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Ooh, I like the look of your rubbish!

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How do you make money for nothing?

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What are you dropping off, anything exciting?

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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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I quite like the look of your chair. I've not seen one like that before.

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

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before they hit the skip.

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

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and I've turned that passion into a moneymaking business.

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

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

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-What do you think?

-I think it's beautiful.

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-I've brought you my washing machine.

-Oh, wow!

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

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What have you done?

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..valuable...

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Oh, amazing!

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..and, hopefully, saleable items.

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That is one clever sandwich.

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If Sarah is successful,

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then she 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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Gosh, as much as that? Oh, lovely!

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Today, Sarah is in the Earlswood Recycling Centre in Surrey.

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Well, the gate's open, the gloves are on, the sun's out.

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Game on for getting rubbish.

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With the aim of salvaging three interesting objects to upcycle,

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Sarah is alert to every opportunity.

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He's got a boot full over there.

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But before you decide that you fancy a slice of the action,

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Sarah's been granted special permission

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to rummage the rubbish here.

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Well, if I don't find anything today, I'm going to be toast.

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But is there anything in the back of Jeremy's car

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that could help Sarah make some cash?

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-Hello, there.

-Oh, hello.

-Hi, I'm Sarah.

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-Jeremy.

-Jeremy, hi, there. How do you do?

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What a sweet little chair. That's got some age to it, hasn't it?

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-It has indeed.

-Have you had it long?

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My mum's had it for probably about 40, 50 years.

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Really? So, did she have that from new?

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-Oh, I don't know.

-Do you think it's older than that?

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It's always been in the family.

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-It's always been around when I've been around.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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Jeremy inherited the chair when his mum passed away.

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But an impending downsize means keeping it is no longer an option.

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I'm moving to a small flat and it doesn't fit in

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with the type of furniture I'm going to buy.

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-So, it's really sort of...

-Surplus, is it?

-Unfortunately.

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And it's a bit outdated for what I want.

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It does have a retro look about it.

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I think that's probably why I really like the look of it.

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That sort of shell back and the petiteness of it,

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it's just not like the modern stuff, is it?

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Any chance I could help you pull it out to have a proper look at it?

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By all means, yeah.

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Lending a helping hand from the back-seat of the car

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is Jeremy's daughter, Poppy.

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Thank you for helping. So, what are we looking at?

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'50s, do you think, or '60s, something like that?

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-I reckon it's '50s.

-Could I take it away and give it a go?

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-By all means.

-I'd love to keep in touch if that would be all right.

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-OK.

-And I will have a good go

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-at making it useful and beautiful again.

-OK.

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-Thank you ever so much. Really good to meet you, Jeremy. Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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As Sarah whisks the little chair off to start its new journey,

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how is Jeremy feeling?

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My mum would be absolutely delighted

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to know it's going to have a new lease of life and, you know,

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it is a very pretty chair and if I had a bigger house

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or a different style, I think I would have kept it.

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Well, it's great to see something like this turning up at the tip

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because I think this little chair

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would have been an absolute gem when it was new.

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It would have been shell pink, 1950s styling and lovely.

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At the moment, it's looking a little bit tired.

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But because it's so little, it means it can go into any size house.

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You don't have those massive ones

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that only people with big houses can use. So this is a good find.

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In the right hands, with a whole new look,

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I think it could be really exciting.

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It's a bit off-colour at the moment

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but Sarah knows who to turn to to get this chair back in the pink.

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Simion Hawtin-Smith has been making waves in the upholstery world,

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mixing classic techniques with modern, fresh design.

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His passion is to give old furniture new life

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and a chance to be loved again.

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I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to chairs.

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I kind of need to learn sometimes to say, "This job is now done."

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People come back and they pick it up

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and they're like, "Wow, is that the same chair?"

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That makes it all worth it, all the long hours worth it.

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Can Simion give this small chair a big transformation?

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With the armchair snaffled up, Sarah's back on the prowl.

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Do you like the tip? No, you'd better stay in there.

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I know it's good here. See you later.

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No luck there. But is there anything interesting

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sitting in the boot of Maureen's car?

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-Oh, hi, I'm Sarah.

-Hello.

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Hi, there. What are you throwing away?

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These things. Including a bucket and an old grate.

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I love your bucket.

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-How long have you had that?

-I've had it donkey's years.

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It belonged to my husband, and it might even have been his father's.

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It has a really old look to it.

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Some of them are riveted.

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It's a pail, isn't it?

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-It's a very sweet little thing.

-Yes, not a bucket, a pail.

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-I don't know what the difference is. Do you know the difference?

-No.

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No, me neither, Maureen.

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They are things that people really like at the moment.

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I don't know why we suddenly like metal and galvanised stuff

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but it has a real charm to it. And I think because it's so little,

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it's even more charming.

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-Please may I have it?

-Of course. Yes, you're welcome.

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May I come and find you if I make something

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-and show you what I've done with it?

-I'd be very interested.

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-Yes.

-Lovely! That is one of the smallest things I've ever collected

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and one of the cutest, so, thank you so much

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-and I will be back in touch if that's all right?

-Yes, that's fine.

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-Have a lovely day.

-Thank you. Bye-bye.

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Sarah scuttles off with her latest find.

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But what does Maureen think will be created from it?

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I have no idea.

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I can't see anything other than using it as a bucket

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or as it's probably properly called, a pail.

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I think it might be its size that makes this bucket so sweet.

