We pretty much decided as soon as we moved into the house that we wanted to change everything in it, radiators included, and were very specific on the style that we wanted.
The house had one free standing column radiator in the bay window when we viewed it, we loved the style and therefore last year began our changeover of some of the radiators from old and tired looking to brand new traditional column ones.
Jason sourced the radiators and valves from Best Heating as we wanted a traditional look but with an industrial edge and I think that this works well with the exposed polished copper piping.
I think they just look amazing, particularly against the restored floorboards but even with the carpet in the second bedroom they look spot on!
In the second bedroom and small office we just replaced the radiators that were there so that involved no pipework being moved, but in the hall we decided to move the radiator to the other side of the hall and get a slightly smaller radiator so it was less imposing with the hall being a narrow corridor.
We are really pleased with our decision and how the finished look has turned out and can’t wait to sort the rest of the radiators out in the house.
I can spend absolutely hours browsing interiors inspiration online and mentally spending thousands of pounds on various sites full of magnificent items that would look amazing once our house is finished. So I thought I would compile a wish list so to speak of various items I have spied or things that I am looking for that would be a great addition to the house and lets face it this list is going to be added to on a regular basis so these may become a monthly item on the blog, we will see.
Firstly I definitely want to find some decorative items for the living room. I bought this stunning vintage brass peacock from Mustard Vintage before Christmas and I think I would like to invest in some other brass items but also incorporating some vases perhaps?
I am also on the look out for some sort of sideboard or cabinet for the dining room, I am drawn to items such as this on Swoon Editions but I also like to keep an eye out for vintage finds as well. I think though this will be something that will be purchased once we have finished the renovation of the downstairs and it’s been decorated etc.
Lastly I am perusing online for inspiration of what to hang above these gorgeous drawers that we again got from Mustard Vintage (a favourite online shop of mine). I can’t decide if a mirror like this from Cox and Cox or a piece of artwork. This will all depend on what we end up doing renovation wise in our bedroom in regards to fitted wardrobes and incorporating mirrors on the wardrobe doors perhaps?
Those of you who may follow us over on Instagram (@middleoftherow) will know that we had some floorboards and skirting board restored towards the end of last year. I thought I would show you some before and after’s on here as well as talking about why we decided on what to restore.
First up, skirting boards.
In the living room and dining room there are some pieces of mismatched skirting board, we think from when the rooms were knocked through and whoever did it just decided to make do with whatever they could find. Well to us we want to make sure as we are renovating that we are true to the period features of the house (as best that we can) as well as modernising and making it our own, therefore this mismatched skirting needs to be restored to match the rest. The first part of this to be done has been the living room, mainly because of the stove installation and the need to get new skirting board on the fire place wall.
The skirting is 11″ skirting and it was not an easy task to source someone to do it. We tried website that claimed to do any skirting (who told us they had never seen any skirting like it!!?), to a local wood merchant who only did up to 9″ skirting (period feature problems). We managed eventually to find a joiner who could get some made to the exact design and also fit it for us, which was brilliant and as you can see from the pictures below has done an amazing job.
*On the left is the old skirting board that didn’t match and on the right is the new one which matches the rest of the room perfectly.*
Second up, floorboard restoration.
Deciding what to restore floorboards wise has been something that has gone round in a circle for a long time, however we finally settled on restoring the hallway and the office for now. We used a local company who came and sanded the floor down, filled the gaps and then used three layers of a clear lacquer to seal them.
I have to say I am so happy with how they have turned out and with the addition of the column radiators in both of these spaces it looks totally transformed!
If you follow us on Instagram (@middleoftherow) you will already be aware that we have recently changed the fireplace in the living room from a gas fire to a wood burning stove. Let me tell you it was a decision that took well over a year but it has been well worth the wait and one of the best decisions we have made because boy does it heat the room up nice and cosy!
This was the gas fire place that was in the living room when we moved in. Everyone who has come into the house gushed about how lovely it looked. It did look lovely and very in keeping with the period of the house, however the hearth was absolutely massive and intrusive into the room and we never found the Gas fire very cosy or very efficient at heating up the entire room. We always have wanted a house with either an original fireplace to burn openly or have a stove fitted and therefore this fire was just not what we envisaged for our house.
On our decision journey we floated the idea of getting just an open fire fitted for the ambience and the dream of what we had always wanted. Everyone told us that they are not heat efficient and stoves are far better for heat etc etc etc….thankfully after finding out that the feathers in our chimney had gone and that this would be a massive cost to rectify that idea was shot out of the window and back to the stove idea we went and to be honest I am so pleased that we couldn’t get the open fire as I think it would have been a big mistake considering the amount of heat that we are now getting from our beautiful stove!
Installation took two days and had a little bit of trauma in that when they took the fire out the flu was not aligned to the centre and the hole was smaller than expected. The original fireplace that would have been in the living room must have been off centre to the right for some reason and that was why the flu was not aligned. This was rectified by removing a piece of the wall in the flu and inserting a lintel to make the hole bigger for the inglenook to fit the stove into. We also had issues with access to the chimney as we were advised that they could use our neighbours roof until the fitters came and said that they would not be able to access it and therefore a cherrypicker would be required which added additional cost.
I just love the finished look and feel that we now get with the stove and I am so pleased that we bit the bullet and decided to get it installed. We now just have a few finishing touches to complete, i.e. replacing the old skirting and decorating, but once that it done it will look even more amazing than it does now.
If you have had a stove fitted I’d love to hear your experiences so do leave a comment below?
I had been following a salvage yard on Instagram for a while and they kept showing all these fantastic vinatage/salvage finds that I thought we should go and check them out and see what was on offer and if there was anything that would be good for the house.
I have also documented this as a vlog over on our YouTube channel here if you want to check that out as well.
We went in mind to potentially look at spindles, however ended up eyeing up a huge cupboard (of which we did not buy as we currently don’t have the space….maybe when we rip the bathroom to pieces it could go in there if it is still available!) and then ended up buying something completely unpredictable…..a 4m long salvaged school bench.
We had been mulling over storage for the hall for a long time and on seeing this we thought it would look and fit the bill perfectly. With a shelf for storing shoes and the bench to sit on to put your shoes on, what could be more fitting!?
This fits the length and width of the hall perfectly and since we have had the radiator moved and a new smaller column radiator fitted as well as the floorboards restored (see picture below) the hall is just coming together nicely and I am loving the industrial/vintage feel to it.