Episode 17 Money for Nothing


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Episode 17

Junk makeover show. Jay Blades is in Walsall where he tries to upcycle a pair of tired dining chairs, a well-used table and some discarded DJ equipment.


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It's like waiting for the ships to come in, isn't it?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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Are you throwing this away as well?

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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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This is nice, though, isn't it?

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That's why reclamation expert Jay Blades wants to get his hands

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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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-They do need a little bit of fixing.

-Yeah.

-A little bit of love.

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

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Wow. This is amazing.

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-..valuable...

-That's unbelievable.

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That's your door.

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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You've done a brilliant job, mate. Brilliant job.

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

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

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I wasn't expecting that.

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-No.

-Dear me!

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Welcome to Walsall Recycling Centre,

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a lively scene of hustling and bustling,

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where Jay is on a mission...

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HE LAUGHS

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..to turn your trash...

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..into hard cash.

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Now, look at this. It's super busy.

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I don't know why I'm talking to you guys.

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I need to get out there and find some gems.

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But before you make a beeline for your local tip, take note -

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Jay's been given special permission...

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Oh, anything, any junk.

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-..to seek out three items...

-Oh!

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..that he can reclaim, revitalise and sell on for a profit.

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What are you throwing away?

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First to catch Jay's attention is David,

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with a piece of furniture on its last bobbin legs.

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That looks nice.

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-Hello. Oh, let me give you a hand.

-Oh, cheers. Thanks.

-All right.

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-Thanks very much.

-How are you doing?

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-I'm Jay.

-Hi, Jay. How are you doing?

-All right?

-Yeah, good.

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So, obviously, you're throwing this away.

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-Correct, yeah.

-And why?

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Mum's moving with us to Somerset,

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so we decided to get rid of all the stuff in the house.

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That's about 50 years old, so...

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So you remember this as a child, then?

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50 years ago, I guess, yeah.

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All right.

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There's just only a certain amount of stuff we can keep, you see.

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-So mum doesn't mind you throwing it away?

-No, not at all, no.

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It's been stuck in the garage at the back for years,

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but good craftsmanship, in those days, by the looks of it.

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No, it was. And look, it's still solid.

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Obviously you've got that split in there, and that split.

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-Yeah.

-But that's not a problem at all, actually.

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I do like it a lot. Would you mind if I was to take this?

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No, please help yourself.

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-And I'll keep you posted on what I've done with it.

-Yeah.

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-It is that all right?

-Yeah, that would be great.

-Thank you.

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-You're welcome.

-Diamond!

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A jewel of a find indeed, Jay.

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So, David, any thoughts on what the future may hold for your mum's table?

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A bit of modern chic. What do they call it these days?

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Distressed chic or something? I don't know. I'm sure he'll do a good job.

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Well, thank you for your vote of confidence,

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but here's hoping it won't be too distressed.

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Now, it's not every day you come across an oak table.

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Now, this table is lovely.

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The features on it are to die for, but it's got a naughty crack right

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down the middle there and also on one of the drop-leafs,

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but I'm a great believer in bringing things back to life,

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and I think I know someone who can help me out on this one.

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And that someone that Jay's invited to the table...

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..Daniel Heath, the Renaissance man of rubbish.

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Daniel's passion is to take unused materials and make them sing.

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There's a point in the creative process where you kind of have this

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eureka moment.

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It's a painful process of trying to extract an idea and put

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it into some visual that works.

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I like to think that the limits are only temporary for what we can do,

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and I get really excited by new opportunities that I haven't really

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even thought of until they come along.

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Well, Daniel, if ever there was a table crying out for a new lease of

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life, it's this one.

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With one item safely tucked away,

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Jay's back on the lookout for enterprise number two...

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..and he's feeling pretty lucky today.

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I've just found a tub of money.

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That's a bit too easy, isn't it?

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All right, let's go and find some real items.

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Good idea. Perhaps David can deliver with his trunk full of junk.

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-How are we doing, mate?

-Yeah. Not bad, not bad.

-All right?

-Yeah.

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Do you have the seats to go with them?

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I do. But these weigh an absolute tonne, these.

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They're soaked to the skin. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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-Oh, wow.

-Where have they been?

-Outside?

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They've been in the garden for all summer, really.

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Well, let me have a look at those chairs.

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Yeah, yeah. Have a look at them.

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-Yeah, there's a...

-Oh, yeah.

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There used to be four but the other two broke.

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-These...

-The other two are broken?

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Yeah, I chucked them away a long time ago, yeah.

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What? You like the look of them, then, do you?

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I do like the look of them.

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You can tell that they've been outside because that's starting to lift.

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-Oh, yeah.

-That's just basically where the glue is.

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-Expanding, aren't they?

-Yeah, expanding. But they're still solid.

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-Yeah.

-So that's... It's brilliant. The varnish has come off.

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Yeah, well, I did try and break them up before I came out and I couldn't

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-break them, so...

-Well, that's a good sign, you couldn't break them.

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That's a really good sign. How long have you had these chairs, then?

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They haven't always been outside, have they?

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Oh, God, no, they were in the house for many years.

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Oh, I've had them 20, 30 years, something like that.

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In fact, these came with my second wife.

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She doesn't mind getting rid of these?

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-She helped me load them, actually.

-She helped you load them?

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-Yeah.

-It's all right to take these?

-Absolutely, yeah.

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I'll stay in contact with you and let you know what I've done.

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-That'd be great.

-Is that all right?

