Custom Home Bar Designs

Custom Home Bar Designs

Medieval walls

A smooth, mirror-flat surface on walls destroys the character of timber-framed cottages. Rough plaster is not difficult to emulate, if such walls need renovation. First, peel off the Georgian hair plaster carefully with a scraper, exposing the old wattle and daub, clay and dung (which you would be wise to keep very dry -unless you relish the odour of medieval privy). Large holes should be patched with bonding plaster, small ones with filling plaster. Then concoct a custardy slurry with the filling plaster and apply it unevenly with a spatula (see opposite).

The more ancient and humble a building, the less kindly it will take to mouldings or wallcoverings. Irregular rooms, and an uneven wall surface is best served by simplicity of treatment, using plain white or thin washes of colour, and perhaps traditional stencils for decoration (91).

Eighteenth-century walls No one but the most confirmed philistine would tamper with the orderly proportions of a Regency or Georgian house, the inspired whimsy of chinoiserie or Gothic revival, or the calm geometry of panelling in an eighteenth-century Connecticut Colony house. These are the models to which less distinguished dwellings can aspire. Some thoughtful research and help from a professional carpenter and cabinet-maker can reproduce some of the more telling elements -walls articulated by regular panels, for example, perhaps also with a panelled and partly glazed built-in corner cupboard.

Towards the end of the eighteenth century wood-panelled rooms were superseded by a combination of plaster and wood. If your house dates from this period, restrict wooden details to a dado rail, skirting, and door and window frames. Moulded plaster, in the form of simple cornices, can add further three-dimensional interest.

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