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How are you doing, mate? All right? What's this?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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So what are you doing here? Are you having a jumble sale?

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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'd like to have that one as well.

-Sure. If you want.

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That's why reclamation expert Jay Blades wants to get

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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 transformation.

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I revamp the old into the new, and then 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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I know it might not look like much.

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So, it's in a bit of a state.

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

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But, like, wow.

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..valuable...

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We weren't expecting that.

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Kev, you've done it again, sir.

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

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to the very people who had no idea there was cash to be made

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from their trash.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Thank you so much.

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At the Altrincham recycling centre in Greater Manchester

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the sun is out, the cars are lining up and junk genius Jay Blades

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is ready for a glorious day of rescuing rubbish.

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On a day like today, where would you rather be?

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The beach? For me, it's always the recycling centre.

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Now, there's no sandcastle building here,

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I've got to go digging for some treasure.

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Every wave of visitors sees new things washed ashore

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and Jay is waiting to catch them.

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If you come with something good, I want it.

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Jay has special permission to be here.

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-See you later, mate.

-And he is on the hunt for three items

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with the potential to bring in the bucks.

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Does Lynette have something tucked away in her boot?

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Now that is what I like to see. How are you doing?

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-Hello.

-I'm Jay.

-Nice to meet you.

-So, obviously,

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-you're throwing these away.

-I am going to get rid of them, yes.

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-And what were they used for before, then?

-They were planted-up gardens.

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My mother bought me this one.

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It had ferns and cactus in.

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And this one also somebody gave me, which I planted myself.

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The bottle garden, or terrarium,

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was all the rage in the mid-19th century.

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They were perfect for botanists

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transporting exotic plants on long voyages and, pretty soon,

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everyone wanted one.

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-How would you get to the plant, then?

-You had a little spoon

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and a fork which were attached to long canes to do a little bit

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of weeding, and tidy up the earth, and turn it over,

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-and make it look fresh.

-Really?

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-Yes.

-Wow!

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Hello, there's a nice echo in there.

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-Hello?

-It's a little bit dirty, I'm afraid.

-That's all right.

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-I can handle dirt.

-Right.

-You don't mind if I have these, then?

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No, I'd be very pleased if you have them.

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I'll take them and I love a challenge.

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I don't know exactly what I'm going to do with them now,

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but I will stay in contact with you, if that's all right?

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-I shall look out to see what you do with them.

-Thank you.

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-Nice to have met you.

-Likewise.

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Jay is up and running with a couple of old glass bottles.

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But what does Lynette think could be done with them?

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I have no idea what he'll do with them, maybe make some lighting,

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perhaps he'll have a go at making a garden himself.

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Indoor garden vases, would you believe it?

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Now, these are a real gem to find

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and I think these are hand-blown, just looking at the detail on here.

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So, it would have been criminal of me to allow these

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to go into the skip. There's definitely money to be made here.

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And Jay knows exactly where to send them.

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Husband and wife team Katy and Richard not only have

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love for one another, but they're sharing it with the world.

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Their passion is to turn unused and unloved items into high-end,

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modern interiors that can brighten up any home.

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I do have a tendency to go quite crazy and maybe a little bit

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crazier than you, would that be fair to say?

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And you're good at reining me in.

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Our skills are sort of complementary, I think, as well,

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rather than overlap, so we don't tread on each other's toes.

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It's very egalitarian as long as he does what I tell him to do.

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-It's all right, it works well, yeah.

-She's in charge.

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What will these two crafty creatives conjure up with Jay's bottles?

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With one item in the bag, Jay is on the lookout for two more.

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Hard-core trash into hard, cold cash, that's my game.

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Sarah's busy unloading her car.

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Has Jay spotted a potential money-maker?

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-Hello, how are we doing?

-Hi, how are you?

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-Very good, I'm Jay.

-I'm Sarah, pleased to meet you.

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Likewise. So, obviously, someone's been doing some flooring.

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We have, my husband has, yes.

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And is this solid stuff?

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It is, yes, solid oak.

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Cool. So how long have you had this?

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I've had it for about five years sat in the garage.

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This has been sat in the garage for five years?

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So your husband is obviously good at what he does

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-cos he hasn't got a lot of offcuts.

-Yeah, don't tell him that.

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Why not? He's good. He's done a good job.

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-If it's all right with you, can I take these?

-Course you can, yeah.

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-Help yourself, that's fine.

-All right.

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What are you going to make with them?

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To tell you the truth, I don't know just yet, but I'm going to

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-let you know.

-Good.

-And I'll come back and show you what I've made.

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-Is that all right?

-Excellent, I'd like that.

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Jay's not sure what this flooring could become.

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Does Sarah have any helpful suggestions?

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I've no idea what he's going to do with them but I love the idea of

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recycling everybody's old waste.

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It's a lovely wood, actually, and they're pristine,

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they've never been used before,

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so I'm sure he'll make something gorgeous.

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This is a great find and, in the right hands,

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this will turn us a nice profit.

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Jay needs a wizard with wood,

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someone who's fantastic with flooring.

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Luckily, he knows two people who fit the bill.

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Meet Josh and his best pal Oli.

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These dedicated designers have a passion for turning unwanted waste

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into must-have items.

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I think we just really like natural, raw materials.

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And we kind of combine those with clean, crisp design.

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I think the main thing that we really love doing is coming into the

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workshop and starting on something new, just having the freedom

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to design something and then see it through to a finished product.

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Jay's hoping Josh and Oli

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are just the team to transform his offcuts of oak flooring.

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With two items saved from the skip,

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Jay's in search of a little something he can work on himself.

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-All right?

-Yeah.

-Good on you.

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And Mel has arrived with a boot full of potential loot.

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Just the thing, I could do with a lie down.