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It might not be your cup of tea

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but there is something about this interior,

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all the signs of use and this lovely wear on the outside

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that just makes it appealing.

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It might not look much now but it's going to be beautiful.

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Trust me.

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Sarah's sending the bucket and spades

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to a tried and tested craftsman...

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..Guy Trench.

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Guy's love for lighting is electrifying.

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Using salvaged materials,

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Guy can transform even the rustiest mix of metals

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into truly one-of-a-kind lights.

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Everything in life I've done is because I like doing it.

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Whether it's made a lot of money or made no money,

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it's because I like to do something.

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Not only do I love doing it, but it's different every single day.

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I think my job really is the best job in the world.

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Sarah's hoping that Guy's just the man to see beyond the pail.

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With two objects in line for a revamp,

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Sarah's scouting the skips for something

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she can breathe new life into.

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Now, I know it's all about cutting back but, seriously, guys,

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there aren't going to be any trees left in Surrey!

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David has a boot full of unwanted objects and Sarah is in like a shot.

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-Hello, there.

-Oh, hello. Yes.

-Hello. How are you?

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-I'm Sarah. Hi, there. Let me de-glove.

-David.

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David. Hi, there. How do you do? That's not going in the tip, is it?

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Well, it is because it fell off the wall and it broke the frame.

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-May I have a look at it?

-Yeah, yeah.

-So...

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I think that's a beautiful picture.

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-Have you had it long?

-It was my grandfather's picture.

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He loved the Lake District

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and he was holidaying in Grasmere and that is Easedale Tarn.

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The wonderful thing about old paintings is there's always the hope

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of discovering a forgotten masterpiece.

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Just imagine if this was by Constable or Turner!

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Do you know who it's by or is it signed, or have you...?

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It's named on the back, if we can find it.

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It's...WL Turner.

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Hmm.

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Hang on! Did David say Turner?

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JMW Turner sells for millions.

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Oh, WL Turner.

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Oh, well. Never mind.

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Nobody in the family wants it.

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-Right.

-I can't pass it on.

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I cannot see that being crushed.

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I mean, I think the light on those hills is just beautiful.

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-Yes.

-If you're going to be throwing it away, can I take it?

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-You can.

-Can I come and find you if I find it a new home

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-or can do something with it?

-Yes, tell me.

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We'd love to hear what happens to it because one loves these things

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and they're part of the family history

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but one has to let them go and it's murder.

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That has made my day. It's a lovely thing to find.

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So, thank you so much and I'll come and find you.

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-Thank you.

-Have a good day.

-Bye now.

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The landscape has come within a brushstroke of being destroyed.

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Is David hopeful for the painting's future?

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There's hope for it.

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It'll cost of a little bit of money to repair that frame.

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But if she's in love with the picture,

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we'd be delighted for her to hang onto it and give it a new home.

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You always dream of finding a Turner at the tip, don't you?

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OK, it's not by the real Turner but a fair hand has done that painting.

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It's tricky to get mist to look like that

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and I think they've done a really good job on it.

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It's looking a little glossy,

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so I don't know if it's been touched up at any time,

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and the frame is certainly not doing it any favours but that is a beauty.

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So glad I was here to find it.

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That makes three items successfully saved from the skips.

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What will Simion have in store for this petite seat?

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Will the bucket and spades test Guy's mettle?

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And Sarah is hoping to turn out a masterpiece

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from the old oil painting.

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Well, there have been times today when it's felt like quite hard work,

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finding things amongst the trash.

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But I think we've gathered some great things.

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Huge potential, lots of hard work to come.

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I'm well up for the challenge.

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Sarah's in Manchester.

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She's bringing the pink armchair to Simion's upholstery studio,

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close to the city centre.

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I've seen a picture of the chair

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but you never know really what it's going to be like until it turns up.

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But, hopefully, the picture's done it justice

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and we'll be to do it justice as well.

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The wheels haven't come off yet, but it was close.

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I've brought this chair to Simion

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because I think he's going to give it the update that it needs

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and send it off in a new direction.

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Not quite sure what that'll be.

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Got a few ideas and I'm looking forward to hearing his.

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That sounds like a big challenge on its way down the corridor

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in the guise of a small armchair.

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-Simion.

-Hey, Sarah, how are you? You OK?

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-Really good. How are you doing?

-All right. What have you got here then?

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Small and beautiful. What do you think?

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-It's small.

-Get it up on here. Let's have a proper look.

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It's not the heaviest chair I've ever come across

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which makes me wonder about its quality

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but it's definitely got some '50s charm, what do you think?

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-Is it '50s?

-It might be later than that to me.

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I've had a proper look at it. Underneath is often quite telling.

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-So, I'm thinking maybe it's a '70s...

-Yeah?

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-Shall we have a look?

-Certainly retro. What, take it apart?

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-Well, we could.

-Yeah.

-Ready?

-Yeah.

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That's bold.

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It barely through the door and he's ripping it to bits.

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The springs are all in really good condition.

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It looks like quite a modern spring unit,

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so I think it is about '60s, '70s,

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I think, but based on a kind of '50s style, kind of thing.

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So, I was wondering if we could go for something really glamorous.

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Big scarves, tassels, earrings, sunglasses, you know?

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Try and make it look glamorous.

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Well, how about, we keep this kind of shape to the back,

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this fluted kind of shell back style of it,

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and then we maybe change the seat a little bit?

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-Yep.

-So, we don't have the piping here.

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We could have, like, a more rounded seat at the front,

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and then with your scarf idea,

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maybe we can put the detailing in the piping...

