The Cosy Home Company, Conwy - Interior Design Project
My shop was a former Post Office. It was damp, dark and dated. The fortress inside that all Post offices have, took some removing and the mess it left behind took some sorting out. Once removed, the ceiling had to be repaired and the tiles replaced. New energy saving lights were added and an electician added more sockets for me. On the floor, carpet tiles were stuck solid. I had to hire a tool in the end to get them up. In the end, I did about half the shop then I paid someone to do the rest. A local builder in the meantime, was sorting out the walls, studding them out and then instead of plasterboard and plastering, I opted for panelling. I have a different design on each wall, handy for showing clients the options they can have. Next came the painting, I think it took around 5 coats to fully cover the walls (never again ha ha). Once the walls were painted in Dulux white, the flooring company laid vinyl tiles in a herringbone pattern, it was starting to come together and look like a shop. I moved all of my shop fittings and stock that were in storage, and began deciding on the layout. The builder I'd used to do the panelling built me some shelves, and I began ordering stock and getting it all displayed ready for opening. Meanwhile, on the news a certain deadly virus in China was being reported in the news. I opened a week before the first lockdown, and like many other non essential retailers, pretty much stayed closed for the best part of a year.