-Yeah, it'll be interesting, yeah.

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-Sorry about the wet hand.

-That's all right. Not a problem.

-All right.

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-You're welcome.

-I'll be back for those seats as well.

-OK.

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-I'll get those out for you.

-Cheers.

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Thank you, kind sir.

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But what do you think he'll do with them?

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I'd like to see them back and functioning, to be honest.

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We only got rid of them because they didn't fit any more, you know,

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we had a new table, so, erm, yeah,

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I'd like to think somebody can sit on them in the future, yeah.

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So four would've been a lot better, but two is better than none at all.

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I think, in the right hands, these are going to look amazing.

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And Jay has four hands in mind that could be perfect.

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It can only be Katy and Richard.

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Husband-and-wife team Katy and Richard not only have love for one

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another, but also for creative reclamation,

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and they're sharing it with the world.

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Their passion is to take unused and unloved items and make them sing.

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

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than you. Would that be fair to say?

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And you can... 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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-Yeah.

-Rather than overlap, so...

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-Yeah.

-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, I think.

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-Yeah.

-It's all right, isn't it?

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-Works well, yeah.

-She's in charge.

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Well, someone will need to be for this challenge.

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That's two items gathered,

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tagged and loaded onto the Money For Nothing wagon.

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Now it's time for Jay to chase down his own pound-making project...

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-I did it all by myself.

-..and he's making himself useful along the way.

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Good man, Jay.

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-There we go.

-Shall we lift it high and dry?

-All right.

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One good deed deserves another.

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Could Lee's boot full of junk be music to Jay's ears?

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-No way. How are we doing, mate?

-Yeah, OK.

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Yeah, don't tell me you're throwing these away.

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-Yeah, I'm throwing these away.

-Why?

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It's been in the shed for too long now, so I'm just going to get rid.

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These are nice, solid items, these are.

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Did you used to be a DJ or something?

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-Yeah.

-About nine years ago, and I just stopped.

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What's in this one? Are you throwing that away as well?

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Yeah, I'm throwing that away. It's empty.

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-It's just a flight case.

-Flight case?

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-Yeah.

-So what used to be in there, then?

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Turntables, mixer, all sorts.

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Ah. So this is redundant?

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Cor blimey, they're heavy, aren't they?

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So what music did you used to play, then?

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A bit of funky house, a bit of garage, a bit of everything, really.

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-You must miss it, though, eh?

-I miss it. It's having the time...

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-Yeah.

-You grow up.

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-You grow up?

-Work, yeah. Job.

-Why are they so heavy?

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Is it cos of the speaker that's inside it?

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The massive magnet in there, anyway, so...

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Oh, there's a magnet in there? Oh, right. OK.

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So if it's all right with you, can I take them, yeah?

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-Yeah. Yeah, that's fine.

-Are you sure?

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It's going in there anyway, so yeah.

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All right. Well, I'll probably be able to turn these into something,

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and then I'll stay in contact with you and let you know what

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-I've done, yeah?

-Yeah. That's fine.

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Good on you, man. Now you've got to give me a hand with these,

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cos these are too heavy, man. Blimey.

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A little less complaining, please, Jay.

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A great find, though.

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What do you think's in store for them, Lee?

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It'll be interesting to see what you can do with it.

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I can't see what you can do with it, but it'll be interesting.

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So these are so cool.

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What we've got is a massive long flight case and two industrial speakers.

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Now, they are heavy, just take my word for that,

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but I'm really excited about these ones.

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I think I can turn this into something amazing.

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That makes it three items banked.

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Daniel will take on the table...

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..Katy and Richard have the chairs to transform...

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..and Jay will work his magic on the old DJ kit.

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Now, that's it - done and dusted.

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Got three good items in the bag.

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Let the games begin.

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Stratford, east London.

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This area has seen extensive transformation in recent years,

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which makes it the perfect spot for Daniel's workshop.

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Hopefully he's going to like it, even though it's falling apart.

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But it's a heavy lump, so I need him to give me a hand.

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There we are.

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So, erm...

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-It's all right, isn't it?

-It's all right.

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-It will be.

-It will be, yeah.

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-Erm...

-Let's get it in, on the bench.

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-Yeah. Let's have a proper look at it inside.

-All right.

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All righty.

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-OK.

-You could do something with this?

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Yeah. Just...

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Well, we managed to get it in here without it falling to pieces.

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-Yeah, anything more...

-So, that's encouraging.

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Well, this side looks like it's going to fall apart at any time.

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Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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So it's the individual bits of timber that are just separating from

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-each other, aren't they?

-Yeah, that's all it is, really.

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And they're not split. They're good bits of wood.

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The idea that I was thinking of is just having one of your lovely

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-prints on top...

-Right.

-So you cover that...

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Cos when it is all glued together,

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you've got kind of like this beautiful oval shape...

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-Yeah.

-..which will be quite nice, I think.

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-It's a nice...

-Look at that.

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That's a big shape, isn't it?

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Yeah, it's a nice surface area, for sure.

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Lovely. Yeah, OK.

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But you've got to do the work.

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And then you've got to kind of fix it as well.

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Yeah. I... What...

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I think I should probably think of them as two separate activities.

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-Right.

-Sort it out first...

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-Yeah.

-..and then add something to it.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, there's loads of...

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-You've done well, cos there's...

-Oh, you like it?

-Yeah.

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-Oh, cool.

-There's flat surface area.

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-Yeah, yeah, there is...

-And that's...