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-That would be good.

-And maybe down the back of the chair?

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Tassels along here.

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Not sure what colour yet. We'll tie it in with your scarf idea, maybe.

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OK. How much?

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I'm thinking maybe budget of sort of 500-550.

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I was hoping it might start with a four,

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but, you know, if it has to be,

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the lower end of the five would be good.

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I love this chair. I love this project. Let's go 495.

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-Yeah?

-You legend.

-OK.

-OK.

-Give me a shout.

-Cool.

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I want to make it into a real statement chair,

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so I want to use some amazing fabric on it

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that's really going to make it stand out.

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Having said that, it could be difficult to keep within the budget,

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but I am going to do my utmost to make sure we do.

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Well, it sounds like we're going off in the right direction.

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Simion's got great ideas for that chair.

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There's a bit of budget left on it,

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but it's going to look really pretty.

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Simion has a budget of £495

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to squeeze his big ideas onto this small chair.

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Will the end result be fabulous or frightful?

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While Simion gets stuck into the seat,

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Sarah has sent the bucket and spades to Guy at his workshop in Essex.

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Right, what have we got here? We've got a little coal shovel,

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or an ash shovel.

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Got a bit of age to it.

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This one's a lot bigger. Same sort of thing.

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The bucket is quite old, probably sort of circa...1930s.

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It was used probably in the old days,

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the Edwardians putting their ash out of the fire into it.

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And then modern-day man has used it for cement.

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Well, that's the price of progress, Guy.

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Sarah's eager to hear what Guy's quirky imagination can come up with

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and is giving him a call.

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-Guy, hi, it's Sarah.

-Oh, hi, Sarah. I've just got your beautiful bucket.

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-Not very big, is it?

-No, it's quite a small bucket.

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I've had a couple of ideas about it.

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Maybe desk lamp to hanging pendant light,

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but I just wondered what you thought about it.

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Yeah, it could be a pendant very easily.

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It could be on sort of a sweeping arm coming out.

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Cut the bucket in half and we've got two uplighters or downlighters.

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And if you really want to be really creative,

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we thought about putting a bulb in the bottom of the bucket,

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put a Perspex top that sits in there

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sort of three quarters of the way down,

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and paint the Perspex a sort of orangey red-y colour,

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then put coals on top,

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and it looks like it's got sort of got burning coals going on it,

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and then have a post that comes up out of the middle of the bucket

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to a BC fitting that you could put a shade on,

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and then we could weld the spade to the post,

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it will look like it's digging the coals out.

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Well, that's what I'd call a bucket list.

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And it's up to Sarah to choose.

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I reckon we might have to go for something more commercial

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that we have got a wider audience for,

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-so the uplighters or downlighters, they sound fab.

-Yeah.

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Do you have a price in mind for a pair?

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I would think £75 each

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would be a fairly decent price for you.

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-That sounds great.

-Lovely. OK, well, we'll do our very best for you.

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I'm looking forward to seeing it, Guy. That's lovely. Catch up soon.

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-OK, bye.

-Thank you, bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

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The boss has decided.

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Guy's elaborate glowing coal light idea

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has been extinguished in favour of two half-bucket wall lights.

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I think she's sort of right. Uplighter or a downlighter,

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it doesn't matter which way you want to put it.

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I think that will have more success in sort of selling it.

0:17:130:17:16

I think it will look great when we're finished with it.

0:17:160:17:20

Guy's budget is £150,

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but he'll only get one chance to split the bucket.

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In West Sussex,

0:17:340:17:35

Sarah has some detective work to do on the oil painting.

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From the inscription on the back, she knows it's by WL Turner,

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but who was he?

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And what is Sarah planning to do with his painting?

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Well, I've had a chance to have a better look at this picture

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and I really like it.

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The frame is still dreadful but there is enough information

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on the back, so there's plenty to go on.

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I'll just see if he's painted anything else.

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OK, so heaps of results for William Lakin Turner,

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an English landscape artist.

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That looks like him.

0:18:130:18:15

Ooh! And there's some very similar paintings.

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It seems that Turner, he's painted loads,

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they all look like they're the Lake District.

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Really ethereal, misty scenes, quite dark.

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But actually enchanting, they're beautiful.

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All in better frames than this one.

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Sarah's really got it in for that frame.

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It sounds like she's thinking about selling the painting.

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Replacing the frame could make it more attractive to a buyer,

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but will also eat into any potential profit.

0:18:440:18:48

So, looking at the ones that are on the internet and this one,

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I'd say ours is pretty good.

0:18:510:18:53

I think we've got a good, strong scene. It's named as well,

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and when you can name a picture and you can actually place it,

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that adds an extra element. It's all about the provenance,

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and we've got a signature, we've got a name, we know it's Easedale Tarn.

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But there's a massive variation between the prices

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that some of his paintings have historically sold for,

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so some of them are a few pounds

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and some of them are a lot more than that.

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What I don't know is where that fits in the scale

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of how his paintings sell.

0:19:200:19:22

Sarah wants a second opinion

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and is taking the painting to a local auction house,

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where auctioneer Jonathan Pratt is on hand to give his advice.

0:19:300:19:34

He was actually a very well-known artist, he was a Royal Academician.

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This is his address, funnily enough, this is where he lived.

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I think, at the time, he would have been living around here.

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Early 20th century, he lived in Keswick.

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He moved around a little bit,

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but, you know, it may need a little bit of work but it's not too bad.

