..and they're diseased.

0:30:460:30:50

So that will buy me a couple of bushes, I think, to...

0:30:500:30:53

-That you're going to grow.

-..start again.

0:30:530:30:55

-And you're going to make new teddy bears? Is that right?

-I hope so.

0:30:550:30:57

I'll be round to see that. When they're finished let me know.

0:30:570:30:59

-I will do.

-All right, Tony?

-Thanks very much, Jay.

0:30:590:31:02

-Take care now.

-Nice to see you again.

0:31:020:31:03

-Likewise.

-Thank you.

-See you soon. Bye.

-Bye.

0:31:030:31:08

That former little green chair is one of my favourite transformations

0:31:080:31:12

and the £65 profit is going towards a topiary bear.

0:31:120:31:15

I'd never even heard of one of those,

0:31:150:31:17

but you learn something new every day. Absolutely brilliant.

0:31:170:31:20

Jay spent £210 on the reupholstery and sprucing up of the chair.

0:31:210:31:28

Then he sold it online for £275,

0:31:280:31:32

leaving £65 profit for Tony to tidy up his topiary.

0:31:320:31:36

Over in east London, Daniel's in his Stratford studio,

0:31:440:31:47

where he's been silk-screen printing onto an old door

0:31:470:31:51

and Jay's on his way over to see the results.

0:31:510:31:55

Jay brought me a really standard door.

0:31:550:31:58

It was great to work with,

0:31:580:31:59

a really, really flat piece, but I know that Jay was really concerned

0:31:590:32:03

about the pattern that I had in mind to put onto it.

0:32:030:32:06

I think I've done something subtle, but the scale is still striking.

0:32:060:32:11

I think it's a contemporary piece that he's going to like.

0:32:110:32:14

I'm here to see Daniel, to pick up that old toilet door.

0:32:140:32:17

Hopefully he's turned it into a cool table.

0:32:170:32:20

Let's have a look.

0:32:200:32:21

This bog-standard old door was covered in decades of gloss paint.

0:32:210:32:26

It even still had its loo-roll holder.

0:32:260:32:28

Now it's a sleek and sophisticated table

0:32:320:32:35

with an original screen-printed design in white.

0:32:350:32:39

Daniel's bold, clean shapes are inspired by modern architecture

0:32:390:32:43

and carefully finished to show off

0:32:430:32:45

the original wood grain underneath.

0:32:450:32:48

Supported by thin white metal legs that clinch the geometric feel,

0:32:490:32:54

this table looks so good you could eat your dinner off it.

0:32:540:32:58

-How are we doing, sir?

-Hello, Jay, how are you doing?

0:33:010:33:03

Oh! Oh-oh!

0:33:030:33:05

-Look what you've done.

-You like?

0:33:050:33:07

More than like. That's...

0:33:070:33:10

Oh-oh! You know, like, when you're little and you ask for something,

0:33:130:33:17

you don't think you're going to get it really,

0:33:170:33:19

but then you do get it and you've got it and it's like,

0:33:190:33:22

you just want to go... you want to pop.

0:33:220:33:25

It turns out that underneath there were all sorts of colours

0:33:260:33:29

of gloss paint and it was really, really thick,

0:33:290:33:32

-but it all came off in one, like cheese.

-Cool.

0:33:320:33:35

And once we scraped it back,

0:33:350:33:37

there was a sort of a pinky tone to the wood underneath

0:33:370:33:41

which was perfect, really.

0:33:410:33:43

So I thought, "Let's take that back and do a white print on that

0:33:430:33:47

"to go with the legs," and, yeah, it came up really nicely.

0:33:470:33:51

It's come up more than... You're very modest, ain't you, hey?

0:33:510:33:54

It came up more than really nicely.

0:33:540:33:55

Look at it, man!

0:33:550:33:57

To me, that's a work of art, and this... Oh!

0:33:570:34:00

It's beautiful, but was it costly?

