Adding some Victorian character with cornice

This weekend we began the exciting task of fitting the cornice in the master bedroom. It was always our intention to add some original features back into the house and cornice, or coving, as it’s sometimes known, is a great way to add a touch of Victorian glamour.

We bought it online from The Victorian Cornice Company and it cost around £800, which should be enough to do the two bedrooms upstairs and two reception rooms downstairs. It’s not cheap but hopefully it’ll be worth it in the end.

The solid plaster cornice comes in three metre lengths which need to be cut to size with a saw and glued into place with putty. As it’s a very messy job, Sel had to keep wiping the plaster with a wet cloth to remove excess putty before it dried. We also hammered tiny pins into the walls to hold it up whilst drying.

Mixing putty


It took almost a whole day to do one room so we’ve still got a lot more to do. We’ll keep you posted and let you know how we get on.


Read more about the first stages of Lindsay’s renovation journey on her personal blog and check back here each month to find out how the rest of the project is going.