The Door and Fireplace are Home!

The fireplace and front door have been away from site for a couple of weeks having the last century of paint stripped from them.

The fireplace was nearly chucked out at one point, but after a little investigation we decided it was most likely original to the house and was therefore, a keeper.

Here is the fireplace late last year, not long after we’d arrived…

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And now…

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It has some beautiful hand carved details…

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These rosettes are carved from the core of the wood, so are a darker shade than the rest of the fireplace. I can’t wait to get some wax on it!

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We also had the original front door’s broken panes replaced and the wood stripped, I think it’s been pretty much every colour throughout it’s history, but it’s finally back to it’s natural state, once it has a few coats of wax it will bring a bit of warmth to the hallway.

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Here is the outside view, I love it! Is it acceptable to put the Christmas wreath up yet?

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It still has the original letterbox…

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And handle…though it’s located for people several feet shorter than Ronnie and I.

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Thanks to Dave at Regency Antiques for his work on both of these, love them.

In other (totally unrelated) news, I picked up this Indonesian side table at an antiques fair today for a bargain price of £18, it will fit in perfectly with the vaguely colonial lounge design that is floating around my little head.

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We also bought an antique caster’s ladle…no idea what we’ll do with it, but had to be mine.

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Easter Weekend

Easter weekend has been lovely, plus, we’ve had some lovely eggs, doesn’t everyone get goose eggs for Easter?! .

20140421-223521.jpgI’ve spent about 10 hours atop the ladder chip chip chipping away at the lounge ceiling rose. This is it before I started…

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I’m all for an easy life so I’ve tried a few suggestions to speed up the process, including copious amounts of steam and Peelaway, basically, I found these made a nasty job even nastier, and there’s little substitute for good ol’ elbow grease and a sharp scalpel.

20140420-214448.jpgThis picture shows the 125 year old build up of distemper, paint and general gloop. This is how it’s looking this evening, still a long way to go, but looking much crisper. Only the rest of this one, and the one in the library to do, grr!

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In other news, the carpenter turned up, six days late (what is it with these tradesmen?!) but he’s done a great job of fitting the stained glass window between the dining area and arch…

20140420-220144.jpg Needs finishing off tomorrow, but think it’s going to look amazing when lit at night, I was dead against that wall coming down, but it’s made a great little space, dare I say I was wrong!?

20140420-220316.jpg Like the carpenter, the gardener is also running late, he was coming to do some prep at 7pm last Thursday… Still no word, must be stuck in traffic…