Oak Panelling and Staircase
We had previously worked on several projects for this particular client, including creating a hand painted kitchen and utility room and several other jobs at his office. He came to us this time, after carrying out extensive research on oak panelling. He had a very clear idea of what he wanted, which was to have two walls in his living room panelled, with a pair of French doors in a matching style. He also had existing beams to be clad in oak to be more in keeping with the rest of the room. Our client wanted the panelling to look as if it had always been there, so we managed to source some French oak, which had more splits and knots than we would usually use, to create a more aged look. We stained and hand waxed all the oak to create a very authentic look.
In his sitting room, he asked us to panel another wall. We suggested using a different style to create an individual look and we used a beaded panel style in oak.
The next project he had for us was to clad his beams in his dining room so that they would match his living room.
In addition to the panelling, we altered the existing oak, open staircase, changing it into an enclosed staircase. This included panelling, cupboards underneath and new knewl posts. The staircase had hand-turned barley twist spindles, with a stained and hand waxed finish.
We took great pleasure in our client telling us that a few weeks later he held a dinner party where several of his guests said that they hadn't noticed the oak panelling in the rooms before, thinking that it had always been there. Success!