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-Hello.

-How are you doing?

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I'm good. So, what's the story behind this?

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-This is nice.

-A neighbour moved out, didn't want it,

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asked me if I could get rid of it.

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-I said, "Go on, I'll find a home for it."

-Right.

-But I couldn't.

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-And here you are.

-It's now going to the tip.

-Right.

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So how long have you had it, then?

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Oh, probably about three months, four months.

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Oh, right. It's so sturdy for something like this to be outside.

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Normally, the rain would get to it, the weather.

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It is flaking a little bit down here.

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But that's nothing really, that's nothing.

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I've never seen anything like it and it's so cool.

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-It's still workable.

-Oh, yeah.

-Have you sat in it?

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Yeah, but it's very difficult getting up out of it.

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-Is it?

-I've got wonky knees.

-Let me have a go, let me have a go.

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Oh, cor blimey. Oh, what?

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-Now that...

-That's comfortable?

-That is comfortable.

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Oh, it is comfortable.

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Oh, here we go. Jay?

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Jay?

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Sorry, Mel.

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-All right, so you don't mind if I take this, then?

-No, you can have it

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-with pleasure, mate.

-You've made my day, sir, thank you.

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This lounger won't be lounging around Mel's garden any longer.

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Is he sorry to see it go?

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It's an unusual shape but I couldn't take to it, I didn't like it.

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This is just so comfortable. I don't want to get out of it.

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But if I want to turn this into a profit, I'm going to have to.

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But, don't worry, I know exactly what this needs.

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The bamboo lounger completes today's sweep of the recycling centre.

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It's Katy and Richard's job to come up with something smashing

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from the big glass bottles.

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Can Josh and Oli put their distinctive stamp

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on the oak flooring?

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And will Jay lavish some love on the bamboo lounger?

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Now, I'm shattered after all that searching but, I tell you what,

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I'm also happy because I found three amazing items

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that are going to make brilliant transformations.

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The glass bottles have been delivered

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to Katy and Richard in their studio in South Wales.

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They've had a chance to look over the goods

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and consider their options.

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Well, we've got some quite nice ideas

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but I'd be interested to know what Jay thinks,

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whether he's already hatched a plan.

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PHONE RINGS

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Right on cue, Jay's ringing to chat through ideas.

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So what do you think of them? They're big, ain't they?

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-They are beautiful.

-Yeah, they are really lovely,

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I can't believe somebody was going to chuck them out.

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Well, the idea that I had was basically to turn them

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into what they was originally and put like a garden thing

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inside as well, but you guys are the creative ones.

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Well, I actually had a lighting idea, so moving away

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from the terrarium idea, which is lovely because

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that's what they would have been used for.

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I think it would be nice to actually make them into some really dramatic

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table or floor lamps.

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OK, that sounds cool.

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I'd like to use quite high-end fabric cables, really nice, big,

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heavy chrome fittings and then make some big conical shades using really

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-colourful fabric.

-That all sounds good,

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but normally when you have a high-end fabric cable

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and a high-end lampshade, it's going to come at a price,

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so what's the budget that I've got to set aside for these?

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For materials and work, we could get these done for 100 each.

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I tell you what, if I was there, I would give you both a hug right now.

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-Take care now.

-OK.

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-See you soon.

-All the best.

-Cheers, now, bye.

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The budget is set and everyone's happy.

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A purr-fect conclusion.

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He liked what we had in mind.

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-We convinced him, didn't we?

-We'll bring him around.

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-We'll bring him around.

-And if all else fails,

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we can just give him a nice, big hug.

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The bottles are to be turned into table lamps,

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but with all those fancy fittings and fabrics,

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let's hope Katy and Richard can stick to their £200 budget.

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The South Downs National Park

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contains some of the most ancient woodland in the country,

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a fitting place for Jay to bring his oak offcuts.

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Thankfully, it's also where he'll find Josh and Oli.

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He normally brings us some pretty good stuff, doesn't he?

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Yeah, he's probably got a bit of an idea of something

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-that can be done with it.

-Yeah, let's hope so.

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I'm here in Chichester to see Josh and Oli and I've got some

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lovely oak floorboards that I know is going to set them

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a bit of a challenge. Let's get these inside.

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-How are you doing, lads?

-All right, Jay?

-All right?

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-Yeah, I'm good. How are you doing?

-I'm very good actually.

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I'm even better now that I'm here.

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What I've got for you are floorboards.

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I know you don't normally work with floorboards,

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I know that's not your bag,

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but I thought if anybody could do something creative with these,

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it's got to be you lot. So the idea I had was kind of like making

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-a little table.

-We could do a table, couldn't we?

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-They would be nice as a table top.

-So that was a good idea, then?

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I reckon it's not a bad idea, Jay.

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Thank you very much, sir.

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You smooth talker, Josh.

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I'm just thinking it depends how much you want to spend.

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Oh, he said the magic word, how much do I want to spend?

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Right, I don't want to go too overboard,

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so if I leave you with a budget of...

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..let's say 120?

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Yeah, it might just be a little bit difficult on the budget.

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Making a table is always going to cost a bit more.

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Oh, dear, sounds expensive.

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OK, be kind to me, even if you come up with...

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..a better idea that is cheaper, that would be good.

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Well, as soon as I saw these, I was thinking they could be

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little serving boards. You put your coffee or whatever on there.

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We would put a little hole in or even a bit of leather on there,

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so you've got a little...

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-Then it's a bit of a wall feature as well.

-I think I like

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the sound of that. I do. All right.

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-How much are we talking?

-Well, maybe, like...

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-..a tenner for each of those?

-OK, cool.

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Right, the table has been shelved in favour of some serving boards.

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Job done, we can all go home.

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Yeah?

