Radiator Restoration No. 1

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.



Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018!

At the end of April this year we will have been in our house for 2 years, I know everyone says this but where has the time gone?

There have been times in this renovation journey so far where I have felt very frustrated and overwhelmed by the decisions and time it takes to do things. However I will say that I think we now have a clear plan of the order in which we are going to do things although there are still decisions to be made i.e. bedroom wardrobes, bathroom, getting the dining room below sorted etc. etc.


*Desk by Scaramanga*

I am hoping to do a lot more content here on the blog and hopefully our Youtube channel this year, maybe starting with a wish list of things to purchase for the house?

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that 2018 brings a wealth of happiness to you in whatever you are doing.


Buying Vintage

Buying vintage or second hand is not for everyone but it is a great way of getting unique and interesting pieces at relatively good prices and sometimes even bargain prices. It is also a good way of recycling and a more sustainable way of purchasing furniture. We have bought quite a few vintage pieces over the years and we have also sold or donated furniture that we no longer require or enjoy. I think that is important to try and give furniture new homes in this way rather than just sending it to the bottom of a skip. Another persons unloved item can turn into someone else’ most treasured possession.

I thought I would share with you some of our vintage buys that we have and also where we find it best to purchase items from.


I found this lovely washstand via gumtree and it was a bargain at that. When I bought it it was cream with decoupage flowers on it, a bit of sanding and a few coats of paint later and it looked a lot more fresh and up to date. I recently bought these new handles for it via amazon and I think they have jazzed it up rather nicely.



Auctions are somewhere that my parents love to browse and look at for furniture, they have bought a few items from auctions and fully advocate looking online or visiting the auction room before buying, they also say to know your limit when bidding. I have yet to visit an auction but it is somewhere that I am planning on going to in the future as I think you can find some fabulous pieces and if you know what you are doing can pick up some decent bargains.

Car Boot Sales or Charity Shops

This mirror was a car boot find absolutely years ago and it was just plain wood. When I was sprucing up the washstand I decided to give this a new lease of life by painting it up and adding some distressed character to give it a new lease of life.


I think buying at car boot sales has a knack to it and to be honest it isn’t somewhere that I regularly go to look for furniture but it’s always somewhere to go now and then to have a browse out of interest and if you see something it’s a bonus.

I have been in our local British Heart Foundation furniture shop a few times for a browse (we have also donated furniture to them that we no longer require) and we have bought two items from them so far.

First off was this mid-century bookcase. When I first saw this it was marked as £25 and by the time I had decided that it was definitely what I wanted it had been reduced to £10!! What an absolute steal! Mid-century furniture is very in style at the moment just take a look at all the amazing furniture on West Elm for a start, and it’s definitely a style that we love and have embraced whole heartedly so to find this beauty was a complete bonus.


When I bought it it did have glass doors that were immediately taken out as they looked dated and were a hazard for our toddler as I wanted her to have easy access to her books. My idea was to do it up and I do keep thinking I will spruce it up as there are little holes from the tacks off the runners where the doors were and I think it could probably do with being stripped and re-varnished or something but I am a little reluctant in case I ruin it…I’ll just have to keep researching on how to restore furniture before I make my mind up.

The second piece is this lovely vintage wardrobe which we think could be 1940’s. I think this cost around £65 and was in very good condition. It’s a perfect piece for our daughters room and adds a bit of character at the same time. I love the detailing on this piece even though it probably was quite simple for it’s time. The inside has a slide out rail and pigeon hole type storage to one side which I think is perfect for a children’s wardrobe.




I love browsing online for furniture and can’t tell you how many things I have mentally bought in my head. Buying online is tricky in regards to vintage furniture and I think it is always best to read reviews of people who have bought from the companies previously. Two places that I have bought from are Scaramanga and Mustard Vintage, but I also like to browse on MucknBrass as they have some amazing pieces and I have eyed up a couple of things on there that I would like to have in our house.

I bought these coat hooks from Scaramanga, we have one in our hall which has 5 hooks and then I have a 3 hook one in our bedroom to hang jewellery on etc. I think they look great and add some vintage industrial flare to the rooms. Scaramanga have some really good furniture pieces on their website as well so I would definitely recommend checking them out.

This side table from Mustard Vintage is a recent addition to our household and I absolutely love it. I literally saw it on their Instagram page and just had to buy it there and then. If you are on Instagram I would definitely recommend checking their page out, it is amazing and their styling is totally on point. They have some beautiful pieces of furniture, mostly mid-century (which is our style to a tee) however there are other pieces on there as well. All of which I could quite easily buy and fill our house with, I have to reign myself in every time I look on their page or go onto their website as I could just go absolutely crazy!

We would love to here any recommendations for buying Vintage or leave us a comment with your Vintage furniture experiences.