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Unearthed Treasures

The great thing about old houses is you can unintentionally unearth hidden treasures when renovating and decorating.

Having just found a vintage wooden ruler hiding behind an old boiler it got me thinking about all the other treasures people find be it characterful features behind plasterboard or personal keepsakes from previous owners.

In our current house we found old fireplaces behind plasterboard in the bedrooms which is quite common as is restoring original floorboards. However spookily we also found an old newspaper hiding beneath some underlay when we were ripping out the old carpets with my date of birth on.

Unearthed Fireplace

When my sister renovated she found some old postcards and vintage game clues as well as a doll shaped hand-cut paperchain under the flooring which were charming and obviously unexpected.

On a recent visit to see some friends, who have been steadily renovating for the past couple of years, they had just discovered the most amazing original tiles in their cloakroom which was an old cell as their house used to be the village police station. In addition there was cute vintage wallpaper peaking through and in the past they had also unearthed a time capsule that had been hidden in a wall. It was just a shame it was from 1990 and not from a bygone era!

Very kindly they let me photograph the tiles and they hope to have unearthed them all and restored them to their former glory by the end of the year, so I will hopefully share the finished look with you then.

Prison cell chic! Can’t wait to see the end result.

Brand new brick style tiling now comes with a hefty price tag as they are very desirable and popular, however in my opinion you can’t put a price on a stylish interior with vintage appeal and story to tell and these are the real deal.

It is amazing to see how trends evolve and what was once deemed old fashioned and unsightly or unpractical is now very much embraced in a world where mass production rules.

Have you unearthed anything interesting whilst renovating or decorating? If so I would love to hear from you.

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