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And there's lots of it, as well.

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Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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Excellent. Daniel likes the table, but will Jay like the budget?

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If I can have 400, then I know that I can do the work on it properly...

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-Yeah.

-..and get it really, really beautifully put back together...

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-Yeah.

-Then with a real signature print on the top.

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And do something special with the underneath as well.

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So, basically, what you're saying to me is you're going to fix it,

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you're going to make it look cool...

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-Yeah.

-..and you're going to make my job selling it easier.

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For £400?

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Yeah. I think so.

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Stick it there, mate. I'm going to get in there quick.

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Absolutely, Jay.

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You know a good deal when you hear one.

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Jay has left me quite a good project, I think,

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because it's made of really good material,

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but I'm yet to discover to what extent, you know,

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it's wonky and it's falling to pieces, basically.

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Now, Daniel seemed really pleased to take on that old, rickety table.

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Now, for £400, he's going to turn it into something amazing.

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I just can't wait to see the results.

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Daniel has agreed a budget of £400 to transform the table.

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Jay is leaving him to decide on the vital print design which could make

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or break this project.

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The charming county of Monmouthshire in south Wales...

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..the ideal setting for husband-and-wife team

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Richard and Katy to lose themselves in the art of reclamation.

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I'd really like for him to just bring something that's just totally

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overlooked, really dilapidated and a bit sad,

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and just needs a bit of love.

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Yeah, something that's a bit sad and lonely, lived a long life,

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but is now on its way down, and we can give it a lift, rejuvenate it.

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Forget about the chairs, I'll be right over.

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I'm in sunny old south Wales, and I've come to see Katy and Richard,

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and I've brought them along these lovely teak chairs.

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Now, they need a bit of fixing.

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I'm sure they can handle that.

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Let's go and see them.

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-How are we doing?

-Hello. All right?

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-You all right?

-How are you doing?

-Hi.

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-Oh.

-Wow, look at these.

-I've got something for you.

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-OK.

-Excellent.

-Do you want to grab one?

-Exciting.

-Cool?

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-Cool.

-Let's have a look.

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-Nice.

-How are you doing?

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-All right. Hey, Jay. How are you doing?

-I'm very good, actually.

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-Good.

-That one goes up there.

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-How are you doing, mate?

-Yeah, very well. Good to see you.

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-Interesting.

-They are interesting.

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-Yeah.

-And I thought they'd be right up your street, to tell the truth.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-They do need a little bit of fixing.

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-Yeah.

-A little bit of love.

-Yeah, just a little bit, then.

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Well, cosmetically they look a bit tired.

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-Yeah.

-They are a bit tired.

-But there's still the form of a chair,

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-which is a good start, isn't it?

-Yeah, lots of potential there, I think.

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-Lots of potential.

-It's a lovely shape, as well.

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I like this. This really interesting detail.

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So what I was thinking, that you guys could just cover these over

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and, yeah, spruce them up a bit.

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Obviously, I'm here, so it's your ideas, really.

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Strip them back first, I think.

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-Yeah.

-Sand them down.

-Right.

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See what's going on underneath.

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-OK, yeah.

-And then...

-And reseated, I think.

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Obviously new fabric, but it might be nice to really get them a little

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bit more padded as well, make them super comfy.

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And this... This might be beech, I think.

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-It's like a...

-No, this... I think this is teak.

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-Oh, is it teak?

-I think we've got teak here, yeah.

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-Oh, nice!

-Which is nice.

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-Really nice.

-So, that brings me down to budget.

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-Ah-ha.

-How much are we talking?

-What do you think?

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Well, I think we can probably do the pair for 150.

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-Cool.

-Yeah?

-150. So that's fixing them, making them structurally

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-sound, as you said, Richard...

-Yeah.

-..and then new padding on the top...

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-Yeah.

-..fabric and, obviously, all these scratches and all that is

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-going to look a bit better than it is now.

-Absolutely.

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Yeah, we'll sand them down and put a little bit of treatment on the wood.

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And maybe a little... A little bit of paint here and there to pick out

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-the colours of whatever material we use.

-That's what I like to hear.

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-Yeah?

-Are we talking your language?

-You're talking...

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I LOVE a bit of colour. Not a lot. I love colour.

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-So 150, we've got a deal.

-OK. Lovely.

-All right?

-Nice one.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

-Cheers.

-All right, enjoy. Have fun.

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-Thank you.

-See you later.

-Bye.

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Deal done.

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Happy, guys?

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We asked for something that was a bit sad and in need of repair...

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-Yeah.

-..and that's what we've got. But I'm really chuffed.

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-Are you chuffed?

-Me, too.

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There's a lot we can do with them. It'll be nice to get stuck in.

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Well, then, we won't hold you back any longer.

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I'm well chuffed that I brought those two chairs down to

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Katy and Richard.

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Now, they mentioned a bit of colour,

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and you know that's right up my street.

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I just can't wait to see what they do with them.

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Katy and Richard's transformation budget is £150.

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It sounds like they've got what they wanted,

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but perhaps they should be careful what they wish for.

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Wonderful Wolverhampton.

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The creative hub that Jay calls home.

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The man himself is at his workshop and is raring to get started on the

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old discarded DJ gear.

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It's a nice little DJ set, this is,

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but its partying days are well and truly over.

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What I intend on doing to this is turning it into a luxurious

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dressing table.

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Now, when I open this up,

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basically this tells me it's a dressing table,

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because you've got compartments here, storage, storage, storage.

