Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Makeover of an Old Queen...

Hello Dhaaarlings...
The "Makeover"... (read "Money Pit) has started here at the  "Palais" 
As with most renovations and re decorating on an old house... for anyone else that has been there.... we have discovered a few surprises...




Some of the original plaster fittings and finishings have been water damaged by previous owners and just had a quick lick of paint slapped over them to hide the water marks...




 Therefore we are needing to have the cornice and picture railing on one wall re moulded and replaced to match the original...

And then there was the plaster air vent that just fell off the wall as the workman was attempting to ready it for painting...



Extra time and money...

The plaster on the walls is the original "Horse Hair" none of the new fandangle dry wall...

The colour of the lounge and hallway walls has been a peach/ apricot...
On scraping back the paint that was flaking off everywhere due to being painted with "calcite" back in the 70's we discovered that the original colour was a pale green.




Unbeknownst to the Empress.... a very similar colour to the one that she has picked out for the re paint...

The surround of the fireplace and mantle in the lounge has been extremely poorly finished, something that the Empress hadn't noticed on purchasing the house... 




It's amazing what curtains can camouflage...

The hallway has all the original fittings around the front door and even the window opener above the door... They are so old that they have been clagged up by the application of years and years of paint that they longer work... I'd like to get them restored...




Sadly... the budget won't stretch to full renovation of the mechanism but at least the new paint job will freshen things up and already the hall is a little brighter than it has been in the past...

The works continue... It will be another week before the replacement cornice and picture rail can be finished off but by then the bulk of the work should be completed

Here's Hoping...