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!