0:19:460:19:50

It's a perfect object for selling at auction.

0:19:500:19:53

That is fantastic news.

0:19:530:19:54

Would you sell it here, is it good enough to go through here?

0:19:540:19:56

-Course I can, yeah.

-Really?

-Absolutely.

-Excellent.

0:19:560:19:59

I suppose you could say there's been

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a certain correction to values of Victorian art,

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so something like this may have been worth maybe more 10, 15 years ago,

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but it's a titled scene, it's oil on canvas,

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and the condition's actually OK.

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I mean, I was worried about the frame.

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Is it something I should reframe before it comes into auction,

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or is it all right like that?

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Is it worth spending any money on it?

0:20:180:20:19

-No.

-Great.

-You could sell this unframed.

-It's a great thing.

0:20:190:20:23

I'm so pleased that you think it's all right to sell.

0:20:230:20:25

-I really like it.

-Yeah, I do, too.

0:20:250:20:27

I hope it does well,

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because it would be great to raise some money from it.

0:20:280:20:31

It's been the cheapest of makeovers.

0:20:320:20:35

Sarah hasn't spent a penny.

0:20:350:20:37

The painting is heading to auction,

0:20:370:20:39

but of course there's no guarantee it will sell.

0:20:390:20:42

In Manchester, Simion is about to get started

0:20:480:20:51

on his retro glamour makeover of the little pink armchair.

0:20:510:20:55

If everything goes to plan with the makeover of this chair,

0:20:570:21:00

we want it to look like 1940s ad execs would be sitting in it

0:21:000:21:06

sipping cocktails, if you know what I mean.

0:21:060:21:08

We do know what you mean, Simion,

0:21:100:21:12

but before we break out the glasses and cocktail shaker,

0:21:120:21:15

there's a serious amount of graft to be done.

0:21:150:21:18

These are very unusual staples they've used,

0:21:220:21:24

so it's not going to be that easy, I don't think.

0:21:240:21:27

And not that quick, either.

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Each fabric panel has dozens of staples pinning it to the frame.

0:21:300:21:35

So when you're stripping a chair, you never really know

0:21:350:21:37

what you're going to find once you take everything off it.

0:21:370:21:40

So in the past we have found chairs where we've had to go,

0:21:400:21:42

"We really can't do anything with this,"

0:21:420:21:44

because they've been completely rotten inside.

0:21:440:21:46

It doesn't happen very often,

0:21:460:21:48

so hopefully it's not going to happen now.

0:21:480:21:50

But let's have a look, let's have a look.

0:21:500:21:52

Looks pretty good to me.

0:22:020:22:03

Phew, that's good news.

0:22:040:22:06

Little star. You find lots of interesting things

0:22:070:22:10

while you're stripping chairs.

0:22:100:22:12

Yeah, it's a real time capsule in there.

0:22:120:22:15

Anyone for lentils?

0:22:150:22:17

But no juicy bones. Sorry, Gypsy.

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A little pointer, if anybody has a go at home,

0:22:200:22:23

to take pictures while you're taking the chair apart,

0:22:230:22:26

and then you can kind of see how the chair goes back together.

0:22:260:22:30

Says the man who's not taking pictures.

0:22:300:22:33

No, I'm not taking pictures, I've had a bit of practice at this,

0:22:330:22:36

so I should be OK.

0:22:360:22:38

It's just a beautiful way of making chairs,

0:22:480:22:51

to kind of do it all by hand and structurally,

0:22:510:22:55

you could've sat in this chair for another 20 years.

0:22:550:22:57

These springs are in really good condition.

0:22:570:23:00

There's no point replacing something when it doesn't need replacing.

0:23:000:23:03

After several hours of painstaking unpicking,

0:23:030:23:07

the chair has finally given up all its secrets.

0:23:070:23:10

There are some intriguing fabrics waiting in the wings, but first,

0:23:130:23:18

Simion has to re-pad the chair

0:23:180:23:21

and he has a secret of his own to divulge.

0:23:210:23:24

I'm probably going to get in a lot of trouble

0:23:260:23:28

for showing this on television

0:23:280:23:30

by my fellow upholsterers.

0:23:300:23:31

You've heard of the Magic Circle?

0:23:330:23:35

Well, Simion is risking the wrath of the sewing circle.

0:23:360:23:39

Here, what we have is new wadding.

0:23:410:23:45

We're going to kind of roll this.

0:23:450:23:46

Now, you're probably thinking how are we going to get this in here?

0:23:480:23:51

I was.

0:23:530:23:55

I hope this is going to work.

0:23:560:23:58

Yeah, that is quite clever.

0:24:000:24:02

Vacuuming the air from the padding gives Simion

0:24:020:24:05

just enough wiggle room to squeeze it into the chair backing.

0:24:050:24:09

And that is my trade secret.

0:24:090:24:11

There's still a load of stuffing and stitching to do

0:24:140:24:17

before Sarah gets a look at the end result,

0:24:170:24:20

but will Simion's styling be to Sarah's satisfaction?

0:24:200:24:24

Back in Essex, Guy is getting to work turning the bucket

0:24:290:24:33

into uplighters and as it's a bit filthy,

0:24:330:24:37

he's giving it a scrub up first.

0:24:370:24:40

It is a bucket and it's had a hard life and...

0:24:400:24:43

..we want to still keep that sort of hard life look.

0:24:440:24:47

It's kind of cool.

0:24:470:24:49

Wire wool only goes so far.

