I know mid summer isn’t really the time that people think about their radiators, but when you’re doing up a property on a shoe-string, believe me, now is the time to look! And where better to start the search than a refurbishment that is removing items that don’t suit their taste?
Richard removed six of these Edwardian column radiators from a bungalow in South London and I know what you’re thinking – why?? They have so much more character than the modern panel rads, but for all their charm, these old rads are not as energy efficient. They were made before BTu’s were even considered and as a result, they can be fairly random in their heat output, which means you might not be able to rely on them as your main heat source. They also take up more space and refinishing them can be a real labour of love.
For all that, I think they really add something to a room, especially if you like a sculptural, industrial feel to you fittings. And Richard says that rubbing these back with a wire brush would be enough to give you a good surface for repainting in something like Hammerite, for a gunmetal appearance. If you want them professionally dipped, then obviously the costs are much higher, but this too, can be lower than buying off-the-peg modern column radiators, so it pays to do your homework. And that’s where eBay comes in! These are listed on eBay under Edwardian Column Radiators. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xedwardian+column+radiators&_nkw=edwardian+column+radiators&_sacat=0&_from=R40 The auction ends on the 11th August, so tell your friends, if they’re hunting for radiators that you have the perfect ‘find’ for them!