Before & Afters

From Bleak to Unique Vintage Chic

Here at the Rosebery, a boutique hotel in Newcastle, we love a good renovation and transformation and we obviously love interior design TV show there is! So we were thrilled to be approached and take part in the new BBC1 interior design show Your Home in Their Hands and have the opportunity to have created some fabulous rooms in someone’s home.

We’d love to share with you,  some of the before and after photos of the rooms and the items that were up-cycled to give them their unique, glamorous and stylish look.

A Beautiful Bedroom

Fantastic & French

Just like our Boutique Hotel in Newcastle!

The bedroom was the first room we redesigned and the look we went for was Vintage Boudoir Chic. The top features of the room included, a fabulous French vintage bed, the stunning Anna French metallic foiled wallpaper (Bird In a Bush), the Cobalt blue restored fireplace and the hand bespoke wardrobe system, built specifically for the homeowners to mask a rather ugly boiler. As well as these, there was also the intriguing mirror, which hid the TV and the restored and re-chromed Jones sewing machine base,  as the charming and elegant dressing table.

The French vintage boudoir bed started life, slightly worse for wear and found at a Vintage Fair. It looked a little bit dated and unloved. So we gave it a bespoke repaint and had it reupholstered in stunning pink raw silk to make it the boudoir beauty you see it as today.

Cushy Cushions

To add some more French elegance to the bed, we had bespoke cushions made from stunning raw silk, the colours we used were picked from the Bird in the Bush wallpaper. As with all of our upholstery and soft furnishings, we get local craftspeople, Kraftwork in Wallsend, to make our furniture look truly superb!

Savvy Storage

To fully enhance the storage space in the bedroom and utilise floor to ceiling, we came up with a bespoke wardrobe system which allows Yvonne and Dan to hide away their clothes and shoes behind a gorgeous, soft green, raw silk curtain. Little accessories and mirrors in the wardrobe added nicely to the boudoir theme of the room. The unsightly boiler was also boxed into a neat cupboard by our joiner.

Sew Pretty

Quite a popular vintage piece is the humble sewing machine base and by adding a fabulous chrome finish and a marble top has made this Singer sing!!! We used it in the Lavery’s bedroom as a quirky little dressing table and dressed it up with a Venetian mirror and some mirrored accessories to make it the perfect feminine place for Yvonne to get ready at.

True Transformation

Now, this is one of our most amazing transformations! We took a battered old cast iron fireplace and turned it into one of the feature pieces for the bedroom. Many people may have looked past the fireplace in its original form and left it behind at the salvage yard, but we saw the potential, had it shot blasted and powder coated by Elite in this brilliant blue and now it looks brill!

A Divine Dining Room

Bringing the Outside In

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The finished table set up for tv show

Take a Seat

Another item that some may also look over are these vintage cast iron garden chairs, but as we proved with the fireplace, cast iron pieces come up trumps when they’re shot blasted and powder coated! This vivid orange was colour picked from the Hummingbird wallpaper and was set off with the contrasting teal/blue, custom-made seat pads (also colour picked from the wallpaper).

Marble Makeover

The colour pop teal blue of the seat pads was also used on the feature dining table legs. It’s amazing, the new lease of life you can give to a piece of furniture, just from painting it an amazing colour. It may look scary to have such a lot of colour, but once it’s in situ, with the soft Hummingbird wallpaper, it works. Try adding a pop of colour into your interiors, you’ll love the results!

Premium Seats

Vintage cinema chairs are in demand and we know why! Just look at how brilliant you can make them look. Here in our boutique hotel in Newcastle, we have 2 rows of theatre chairs which have been lovingly upcycled and given new life. Not only can you choose the colours for the metal/woodwork, but there are a plethora of choices of fabric for the seats! Cinema seats work really well in residential and commercial interiors and add a unique twist to seating arrangements.

Piano Desk

The piano was the quirkiest feature of the Lavery’s dining room. We took an old piano, found at a vintage fair and turned it into a desk-come-radiator-cover with added shelving for storage. The soft grey we chose for the piano works really well in the room amongst the brighter furnishings and makes sure that this large piece of furniture does not become too imposing. The piano was also painted by Elite Powder Coating.

Cool Stool

We love this piano stool! It can be spun around to adjust to different heights, which makes it perfect for Ryan, Dan or Yvonne. Because this little stool is so fun, we painted it a fun colour (the same colour as the table base and small chairs below) and had the seat reupholstered by Kraftwork in a hard-wearing, sumptuous, chartreuse fabric. As with all types of soft furnishings, you can be as creative as you like, use patterns, use bright colours but most importantly use your imagination!


Lastly are these little dinky children’s garden chairs which are perfect for Ryan and one of his friends to sit on while they play or even eat at the table. They are the same luscious teal colour as the table base and piano stool and were painted at Elite.

Happy Homeowners!

Yvonne and Dan happy in their new dining room

Your Own Projects

If you’re ever carrying out any upcycling or refurbishing of furniture, make sure you get a photograph of what it was like before, then you can look back and show people exactly what you’ve done. You will get a great feeling of accomplishment with every project you do, it’s quite addictive! Head to our Facebook page and post your creations to our wall, we would love to see before and after pictures of your projects!