We stripped the existing vinyl wallpaper and freed the nailed down window shutters. The tiny fire place was removed and so was the one behind that. Eventually the original fire space and cooking spit were revealed, but were now too big for the room.
Compromise resulted in a half size hearth and our friend Stan Pike hand-forged the iron fire grate and dogs for us. He also made all the iron candlabras and sconces in the room. The paneling is all made from plywood and routed timber bought in lengths from a DIY store. Our friend Geoff built all the panelling to Chip's design. It was a first for both of them and Geoff went on to create many lovely wooden rooms in the years that followed.
The wood is all painted with matt black interior paint. I rubbed a dilute solution of this paint all over the floor to take away the yellowness of the pine boards. An enlarged border of Diamonds runs along the edges of the room and each corner is puncuated with an outsize CS86 Tudor Rose similar to the fibre glass ones that appear on the panel frames. Every panel on the wall is stencilled with either an herb or a crest from our Gothic, Medieval & Tudor collection. We muddied the colours by applying acrylic varnish tinted with a little burnt siena paint over the stencilling.
The same designs were stencilled onto canvas and made into cushion covers.
The wall above the panelling has been stencilled in black acrylic paint. The stencil design GMT23 reminded me of plaster pargetting. This photo of pargetting was taken by Andrew Dunn . The house was built in the 1400's. Just click on to any of our photographs to enlarge them
The table and chairs were not to our current taste but are useful and have an sentimental value so we covered them in stencilled canvas. The table wears GMT 52 and the chairs have tie on skirts decorated with GMT 38 both in black acrylic paint.
This room always smells wonderful, a combination of wood smoke and fig scented candles. I keep all the garden prunings from sage, lavender and rosemary bushes in a big bakset by the fire. Dried citrus peel is also flung in there. They all make wonderful fire lighters. We decorate the rooms in our home fairly frequently, but this one has not been touched for over ten years. It appears in both our book and DVD of The Stencilled Home.
The years had taken their toll on the pale sisal mat. Food and drink spillage along with fire sparks and feet had badly stained areas of it. I remedied this by stencilling an all over pattern GMT 43 on the rug to disguise the offending areas.
It worked better than expected and I photographed each stage of the process. I will blog it as a project very soon.
Real tours of The Stencilled Home, as opposed to blog ones will resume next month. I will post the dates when the house will be open for viewing as soon as they are finalised. H