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On the back, there, we're just going to have one long mirror and some lights. Simple.

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Add the legs on, give it the height.

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Then, for the speakers down below,

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I'm going to turn those into bedside cabinets.

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So you'll have a whole bedroom suite set.

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That's cool, isn't it?

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Too cool for school, Jay, or even the bedroom.

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First things first, what I have to do is clean this and just get rid of

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all the stuff I don't want in here, and tackling the outside as well,

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because what I'm going to do here is I'm just going to give it a

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uniformed colour, but really make a feature of these corners.

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That's the exterior prepared.

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What's next?

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So, what I'm going to do now is start to rip out some of this foam

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and basically give me a chance to actually get in there

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and get all this dust and sand it a bit better.

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So that's both of them rubbed down, ready for the primer.

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So, the mirror part and also the dressing table.

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But before I do all of that, I'm going to measure out for a lid base,

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and what I mean is this, kind of, will be the lid.

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And it's going to cover up all of the stuff that you've got inside it,

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so you don't really want it to be on display.

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You know, all your messy stuff.

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Have a hole in there, put your finger in,

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lift up the lid and there you go.

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Measure twice and cut once.

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Just measuring up again to make sure I've got it...

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..perfect.

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Good man. We like a bit of perfection around here.

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So I've got a number of these that I want to cut, and what I've brought

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out is the big-boy saw to just save on the arms.

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And speaking of which, a gentle reminder to save other parts of the

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body by wearing a dust mask and eye protection.

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So I've got all the sides cut and...

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..now just slotting them in place,

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cos this will be a perfect base for the actual lid on top.

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And it just makes it look a lot more neater.

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And then, obviously, once I've got a bit of paint on there that's the

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same colour as the inside.

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Then it should all go according to plan.

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Should've, would've, could've, Jay.

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Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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But I have to admire your optimism.

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So, now I've taken the sides out,

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you can see the compartments working really well.

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We just need a splash of colour, lids, legs, back mirror, lights...

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Cor blimey, there's a lot to do, isn't there?

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There certainly is.

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You'd better get those sleeves rolled up.

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And with £26.50 spent so far and a lot of work still to be done,

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you may be running the risk of having to give yourself a bit of a

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dressing-down.

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Over in east London, Daniel is about to get cracking on the oak table.

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What's the plan?

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I just basically need to fix it, shore it up, and then I can start to

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do some really interesting things with it as well.

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First things first, the tabletop needs to come off so it can be repaired.

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So what I'm going to do now is get the middle pieces together and mark

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out where I'm going to drill and put the dowels in.

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I'm going to use a wooden dowel.

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Wooden dowel pins are used to reinforce joints and support shelves.

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But first of all, I've got to mark where I'm actually going to put the dowels in.

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So I've got this tool which is

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basically a guide for doing my dowels.

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So it will just make sure that the dowels are in the same height on

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both pieces of timber so that they'll marry together.

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Ooh, very clever!

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So, seem OK.

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Calibration confirmed, lashings of glue now required.

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Yes! That feels good.

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I'm pleased with how it's come together.

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What I need to do now, you can still see there's a gap,

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and that's where I'm going to use these ratchets,

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to basically ratchet these so that they're joined together,

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and they should, hopefully, end up with a really, really nice join.

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With the tabletop set aside to dry,

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Daniel turns his attention to the legs.

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That's really satisfying.

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-SCREW MAKES SQUEAKING NOISE

-Oh!

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It's so nice to see a man happy in his work.

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Great.

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So far, this table doesn't appear to be giving Daniel any problems.

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I'm just going to show you one small part of this, kind of,

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process that I'm going to do to it that's going to transform it.

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And I'm going to apply gold leaf to these sections here.

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And the first thing that I need to do is I need to...

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..apply the glue to the surface that will stick the gold leaf on.

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Daniel is brushing the glue into all of the creases and folds of the

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bobbin legs to ensure an even coverage

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when the gold leaf is applied.

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Stick it all the way round.

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As you can see, it's a really time-consuming process.

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Time-consuming and fiddly, you say?

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Nothing like a little pressure to help get the job done.

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In south Wales, Richard and Katy have pulled up a couple of chairs.

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-Right, then...

-What's on the agenda for today, guys?

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The first job, as ever, is to sand them down.

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As you can see, they're looking a bit weary,

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so we want to strip the wood right back and then we can oil it and make

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them look really beautiful again.

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I'm going to take a look at the seats.

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They're not too bad pad-wise,

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but I think we need to replace all the upholstery,

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because it may be that they're damp and a little bit old, bit smelly.

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So I will take all this apart, probably use the original board and

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then reupholster them and choose some nice fabric.

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And also we need to pick some paint colour, if we use colour,

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that works with the fabric,

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so we need a bit of time to choose carefully,

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-I think.

-Yeah, bring them back to life.

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Sounds good.

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But it's quite a to-do list.

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Best get started.

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Yeah, it's going.

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That'll do for now.

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I think it's going to shake a little bit once you sand it.

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And, please, folks, like Richard,

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make sure you always wear a protective mask when sanding.

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It'll put a smile on Katy's face.

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Yeah, I think Jay might be right. He thought it was teak under here.

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Yeah, it's looking like teak, isn't it?

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-It's not...

-It's dark.

-It's not pale enough to be beech.

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It's lovely. The grain's really nice.

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So let's have a go at a leg.

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Confirmation of teak is good news.

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Teak furniture is amongst the most expensive, and why?

