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Welcome to the How-To Tips area of The Victorian Emporium. Here you can view and read all of our advice articles on their various subjects.

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…

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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 and slowly over time add all of this yourself. 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.Tips on…

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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…

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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.Strip the frameIt’s always a good idea to see what has been done before. The chair’s seat was a little uneven, so the springs were…

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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…

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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…

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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 to encompass skirting, dado and feature tiles in eye…

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25 Apr 2018

I love restoring antiques, using some of the fantastic modern fabrics now on the market. Mixing old and new. Creating an original, one-off piece of furniture. This article will give you an idea of the process of re-upholstery; it’s not a step-by-step instruction manual. Traditional upholstery is a craft that takes years to master. Originally, it was a 5 year full time apprentiship. Now there are many short and long courses. But it still…

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26 Apr 2017
How to add period features to your homeWhen undertaking period home renovations, there is a danger that any new products that are incorporated will look brand spanking new and at odds with the other interior elements. This is a common concern with our customers which is why we’ve put together a guide to creating and sourcing authentic looking period property features. Some of the products that we sell will help to recreate that 120…

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06 Jul 2016

Have you purchased a period house and are planning a restoration but don’t like the idea of living in a time warp? If so, here is our brief guide on how to restore your house with modern victorian interiors whilst also enjoying the original features of the house. This will help to complement the house without looking out of place or from the wrong architectural period.It is possible to create a stunning modern interior whilst still…

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