Back to the struggle of renovation, after the flights of fancy and the family history of some of the previous posts. I am going to add some photos today of some of these 'features' that I keep mentioning, and the restoration that I'm carrying out on them.
Number one is the doors. It's funny how you get accustomed to doors, the demarcating line between cooking, sitting, showering, sleeping; between porch and landing and hall; those solid blockers of draughts. For the past five days I've had all these artificial barriers removed. I've been living in an open plan New York Loft type environment where the uses of the rooms have blurred and shifted and I've found myself sitting on the edge of the bath to eat, wandering into the bedroom with a frying pan in hand while I talk on the phone, or sleeping in front of the fire on a mattress, fresh from surfing the net to look at Farrow and Ball paints.
But my own doors are back from their dippin' an' strippin' and while I thought they would come up lovely, as they say, the finish that Complete PaintStripping of Chester have got is out of this world. The doors (the photos should illustrate this) were old, battered pine, covered in layer after layer of shiny gloss paint and with their handles and door furniture coated in the same stuff. On return they are all soft, glowing natural wood, still very slightly damp after the stripping process. Even the Victorian glass and the metal handles are now sparkling and polished. Thanks to Steve for a great job, and Simon for his very careful courier service!
|Glass panelled door, pre treatment|
I've just found that you can view the photos at a larger size if you click on them, btw.
Short and sweet this time as I'm boshing it hard, as my brother Toby used to say. It's typical cool damp Snowdonia weather outside, slate coloured skies and drizzle, so I've got all lights blazing, vintage jazz on the stereo, and of course a cup of tea on the hour every hour... Will
|Slate panel with varnish remover brushed on|
|Chatanette original kitchen range|
|Door furniture stripped back to the metal|
|Doors back, beautifully soft and glowing!|