0:34:020:34:05

Next question is - did we come in on budget?

0:34:050:34:07

-Yeah.

-We did!

-Yeah. This was fine.

0:34:070:34:10

We printed this half and then we turned the screen round

0:34:110:34:14

and printed the other half,

0:34:140:34:15

so the printing and the sanding back

0:34:150:34:18

was the main time, really, on that.

0:34:180:34:21

It used to be a toilet door, now it's so much more.

0:34:210:34:24

It could be an outdoor table, indoor office table, dinner table,

0:34:240:34:29

homework table, inspirational table, it's endless.

0:34:290:34:34

I've got to be off. I've got to sell this before it ends up in my house.

0:34:340:34:37

-Brilliant.

-Thank you, sir.

0:34:370:34:39

-Cheers, Jay.

-You take care.

-Take care.

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Jay's reaction to the table was absolutely amazing.

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So, yeah, I'm very pleased, very pleased indeed.

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Wow! Now, that is what I call a transformation.

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From an old toilet door.

0:34:550:34:57

Any doubts that I had of the geometric patterns that Daniel

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was going to put on there, he's blown them out of the water.

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I can definitely say - I 100% love it.

0:35:020:35:06

Jay spotted Kate at the tip with some heavy wooden doors.

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Hold on a minute, let me give you a hand.

0:35:170:35:19

Jay was drawn to one door in particular.

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It's the old bathroom door.

0:35:210:35:23

-Oh, is it?

-Yeah, yeah.

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For Kate, it was out with the old and in with the new.

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I want modern doors.

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-I don't like them.

-But these are quite cool, man.

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But she was chuffed they weren't going to waste.

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I think it's exciting, the fact that he can try and restore them

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and try and re-use them again.

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And Jay's done exactly that

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with Daniel's fabulous screen-printed table.

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Jay shared pictures of the table online and it sold to Sixth Link,

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a vintage and retro store in Shropshire,

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and the owner, River, is pretty impressed.

0:35:540:35:57

I absolutely love what Daniel has done with this toilet door.

0:35:580:36:02

I can't believe he's created a fantastic table out of it.

0:36:020:36:05

Absolutely love the geometric pattern he's created

0:36:050:36:08

and the layers, too. It's such a great piece.

0:36:080:36:10

Jay is in Birmingham to catch up with Kate and to reveal

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what happened to her old toilet door.

0:36:160:36:19

-Hello, Kate.

-Hi, Jay, how's things?

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-How are you doing? All right?

-I'm all right, yeah, you?

0:36:230:36:25

-I'm very good. How's the house coming along?

-Oh, don't ask.

0:36:250:36:28

-Is it slow?

-Yeah. Well, no, I'm getting there, I'm getting there.

0:36:280:36:31

-Making progress.

-Bless you. Well, remember the doors that you brought.

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Yeah, I do, how can I forget?

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One was a toilet door, if I'm not mistaken, but you said it wasn't.

0:36:360:36:40

Well, it was but it was used as a normal door inside the house, but...

0:36:400:36:43

-OK.

-Yeah.

-Well, what I've done is, I was able to transform it into...

0:36:430:36:48

Oh, wow, that looks really effective, doesn't it?

0:36:480:36:50

-Yeah.

-It looks really good, doesn't it?

-I'm pleased to tell you

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I was able to sell it to a shop in Shropshire and I have for you...

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-£50 profit.

-Oh, thank you.

-All right?

-Yeah, great.

0:37:000:37:04

So, any ideas on what you might do with the money?

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Probably buy another door to replace that one.

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Well, I might see you again down the recycling centre.

0:37:090:37:11

Yeah, great. Thanks for that, Jay. I really appreciate it.

0:37:110:37:14

-You take care, yeah.

-See you later.

-See you later.

0:37:140:37:16

Daniel spent £340 turning the toilet door into a stylish dining table.

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Jay sold it for an impressive £390, leaving a £50 profit for Kate.