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It's sought-after for its elegance and its durability.

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Rather like myself.

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We're probably going to put a bit of paint on these chairs,

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just to pick out a few details.

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So I'm going to have a play with some colours,

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just to get an idea of what we're going to use.

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With progress made on the chair frames,

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now is a good time to step inside a world of fabric.

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So this is my magic fabric basket.

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So I'm just going to have a little look and see if we can find anything

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that might work for the chairs.

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So we're going to need something that's fairly hard-wearing, aren't we?

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That's a good weight.

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-That's good.

-Oh, yeah, that's nice with the pink.

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You know what's quite nice about this?

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It's got a bit of humour to it.

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-And if you're going to...

-The idea of sitting on a cactus.

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Yeah. Look at the colours in that! That's amazing. I love that fabric.

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It seems the guys are having far too much fun.

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Time for Minnie to jump in and help move things along.

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This one? What do you think?

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Say "Meow" if you like it. No.

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Well, Minnie wasn't much help,

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but the perfect fabric is in there somewhere.

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Time for Katy to focus on the seat pads.

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I want to keep the wooden base and I'm just going to take off all the

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covering, all of this slightly manky material that we've got on

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that we're not going to use, and see what's underneath.

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This is chipboard.

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You can see straight away that it's suffered a bit of damp.

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It might be salvageable. Might sand it up a bit and just see.

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If the damp's penetrated it,

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we might have to replace the wooden base as well.

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After a good start, it seems the chair is giving up some unwanted secrets.

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Perhaps converting these chairs on a small budget won't be so easy after all.

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While the artisans continue to work hard on their items,

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Jay is putting the finishing touches to the flight case.

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This is looking beautiful.

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When Jay rescued the DJ case from the skip,

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its party days were well and truly over.

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Fun, functional, and well and truly funky, Jay's joinery skills have

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turned this from a cast-off case into a dapper dressing table.

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Standing on a set of sleek legs, it comes complete with new compartments.

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Alas, the speakers didn't make the grade,

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but Jay put all his focus into the case,

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and the dressing table can now play its part in many more nights to come.

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Happy, Jay?

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Now, this has come out exactly the way I wanted it to.

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We had a few troubles along the way, but that's to be expected.

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I've never done a dressing table like this before,

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but I've got all the elements here.

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I've got a mirror. I've got compartments where you can store all your bits and bobs,

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and even got holes in the back for the hairdryers and all

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other bits. So, there's only one other bit -

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and let's put this down like that - the piece de la resistance.

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Check this out. It goes like that.

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Bosh!

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Now, THAT is cool.

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Very cool, Jay.

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Good work.

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When Jay met him at the tip,

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Lee was clearing out the remnants of his old DJ career.

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Did you used to be a DJ or something?

0:28:540:28:56

Yeah, about nine years ago, and I just stopped.

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You must miss it, though, eh?

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-I miss it, but it's having the time...

-Yeah.

-You grow up.

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-You grow up, yeah?

-Work, yeah, job...

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Lee may have played his last record, but Jay tapped into the beat of his

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imagination and the rhythm of his vision.

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And the result...

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..a bold and unique dressing table.

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The lights have been PAT-tested,

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ensuring that it complies with all UK safety standards.

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Now Jay is back in Walsall to see Lee and show him the transformation.

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-How are we doing?

-Are you all right, yeah?

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-Are you all right, mate?

-Are you OK?

-Yeah!

-Very good.

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So, do you remember your, what was it called,

0:29:440:29:45

your DJ set that you brought down?

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-Yeah, yeah.

-So, how long had you had that for?

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Er, about... Can't remember how long,

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-it's been in the shed for about four years.

-Oh, has it? Four years!

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I think I've had it about eight, ten years.

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So, your DJ-ing days are over, then?

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-Yeah, definitely.

-Well, I took it on myself, that flight case you had...

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-Yep.

-..and the speakers. I didn't do much with the speakers,

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As a matter of fact, I didn't do anything with them.

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But what I did with the deck was that.

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Turned it into a dressing table.

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So, what you've got, these are three compartments, you lift them up...

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-Yeah.

-..and then you put all your storage in.

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-That looks good, that does.

-And then you've got your mirror there,

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with the lights, you can change them, and it's LED.

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-That looks pretty good.

-You like that, yeah?

-Yeah, yeah.

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Well, the sad thing is, I think it's cool,

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you think it's cool, but no-one's bought it.

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-No-one's bought it yet.

-No! No, no-one's bought it yet.

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And that's the word I like to hear, because basically,

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I WILL get this sold, and as soon as I do,

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I'm going to send some money your way.

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-Oh, awesome.

-Is that all right?

-Yeah, yeah.

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-Nice one.

-All right?

-Cheers, Jay.

-You take care, my man.

-You take care.

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All right, mate. See you later.

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Now, Lee was impressed with the transformation.

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But we didn't sell it.

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Now, I'm a little bit gutted about that.

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Onwards and upwards - I'll get that sold.

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Jay spent £86.49 on materials.

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And although he hasn't had a buyer yet, as soon as he does,

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the profit will be making its way to Lee.

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In east London, Daniel is giving the table a final

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polish in preparation for Jay's arrival.

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Jay dropped me off a table that was in a bid of state,

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so I think he's going to be really pleased to see it kind of put back

0:31:260:31:30

together in one piece, and yeah,

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I hope he likes what I've done with it.

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Well, Daniel, we're about to find out.