0:24:490:24:52

To attack the really hardened dirt,

0:24:520:24:55

Guy needs something with a bit more oomph.

0:24:550:24:58

Inside here just looks fantastic.

0:25:010:25:03

We've got the reds coming through,

0:25:030:25:04

you've got yellows, you've got whites,

0:25:040:25:06

you've got darker etchings and that's going to look fabulous.

0:25:060:25:09

To boost those colours,

0:25:120:25:14

Guy is giving the bucket a polish with some beeswax.

0:25:140:25:18

Do you know, I really don't know if we need to do too much more on this.

0:25:180:25:21

I think that's a lovely looking colour.

0:25:210:25:23

Once that sort of buffed up...

0:25:230:25:25

..we'll see what that looks like.

0:25:250:25:28

While Guy huffs, puffs and buffs,

0:25:280:25:32

his sidekick, Steve, arrives to add his considerable electrical know-how

0:25:320:25:36

to the project.

0:25:360:25:38

So, we've got to split that down the middle, then.

0:25:400:25:42

-Split it down the middle.

-I think once we've cut this in half,

0:25:420:25:45

it's going to lose a lot of integrity

0:25:450:25:47

so we may have to put a wooden back to it.

0:25:470:25:49

-Yes.

-But that will help with hanging it on the wall anyway.

0:25:490:25:52

A few measurements to get the midpoint

0:25:540:25:57

and finally it looks as if the bucket is ready for the chop.

0:25:570:26:00

Right, hang on to your hat.

0:26:000:26:02

Sparks don't usually fly when these two get together.

0:26:050:26:08

Ta-dah!

0:26:120:26:14

No, I think they're going to look great.

0:26:140:26:17

No time to admire your handiwork, boys.

0:26:170:26:20

It's time to get wiring.

0:26:200:26:22

I've got a small LED lamp that will fit in here. Just a push in one.

0:26:220:26:26

I think that'll be a lot more elegant.

0:26:260:26:28

-You're not going to see a bulb, are you?

-This side? No.

0:26:280:26:32

And also with LED, it'd be safer for the heat side of things.

0:26:320:26:36

Yeah, I'm much happier with it in this enclosed space.

0:26:360:26:39

Obviously, with an up lighter,

0:26:390:26:41

if it's in a pub and you get some clown chucking a wrapper in there,

0:26:410:26:44

-it's going to be safe.

-Good thinking. Yes, I like that idea.

0:26:440:26:47

Always got to assume the worst.

0:26:470:26:49

-Safety always first, I think, in this.

-Yep.

-Yep.

0:26:490:26:53

The bucket may be divided but thankfully Guy and Steve

0:26:530:26:57

are as one when it comes to safety.

0:26:570:27:00

Going to use this nice flex with the fabric braid around it

0:27:000:27:03

which sort looks old-fashioned

0:27:030:27:05

but it meets all the modern safety regulations.

0:27:050:27:07

To prevent fraying, Steve melts the braid...

0:27:090:27:12

..and solders the copper wires.

0:27:130:27:15

And it's a simple task to connect the LED bulb holder.

0:27:160:27:21

Just need to mount that on the back plate and then we have our light.

0:27:210:27:24

In Winchester, it's auction day for the oil painting.

0:27:300:27:34

How does auctioneer Jonathan think the sale will go?

0:27:360:27:40

There's been some interest in it.

0:27:400:27:41

Principally, people asking what the condition is.

0:27:410:27:44

We give that information to people

0:27:440:27:46

and that gives them the confidence to bid online

0:27:460:27:48

and I think, in fairness, that's where the interest is going to lie.

0:27:480:27:51

It's going to be an internet bidder because it's a Cumbrian scene and

0:27:510:27:54

it's going to be someone up north who's going to be bidding on it.

0:27:540:27:56

Hopefully it'll be a private client and it's going home.

0:27:560:27:59

OK, Jonathan, time to get the sale going.

0:27:590:28:02

Lot 364A.

0:28:030:28:06

William Lakin Turner, Easedale Tarn, Lake District.

0:28:060:28:09

Signed and inscribed. Where are we on this?

0:28:090:28:11

With no reserve price set, if there are any bids, it will sell.

0:28:140:28:18

There are bids in the room and bids online, so somebody fancies it.

0:28:200:28:25

But how much will it fetch when the hammer falls?

0:28:250:28:28

David reluctantly brought the painting to the recycling centre.

0:28:320:28:36

-Nobody in the family wants it.

-Right.

-I can't pass it on.

0:28:360:28:40

I cannot see that being crushed.

0:28:400:28:42

-I mean, I think the light on those hills is just beautiful.

-Yes.

0:28:420:28:46

Sarah wasn't sure if the painting had any value

0:28:460:28:49

but with some expert advice, decided to sell it at auction.

0:28:490:28:53

Well, but the hammer came down and now she's in Redhill

0:28:540:28:59

to tell David what became of his old oil painting.

0:28:590:29:02

-Hello, there.

-Hello!

-Lovely to see you again.

0:29:040:29:06

-Yes!

-How are you?

-I'm very well, thank you.

0:29:060:29:09

Excellent, excellent. So, you've settled in.

0:29:090:29:11

We're well settled in. Dreading coming here

0:29:110:29:14

but now we're here, we're enjoying it immensely.

0:29:140:29:16

Well, when I met you,

0:29:160:29:18

I think you were making quite difficult decisions

0:29:180:29:20

-about what you were hanging onto.

