Restoration @ 53 Palace Street Petersham.

Updated: Mar 19

We wanted to share our experiences and design ideas from renovating our home & shop at 53 Palace street in Petersham. We have not stopped renovating & restoring since we moved in almost 10 years ago, most of the work we have done ourselves on a tight budget, bit by bit we have chipped away to create a home and shop we are proud of. It is not completely finished and part of me thinks we will never stop renovating and improving.

So lets start at the very beginning, well maybe better to say...the very front!

This was the front of the property when we bought the house 10 years ago. The shop was added to the front of the 1880's terrace house back in 1919. 100 years ago. {We will talk more about the interesting history of the property in another blog post soon} We believe the weatherboard and large windows were added by the last owner to operate a business out of the premises, a Glazier, back in 1960s. {Looks like he sold his product to half of Petersham by looking at the amount of beautiful etched glass in the surrounding streets.}

Stripping all the timber frames was time consuming but really needed to be done to restore all the decorative features of the front. We also had to replace many of the timber weather boards and I must have used 10 tubes of gap filler between the boards to get them water tight. You can also see here that we have added a beautiful wrought iron grill to the round top window, security & pretty.

It was Halloween & besides the ghosts, no other decorating was required for this scary house.


To strip the paint we used a combination of heat gun & paint strippers....not at the same time obviously! Always being careful to wear a mask and dispose of the paint bits.

Finally the paint goes on.

Here you can see that we added caping to the top of the cake..sorry..house! It is called Dragon Scale...or fish scale pressed metal. We decided on a bright red door & the old shop doors in black...well for now.

OK, you get the picture, lets jump forward to today, this is what the front looks like. I have not filled you in on all the other 2 colour changes the front has been through!

Time to finish this up....After trying 2 other colours we went back to the original colour we painted almost 10 years ago. We had to re strip and re paint the front door and shop doors. We originally used oil paints believing them to be strong and durable but they cracked and pealed. Now they are painted in a water enamel paint. We painted the single entry door the same as the wall colour, this is to highlight the shop doors and make them pop....The timber trim around the shop doors always was a bit of a mess and we replaced it. All the wrought iron and security grills were painted in a special bridge paint, it has a small sparkle in with the paint and seems to be nice and durable. We finally added a shop light above the new shop name.......FOUND in France.

Thanks for reading.


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