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I'm here to pick up my broken drop-leaf table.

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Now, Daniel said to me he's going to give me something special.

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I'm just hoping he's done that, and he's put the table together again!

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After years of loyal service,

0:31:460:31:48

it seemed this table's dining days were over.

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But now, it looks good enough to eat your dinner off!

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To turn the fractured furniture back into something functional,

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Daniel toiled day and night to repair, restore,

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refresh and renew the old table.

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His show-stopping design was printed directly onto the reconstructed top,

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creating a real centrepiece.

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The imitation gold leaf on the beautiful bobbin legs

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enhances the classy feel of this luxurious table.

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It's all back in one piece, but what will Jay make of it?

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-Hey, Jay!

-Come on, man!

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You keep doing this to me!

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-How are you?

-Yeah, I'm good, I'm good.

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I'm pleased with it.

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-What do you think?

-You've got to stop!

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You keep on lifting these levels up of your work,

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and you've got to give some of us a chance to catch up, mate!

0:32:470:32:49

This is beautiful!

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The legs are making a statement, but the top is something else.

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-Yeah.

-There's lots of different things going on in this piece.

0:32:530:32:56

There's a lot, but what you've done is,

0:32:560:32:57

you've created a table which just looks light,

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and it's got so much movement to it.

0:32:590:33:01

I think it is beautiful.

0:33:010:33:03

It's like a table in flight.

0:33:030:33:05

Yeah, you've made a heavy table look superlight.

0:33:050:33:07

And the legs, come on!

0:33:070:33:09

You know I love a bit of bling, and that is just...

0:33:090:33:14

Well, I just thought, you know,

0:33:140:33:16

these sorts of tables are quite commonplace.

0:33:160:33:18

-Yeah.

-And I thought, well, why not do something with it that's really fun,

0:33:180:33:22

lifts it up, makes it into something

0:33:220:33:25

completely different from the rest of them?

0:33:250:33:27

-Yeah.

-So, yeah, gold-leafed it!

0:33:270:33:29

Gold leaf! It's quality!

0:33:290:33:31

Jay's happy, but did all this quality add to the budget?

0:33:320:33:36

Actually it was fine, because I haven't really done anything other

0:33:360:33:41

than put it back together and paint it and give it a new look.

0:33:410:33:44

I think you've... No, what you're...

0:33:440:33:46

No, don't say you haven't done anything.

0:33:460:33:48

Look what you've done to that! That's a work of art, mate!

0:33:480:33:50

You've done a bit more than just putting it together.

0:33:500:33:54

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-That's gorgeous.

0:33:540:33:55

But I didn't have to buy any new timber or anything like that, you know,

0:33:550:33:59

the raw ingredients were there.

0:33:590:34:01

-Yeah.

-It just needed putting all back together and smartening up.

0:34:010:34:06

Modest as always, Daniel!

0:34:060:34:07

But Jay is absolutely thrilled with the result.

0:34:070:34:10

Daniel has opened up the true potential of that table.

0:34:110:34:14

I couldn't be happier.

0:34:140:34:15

The oak table belonged to David, who was optimistic for its future.

0:34:180:34:23

Bit of modern chic, what do they call it these days,

0:34:240:34:26

distressed chic or something?!

0:34:260:34:27

I don't know, I'm sure he'll do a good job.

0:34:270:34:29

Distressing? No.

0:34:290:34:31

-Stunning...?

-Oh, yes!

0:34:310:34:33

You said it, Daniel!

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And it didn't take long for a private buyer on Daniel's social

0:34:390:34:43

media to agree.

0:34:430:34:44

Now, Jay is on his way to see David to hand over the profit.

0:34:470:34:51

-Hello, there.

-Hello, again.

-How are you doing?

-I'm well, and you?

0:34:530:34:55

-I'm very well.

-Good, good.

0:34:550:34:57

-So, how have you been, then?

-Yeah, not too bad, not too bad.

0:34:570:34:59

So, do you remember the table you brought to a recycling centre?

0:34:590:35:02

We were actually emptying Mum's house...

0:35:020:35:04

-OK, right.

-..because she's moving down here with us to Somerset.

0:35:040:35:07

-Yeah.

-And my dad was a real hoarder, we lost him a couple of years ago,

0:35:070:35:11

and we couldn't keep everything.

0:35:110:35:13

-Right.

-So, you guys were there and took it away for us!

-Right!

0:35:130:35:17

Well, it was a good, solid bit of timber and a beautiful table,

0:35:170:35:20

even though it was broken. Took it down to London, east London,

0:35:200:35:23

to a guy called Daniel Heath.

0:35:230:35:24

And he worked his magic on it,

0:35:240:35:26

and do you want to have a butcher's what he done?

0:35:260:35:28

-Absolutely!

-All right! Look at that!

0:35:280:35:30

Wow!

0:35:300:35:31

Oh, my word, that is amazing!

0:35:320:35:34

So, all of that what's on there is his own design and he's printed it on.

0:35:340:35:38

That is amazing. And I thought my dad had really bad taste in furniture!

0:35:380:35:42

No, he's got good taste, because that table

0:35:420:35:44

was beautiful English oak.

0:35:440:35:45

-Was it really?

-Solid.

0:35:450:35:47

That's incredible! That is absolutely amazing. Wow!

0:35:470:35:50

Well, I'll tell you what,

0:35:500:35:52

someone else thought it was incredible and amazing...

0:35:520:35:54

-OK.

