Tag: reclaimed building Materials

How to paint a cast iron radiator

Update an elegant cast iron radiator with a lick of paint and enjoy the many benefits these practical period features can bring to your home. As well as their elegant shape and decorative appearance, old-fashioned cast iron radiators offer excellent heat retention, allowing them to give off a more consistent and long-lasting heat than modern…




5 ways to use reclaimed railway sleepers in your home

Reclaimed railway sleepers are chunky, solid pieces of wood with excellent durability and longevity. The perfect building material for your next home DIY project. One important point to note when using railway sleepers inside the home, is that you should always make sure that the sleeper has not be treated with creosote, which is a…




3 types of lighting and how to use them effectively in your home

Well-designed interiors combine these three different types of lighting to create a comfortable, functional, and stylish space. As well as being functional, the lighting in a room plays a huge part in creating an atmosphere and setting a mood. Each different space in your home will require a different combination of lights, depending on the…




What makes an eco-friendly floor?

Choosing natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly flooring options is beneficial to both the environmental and your health. An ever-growing number of people are now making more socially and environmentally conscious buying decisions. With so many new natural and sustainable products now available on the market, it is easy to upgrade to eco-friendly flooring without compromising on…




How to care for stained glass windows

Whether original or reclaimed, stained glass windows are an attractive feature that can add real value and kerb appeal to your home. Keeping beautiful stained glass windows clean and free of dust and debris enhances their appearance and increases their longevity and value. Stained glass windows are delicate and should be cleaned and maintained with…




Where to source quality second-hand furniture

Buying furniture second-hand is an affordable and environmentally-friendly way of picking up unique, high quality items. Whilst flatpack, store-bought furniture may be cheap and cheerful, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination and its production and transportation can be very damaging to the environment. Reclaiming high quality second-hand furniture offers excellent value for money, produces…




What are encaustic tiles?

Patterned tiles have added interest and style to interiors around the world throughout history, making them a timeless addition to any home. From intricate, modern, multi-coloured patterns, to bold and simple monochrome designs, patterned tiles are now more popular than ever. If you’re considering adding some beautiful new tiles to your home, one of the…




Eco-friendly decorating tips

Decorating doesn’t need to involve chemicals, carbon emissions and waste, here are five sustainable and environmentally-friendly tips for making over your home. Cheap, mass-produced furniture, chemicals, and paint all have a detrimental effect on the environment but are still widely used by homeowners and traders during DIY and restoration projects. Luckily, there are plenty of…




4 alternative uses for a garden shed

The humble garden shed, typically a small wooden structure full of cobwebs, hibernating critters, and garden tools. Whilst garden sheds are a convenient place for storing garden tools, they have so much more potential. Many people are now transforming their garden sheds to add extra space to their homes. Here are just a few inspiring…




What is the difference between recycling and reclaiming?

Many people use the terms recycled and reclaimed interchangeably without realising that they refer to two different processes. As more people become aware of the environmental impact their purchasing decisions have, the demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable products is growing. When buying products like furniture and flooring you will frequently come across recycled and…