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Bury St Edmunds brothers lay new flooring for mother made entirely out of pallets after one features on Channel 4 programme




Two eco-conscious Bury St Edmunds brothers have a proud mother after laying new flooring in her home made entirely out of recyclable wood.

Harry Wright, 35, an upholsterer and Charlie Jack, 29, a carpenter and joiner made the stylish flooring out of donated old pallets.

They put out an appeal for materials on Facebook last November and were inundated with offers.

Harry, who recently appeared on Channel 4 programme Great House Giveaway, said the idea to use pallets came after they had some old oak flooring left over.

"We'd salvaged it from another job but basically the oak had got water damaged so we had to think on our feet," he said.

"It terms of budget and that rescued style we thought we'd go for the pallets."

Harry Wright has been an upholsterer for around five yearsPicture by Harry Wright
Harry Wright has been an upholsterer for around five yearsPicture by Harry Wright

Harry said their mother was 'an easy client to please' and he enjoyed the process of working with his brother, the first time they had collaborated together.

"It was great working with Charlie because he's so proficient with wood and I can give him any design and he can do something with it," he said.

Harry and Charlie are also working on a range of furniture made out of old plywood, and Harry said working with recyclable materials was an important element to their work.

"It's something I feel strongly about," he said.

The floor was sanded and seven coatings of Tung oil were appliedPicture by Harry Wright
The floor was sanded and seven coatings of Tung oil were appliedPicture by Harry Wright

"In the Channel 4 renovation programme (Great House Giveaway) I was shocked about the amount of wastage."

The process of transforming the pallets to flooring went through a number of stages.

Harry said collecting all the pallets was quite time consuming and they had to use seven layers of Tung oil, which is human, plant and animal-friendly, to preserve the wood.

Harry's brother Charlie helped him out with the projectPicture by Harry Wright
Harry's brother Charlie helped him out with the projectPicture by Harry Wright

The newly renovated flooring has garnered a lot of interest online on both the brother's Facebook and Instagram pages as well as another post they made to a local Facebook page.

One comment from Victoria Dack read: "Absolutely beautiful well done!"

The brothers had donations from all across Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas	Picture by Harry Wright
The brothers had donations from all across Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas Picture by Harry Wright

Another from Gwen Owen said: "Wow! One very talented guy."

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