Somerset man cashes in on BBC's Money For Nothing after giving up mum's chairs

A local Somerset resident earned a whopping £420 after giving up his late mother's vintage chairs on Money For Nothing. The BBC show sees host Sarah Moore meeting different people up and down the UK who are throwing out what they consider to be worthless goods.

Sarah takes three items from each region to three designers who transform the goods into something of higher value. The item is then sold and any profit made on the products sold is returned to the original owners.

Ken from Bath was throwing out his late mother's chairs until he was abruptly stopped by the designer and host. After greeting him, Sarah asked: "These look like they got some age, have they been yours for a while?"

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Ken replied: "Yes they came from my parents' place actually, and they been there since we were young children, but she passed away, so we had to get rid of it. " A sincere Sarah said: "I'm very sorry to hear that, is that bit of a task?

He said sadly: "I'll say it is yeah. You wouldn't normally want to bin these, you know but if you're pressed for time to move..."

Sarah replied optimistically: "It's obviously a bit of a wrench for you throwing them away, but perhaps I can help you with that. I think I'm going to say those are sort of arts and crafts style chairs. They've got a look, and that little one there is actually charming, it's a lovely shape isn't it?" "I think that's a Victorian one. These are a bit later," Ken smiled.

After their polite discussion, Sarah kindly took the chairs off of Ken's hands and handed them to a designer in Perthshire. Designer Sarah Peterson restores reclaimed furniture using bright and bold patterns to bring them back from the brink and let them live on.

Sarah planned to not only restore the chairs but make her own fabric. She chose an appliqué design, an ornamental needlework in which pieces or patches of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.

Ultimately, the chairs were transformed thanks to a playful picture-book makeover. The chair dons delicate flowers and birds that sit atop a punchy purple cover with a white frame and gold trims.

For labour and materials, it cost £375, but a private buyer bought all three chairs for £895, giving Ken a massive £420 profit. After receiving the money a surprised Ken beamed: "My goodness me! That is quite a bit of money. That really is quite a bit of money."

"And will that help towards anything?" Sarah asked. Ken replied: "Yeah, I think it will help with the higher electricity and gas bills. I think a little bit will go to the RSPCA Cats and Dogs home."