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I'm kind of thinking as well...

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Hang on.

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Josh isn't finished yet.

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They are tongue and grooved floorboards,

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they fit nicely together.

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-Yeah, they do.

-Could this be like the base to a little tray,

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or something like that, as well?

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You know, you could fit your small stuff on there and, then,

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if you had some bigger teapot, or, like, a load of mugs to bring over

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as well, you could have a couple of little trays to take that stuff.

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-I like the idea.

-So, sell it all to a cafe.

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So it's all as, like, a collection?

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Yeah, it's like a kit. A serving kit.

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Hold on, you've added something else,

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so is that going to add on to me budget?

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Why don't we say, like, 20 quid for a tray as well, then?

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Eight of these and then two trays?

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That's 120!

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Shake. Oli, Josh, we've shook on it.

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It's a deal.

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Once they're done and dusted, let me know and then I'll come back.

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-Take care.

-See you later.

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Jay scarpers before the boys have a chance to change their mind...again.

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Obviously we just kind of said, "Yeah, we'll make a trade,"

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but we've yet to really think that through so...

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Yeah, that'll take a little bit of working out

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but I'm sure we'll able to figure something out.

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The lads have promised Jay eight serving platters

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and a couple of trays out of just a few offcuts -

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and all for £120.

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This could be interesting.

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Jay is taking the lounger back to his workshop in Wolverhampton.

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Let's hope he's not planning to have a snooze in the back room.

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Now, this is a gorgeous sun lounger.

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I'm just going to give it a little bit of a spruce up.

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So adding some paint and a bit of colour,

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also I'm going to make a little cushion for the headrest up there,

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cos I'm not that great at stitching,

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I don't have a sewing machine, so I'm going to give it a go.

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That's the spirit, Jay!

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First job of the day is to sand down the frame.

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Once the sanding's done, the frame is ready to paint.

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Jay is using masking tape to protect the slats.

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So, what's come to mind is a little motto.

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Five Ps -

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which is, "Perfect preparation prevents poor performance."

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So I'm preparing this piece of furniture

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so I don't have a poor performance.

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The next bit is potentially perilous.

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With a scalpel, Jay is tidying up the taped areas.

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Mind those fingers!

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I do feel like a surgeon,

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and I can understand what kind of pressure they go through.

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Because every cut I'm thinking about, "Is it going to be good?

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"Where are my fingers? Am I going to stab myself?"

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I don't think that is what surgeons worry about, Jay.

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That's perfect.

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Fingers intact, Jay is adding a coat of black lacquer to the frame.

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I know what you're thinking -

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no, I'm not going to paint the whole thing with this little paintbrush.

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Jay finishes off the painting and leaves the frame to dry,

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turning his attention to the tricky bit -

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making the cushion.

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I've only ever made one cushion in my entire life,

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so this could go horribly wrong.

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So, fingers crossed, eh?

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You can't make a cushion without fabric,

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so Jay has sourced this striking material from his local market.

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This is what I want to use - look at that!

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It's nice, isn't it?

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Next up, measuring and cutting.

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That's interesting.

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52 that way...

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..and 28 that way.

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Now, you've got to leave a certain amount for your seams.

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I don't know what that amount is,

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but I know you've got to leave a bit.

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This is the moment. I am feeling confident.

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I've got the...shears out, and now let's cut!

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Let's go for it!

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Look at that concentration!

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That's confident cutting right there.

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If you've got the fabric folded over, don't cut through it.

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Oops! His cutting may be slightly off...

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..but Jay knows his sewing will need to be bang on...

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..and with so much at stake,

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he's had a brand-new sewing machine delivered.

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Now, what I'm trying to do is figure out how to thread...

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..my bobbin.

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I know this sits on there.

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I'll give it a go, see what happens.

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I can't...!

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I can't find the end.

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It's not very secure.

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I didn't suss, this comes up.

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This is the smallest hole in the world!

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Yes! I did it!

0:19:080:19:10

Jay celebrates one small victory at a time -

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but progress is painfully slow.

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That's not bad, is it? Truthfully, this could take a little while.

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You read my mind.

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Jay has spent £10 on paint, material and sanding pads.

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Let's hope wrestling with the sewing machine

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doesn't cause Jay's project to unravel.

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In South Wales,

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Katy and Richard have been busy

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planning how to turn the glass bottles

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into big and bold table lamps.

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They've got them all cleaned up - so what's next?

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Now they're all lovely, spick-and-span and shiny,

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they're ready to go.

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We have had some holes drilled down here.

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We get that done off-site because it quite a tricky job,

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and we're going to run beautiful coloured fabric cable through these.

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The bottles are certainly gleaming, but table lamps require lampshades,

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and lampshades require just the right proportions.

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-So that's perfect, width wise, isn't it?

-Yeah, that'll be lovely.

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And I think, height wise...

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Yeah, maybe you're a bit taller than me, just a bit.

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-About there?

-Yeah.

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Two hoops hanging in midair is all very well and good,

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but, to get a better idea, they're going to knock up a mock up.

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So...

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Once the lampshade is made,

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it's almost impossible to start messing around

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with its size and shape.

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-It's a bit fiddly, but with Richard's help...

-Yeah.

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-I'll come in.

-..we'll get it going.

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To save on material, a quick paper shade helps them see what's working.

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Feel like I'm on Blue Peter.

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I bet you wish you'd made one earlier!

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This is one of my cheaper shades.

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-OK.

-So, the width's bang on, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Just the height.

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It is too tall.

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So, ten centimetres - one, two, three, four, five squares.

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They've got the height sorted

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and they're happy that they can nail the right shape

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when it comes to the real thing.

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Next it's time to think fabric.

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Right, then, let's have a look.

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-So what are you thinking?

