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Six top tips for restoring a Victorian property

Six top tips for restoring a Victorian property

Nick and Ingrid’s 1904 Victorian home in Harrogate is benefitting from a grand overhaul. Here they tell us about their renovation project…


Victoria renovation using linseed oil


1. Highlight Historic Features

Nick said: “We’ve been here eight years. The first job we did was rebuild the old entrance porch a year ago.” It’s a grand glass structure featuring ornate stain-glass windows and a vivid aubergine front door. “Even though a weather-shield paint was used it hasn’t even lasted a year and now needs repainting.”


2. Wash The Stone

Secondly Nick and Ingrid had their stone washed to give the house a freshen up. However, this highlights further problems. Decorator Ian Stokes said: “You can see the windows are in a real state. A synthetic paint has been used and it’s really flaking. We’re now stripping it down to the bare timber and applying linseed oil paint throughout.”

How to apply linseed oil


3. Protect the Timber

Ian encourages all his clients to use linseed paint on their project. “Modern conventional paints form a soft skin over the top of the surface you are painting. Linseed paint soaks in. Being a breathable finish, linseed paint allows for moisture to exit the timber. The penetration of the paint alongside the removal of moisture prolongs the timber lifespan from the decaying process,” says Ian. 

Linseed oil paint offers long-lasting colour and protection and only needs to be maintained every 10-15 years with a quick rub down of raw linseed oil, saving Nick and Ingrid the expense of further renovation in years to come. 

Why decorators use linseed paint


4. Conservative Interiors 

Ingrid takes us inside to see the work they’ve done on the interior of the home. “We’ve only managed three rooms so far. I’d like to say it’s a conservative style.” The house is accessorised with grand oak furniture and antique-style decor to compliment this grand Victorian home. “We’d like to paint the rest of the house in linseed oil paint now we’ve discovered what great colours and protection it offers.”

10 reasons to use linseed oil 


5. Restore Traditional Features

Next Nick and Ingrid plan to strip down all the internal doors to make a great feature throughout the home. “There’s another job for Oricalcum’s linseed products,” says Nick.


6. Go Natural

“No really, since Ian has introduced us to the product I’ve really researched it and even chatted to Oricalcum to get a real understanding of the product. It’s great to see paint returning to its natural roots and turning away from solvent-based synthetic paints. I’m really impressed with their passion.”

Why is linseed oil all natural and eco-friendly

Nick and Ingrid’s renovation is expected to take two to three week. We’re excited to reveal the finished project coming soon…