I spent three days in Hollywood North (Toronto) this month. Addison’s Inc. in Downtown Toronto West is a museum-like facility that provides set pieces for designers to use in films made in the area. Everything you need to decorate an upscale Victorian home is available there.

Among the claw foot tubs, pedestal sinks and assorted antiques are rows upon rows of cast-iron radiators and I was brought in to antique six of them.

Once the rads were dipped in a corrosive solution to rid the beautiful castings of rust and grime and paint I was ready to decorate them using a metallic paint and antiqued patina. The results you can see in the image above.

For you, I can do country style, shabby chic or other designer looks that are “in” at the moment. Of course for rads we always recommend that they be styled before they are installed so you can get at every side.

Addison’s is now recommending my work to Toronto designers and I hope to be able to do more in the future.

If you want to decorate with these cast-iron beauties go to Addison’s, which is open to the public. I can join you there for a consultation.

This new trend is gaining traction in the UK and you can bet we are going to see it take hold here. Costs can vary depending on size. Some take longer to style because the fins are so close together but they are all probably a little under priced right now. When they catch on, you will see them getting more expensive.

Like any cast-iron fixture, pick-up and delivery not included!

About Gillet Painting and Decorating

Choosing a painter in St. Catharines, Niagara is easy and when Gillet Painting and Decorating is your local painter, you know the paint quality is going to be high.

When it comes time to choose your colours, there is help for that too. GILLET Painting & Decorating has worked with many designers and learned a little along the way.

Working from your existing decor, Gillet Painting and Decorating offers a free initial home consultation to help with your colour and paint choices.

If you want a painting contractor who is professional and can provide quality workmanship at a reasonable price. You want Stephan Gillet.