-So much so that it's been sold.

0:35:540:35:56

And I have for you...

0:35:560:35:59

£325.

0:35:590:36:01

Oh, my God. Wow!

0:36:010:36:03

That is incredible. My mum's going to love that,

0:36:030:36:05

because I want her to go away on holiday this Christmas.

0:36:050:36:07

-Right, yeah.

-So, there we go.

0:36:070:36:09

-It's my mum's table...

-Right.

-..and her and dad bought it...

0:36:090:36:12

-OK?

-Sorry, yeah.

-It's cool.

0:36:160:36:18

Yeah, it's incredible, amazing.

0:36:180:36:20

Absolutely amazing.

0:36:200:36:21

-She's going to love it.

-No, that's good.

0:36:210:36:24

And as I said, your old man, he had brilliant taste,

0:36:240:36:27

because the table was good.

0:36:270:36:28

And it looks good and so much, someone's bought it.

0:36:280:36:30

-So...

-Incredible.

-So, it's going to keep full-circle.

0:36:300:36:33

Thank you so much, that's just amazing.

0:36:330:36:34

-No, thank you.

-Wow, brilliant. And tell Mum I said hello.

0:36:340:36:37

-I will.

-Thank you so much.

0:36:370:36:38

-Take care.

-Thanks, bye.

-Bye.

0:36:380:36:40

I think David was impressed with that transformation,

0:36:430:36:46

and the emotion that he showed because it was his father's table,

0:36:460:36:49

now, that was touching.

0:36:490:36:51

And the money's going to his mum, so she can have a nice break.

0:36:510:36:54

Brilliant.

0:36:540:36:55

Daniel charged £400 to transform the table.

0:36:570:37:01

The table was bought for £725...

0:37:010:37:05

..leaving a £325 profit to go towards David's mum's holiday.

0:37:060:37:11

In south Wales,

0:37:200:37:22

Katy and Richard are giving the two dining chairs a final polish in

0:37:220:37:27

preparation for Jay's arrival.

0:37:270:37:29

There's something a little bit unusual about them.

0:37:290:37:32

They're quite fairytale-like,

0:37:320:37:34

and I don't know whether Jay goes in for fairy tales, but we do!

0:37:340:37:37

Well, guys, we're about to find out.

0:37:380:37:40

I'm in south Wales to see Katy and Richard,

0:37:410:37:43

and I want to know how they got on with those wet dining chairs.

0:37:430:37:46

Hopefully they've dried them out and done them up a treat.

0:37:460:37:49

Damp, damaged and about to be dumped.

0:37:490:37:53

That was until Jay delivered them to Katy and Richard.

0:37:530:37:57

MUSIC PLAYS

0:37:570:37:59

It seems fairy tales do come true!

0:38:050:38:08

Unrecognisable from their previous life,

0:38:080:38:11

Katy and Richard started right at the beginning to refit,

0:38:110:38:15

refurbish and rejuvenate this pair of tired chairs.

0:38:150:38:20

They've brought the best out of the teak,

0:38:200:38:22

have completely replaced those damp seats,

0:38:220:38:25

which meet all UK fire safety standards.

0:38:250:38:29

Katy and Richard hope the new look will give the chairs the happy ever

0:38:290:38:33

after they deserve.

0:38:330:38:34

But what will the boss think?

0:38:340:38:36

How are we doing, gu...?

0:38:360:38:38

Are you still working on them?

0:38:380:38:39

No, not these!

0:38:390:38:41

-It's these.

-Ho-ho!

0:38:410:38:43

Now, that's nice, isn't it?

0:38:430:38:45

-Thank you.

-Yeah, you like them?

-Yeah, I do, I do like them.

0:38:450:38:48

-Excellent.

-Pink and brown.

-Pink and brown.

0:38:480:38:51

Yeah, it's unusual, isn't it?

0:38:510:38:52

I've never used pink and brown together.

0:38:520:38:54

-Mmm.

-And I thought I'd done ALL of the colours!

0:38:540:38:57

And you've got one up on me, actually.

0:38:570:38:59

-Yeah.

-So, why did you choose this fabric?

0:38:590:39:01

Well, because originally we thought that the wood was going to sand up...

0:39:010:39:05

-Light.

-..more golden.

0:39:050:39:06

-Yeah.

-You know, not light, light, but golden.

0:39:060:39:08

And we thought, a nice green or a blue will tone...

0:39:080:39:11

And then as soon as we got this, we thought, no, it's not going to work.

0:39:110:39:14

-Right, right.

-I found this fabric,

0:39:140:39:16

and it had this teak colour in it almost.

0:39:160:39:19

-Oh, OK.

-And I thought, we'll do something really moody and unusual,

0:39:190:39:23

and try and colour match this.

0:39:230:39:24

And it also had the pink, so it suggested this little flash of pink

0:39:240:39:27

-across the top.

-Yeah, and it's...

-And together, tonally,

0:39:270:39:29

it all seems to work really well.

0:39:290:39:31

It's got a rich kind of luxurious feel to it.

0:39:310:39:33

Like a sort of '70s looks, feel.

0:39:330:39:35

You've done it, well done.

0:39:350:39:36

A cracking result!

0:39:380:39:40

But has all that work added to the budget?

0:39:410:39:44

And budget-wise, I left you with £150 for the pair...

0:39:440:39:48

Yeah, spot-on.

0:39:480:39:49

-Spot on?

-Spot-on.

0:39:490:39:51

-Yeah, yeah.