-That's right.

0:29:200:29:22

Because reducing from four bedrooms to two,

0:29:220:29:25

You've got to get rid of half of your stuff.

0:29:250:29:27

So that, I think is why that picture

0:29:270:29:29

ended up at the recycling centre with a broken frame.

0:29:290:29:31

And it's difficult to know exactly how to move something like that on

0:29:310:29:35

if it's not staying within the family.

0:29:350:29:37

I'm lucky that I have some connections

0:29:370:29:38

that can help me with things like that,

0:29:380:29:40

so I actually took it to an auction house in Winchester.

0:29:400:29:43

-Yes.

-They really liked it and put it through one of their sales

0:29:430:29:46

and so I'm really pleased to say that it sold

0:29:460:29:48

-and I have actually got some profit for your painting.

-Oh, good! Good.

0:29:480:29:52

There's £207.20 for you.

0:29:520:29:57

Wow! That is absolutely marvellous.

0:29:570:30:00

Do you have a plan for that money?

0:30:000:30:02

My first thought is I should find a good charity to give it to

0:30:020:30:05

because it is something totally unexpected.

0:30:050:30:07

Well, I'm so pleased we've managed to raise that bit of money

0:30:070:30:10

and I'm sure wherever you go, they'll really appreciate that.

0:30:100:30:12

-Thank you so much.

-Lovely, thank you.

-Bye-bye, David.

-Bye-bye.

0:30:120:30:14

Well, I'd say that is a great result all round.

0:30:160:30:19

We saved that beautiful picture.

0:30:190:30:20

Somebody who absolutely loves it has got it on their wall to look at

0:30:200:30:23

and David is giving all that money to charity.

0:30:230:30:27

The painting sold for £260

0:30:270:30:31

and minus auction fees of £52.80,

0:30:310:30:34

there was a £207.20 profit left for David.

0:30:340:30:38

Sarah's back in Manchester

0:30:400:30:42

to see what Simion's created with her little pink armchair.

0:30:420:30:46

Well, Simion definitely knows his way around a statement chair,

0:30:460:30:49

but the one I dropped off had nothing to say for itself.

0:30:490:30:52

But if he's worked his magic,

0:30:520:30:53

I could be picking up a real conversation piece.

0:30:530:30:56

I'm hoping I've kind of worked to the spec that she wanted

0:31:000:31:03

and she is going to have a big smile on her face

0:31:030:31:05

and she's going to want to take it away straightaway

0:31:050:31:08

and find a new home for it. So, yeah, super excited.

0:31:080:31:10

Sarah had an ambitious wish list for this chair.

0:31:120:31:16

She wanted style, she wanted glamour, she wanted...tassels.

0:31:160:31:21

Has Simion risen to the challenge?

0:31:220:31:24

The grubby pink seat has been transformed

0:31:300:31:33

into a sumptuous green velvet flute-backed chair.

0:31:330:31:37

Tassels normally fringe the bottom of a chair but not here.

0:31:380:31:43

Simion has gone Hollywood max

0:31:430:31:45

with a daring sweep of black running from top to bottom.

0:31:450:31:49

He's also fitted brass castors for a regal finishing touch.

0:31:500:31:55

Forget Manchester, this is more Monte Carlo.

0:31:560:32:00

The chair may be small in frame,

0:32:000:32:03

but Simion's given it a huge personality.

0:32:030:32:06

But what will Sarah think?

0:32:060:32:08

Simion?

0:32:090:32:11

-Wow! What have you done to that?

-Hey, Sarah.

0:32:110:32:13

-How are you doing, are you OK?

-I'm all right.

0:32:130:32:16

Doesn't that look so much better?

0:32:160:32:19

-I want to show you the back. Because I know you wanted tassels.

-Yeah?

0:32:190:32:21

And I know we talked about silky scarves and little bits and pieces?

0:32:210:32:26

But let me just... Let me show you.

0:32:260:32:28

What about this?

0:32:280:32:30

Oh, look at that.

0:32:300:32:31

I've never seen anything like it on upholstery, have you?

0:32:310:32:34

-No, no.

-I don't think I'm going to be able to sell this

0:32:340:32:36

to somebody with a cat.

0:32:360:32:37

Could you imagine what a cat would do with this?

0:32:370:32:39

No, it could be a very expensive cat toy, couldn't it?

0:32:390:32:42

-Was it tricky?

-Yeah.

0:32:420:32:44

I've got to say the fabric was quite tricky.

0:32:440:32:47

Because, as you know, Sarah, when you're putting a seat in,

0:32:470:32:49

you've got to pull it in tight

0:32:490:32:51

and you've got to cut into your corners

0:32:510:32:53

and make sure it fits properly and this fabric didn't leave any...

0:32:530:32:56

It didn't like tension, let's just say.

0:32:560:32:58

So, what you're saying, basically is,

0:32:580:33:00

it looks this good because you've really got for it on it.

0:33:000:33:02

-Yeah.

-I know that traditional upholstery

0:33:020:33:05

and the methods that go with it cost more.

0:33:050:33:08

So we had a budget of 495.

0:33:080:33:10

Did you manage to keep to that or has it gone over?

0:33:100:33:12

No, I've not gone over. I pulled in a few favours,

0:33:120:33:15

did a bit of extra man hours but I just had a love for the chair

0:33:150:33:20

so I couldn't wait to get started on it

0:33:200:33:21

and it's just become like a little bit of a process of love.

0:33:210:33:24

-So, it's all good.

