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How to upcycle junk to create a warehouse party venue from a building site

How to upcycle junk to create a warehouse style party venue

Building projects can take a long time to complete and be expensive. If you have a special birthday or event which you would like host within your house but the building project is taking longer than expected or you want to take a breather from builders and…

08 Jul 2019

Building projects can take a long time to complete and be expensive. If you have a special birthday or event which you would like host within your house but the building project is taking longer than expected or you want to take a breather from builders and costs for your own health, and  if your project is up to the watertight shell stage, you could host your party within the building site by making a few cheap improvements to the…

How to create an authentic Victorian bay window for your house extension

How to create an authentic Victorian bay window for your hou

If you are looking to extend your period house there are two different approaches you may take. You may wish to create an extension that provides a contrast to the existing style of the house and is a statement piece. This might incorporate glass and concrete…

13 Jun 2019

If you are looking to extend your period house there are two different approaches you may take. You may wish to create an extension that provides a contrast to the existing style of the house and is a statement piece. This might incorporate glass and concret joined onto a Victorian or Edwardian house which the planners and any conservation officer involved with your house if it is listed may love or loathe.Or you may decide like many…

Things I wished I’d asked (and demanded an answer to) before hiring my Builder/ Bricklayer/Roofer

Things I wished I’d asked

Finally coming up for air after an arduous 6 months building our extension we pondered our recent experiences. Whilst we found some wonderful people to work with namely our Groundworker Karl, our Scaffolder Dan and our Roofer Ken, we’ve also had some horrible…

26 Feb 2019

Finally coming up for air after an arduous 6 months building our extension we pondered our recent experiences. Whilst we found some wonderful people to work with namely our Groundworker Karl, our Scaffolder Dan and our Roofer Ken, we’ve also had some horrible experiences with dishonest, alcohol dependant, money grabbing and feckless bricklayers and a very unpleasant carpenter and roofer team who seemingly didn’t get on at all and who…

How to upcycle an antique desk

How to upcycle an antique desk

There might be several reasons you choose to upcycle a Victorian writing desk – you might have this old piece of furniture and not really like it but don’t want to throw it away and think could be transformed into something you do like. Or your piece of…

10 Oct 2018

There might be several reasons you choose to upcycle a Victorian writing desk – you might have this old piece of furniture and not really like it but don’t want to throw it away and think could be transformed into something you do like. Or your piece of furniture could be damaged but with some filler and paint, could look perfect albeit in another guise. Or you could just fancy taking up a new hobby and “pimping up” furniture sounds…

Top tips on how to furnish a wooden dolls house

Top tips on how to furnish a wooden dolls house

A wooden dolls house is an object that can be very attractive and unique both inside and outside. You can save money on your wooden dolls house if you buy one with a good quality structure with no furniture, fixtures and decor then slowly add this yourself over…

26 Sep 2018

A wooden dolls house is an object that can be very attractive and unique both inside and outside. You can save money on your wooden dolls house if you buy one with a good quality structure with no furniture, fixtures and decor then slowly add this yourself over time. This is a course of action which provides a source of entertainment and pride in itself, almost as enjoyable as playing with it once it’s finished.How can I decorate a…

What is a Victorian dresser?

What is a Victorian dresser?

dresser  |ˈdrɛsə|nouna sideboard with shelves above for storing and displaying plates and kitchen utensils.• N. Amer.a chest of drawers.ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting a kitchen sideboard or table on which food was prepared): from Old French…

19 Sep 2018

dresser  |ˈdrɛsə|nouna sideboard with shelves above for storing and displaying plates and kitchen utensils.• N. Amer.a chest of drawers.ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting a kitchen sideboard or table on which food was prepared): from Old French dresseur, from dresser ‘prepare’ (see dress) What is the meaning of the word Dresser?Firstly a point of clarification; a dresser means two different things depending on whether you…

How to reupholster a chair

How to reupholster a chair

The techniques of traditional upholstery are centuries old. To reupholster a chair, means to take the chair back to its frame and build the shape back up with springs, fibre, animal hair and hand stitching.

27 Jul 2018

The techniques of traditional upholstery are centuries old. To reupholster a chair, means to take the chair back to its frame and build the shape back up with springs, fibre, animal hair and hand stitching.Using one of my chairs as an example, I will show the process without going into too much detail.What's the first step to reupholstering a chair?It’s always a good idea to see what has been done before. The chair’s seat was a…

How to clean cast iron radiators

How to clean cast iron radiators

This is a simple guide about how to clean cast iron and column radiators. These radiators can be tricky to clean with their vertical columns with narrow gaps in between them, which attracts dust and dirt. A small cast iron radiator with 12 columns can take a…

26 Jul 2018

This is a simple guide about how to clean cast iron and column radiators. These radiators can be tricky to clean with their vertical columns with narrow gaps in between them, which attracts dust and dirt. A small cast iron radiator with 12 columns can take a good half an hour to clean but this is not something that needs to be done every week. If you are not careful dust can really accumulate without you realising leaving a very mucky…

How to identify Victorian furniture

How to identify Victorian furniture

Design of anything in a particular period will depend on the social and creative background to the period and in Victorian Britain there was a massive diversity in styles and a high output of furniture. The Victorians loved to show off their wealth and good…

14 Jun 2018

Background to Victorian decoration and furnitureDesign of anything in a particular period will depend on the social and creative background to the period and in Victorian Britain there was a massive diversity in styles and a high output of furniture. The Victorians loved to show off their wealth and good taste and this was demonstrated by the interior design and decoration of their homes and the furniture they chose for it. The newly…

How to restore Victorian tiles

How to restore Victorian tiles

We get a lot of calls from customers who have had the good fortune to purchase a Victorian house with a wealth of period features including some original tiles on floors and walls. The Victorians typically tiled a wealth of their house’s surfaces including…

16 May 2018

We get a lot of calls from customers who have had the good fortune to purchase a Victorian house with a wealth of period features including some original tiles on floors and walls. The Victorians typically tiled a wealth of their house’s surfaces including hallway floors with intricate and colourful patterned designs sometimes incorporating encaustic tiles; porch floors and walls tiles to encompass skirting, dado and feature tiles in eye…

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