It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything, and for that I apologise…. I’ve been fortunate enough to be away for a few weekends back to back and so consequently, I haven’t had much time to report on the (still somewhat slow) progress in the master bedroom.
That said, a few things have moved forward which I will tell you about. Firstly – our salvaged and restored Victorian radiators finally arrived after being on an 8 week lead time (apparently these two came all the way from Scotland!), and our plumber finally had a slot to install them two weeks ago… so here they are – installed at last!
So as not to delay the installation, we just got around to painting the window wall so that the area behind the radiators would be painted. I have to confess that the other three walls of the room are still unfinished plaster in this photo!
We had a few issues along the way which made these radiators A LOT more challenging to source than the ones in our hallway which I will share for reference…
- The salvage shop where we bought our hallway salvaged radiators, and where I was naively expecting to find some for the master bedroom, didn’t have the size we needed.
- The windows in our master bedroom have lovely low sills, but that meant that we needed short radiators to fit neatly below them, which, I quickly learnt, are rather rare.
- Radiators come in standard heights, (18″ and 24″ at the short end of the scale) and sadly 24″ is just too tall, so our options were limited further.
- After undertaking the heating calculation, it also turned out that with two radiators, we only need a ‘2 column’ width radiator. These too are also rare, especially when combined with the height requirement.
- There are plenty of shops on the internet making replica cast iron rads, but none fit the requirements, they were either too tall, or two deep.
- A lot of the replicas didn’t have the same Ideal Boiler Company detailing, which I was keen to match.
In the end, after much searching, I finally came across The Old Radiator Company who were able to source exactly what we were after… they were just on an 8 week lead time…