So did mine.
We had a nice pine kitchen table. One weekend the pine top was removed
and replaced with a rectangular piece of new-fangled chipboard, with the
corners chopped off at 45 degrees, then covered with a sheet of red
formica and black edgeing stuck on with evostick.
if the panelled doors (or ornate balistrades) were just panelled in with
hardboord, then they were preserved and protected for future
generations. It was the berks who ripped all the cornicing and features
out who ruined houses.
Barry was interviewed about 10 to 15 years ago on TV and he was still
'at it'. He showed the interviewer his tea-trolley nicely upgraded with
a set of set of big rubber castor wheels that would be more at home on a
Yes - but easily undone - we had great fund "restoring" our doors.
Hardboard was only panel pinned on and after that we just had to pull
the stops off and re position them.
The hardest bit was dealing with the 1930's "varnish". Turned to toffee
under heat and needed gallons of painstripper. Impossible to sand.
In the end a light sand to key it and overcoat with non-drip gloss
seemed to be the easiest way.
I've heard of him, but I didn't have a telly in those days!
He certainly didn't "start it all" though. I've been doing DIY since
long before that - late 50's I reckon. I suppose he may have made people
more aware of possibilities.
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