-This is the fun bit.

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You promised Jay some fabulous fabrics, so let's see what you got.

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Something like this is going to be too small and busy.

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That's really big and bold, nice colours.

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Oh, I love this fabric.

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Yeah, that's great.

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How about this - it's got a bigger pattern on it?

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That is beautiful.

0:21:530:21:54

After a good old rummage in the fabric basket,

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two favourites have emerged, and now it's down to business.

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The material has to be stiffened with plastic backing

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before it can be fixed onto metal hoops.

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Well, this is a bit where it's a bit heart in the mouth,

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-because...

-Yeah.

-..A, the fabric's got quite a regimented pattern,

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so if you go skewwhiff

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and it carries ongoing skewwhiff when you roll the lampshade, then...

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..it's going to be all over the place,

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it's not going to look professional.

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Also, if there's going to... Yeah,

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you have to really check for bits of dust that get caught up,

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because they are going to be sandwiched...

0:22:310:22:34

So, I can feel some on there already.

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Richard has measured and cut a length of self-adhesive laminate

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which provides just enough rigidity.

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It's going to adhere to the fabric, which is great -

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but also a bit scary, because once it sticks, it sticks.

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You peel it off and then it loses its stickability.

0:22:520:22:56

So, Katy, what you're saying is you'd better get it right.

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Oh, this is tense.

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You do get through a lot of fabric if you...

0:23:020:23:06

..mess up.

0:23:070:23:08

There are plenty of bumps to smooth out on this project

0:23:090:23:12

before it's completed.

0:23:120:23:13

We'd better leave these two to concentrate.

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Back in Chichester, Josh and Oli are talking trays,

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and planning platters.

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I thought it might be cool if it was almost like a hexagon type shape.

0:23:260:23:29

Yeah, I kind of thought it would be nice to do a hexagon tray, as well.

0:23:290:23:32

-Yeah.

-Maybe we could tie the two in.

0:23:320:23:34

I love a good, like, geometric shape

0:23:350:23:38

but I probably should have paid more attention in maths class because,

0:23:380:23:42

like, working out how to do it all,

0:23:420:23:43

it's just quite complicated.

0:23:430:23:45

Or, I find complicated, anyway, in my simple little mind.

0:23:450:23:47

So...

0:23:480:23:50

It's only six sides, Josh.

0:23:500:23:52

It can't be that hard.

0:23:530:23:55

These bits might be a bit small.

0:23:550:23:57

Not much of a tray.

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Mm, back to the drawing tray...

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..I mean board.

0:24:030:24:04

HE WHISTLES

0:24:040:24:06

Meanwhile, Oli's doing some of his own experimenting

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on a spare length of wood.

0:24:100:24:11

The little leather hoop,

0:24:110:24:13

I might secure it with a brass piece -

0:24:130:24:16

but I'm not sure...

0:24:160:24:18

..if I'm going to be able to do that.

0:24:180:24:20

With Oli struggling to make his platters work

0:24:210:24:25

and Josh making tiny trays,

0:24:250:24:27

it's time to reshuffle their limited resources.

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All it will mean is we'll have six serving platters

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that will be that kind of size,

0:24:340:24:36

-and then two of them will be this kind of size...

-Mm.

0:24:360:24:39

..and we think that's probably the better compromise

0:24:390:24:41

than making Josh's trays too small.

0:24:410:24:44

It's probably more useful to have a slightly bigger tray

0:24:440:24:47

-and a slightly smaller serving board, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:24:470:24:50

Decision made.

0:24:500:24:51

There are lots of safety considerations

0:24:510:24:54

when thinking about allowing recycled wood to be used with food.

0:24:540:24:58

If you're in doubt,

0:24:580:24:59

make sure the food doesn't make direct contact with the board.

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Always make sure you know what the safety requirements are,

0:25:030:25:06

and if in doubt, leave it to a professional.

0:25:060:25:09

What do you think of those angles?

0:25:090:25:11

Over on the tray side of the workshop,

0:25:120:25:15

Josh is employing more modest technology.

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Nice sort of tight joint there now, so that'll glue up a lot stronger.

0:25:180:25:21

I knew this would come to a sticky end. Oh, dear.

0:25:230:25:26

You don't want this falling apart

0:25:260:25:27

while you're delivering a nice hot cup of tea -

0:25:270:25:30

that would be terrible.

0:25:300:25:31

The glue needs to be set hard

0:25:330:25:34

before Josh thinks about cutting and planing,

0:25:340:25:38

so it's 24 hours in the clamps for these fellas.

0:25:380:25:41

Meanwhile, Oli has cut notches into his serving platters,

0:25:430:25:47

but he really needs the leather hanging hooks to fit.

0:25:470:25:50

It's tight!

0:25:500:25:52

With some work still to do,

0:25:550:25:57

will Oli manage to create platters that matter?

0:25:570:26:00

And can Josh make his trays tray-mendous?

0:26:000:26:03

In Wolverhampton...

0:26:090:26:10

..Jay's been engaged in an epic battle between man and...

0:26:100:26:15

..sewing machine.

0:26:150:26:16

His plan to create a cushion for this bamboo lounger

0:26:180:26:21

was in danger of falling apart at the seams.

0:26:210:26:25

Has his novice needlework risen to the challenge?

0:26:250:26:29

I like creating something special and unique.

0:26:290:26:32

I think I've definitely done it here.

0:26:320:26:34

Before, the lounger was grey, lifeless - anonymous, even.

0:26:360:26:41

But now...

0:26:420:26:43

..Jay's given it real personality with a bright new look.

0:26:470:26:51

He's spruced up this seat with a splash of colour.

