The Fleece: Diary of A Full Pub Refurb

The Fleece is a stunning Country pub nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the perfect project for me and Grandad's Shed! 

This project was a big one. It involved many areas of the pub that were in need of work or redecoration, from furniture pieces in need of a refurb to tired walls. We had a tight deadline and were working to cause as little disruption as possible so we got stuck into the first task on all of our projects: the mood board.

The Fleece, A Pub Refurbishment, Grandad's Shed Pocklington

I worked closely with the landlady, Louise to choose the initial colour mix. We picked a classic Grandad’s Shed Pheasant print wallpaper to really emphasise the country element of the pub. We worked in fabrics for the upholstery and window blind tasks in the project. Then we layered over finishing touches like lighting and accessories. 

Russ and Louise had already gleaned suggestions from the regulars, staff and local villagers and we were keen to maintain the familiarity of the pub. The finished look was shaping up: a scheme complementary to the character of the pub and giving a nod to the surrounding countryside. 

The work was carried out in stages again to avoid disruption for the local trade.

The Fleece, A Pub Refurbishment, Grandad's Shed Pocklington

The hard-wearing wool fabrics from the Grandad’s Shed commercial collection were coordinated in a three way mix that worked well with the lovely plaid carpet. These fabrics were used to recover the existing chairs, benching and bar stools by our team of upholsterers.

The Fleece windows are gorgeous original sash styles. We wanted to soften the frames without compromising their beauty. So I recommended some classic roman blinds to retain as much light through but to bring the country pub into the modern day. So our team set about measuring, making and fitting the sleek blinds.

The Fleece, A Pub Refurbishment, Grandad's Shed Pocklington

A new ‘Waitress work station’ was required to assist with the food orders and the new menus. A design was drawn up by the bespoke team that would not only cater and house all the front of house accoutrements but would blend subtlety into the character of the pub and be practical and functional for the staff. We can’t wait to see it in use!

The much loved and cherished Antique Oval walnut table was also lovingly restored by Tony himself. He has taken great pride in restoring it to its former glory! 

The Fleece, A Pub Refurbishment, Grandad's Shed Pocklington

Hidden amongst the rafters was an iconic Penny Farthing. We made sure the feature could really ‘pop’. It now makes a contrast against the lightened ceiling and has been given spotlights to draw attention to its presence.

I helped Louise right through to the end of the project. We managed to re-home some of the existing beautiful art and artefacts from the Garrowby Estate. This lovely grandfather clock has now been given pride of place for all to enjoy. 

The Fleece, A Pub Refurbishment, Grandad's Shed Pocklington

Over our 21 years, we’ve helped restore and breathe new life into lot’s of projects. From restoring an old boat to refreshing a living room, it bring us all so much joy each time we pull the project together. 

We’re now offering a Virtual Interior Design service over video call. You can show me around your space and I can demonstrate samples before sending them over to you. 

If you’re interested in a commercial or personal project, please do get in touch with us.

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