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Before & After: An 1880s Victorian in Scotland is Refashioned

by Garrett Fleming

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Everyone is so busy and focused on productivity nowadays that sticking to the status quo has unfortunately become, well, the status quo. There simply isn’t enough time and the stakes are too high for us to experiment and *gasp* risk making mistakes. It’s a shame, too. The feeling of stepping outside your comfort zone is an exhilarating one, and it almost always teaches you something new about yourself.

 felt that rare rush of enlightenment while renovating the 1880s-era Victorian he shares with his partner in Aberdeen, Scotland. Since moving in he has installed floors, stripped walls, rehabbed original metalwork and put his own twist on Victorian style. For Malcolm, who admits to being a major procrastinator, the idea of not only starting but finishing each of the tasks felt monumental. He followed through, though, and says the process was eye-opening. Watching his hard work pay off has given him a newfound confidence and taught him that anything is possible when approached with patience. Scroll down to see the before and after, and when you’re done, head to his blog  to read more! —

Photography by Malcolm Begg

Image above: In the design community, carpet oftentimes gets a bad rap for being unfashionable, but it’s practical so it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Malcolm proves it doesn’t have to dominate a room if you pair it with eye-catching details like these mismatched drawers.

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The entry and hallway renovation was the most time-consuming project Malcolm undertook. There was just so much to do: remove layers of wallpaper, repaint, tear up the old floor, etc.

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The final product.

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In a move that’s made the space more practical, Malcolm replaced the entry’s damaged wood floors with easy-to-clean tile.

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The hallway was the reason Malcolm fell for this home in the first place. More than any other spot in the house, it exudes Victorian elegance.

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When Malcolm stripped the walls, he came across layers and layers of wallpaper. By covering the inside of this curio cabinet – which he got from his partner’s family – in patterned paper, Malcolm cleverly nods to this aspect of the Victorian’s history.

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Malcolm purposefully designed the first floor, where he entertains, to be more formal than the second – where he rests and relaxes. This landing in between blends the two worlds together.

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Stripping and rehabbing the staircase’s railing just about broke Malcolm. It was so time-consuming and very tough. He stuck with it, though, and couldn’t be happier he did.

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Malcolm is an art lecturer, so naturally he has amassed quite a few pieces. This renovation has finally given him the opportunity to show off some of his collection.

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This bench in the upstairs landing is actually an old wooden shelf Malcolm refashioned.

This project taught me that patience really is the most important element of any task I undertake… Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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The upstairs bath is right off the main bedroom, so Malcolm looked to the bedroom’s style to inform its look. Overall, their colors and textures complement one another, creating a cohesive aesthetic.

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“Even though I tiled, (did the plumbing) and carried out all the joinery myself, my proudest achievement is the Roman blind! It may not have been the most difficult project, but it was one that gave me great satisfaction upon completion,” Malcolm says.

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The bathroom owes its elegance to the many streamlined fixtures Malcolm sourced from overseas. By not buying domestic, he did save quite a bit of money, but he admits he paid for it in time and detail. Since the fixtures weren’t standard issue in Scotland, he had to rework the pipes throughout the space.

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This vanity looks one-of-a-kind… because it is. This was actually an antique record player and old piece of marble before Malcolm combined them. The customizations didn’t stop there. He then painted the piece and even used plaster to recreate some of the detailing that had fallen off of its doors. Check out the entire DIY .

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When renovating the upstairs bath, Malcolm wasn’t willing to compromise on two things: having a separate tub and shower and the color of the shower’s metalwork. After not being able to find an option with black details, he ended up using automotive spray paint to get his desired look.

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These accessories echo the red tub – which Malcolm painted himself.

SOURCE LIST

Entryway
Paint – Farrow & Ball “Pavilion Gray”

Landing
Paint – Valspar “Empirical Grey”

Bathroom
Paint – Valspar “Sleeping Kitten” (similar)
Shower – Enki
Tub – eBay’s “Better Bathroom Outlet”
Tub paint – Valspar “Foxtail”
Tile – Topps Tile “Andira”
Lighting – Argos
Rug – Safavieh “Lupicia”

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Comments

  • What an amazing renovation, done with such care and thoughtfulness. I am in love with the “Être” print – is there any way to source one similar, or is it a one-off?

    • He said on Instagram it was from Made in Design a decade ago. I have tracked down similar images by googling “vieux tableau d’ecole de verbe francais conjugaison”. The right word combination took a bit of time, so be sure to use exactly what I’ve written!

      You could source some of these images if they are free and have them blown up and printed.

  • Every time I see a remodel, I hold my breath for a second. It’s either a respectful return to the (good) roots of a house, or just a mish-mash makeover.

    This one is definitely done right and it uncovers the structure perfectly. What Malcolm did to the bathroom and the staircase is truly beautiful.

  • Beautifully done. I dislike seeing vintage houses gutted and made to look like every other condo. This one respects the Victorian and is utterly charming.

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