0:26:540:26:58

The bright orange ties and the blue stripe

0:26:580:27:01

contrast with the rich black frame -

0:27:010:27:04

and Jay has conquered the sewing machine,

0:27:040:27:06

producing a plump floral cushion.

0:27:060:27:09

Now, there was nothing wrong with this one -

0:27:090:27:11

basically all it needed was a sprucing up, which I've done,

0:27:110:27:14

added a bit of colour - I think I've done that - and comfortability.

0:27:140:27:18

It's a winner!

0:27:190:27:20

When this lounger turned up at the tip, Mel didn't see a bright future.

0:27:230:27:29

What's the story behind this?

0:27:290:27:30

It's a neighbour moved out, didn't want it,

0:27:300:27:32

asked me if I could get rid of it.

0:27:320:27:34

I said, "Go on, I'll find a home for it."

0:27:340:27:36

-And here you are.

-It's now going to the tip.

0:27:360:27:38

And he was quite happy to see it go.

0:27:390:27:42

I couldn't take to it - I didn't like it!

0:27:420:27:44

Jay wasn't going to let it go to waste,

0:27:440:27:47

and with a quirky paint job and home-made cushion

0:27:470:27:50

has transformed it from dingy to desirable...

0:27:500:27:54

..and, after sharing a few pictures online...

0:27:560:27:59

..Jay found a buyer.

0:27:590:28:01

Now he's back in Altrincham to show Mel the fruits of his labour.

0:28:020:28:06

-Hello, mate.

-Hello, mate.

-How are we doing?

0:28:100:28:12

-Not so bad, our kid. Not so bad.

-You all right?

-Yeah.

-Good!

0:28:120:28:14

So far so good, still alive!

0:28:140:28:15

That's the main thing! So, do you remember the lounger

0:28:150:28:18

-that you brought along to the recycling centre?

-Certainly did.

0:28:180:28:20

So that wasn't yours, if I remember rightly.

0:28:200:28:22

No, it came from next door.

0:28:220:28:24

OK, and they didn't want it any more?

0:28:240:28:26

No, he moved - he was only in for 12 months

0:28:260:28:27

and didn't want to take his rubbish.

0:28:270:28:29

I got some bags of sand if you want some of them!

0:28:290:28:31

No, that's all right, you can keep the sand.

0:28:310:28:33

What I've done is I took the project myself

0:28:330:28:35

-and I turned it into...

-Be interesting.

0:28:350:28:37

So that's what it looked like before.

0:28:370:28:39

-I'll just put these on.

-Yes, you certainly need the glasses!

0:28:390:28:41

-Yes, that's right.

-That's it.

0:28:410:28:43

-Oh, nice.

-I made a headrest for it.

0:28:440:28:46

-Yeah.

-And all I've done, really, is painted that bit blue,

0:28:460:28:51

and the whole frame, just kind of gave it a spruce up

0:28:510:28:53

-because it was a bit flaking off, some of the black...

-Yeah.

0:28:530:28:56

-..and then made a pillowcase for it.

-It looks good.

0:28:560:28:59

-It's done all right, yeah!

-I quite like it now -

0:28:590:29:01

but I haven't... I need a bigger room to put it in.

0:29:010:29:03

-No, you need a big garden, actually.

-Yeah.

0:29:030:29:05

I'm glad to see someone would make use of that,

0:29:050:29:07

cos it would be a shame to throw it, but it was no good to me.

0:29:070:29:11

-Someone has bought this.

-Yeah.

-And...

0:29:110:29:15

I'm pleased to tell you that I was able to sell that

0:29:150:29:18

and I got for you a bit of money, £90...

0:29:180:29:22

-Oh, nice!

-..profit for you.

0:29:220:29:24

Wow!

0:29:240:29:25

That's a surprise, my friend.

0:29:250:29:26

-That's a surprise.

-What are you going to do with that, then?

0:29:260:29:29

-Little weekend in Wales.

-Oh, right.

-In the van.

0:29:290:29:31

-Two nights will cost 60 quid, I should think.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:29:310:29:34

30 quid, there, will do for a few drinks.

0:29:340:29:35

-Oh, well, brilliant.

-Cheers, mate.

0:29:350:29:37

-That's brill.

-Mel, it's been a pleasure.

0:29:370:29:39

-Thank you very much.

-All right?

0:29:390:29:40

-Cheers.

-See you soon.

-Yeah, be good.

-All right, take care!

0:29:400:29:42

That little bit of paint and brush up on it,

0:29:430:29:46

it's actually made it into something special.

0:29:460:29:48

It looks good.

0:29:480:29:50

Mel seemed happy with the transformation,

0:29:510:29:54

even though I didn't do much to it.

0:29:540:29:55

Now, what he's going to do with the profit

0:29:550:29:57

is take him and the missus away for a lovely weekend in Wales.

0:29:570:30:00

Only thing is he didn't invite me!

0:30:000:30:02

Better luck next time!

0:30:020:30:03

With Jay only spending £10,

0:30:050:30:07

a sale of £100 leaves Mel with a cracking £90 profit.

0:30:070:30:12

Jay's in South Wales to catch up with Katy and Richard.

0:30:180:30:22

They've been busy turning the glass bottles into funky table lamps.

0:30:220:30:27

-They're really beautiful objects, you know?

-Yeah.

0:30:270:30:29

It's always nice to get something

0:30:290:30:31

that feels like it's had a bit of a life.

0:30:310:30:33

They said to me they was going to turn them into statement pieces.

0:30:340:30:37

Let's go and see how they got on.

0:30:370:30:38

Before, these bottles were caked in years of dried-in dirt -

0:30:410:30:47

but with a good clean and a generous sprinkle of creative flair...

0:30:470:30:51

..they've been transformed from grubby glass gardens

0:30:540:30:58

into modern and stylish table lamps.