-Really?

0:33:240:33:25

Yeah. 495, and now we've got a happy chair.

0:33:250:33:29

It's a really happy chair. It's totally original, isn't it?

0:33:290:33:31

I've never seen anything like the fringing.

0:33:310:33:33

I don't know how you did it

0:33:330:33:34

-but well done for taking the time for the extra details.

-No worries.

0:33:340:33:37

I think you can really sense that you love it.

0:33:370:33:39

I'm really pleased you like it. I really am. It's a statement chair.

0:33:390:33:43

And I think it's fun, and I'd like to see somebody

0:33:430:33:45

drinking a nice cocktail in it, or something.

0:33:450:33:48

I can't believe the personality you've got into that chair.

0:33:480:33:50

-It's amazing.

-Cool.

-Thank you.

-See you soon.

-Bye.

-Bye.

0:33:500:33:53

Well, that was a great result,

0:33:560:33:57

because if you are going to turn a profit on a chair like that,

0:33:570:34:00

it has to be packed with personality.

0:34:000:34:01

What Simion's done to it makes it stand out from the crowd

0:34:010:34:04

and shout, "Take me home".

0:34:040:34:06

Jeremy was downsizing

0:34:070:34:10

and there just wasn't room for his old pink armchair.

0:34:100:34:14

It doesn't fit in with the type of furniture I'm going to buy.

0:34:140:34:18

Sarah spotted an opportunity for a special makeover.

0:34:180:34:22

And with patience, skill and imagination...

0:34:220:34:25

..Simion created a piece of fabulous furniture.

0:34:270:34:30

After advertising the chair online, Sarah found a buyer.

0:34:320:34:36

Now she's in Crawley to show Jeremy how it turned out.

0:34:360:34:40

-Hello.

-Hello!

0:34:430:34:44

-Nice to see you, Jeremy.

-And you.

-How are you?

0:34:440:34:46

-I'm very well, thanks very much. How are you?

-Yeah, very well.

-Good.

0:34:460:34:49

I said I'd come and find you.

0:34:490:34:51

Your sweet chair, I think it had been in your family for how long?

0:34:510:34:55

Well, as long as I can remember.

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Beautifully looked after.

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A lovely, old-fashioned looking chair.

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I actually took it to an upholsterer,

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a real professional called Simion,

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to do some work on it but if you'd had a go, what would you have done?

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Well, you know where it was.

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It was going out because there was just no room for it.

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Simion had an idea to give it a really strong look, a very...

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-Oh, right.

-..appropriate look for a certain era

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so I've got some pictures here to show you

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of what we did with it. It's got some swing.

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Wow! I don't believe that.

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That's incredible.

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He gave it a Charleston-esque finish. It's fringed on the back.

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-It's got some fantastic new fabric.

-Oh, wow!

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And it has got a completely new look.

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Is that something that would suit you or not?

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It's probably not my style, but it's fantastic.

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-I have a very open mind about these things.

-Excellent.

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And how about your mother? Would she think that was a good idea?

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Would she appreciate it being updated?

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I think she would, actually, yeah. Yes, definitely.

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I put some pictures of it on social media,

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and somebody has bought it and it's now in the heart of their home

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-and being used again so, its journey has continued.

-Fantastic.

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And I've got some profit here for you.

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-Oh, wow!

-I've got £55 here.

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Thank you very much indeed.

0:36:090:36:10

-That's excellent.

-Any idea what you might do with it?

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I'll probably give it to my daughter.

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-Oh, lucky girl!

-She always wants money, you know.

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Is she saving up for anything or looking for anything at the moment?

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Well, funnily, we're going to London tomorrow, hopefully.

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And she wants to buy something from...a shop

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that I know nothing about, so...

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Well, I hope that helps with whatever she's going to purchase.

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Thank you for letting us have the chair.

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Thank you very much indeed, thank you.

0:36:330:36:35

-Great to catch up. Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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Well, Jeremy's old chair has got a brand-new look

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and it sounds like he's got a big shopping trip coming.

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It cost £495 to revamp the chair.

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It sold for £550,

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giving Jeremy a profit of £55.

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Sarah's in Essex to catch up with Guy.

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Well, I've come to find out what's happened to my little bucket.

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I know Guy always puts his heart and soul into making his lights

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so I'm hoping this one's a winner.

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Guy just has time for a final polish before Sarah arrives.

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This item was quite a difficult one, really.

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What do you do with a coal bucket?

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I have a funny feeling Sarah will love this.

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She likes old things and likes them

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being turned into something completely different.

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The bucket was a sad old thing.

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Caked in decades of ash, coal dust and even concrete.

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But now...

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..it's been transformed into two quirky wall lights.

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Guy's beeswax finish gives the metal a warm, autumnal hue.

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The half handles have been welded into place,

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creating a gravity defying uplighter and a dazzling downlighter.

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A black, wooden backing completes the design.

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The lights have been PAT tested

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and comply with all UK electrical safety standards.

0:38:160:38:20

Guy doesn't usually do things by halves, so will Sarah approve?

0:38:200:38:26

-Guy? How you doing?

-Hi, Sarah, how you doing?

-Yeah, very well.

0:38:260:38:29

That's my bucket, isn't it?

0:38:310:38:32

-That's your bucket.

-It's like an Aladdin's cave in here,

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but I can spot that.

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It looks beautiful.

0:38:360:38:38

It looks really good. I think you've done very well.

0:38:380:38:40

-Thank you.

