Cost of skirting - Jesus H Christ

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I've got pretty much a whole house worth of skirting to replace, and it's old Victorian hardwood approx 150mm wide with what looks like a really old style ogee

Looking at prices now and you're looking at £3-4 a metre !

About £70 + a room...

Is there something I'm missing here? Why so expensive ?

Also is it acceptable to have different styles of skirting throughout ? Looking to save money - £300 + on skirting ???????!!!!!!!
 
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are you painting or varnishing
2x1 par pine timber is around£1-1.15 per metres so 6x1 will be about right at 3-£4 so yours looks cheap :D
 
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If the house is Victorian, one thing to remember, the Victorians were all about the show!

Start at the front of the house with the good stuff and get slowly worse as you go back through the house until you reach the scullery where only the very basic stuff would have been fitted for the staff.

So, it is perfectly ok if you are trying to re-instate back to original to spend the money on the good stuff where it shows.

However, we all now live in a much more enlightened age (really??) so everyone has to have the same quality. £70 per room sounds about right.
 
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if the old stuff is still there why are you replacing it?

That's a very good question.

You can get MDF replicas of Victorian skirting online (Google it), which might be OK if you're going to paint it. But what happened to your original skirting?

Also, wasn't Jesus H. Christ a carpenter?

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no he wasnt,he was a joiner. ;) ;)

if your handy you could even make it up yourself even cheaper??
18mm mdf cut down to required size,then pin on the moulding then paint it all up.
 
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he was probably on the 'yts' and thought sod this for a game of soldiers. :LOL:
 
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no he wasnt,he was a joiner. ;) ;)

Some people don't know the difference :mrgreen:

In the Greek, he was a builder, so in theory might have worked either in wood or in stone. But if he built in wood (as tradition holds), that would make him a carpenter ;)


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2x1 par pine timber is around£1-1.15 per metres so 6x1 will be about right at 3-£4 so yours looks cheap :D

Most likely paint, whichever is the less hasslesome


if the old stuff is still there why are you replacing it?

Well I removed it in some places to run cables, as did a full rewire over two floors. I also had to get up floor boards and re-plaster throughout but in hindsight I wouldn't have been so gun hoe about taking it off.

I knew I might need it again so kept it, and have been able to replace pretty much everything I took off in the hallway but the bedrooms and lounge have lost quite a few sections of skirting where I've ripped apart trying to get at something in haste


if the old stuff is still there why are you replacing it?

That's a very good question.

You can get MDF replicas of Victorian skirting online (Google it), which might be OK if you're going to paint it. But what happened to your original skirting?

Also, wasn't Jesus H. Christ a carpenter?

Cheers
Richard

Cost implications ? I'll look at that but would think a DIY solution would be the best one


no he wasnt,he was a joiner. ;) ;)

if your handy you could even make it up yourself even cheaper??
18mm mdf cut down to required size,then pin on the moulding then paint it all up.

Not keen on MDF but I get the idea.

Trick is how do I match the existing profile which is victorian ? I've seen various mentions of ways to successfully blend a modern style of ogee into an old one but it sounded quite difficult.

I suppose I should go down to the merchants with a section of this skirting and select the closest possible match ...




Perhaps I should post a photo and you guys can confirm whether it actually is ogee or actually something else ?
 
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Trick is how do I match the existing profile which is victorian ? I've seen various mentions of ways to successfully blend a modern style of ogee into an old one but it sounded quite difficult.

I suppose I should go down to the merchants with a section of this skirting and select the closest possible match ...

Perhaps I should post a photo and you guys can confirm whether it actually is ogee or actually something else ?

A picture would be useful. I doubt you'll match your existing profile (certainly not from a builder's merchant). It might not look too bad if you had a different skirting in a whole room, from elsewhere in the house. As long as it was vaguely similar to the architraves. If you can't cheaply match the height of the rest, you could make something up with planed timber of the required width, topped with a moulding. But I wouldn't mix and match within the same room.

I'm not a fan of MDF either, but if you're going to paint it, the quickest route (and cheaper than wood) would be to get some MDF of the same height as in the rest of the house, and the closest match.

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Here's a picture.

The boards have been tapered along the bottom which makes life easier for me to find what went in what room originally.

Really I'm keen to match at least one of the bedrooms with it's original skirting. As you quite rightly say I can find a close match for the other areas so that it isn't noticeable.

Confirmation on skirting appreciated =)
 
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