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Victorian Radiators Installed

You may remember that a few weeks ago Alex and I found some old Victorian radiators which we were having stripped.  Well, they finally arrived in our flat and we barely recognised them as they looked so shiny and new.  You can see how they looked when we bought them in the bottom row of the blogpost here.

Last week we booked in our plumber to install them and I am super pleased with how they look. After much debate about their finish and colour we finally settled on getting them sprayed a gunmetal grey.  Although the trend today is to paint radiators the same colour as the walls so they disappear, that approach didn’t seem appropriate here given I had gone to all the trouble to find them and they were going to be one of the key ‘features’ of our hallway.   I did also consider spraying them white to match the woodwork trim, but in the end decided that as the radiators are metal, they should probably look like metal, rather than deny them their materiality, or let these beautiful objects fade into the background.  Having decided that they needed to stand out, I considered leaving them natural – but learnt that you can’t leave cast iron uncoated as it will rust over time, and in any case they didn’t look particularly nice once the paint was all removed. And so gunmetal grey they happily are.

You can catch a glimpse of our unfinished staircase in the middle photo… that’s is still on the ‘to do’ list, along with installing a new pendant light.

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2 thoughts on “Victorian Radiators Installed

  1. Julia & Alex, the restored rads look amazing indeed. Interesting that the rads are not placed under a window as they are here, as that is where most of the winter cold air penetrates the room. Only London would have such a glorious array of such relics.
    Keep up the fantastic restoration work………….
    Connie

  2. Very good eye Connie! Yes, ideally we locate our radiators beneath windows too (although a lot of cheap heating installers put the radiators near the doors to rooms instead to save on pipework costs). This particular radiator however has not been located beneath the window as eventually it will become a door when we one day fill in the gap at the side of our house (called a ‘side return’ here in the UK) to turn it into an amazing kitchen.

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