0:37:250:37:31

In his workshop,

0:37:350:37:36

Guy is giving a final polish to his wall light as Jay is on his way

0:37:360:37:41

to see what's happened to the old red lathe.

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Well, when I got hold of the lathe, I thought,

0:37:430:37:45

"How can we turn this into a lamp?"

0:37:450:37:47

I decided to do just one part of the lathe.

0:37:470:37:50

It's a bit off the wall with what I normally do,

0:37:500:37:52

although it's a wall light.

0:37:520:37:53

And I think Jay's going to like this when he comes to see it.

0:37:530:37:57

I'm delighted to be back here at Guy's

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to see what he's done with that lathe.

0:38:000:38:02

And knowing him, it'll be pretty amazing.

0:38:020:38:04

This once much-loved wood-turning lathe had outlived its usefulness.

0:38:040:38:10

Now it's a unique wall light with the former lathe motor as the body

0:38:130:38:17

of the lamp and this original switch unit has a smart new chain pull

0:38:170:38:22

to turn on the light.

0:38:220:38:24

Guy's shined up the original metal a bit, but not too much,

0:38:240:38:28

so the history of this old tool lives on.

0:38:280:38:31

He's mounted it on a piece of scaffolding board

0:38:330:38:35

which he's cleaned up to perfection

0:38:350:38:38

to give this a gritty and industrial look

0:38:380:38:41

and he's topped it all off with a half-circle black shade

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that's perfect for any man cave.

0:38:450:38:48

How are we doing, Guy?

0:38:500:38:52

Wow! Come on.

0:38:520:38:53

-What do you think?

-What do I think?

0:38:530:38:56

I've got to take my hat off to you, sir, cor blimey!

0:38:560:38:59

-This is amazing!

-Isn't it?

0:38:590:39:02

We put this little ticker on here to turn it on and off.

0:39:020:39:05

No, seriously? I'm telling you, you've blown me away.

0:39:050:39:08

I'm speechless, I really am, and to get me speechless is quite hard.

0:39:080:39:13

You can say that again, Jay.

0:39:130:39:16

-It's amazing.

-We've kept the wheels on here and put a light bulb on top

0:39:160:39:20

-and Bob's your uncle.

-It's way past cool.

0:39:200:39:22

Jay is dazzled by Guy's creation.

0:39:220:39:25

But there's also the unseen work inside the components

0:39:250:39:29

that make this a working light.

0:39:290:39:32

Where is the wiring? Is it going all the way through here?

0:39:320:39:34

The wire at the back here which comes through.

0:39:340:39:36

A little bit of engineering went on,

0:39:360:39:38

but Steve, the electrician, a magic chap, always gets it right.

0:39:380:39:41

To make and sell anything electrical,

0:39:410:39:43

it must be worked on by a qualified electrician

0:39:430:39:47

and conform to UK electrical safety regulations.

0:39:470:39:51

This light is compliant, but is it within the £140 budget?

0:39:510:39:55

So, how did we do with the budget, then?

0:39:550:39:58

-Spot on.

-Is it?

-Yeah. Spot on.

-Oh, well done!

0:39:580:40:02

-And that includes the lamp...

-Oh.

0:40:020:40:05

-Shades are always extra.

-OK, how much?

0:40:050:40:08

-Basically, £30.

-£30, yeah.

0:40:080:40:10

You've done a brilliant transformation there.

0:40:110:40:14

-Thank you.

-Thank you very much indeed, Jay.

0:40:140:40:16

-I hope you sell it well.

-I will do, definitely.

-OK, bye-bye.

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I haven't seen so much excitement out of somebody for a long time.

0:40:190:40:22

He really genuinely thought it was brilliant. So that's lovely.

0:40:220:40:26

He's only gone and done it again, hasn't he?

0:40:260:40:28

It takes a certain skill to get components together

0:40:280:40:32

in just the right way to go way past cool.

0:40:320:40:34

I'm lost for words, but I know one thing - I'm loving it.