-You've kept on the handles.

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Just a bit of extra detail.

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Yeah, we've just welded a little tab in here

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so it holds it against the wall

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so it just looks like it is half a bucket.

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Lovely finish, as usual, because you didn't have much to work with,

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did you? It wasn't the most decorative thing.

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No. The bucket you picked was a nice older one.

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It had age to it, and when we work our waxes into things,

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then it can transform and make it come alive.

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I'm thinking possibly a restaurant or somewhere like that.

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In a restaurant, it would look really fabulous.

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The bucket lights have put a smile on Sarah's face.

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And, even better, Guy has stuck to the £150 budget.

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150 quid for two, it's great work.

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-Thank you very much.

-I'll tell you where it goes.

-OK, bye-bye.

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It just shows you what you can do with what people throw away.

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This is good for another 150, 200 years.

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And it's different. That's what we like doing - different.

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Well, Guy has done a great job that bucket.

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It's certainly staring a new chapter in its life.

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I just wonder what the end of the story will be?

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Maureen was having a clear out

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and her ancient coal bucket was about to become scrap metal.

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-I love your bucket.

-I've had it donkey's years.

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It belonged to my husband and it might even have been his father's.

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Sarah knew that this bucket had a lot more to give.

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And, in the right hands, could be turned into something saleable.

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Guy had the ingenuity and Steve had the power tools and together...

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..they brought the bucket back to life, and the good news is,

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the wall lights have been sold to the Fountain pub in Edinburgh.

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Manager Bobbi is a big fan.

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I'm so delighted to have these type of lights in our pub.

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They're so unique and different and, of course,

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no-one else is going to have them, so we've got them.

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So, I'm super excited.

0:40:380:40:39

Sarah's in Redhill to find out what Maureen thinks

0:40:410:40:45

of the bucket wall lights.

0:40:450:40:47

-Hello, there.

-Hello, Sarah.

-Maureen, lovely to see you.

-And you.

0:40:480:40:51

-How are you?

-I'm very well, thank you.

0:40:510:40:54

I said I'd come and find you,

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because I loved the look of that pail

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the moment I saw you with it at the recycling centre.

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-You'd had it for quite a while, hadn't you?

-Yes, yes, we had.

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Do you know what we might have done with it?

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I couldn't think of anything that can be done.

0:41:050:41:08

A pail is a pail as far as I was concerned.

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So I'm very interested to see.

0:41:110:41:13

I had a good look at it, but it was a friend of mine called Guy who took

0:41:130:41:17

on the challenge of making something out of it,

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and he specialises in lighting,

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so I've got some pictures here to show you.

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It now looks...

0:41:240:41:25

-..like that.

-Wow!

0:41:250:41:28

That is amazing.

0:41:280:41:29

What he did was slice it down the middle, keep its lovely,

0:41:290:41:32

beautifully worn handle and created a pair of lights out of it,

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so they can either be used as uplighters or downlighters.

0:41:360:41:40

What do you think?

0:41:400:41:42

I'm amazed.

0:41:420:41:43

Now I know that you said that your husband

0:41:430:41:45

was very fond of that bucket. Do you think he would approve of that?

0:41:450:41:48

He didn't like throwing anything away,

0:41:480:41:51

so he would have been so pleased to see it's got a new lease of life.

0:41:510:41:56

I'm so pleased that you think he wouldn't mind us cutting it up.

0:41:560:42:00

It has got a great look,

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and that look that you describe as just a pail is actually something

0:42:020:42:05

that people love in their interiors these days.

0:42:050:42:08

So it wasn't difficult to sell,

0:42:080:42:10

and it's actually gone to a pub in Edinburgh.

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So if you fancy a trip there to see it again, that's where it is,

0:42:120:42:15

and the profit from that is actually £60.

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So that's for you.

0:42:180:42:19

Thank you so much.

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Do you have any idea what you might do with that money?

0:42:210:42:23

Yes, it will go to the Macular Society.

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-OK.

-Because my husband had macular degeneration,

0:42:270:42:30

so it's a very good cause.

0:42:300:42:32

Well, it's always good to know where it's going, and that sounds amazing,

0:42:320:42:35

so, thank you so much for letting me have your charming little pail and,

0:42:350:42:38

if you've got any more, you know where to bring them!

0:42:380:42:40

-Thank you ever so much.

-Thank you.

-Lovely to catch up.

0:42:400:42:43

-Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

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Well, it's not always about the material things.

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It's emotion that we attach to them.

0:42:480:42:50

How sweet, a lovely reaction from Maureen

0:42:500:42:52

and I'm particularly pleased she thinks her husband

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would've been pleased what we did with his old pail.

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The wall lights cost £150 to make and were sold to the pub for £210,

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leaving a £60 profit for Maureen.

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The original oil painting was rescued from being lost for ever.

0:43:120:43:16

The pink armchair has been given a dazzling makeover.

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And the old bucket is now a pair of quirky wall lights.

0:43:220:43:26

So that's three fantastic finds

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that I knew had potential to turn a profit.

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Three items saved and we made some money for nothing.

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Upcycling expert Sarah Moore is using her salvaging expertise at Earlswood Recycling Centre to search for three items that she can clean up and reinvent. A pink armchair needs a complete makeover and upholsterer Simion Hawtin-Smith is ready to take on the challenge, while lighting expert Guy Trench is challenged with finding a new use for a rusty old bucket. Sarah sees value in an unwanted painting, but will she be able to turn out a pocket full of profit?


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