Marathon runners describe the feeling that comes, usually after 20-or-so miles of running, when they feel beaten, spent and unable to take another step as ‘The Wall’. In some ways, our attempts so far to prepare the wall in our Modern Rustic room have felt much the same, with progress grinding to a halt having completed most of the work.

However, the summer holidays and we’ve found some time to get back and face another round of scaping, hammering and generally clawing at the paint and discoloured coverings. Initially, we did think that if we could get back to clean brick, then that would look great and job done. However, the joy in the style of house building in the area means that as well as mixing brick, stone and seemingly anything to hand in the construction process, the mortar is a crumbly and filthy black substance. Therefore, to avoid a constant drizzle of grit, we’re giving the wall a coat of lime to give the surface some strength and tidy the whole lot up without loosing all the rustic loveliness of the thrown together materials.

Having pushed through the pain-barrier our ‘hitting-the-wall’ stage is finished – literally. There is nothing remaining now to hammer free just many, many square meters of sanding. The floor has a very yellow varnish but a good sanding takes this off.

Sanding through the yellow coloured varnish to get back to the bare wood

As with the reclaimed furniture we’ve made, there will be a few solutions applied to the sanded wood to give it an aged effect. Playtime awaits!

Cement-topped stools are one of the pieces of handmade furniture that really does sum-up the meeting of industrial materials with natural that help define the Estuary Home aesthetic. Having experimented with materials to make a few concrete and wooden branch stools, we have added crochet woollen covers to make them more comfortable to sit on.

The covers are simply tied on giving the option to leave them on for the softness of wool or removed for a really contemporary and modern-looking piece of furniture. We’ve trying out complementary colours of wool; grey, brown and cream and hopefully we’ll be producing a number of unique items that will be made available through Etsy and EstuaryHomeUK

Take a look at our Etsy shop and see what we currently have on offer.