0:40:360:40:39

Back at the recycling centre,

0:40:460:40:48

Jay met John who was clearing out an old lathe.

0:40:480:40:52

Well, it belonged to my father

0:40:520:40:54

and he was quite a keen do-it-yourself guy,

0:40:540:40:57

-back in the day.

-Yeah.

0:40:570:40:58

John was finding it hard to chuck his dad's beloved tools.

0:40:580:41:02

I was feeling really guilty coming down with this,

0:41:020:41:04

-because it's still quite good...

-Wait. You shouldn't feel guilty.

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But Jay's offer to re-use it cheered John right up.

0:41:080:41:12

I can go home now, a lot happier man than I came down,

0:41:120:41:16

with a view of throwing it away.

0:41:160:41:18

And happy you should be, as Guy's wall light is a beauty.

0:41:190:41:23

Better still, it sold to interior specialists

0:41:230:41:27

Museum Context in Edinburgh

0:41:270:41:29

and shop owner, Andrew, couldn't be happier.

0:41:290:41:32

It's really the sort of piece that I think fits beautifully in the shop

0:41:320:41:36

and the collection here.

0:41:360:41:37

Now, Jay has travelled to Aldridge in Walsall

0:41:390:41:42

to show John what became of his dad's old lathe

0:41:420:41:45

and hand over the profit.

0:41:450:41:47

-Hello there.

-How are we doing, John, are you all right?

0:41:470:41:50

-Yes.

-Good to see you again.

0:41:500:41:52

-You remember the lathe that you brought to the...

-Yeah, I do, yeah.

0:41:520:41:56

Any ideas on what you thought we might have done with it?

0:41:560:41:59

I have no idea and I'm so curious to find out.

0:41:590:42:01

Oh, bless you!

0:42:010:42:03

Took it down to a person called Guy

0:42:030:42:05

-and what he's done...

-Oh, wow.

0:42:050:42:08

-So, he turned it into a light.

-That is amazing.

0:42:080:42:12

I would never have thought you'd do that.

0:42:120:42:14

-What do you think?

-I'm sure if poor old Daddy's up there watching,

0:42:140:42:17

he'd be pleased. It's got a new life.

0:42:170:42:19

-Fantastic.

-It's got a new life. And it's got a new owner.

0:42:190:42:21

And I've got some profit for you.

0:42:210:42:24

I've got £30 profit.

0:42:240:42:26

-Wow.

-For you.

-Well, thank you, I'll put that to a good cause.

0:42:260:42:30

My father was at Manor Hospital.

0:42:300:42:32

I think I might see if they've got a benevolent fund

0:42:320:42:35

or something like that, I might put it there.

0:42:350:42:37

And match it.

0:42:370:42:39

Thank you, sir. You take care, now, John.

0:42:390:42:42

-You too.

-Bye-bye.

-Fantastic.

0:42:420:42:43

Guy spent £170 creating the lamp.

0:42:430:42:47

Jay sold it for an impressive £200,

0:42:470:42:51

leaving John £30 to donate to charity in honour of his father.

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At Walsall recycling centre,

0:42:590:43:02

Jay saved three items from the skip, transforming the ordinary,

0:43:020:43:07

to the extraordinary.

0:43:070:43:09

The redundant into resplendent,

0:43:090:43:12

and the unloved into lovable.

0:43:120:43:15

Three unwanted items that were heading for the skip

0:43:180:43:20

have been revamped into stylish and cool pieces.

0:43:200:43:24

Even better still, they're off to new homes.

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Restoration man Jay Blades is in Walsall, near Birmingham, where he's on a mission to rescue three tip-bound items he hopes can be transformed and sold on for a profit. Lighting expert Guy Trench endures a few head-scratching moments trying to salvage a rusty red lathe, while screen-printing whizz Daniel Heath works his magic on an old toilet door, turning it from lavvy to lavish. But how much money will Jay manage to hand back to the items' owners?


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