0:30:580:31:01

Each shade is dressed in botanical themed fabric,

0:31:020:31:06

and the conical shape complements the curves of the bottles.

0:31:060:31:10

With the pink shade in cotton and the green in linen,

0:31:120:31:15

the two lamps are individual pieces that also work well as a pair.

0:31:150:31:20

The lamps are finished off neatly

0:31:210:31:23

with coloured cloth flex and chrome fittings,

0:31:230:31:26

and, of course, they've been PAT tested

0:31:260:31:28

and comply with all UK electrical safety standards.

0:31:280:31:32

Jay was looking for standout pieces.

0:31:320:31:35

Have Katy and Richard delivered?

0:31:350:31:37

-Hello, hello.

-How are we doing?

-Yeah, very well.

0:31:370:31:40

-Nice to see you.

-That's good, that's good.

-Likewise.

0:31:400:31:42

Nice to see you.

0:31:420:31:43

-I'm not too sure.

-Aah!

0:31:450:31:47

I'm only joking.

0:31:470:31:48

It's gorgeous.

0:31:480:31:50

You know they're gorgeous.

0:31:500:31:51

-Thank you.

-You said to me you going to do statement.

-Yeah.

0:31:510:31:53

You were going to give me a statement piece, now look at that!

0:31:530:31:57

That is...definitely a statement piece, this is...

0:31:570:32:00

-How did you clean them?

-It's not alchemy.

0:32:000:32:02

Look, this is a cowboy cleaner,

0:32:020:32:04

and what you do is you attach it to a drill, feed it into the bottle

0:32:040:32:09

and then, as the drill goes round, these spin out.

0:32:090:32:12

It's a bit like a car wash.

0:32:120:32:14

That's a handy bottle cleaning tip -

0:32:140:32:17

but I'm a bit confused.

0:32:170:32:19

Wasn't there a blue lampshade in the original plan?

0:32:190:32:22

We originally made a different shade for this one, didn't we?

0:32:220:32:25

-We did - but we felt the previous shade was a cylinder...

-OK.

0:32:250:32:29

..and it was...it was a design that felt

0:32:290:32:31

sort of maybe of a slightly different era

0:32:310:32:33

so we thought what's nice about these

0:32:330:32:35

is they're kind of different in look,

0:32:350:32:37

but you've still got the leaf pattern going on -

0:32:370:32:39

and they could work together as a pair.

0:32:390:32:41

What I want to know is how you guys did on the budget,

0:32:410:32:43

because I set you £100 per vase, so that's £200.

0:32:430:32:47

-How did we do?

-Yes.

0:32:470:32:49

-Totally on the nose.

-So all of this.

0:32:490:32:52

I've got the lampshade, a clean vase...

0:32:520:32:54

-..wire with a plug that works...

-Yeah.

0:32:540:32:56

..and hold on, have I got... is there a light bulb?

0:32:560:32:59

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Look. Not just any light bulb.

0:32:590:33:02

-Wow!

-So we got hold of these beautiful...

0:33:040:33:06

..light bulbs that... work superbly.

0:33:070:33:10

Even without the shades, they are pretty stunning.

0:33:100:33:13

That is pretty stunning. Even just by itself.

0:33:130:33:15

-Look at that!

-Yeah.

-That is a light bulb.

0:33:150:33:17

Big lamp, big bulb.

0:33:170:33:18

-Tell me about it!

-All works.

0:33:180:33:20

So I get all of this for £100 each?

0:33:200:33:23

-You do.

-You do.

-Yeah.

0:33:230:33:25

-Thank you.

-Our pleasure.

0:33:250:33:26

-I'm going to have to kiss your missus, though.

-Aww, mwah.

0:33:260:33:29

-Thank you.

-No hug?

0:33:290:33:30

No, no, you're all right!

0:33:300:33:32

-I got my light bulb, I don't need a hug.

-Oh.

0:33:320:33:35

So, I'm going to love you and leave you,

0:33:350:33:37

I'll get someone to pick them up.

0:33:370:33:39

-All right.

-Cheers.

-Take care. Bye-bye.

0:33:390:33:41

Katy and Richard have done a brilliant job

0:33:420:33:43

of cleaning up those two dirty vases -

0:33:430:33:46

and they've given me not one but two statement pieces.

0:33:460:33:49

Now all I've got to do is sell them at the right price.

0:33:490:33:52

No pressure!

0:33:520:33:53

When Lynette came to the tip to ditch her old glass bottles,

0:33:590:34:03

Jay was quick to pounce.

0:34:030:34:05

-Hello.

-I'm Jay.

-Nice to meet you.

0:34:050:34:07

You don't mind if I have these, then?

0:34:070:34:08

No, I would be very pleased if you have them.

0:34:080:34:11

Lynette hoped for a green-fingered makeover...

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Perhaps he'll even have a go at making a garden himself.

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..but it was with a flourish of fabric

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that Katy and Richard created two impressive table lamps.

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The lamps were put up for sale online and sold to a private buyer.

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Now Jay's in Timperley to show Lynette how the makeover ended up.

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-Hello!

-Hello, Jay!

-How are you doing?

0:34:360:34:38

I'm fine, thank you very much.

0:34:380:34:40

-How are you?

-I'm very good, actually.

-Good!

0:34:400:34:43

So do you remember the bowls, the glass bowls?

0:34:430:34:45

-I do, Jay, yes.

-You brought those down to the recycling centre.

0:34:450:34:47

-How long did you have those?

-For about 30 years.

-30 years!

0:34:470:34:51

-Yes.

-So why was you getting rid of them, then,

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-because there was nothing wrong with them?

-No, there wasn't,

0:34:530:34:55

but I seemed to be moving them

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from one spot to the other spot in the garden

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and I couldn't decide what to do with them

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-so I decided it was time for them to go.

