We’ve been catching up with this BBC series about recycling stuff that other people are throwing away. Have you watched any of these programmes?
Each episode follows exactly the same format - At the council tip, Sarah Moore saves three things from being dumped, finds craftspeople who will transform them into bespoke and valuable pieces, then returns the profits back to the people who threw the items away. Some of the changes are brilliant – like these black chairs thrown out by a tennis club [restored by Jay Blades]
Others are a little more quirky, and not what I’d want around my home. Like weird lamps
And I am constantly amazed that Sarah takes things like this – made out of old scrap metal, and manages to find someone in London who will pay £650 to have this in their home!
When I had my first flat, in 1977, Joan, a friend of my Mum, gave me an old writing bureau that she was planning to throw away.
It looked something like this – about 26” across, 40” high – with a sloping drop flap at the top, revealing three sections, and sliding doors at the bottom. Its made of pretty cheap timber, stained dark brown. When I acquired it, there was no glass in the middle section. I kept books and things in it.
Then it got a makeover. Bob removed the drop flap, gave it a coat of paint, and it went into Steph’s bedroom in Kirby. Since she went off to Uni, I have used it for storing haberdashery. But now it has been changed again. I have removed the sliding doors at the bottom and it is a bookcase.
No longer having any kitchen bookshelves, this is now where most of my cookbooks live, and a few craft books as well [taller tomes are on an adjacent bookcase]. It forms part of the Ferndown Library-On-The-Landing, which is something of a work in progress.
Maybe the changes to my bureau are not as dramatic as the ones on Sarah’s programme, but it is still good to transform something which was destined for landfill into an item which is both attractive and useful. I don’t suppose that Joan would have ever imagined I’d still be using her old bureau nearly 40 years later.
Have you any special pieces of recycled furniture?