The dining room has a high sash and case window with original wood panels. A recessed cupboard is on the fireplace wall. The wood graining on all of the woodwork has an almost walnut effect. It is definitely the best graining in the whole house but unfortunately it is now very dark.

Nice carpet, curtains and matching lampshade are all included in the sale.

The carpet is lifted. The fireplace is 1940s(?) and is not in keeping with an old Victorian house.

The floorboards are narrow and still tight-fitting. As a temporary measure they are sanded and given a couple of coats of dark oak woodstain.

The fireplace is removed and is replaced with a Victorian cast iron one. This is actually an original piece from this house. It was removed from bedroom 2. The surround is shot blasted and given a quick spray of primer. Marks on the back suggest it is from the Carron Ironworks in Falkirk.

It is almost Christmas and the fireplace is given appropriate decoration

Christmas day and the dining room is used properly for the first time. Logs are put on the fire and a few backsides are singed.

The piano fits neatly into the dining room. For those interested it is an 1899 Bechstein. It sounds excellent, except when I play it.

I managed to buy an antique brass chandelier for the dining room. It is believed to be of Swedish origin but I don't know how to date it so any suggestions are welcome.

Now, 3 years after we moved this fireplace, I have got round to having it painted. This is a faux marble finish which I acheived using scumble glaze, oil paint and a few practice pieces. I am really please with the result.