Drawing Room Before and After

finished result

 Drawing Room Before and after

I have been dying to do one of these posts, we love a before and after. I can’t believe the moment has finally come. WE HAVE FINISHED THE DRAWING ROOM!!!!

To recap this was the prettiest room in the house but also the one that needed the most work.

It had a beautiful open work plaster ceiling, stunning stained glass windows  and a lovely inglenook with pretty fire surround.

However, the walls had been badly panelled in the 70s with damp-trapping Formica and a fake dado, the radiators were rusty and the fire place was all boarded and bricked up with the hearth missing. The windows were draughty and about to fall through as the lead had started to fail, they had been protected by having full size security bars up on the inside.  Two windows had been replaced with security glass so needed building from scratch and the removal of the security grilles caused significant damage to the plaster work.

The door frame had been reduced in size to accommodate a really cheap 90’s door and the fire surround had 20mm of gloss paint layers obscuring all the detail.  The panelling had resulted in most of the original skirting and some of the dado being damaged, which meant we had to get new skirting and dado made to match the original profile, plus a new door custom-made to match the original design that goes through the house.

So – lot’s to do!

Here is the full journey, all the details are in other blog posts.

And here it is now!

Home of Thea Mallett in Leeds.
25th August 2015.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe


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  1. Avatarsays: Jennifer Cooper

    Love this room – I like how the two sofas face each other – I can just imagine friends sitting and chatting and eating scones!

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