First time posting here but long term lurker!
We bought out first house two months ago, a ~1900 Victorian semi-detached house in England that needs updating throughout. The lady selling the house had been living in it for 40 years and almost succeeded in wallpapering every interior surface going.
Neither of us have any real DIY experience, and the renovation budget is limited after buying the place.
But after a few months of floor sleeping, a few headaches and £500 later, [it’s finished!](https://imgur.com/a/q5EHMjZ)
**Walls** – stripped, patched and painted with dulux’s white cotton paint. Accent wall behind the bed is Basalt by Little Greene. The worst wall needed a portion taking back to brick, then sealed with PVA, layered with sand/cement mixture then plastered to get it back to good form.
**Ceiling** – stripped, soaped, scraped. It was in a pretty bad way, so we opted for Polycell’s crack-free ceiling paint which did an alright job after three coats. If budget wasn’t limited, we’d rather have the ceiling boarded or skimmed by a pro
**Floors** – pull up carpet, belt and mouse sander with 120 grit, one coat of Danish oil natural finish
**Coving** – Supercove gyproc coving and the branded adhesive. I’d be happy if I never have to measure, cut and install coving ever again.
**Wardrobes** – sanded with 120 grit paper, sugar soaped, primed then coated three times with Rustoleum’s white cotton satin furniture paint. Bought new handles from eBay and fitted them.
Now it’s on to the next one…
I do have one question for anyone that might be able to provide some reassurance: when we removed the radiator to fix up the wall behind it we noticed that there are 3 steel brackets fixing it to the solid brick wall, but because the plaster/render wasn’t entirely flat the middle bracket doesn’t actually reach the rad.
So it’s held up by two brackets – one either side of the radiator. It’s probably been like that for ages, but it’s a heavy old thing and at the moment I can’t quite shake the anxiety that it’s going to just fall off the wall at some point in the future.
Doing some research, it seems like modern central heating radiators of a similar size and weight are mounted by two brackets.
So… is it safe enough to leave? Or is it something that should concern us?
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