-Time to go.

-Yes.

0:35:010:35:04

Well, I took them to a couple called Humblesticks,

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and basically they turned your glass bowls into...

0:35:070:35:11

-Are you ready for this?

-I am.

0:35:110:35:12

-Put the glasses on!

-Go on.

-All right!

0:35:120:35:15

-..into lamps.

-Oh, beautiful!

0:35:150:35:17

-Oh, they're so clean! They're lovely!

-You like that do you?

0:35:170:35:20

That's gorgeous, lovely!

0:35:200:35:22

-They've got the wire dangling through the middle...

-That's lovely.

0:35:220:35:25

..and then you've got the plug on the end so you can plug it in,

0:35:250:35:28

turn it on, and then it lights up with this beautiful lampshade.

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The shades are beautiful.

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And I'm pleased to tell you that we was able to sell them...

0:35:330:35:36

Oh, even better!

0:35:360:35:38

..and, for you, I have £325.

0:35:380:35:41

I'm shocked! Jay, I'm shocked!

0:35:410:35:44

-That is all yours.

-I can't believe it!

-Yeah!

0:35:440:35:47

Thank you so much!

0:35:470:35:49

What are you going to do with the money?

0:35:490:35:51

-I'm going to take my mum for afternoon tea.

-Oh, bless you.

0:35:510:35:55

-Yes, I am.

-That's nice.

-I'm... I'm shocked.

-Are you shocked?!

0:35:550:35:58

I am so shocked! I don't know what to say.

0:35:580:36:01

-Thank you so much.

-Oh, bless you.

-That's so kind.

0:36:010:36:04

Well, that's good, you're going to take Mum out for an afternoon tea.

0:36:040:36:07

-I am, yes.

-It's a pity I can't join you.

0:36:070:36:09

-It is. I wish you could.

-Oh, bless you.

-Thank you so much.

0:36:090:36:12

-I'm going to be off.

-Bye-bye, now.

-Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

0:36:120:36:15

It's fair to say that Lynette was gobsmacked

0:36:180:36:20

that we managed to turn her dirty old pots into a nice clean profit.

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Now, the look on her face is what this job's all about.

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It cost £200 to turn the bottles in two lamps.

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They sold for an impressive £525,

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giving Lynette a whopping profit of £325.

0:36:370:36:41

Lovely!

0:36:420:36:44

Jay is back in Sussex to see what has become of the oak flooring.

0:36:500:36:56

Hopefully they've given me some serving platters,

0:36:560:36:58

maybe with a tray or two,

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cos I'm feeling quite peckish. Let's go and take a look.

0:36:590:37:02

Oli's been working a little too hard recently,

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and he's in bed with a bad back, so Josh is flying solo today.

0:37:080:37:13

I think he's going to be really surprised

0:37:130:37:15

at what we've done with the floorboards,

0:37:150:37:16

and I think we're both, like, really pleased at how they came out so...

0:37:160:37:20

Yeah, looking forward to it.

0:37:200:37:22

With limited boards at their disposal, and ten pieces to deliver,

0:37:250:37:29

not only did Josh and Oli have to be creative,

0:37:290:37:32

they had to be careful, too...

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..and it looks as if they haven't disappointed.

0:37:390:37:42

Oli's hexagonal platters have been planed and treated with wood oil

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to bring out the natural warmth of the grain.

0:37:470:37:49

Each leather hoop fits snugly into its slot -

0:37:510:37:55

but, for extra peace of mind, has been secured with a brass rod.

0:37:550:37:59

Josh's two trays have been finished off with oak strips

0:38:010:38:04

that were lying around in the workshop.

0:38:040:38:07

They've been stained black to contrast nicely with the tray base.

0:38:070:38:12

The only question now is...

0:38:120:38:14

..will Jay be impressed?

0:38:140:38:16

-Hello, mate.

-Look at that!

0:38:160:38:18

-Yeah.

-Cool! You good?

0:38:180:38:20

-Yeah, I'm good. How are you?

-I'm very good. I'm even better, now.

0:38:200:38:23

Look at this, man! Is this my floorboards?

0:38:230:38:26

-Really?!

-Floorboards, yeah.

0:38:260:38:27

Look at that, man! I want one of these.

0:38:270:38:30

It's just a floorboard, but you wouldn't think that, would you?

0:38:300:38:33

That looks stylishly cool.

0:38:330:38:34

Nice one, man, cheers. Yeah, they came out really well.

0:38:340:38:37

And then the trays...

0:38:370:38:38

Come on! That just looks cool like...as it is.

0:38:390:38:41

-Look at that!

-Yeah, we were saying

0:38:410:38:43

that they could almost be little picture frames

0:38:430:38:45

or something like that.

0:38:450:38:46

The platters and trays are a big hit with Jay -

0:38:480:38:51

but there's still one thing left to discuss.

0:38:510:38:54

So how did we do on the budget, then?

0:38:540:38:56

Yeah, the budget was pretty tight, I think.

0:38:560:38:58

We're going to stick to the budget that we agreed, but...

0:38:580:39:01

-Yeah...

-That's 120?

-Yeah, that was a bit tight for us, yeah.

0:39:010:39:03

-120 for all of this?

-Yeah, yeah, you got a bargain.

0:39:030:39:06

That's a deal. I've got more than a bargain!

0:39:060:39:07

I think I've got a steal.

0:39:070:39:09

-I'm going to be out of here before you change your mind.

-Yeah!

0:39:090:39:11

Oopsie-daisy.

0:39:110:39:13

They're all mine! I've gone!

0:39:130:39:14

See you later!

0:39:140:39:16

Two things. That is a steal and they're just so beautiful!