-Well done.

0:39:510:39:53

I love it! I love it!

0:39:530:39:54

Jay's been won over by the luxurious '70s look.

0:39:540:39:59

Happy, guys?

0:39:590:40:00

I like that he was surprised as well.

0:40:000:40:04

-Yeah.

-You know, it's nice to keep people on their toes,

0:40:040:40:06

keep them guessing. And an unusual colour combination is a risk.

0:40:060:40:10

-Yeah.

-But I think it paid off.

0:40:100:40:12

-Yeah.

-It took me a little while to get my head around that colour

0:40:120:40:15

combination, but now I love it.

0:40:150:40:17

Those chairs are pretty in pink.

0:40:170:40:18

Time to get selling.

0:40:180:40:19

The dining chairs belonged to David,

0:40:220:40:25

who would've been more than happy with a little spruce-up.

0:40:250:40:28

I'd like to see them back and functioning, to be honest.

0:40:280:40:30

I'd like to think somebody can sit on them in the future, yeah.

0:40:300:40:33

And thanks to Katy and Richard, one can not only sit on them,

0:40:330:40:38

but gaze at their beauty.

0:40:380:40:39

No wonder that Lovely & British, a gift shop in Southwark, London,

0:40:450:40:50

said, "We'll have those, thank you very much!"

0:40:500:40:51

Owner, Lorna, was delighted with her purchase.

0:40:540:40:58

Oh, they're lovely.

0:40:580:40:59

Really pleased. They're going to fit in well with the shop.

0:40:590:41:02

Now, Jay is back in Walsall to hand over the profit.

0:41:020:41:05

-Hiya.

-How are we doing, are you all right?

0:41:100:41:12

I'm good, I'm good, yeah, good to see you.

0:41:120:41:14

-Likewise.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:41:140:41:15

So, do you remember those two chairs, rather wet chairs,

0:41:150:41:17

-that you brought to us?

-Oh, yeah, they were very damp, weren't they?

0:41:170:41:20

I took them to a couple down in south Wales,

0:41:200:41:22

and what they turned your chairs into is...

0:41:220:41:26

Have a look at this.

0:41:260:41:27

Good grief. It's those chairs!

0:41:310:41:34

That's incredible! Matching...

0:41:340:41:35

-Matching pairs?

-They're a matching pair.

0:41:350:41:37

-Fantastic.

-So, we've got the pink on the back,

0:41:370:41:39

and they've cleaned them up, and the seats, they've just got rid of them.

0:41:390:41:42

-They're reupholstered, are they?

-Yeah, reupholstered.

0:41:420:41:45

New base, because the base was all wet.

0:41:450:41:47

Rubbed them all, re-oiled them, paint, new upholstery

0:41:470:41:51

and there you go.

0:41:510:41:52

-Fantastic.

-I'm pleased to tell you...

0:41:520:41:54

-Yeah.

-..I was able to sell those.

0:41:540:41:55

-Oh, right, OK.

-And I've got for you...

0:41:550:41:57

-Yeah.

-£115...

0:41:570:42:00

-Good grief.

-..profit.

0:42:000:42:01

That's fantastic. That's brilliant.

0:42:010:42:03

-Is that all right?

-That is excellent, and in fact that's better...

0:42:030:42:06

What are you going to do with that?

0:42:060:42:07

Well, you might have seen my prostate cancer badge.

0:42:070:42:10

I'm doing a cycle run for that, so that will go in my sponsorship towards...

0:42:100:42:13

-Oh, is it?

-Yeah. So, that'll go towards cancer.

0:42:130:42:15

So, how far are you riding? Where are you going?

0:42:150:42:17

I'm doing the Grand Depart, which is a mirror of the first stage

0:42:170:42:20

of the Tour de France next year, so it's 195km.

0:42:200:42:23

In one day, you're going to do that?

0:42:230:42:24

-In one day, yeah.

-Cor blimey, well, you'd best get some practice in, then.

0:42:240:42:27

I shall, yeah. Yeah, yeah, that's fantastic.

0:42:270:42:29

-Cheers.

-Thanks a lot, you take care.

-Thank you. Bye.

-Bye-bye.

0:42:290:42:32

Now, that was a great result.

0:42:360:42:37

Dave was thoroughly impressed with regards to what we did to his chairs,

0:42:370:42:41

and also the money is going to a great cause.

0:42:410:42:43

All-round winner.

0:42:430:42:44

Katy and Richard kept to their £150 budget.

0:42:470:42:51

The chairs were sold for £265.

0:42:510:42:54

Leaving David with £115 to put towards his charity event.

0:42:540:42:59

Jay salvaged three items from the tip.

0:43:050:43:08

Daniel wowed us with the oak table.

0:43:100:43:12

Katy and Richard worked wonders on the dining chairs.

0:43:130:43:17

And Jay produced some magic with the DJ kit.

0:43:180:43:21

What a mix of tip finds.

0:43:220:43:24

It just goes to show that with a bit of imagination and a lot of hard

0:43:240:43:28

work, even the most tired items can be transformed.

0:43:280:43:31

Jay Blades is at a Walsall recycling centre on a mission to save three unwanted items from the skip. To help make his tip finds desirable again, Jay looks to upcycling duo Katy and Richard to lend a helping hand with a pair of tired dining chairs, while designer Daniel Heath gives a well-used table a fresh new look. Some discarded DJ equipment gets Jay's creativity flowing, but will he succeed in turning all three items from old to sold?