Meet Max McMurdo, the man who can turn an old bath tub into a bespoke sofa and an aeroplane wing into an office desk! Don’t believe us? We’ll show you, just give us a minute…
When he’s not working hard designing high-end furniture from things the general public are throwing out without a second thought, Max McMurdo, creator of Britain’s most respected upcycling company, reestore, still finds time to be a judge on Channel 4’s Shed of the Year 2014 and maintain his on-screen headmistress/naughty schoolboy relationship with TV property and makeover star Kirstie Allsopp on her hit show Fill Your House For Free.
All in a day’s work for the man who won over the likes of Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis to secure investment in his company on BBC’s Dragons’ Den back in 2007.
This week, we caught up with Max for a quick chat, here’s what he had to say…
What first inspired you to start making upcycled furniture in your parent’s garden shed?
I needed a cheap (free) space to be creative in and work!
What makes the garden shed so important to people these days? Have they become more than just a place to store tools and old bikes?
Yes, definitely! With today’s inflated house prices, the garden shed provides that extra room or space which can be made into anything and it’s such a great place to get creative in, you somehow lose the constraints and rules of working in a brick built building.
You’ve travelled all over the country with the Shed of the Year team seeing some of the most amazing garden sheds. What do you think the future has in store for the way sheds look and what can we expect to see from garden sheds 10 years from now?
I hope we have inspired many people with Shed of the Year – I think a successful shed for me is a combination of functionality, innovation and aesthetics.
How can people get involved in upcycling their own old household items and make great pieces instead of throwing out what they think is junk?
Be brave and have a go! Power tools are less scary than you think. The worst that can happen is that you break an item you were throwing out anyway – but the likelihood is that you will have upcycled an obsolete bit of furniture and transformed it into something new. Even if it doesn’t go great, you’ll still have enjoyed the making process more than just buying new!
You’ve been called the “furniture hacker” by Kirstie Allsopp following your work on Fill Your House For Free. Kirstie has a huge passion for upcycling! What’s it been like working with Kirstie?
We have a headmistress/naughty schoolboy kind of relationship! She does come up with some great challenges which I really enjoy rising to and I love the way she likes to test me!
We promised we would show you, so here’s our top 5 picks from Max’s fantastic range of upcycled products, all are available to buy on the reestore website.
You can see Max on your TV screens at the moment on Channel 4’s Shed of the Year, Thursdays at 8pm