0:39:170:39:21

These guys have an ability to make wood look sexy.

0:39:210:39:25

Now all I've got to do is sell them.

0:39:250:39:27

Sarah was having a garage clear-out,

0:39:330:39:35

and her left-over oak flooring was getting the heave-ho.

0:39:350:39:39

So how long have you had this?

0:39:390:39:41

We had it for about five years sat in the garage.

0:39:410:39:43

Sat in the garage for five years?

0:39:430:39:44

For Jay, it goes against the grain to throw out such useful material.

0:39:440:39:49

If it's all right with you, can I take these?

0:39:490:39:51

-Course you can, yes.

-Yeah?

0:39:510:39:52

So he passed the wood on to Josh and Oli,

0:39:520:39:55

who after a bit of magic...

0:39:550:39:57

..came up with an elegant collection of trays and serving platters...

0:39:580:40:03

..and it was Margate cafe owner Jean who just had to have them.

0:40:060:40:11

They're fantastic - and they're going to be really nice

0:40:110:40:13

in terms of nothing slipping off them.

0:40:130:40:15

So I'm looking forward to using them.

0:40:150:40:17

Now Jay's catching up with Sarah

0:40:190:40:21

to show her what became of her cast-off flooring.

0:40:210:40:25

-Hello.

-Hello! How are you?

0:40:250:40:27

-I'm very good, how are you?

-Nice to see you again.

0:40:270:40:29

-Likewise.

-Fine, thank you.

0:40:290:40:31

So, do you remember the floorboards

0:40:310:40:32

-that you brought up to the recycling centre?

-I do.

0:40:320:40:35

-How long did you have them for?

-Oh... Four years, five years.

0:40:350:40:38

And was it from this house, then?

0:40:380:40:39

Yes, yeah, from the floor in here.

0:40:390:40:41

Oh, OK. So why was you throwing them away, then?

0:40:410:40:44

-I think we bought too many, actually.

-As we all do.

-Yes.

0:40:440:40:47

I took them to two guys called Forge Creative,

0:40:470:40:49

and what they turned your floorboards into was...

0:40:490:40:52

Oh, they are gorgeous.

0:40:520:40:54

Like, serving platters, is what they are.

0:40:540:40:56

Oh, they're beautiful!

0:40:560:40:58

They've stripped them

0:40:580:40:59

and just added a little bit of leather strip on there,

0:40:590:41:02

and then we've got a couple of trays.

0:41:020:41:04

This bit, where the tray is, the surrounding,

0:41:040:41:06

-that's another bit of oak that they've added on there.

-OK.

0:41:060:41:09

I think they're beautiful, I'd love one, actually.

0:41:090:41:11

-Oh, would you?

-Yeah!

0:41:110:41:12

Unfortunately they've all been sold,

0:41:120:41:14

but I'm pleased to tell you that I have for you...

0:41:140:41:17

..£80 profit.

0:41:170:41:19

-That's amazing! Thank you very much.

-That's all yours.

0:41:190:41:21

-Thank you.

-What are you going to do with the money, then?

0:41:210:41:23

It's going to a friend of mine who runs a local charity,

0:41:230:41:27

giving out shoeboxes to children in Eastern Europe.

0:41:270:41:30

-Shoes in a box?

-Not quite, no.

-OK.

0:41:300:41:32

People donate shoeboxes with essentials and toys,

0:41:320:41:36

which we then give to Jess and she sends out

0:41:360:41:39

to children in Eastern Europe,

0:41:390:41:41

but they don't get the postage

0:41:410:41:42

so she does fundraising to get the shoeboxes over there.

0:41:420:41:45

Oh, so that's going to pay for the postage.

0:41:450:41:47

It is, yeah, she's thrilled.

0:41:470:41:48

-Absolutely brilliant.

-Fantastic.

-Well, going to leave you.

0:41:480:41:51

-Thank you.

-Thank you so much.

-Take care.

-Nice to see you.

0:41:510:41:54

-Bye.

-Bye-bye.

0:41:540:41:55

My friend will be thrilled when I tell her that we...

0:41:570:41:59

..we've raised some money for her shoebox charity.

0:41:590:42:02

I wasn't expecting that at all,

0:42:020:42:04

I think when you go to the tip you just take your junk

0:42:040:42:06

and you try and get rid of it

0:42:060:42:07

and make a bit of space in your house, so...

0:42:070:42:09

Yeah, I'm really amazed, and I think they look beautiful.

0:42:090:42:13

Sarah was pleasantly surprised with the transformation,

0:42:130:42:16

and the money's going to a worthy cause.

0:42:160:42:18

What could be better?

0:42:180:42:19

Josh and Oli stuck to their budget of £120.

0:42:200:42:25

Jay sold all of the serving platters and trays for £200,

0:42:250:42:29

leaving Sarah a profit of £80 to donate to her friend's charity.

0:42:290:42:34

The glass bottles have become two striking table lamps,

0:42:370:42:41

the oak flooring was transformed into trays and platters,

0:42:410:42:46

and Jay's delicate makeover

0:42:460:42:48

gave the bamboo lounger a new lease of life.

0:42:480:42:52

Three old items that were on the verge of being binned

0:42:530:42:55

have been transformed into cool and contemporary furnishings -

0:42:550:42:58

and what's more, we've made some money for nothing along the way.

0:42:580:43:01

Upcycler Jay Blades is at Altrincham Recycling Centre, on a mission to save three unwanted items from the skip. To help make his tips finds desirable again, Jay looks to creative duo Josh and Oli to lend a helping hand with some floorboard offcuts. Meanwhile, duo Katy and Richard attempt to give some garden vases a refreshing new look. A bamboo lounger gives Jay some testing times, but will he succeed in turning all the items from old to sold?


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