A couple have revealed the treasures they uncovered while slowly renovating their Edwardian home.
They share the transformation on their aptly named TikTok account, called Edwardian Renovation, which reveals that the house was built in 1907.
The semi-detached property is in Nottingham, UK, and was in such a bad state that it once appeared on a TV show in 2006, titled How clean is your house, showing most of it covered in grime.
Now it has new owners, who are determined to restore the three bedroom home to its former glory.
While the previous owners, called Margaret and James Holland, removed most of their furniture, they left a few antique pieces behind.
The owners shared videos showing an old piano, Aga stove, desk, dresser and chandelier, apparently dating back several generations.
And as they explored further, they found an old chest in the attic that hadn’t been touched for decades.
They said: âToday we continued to explore the loft, we couldn’t believe what we found this time around. We found an old case in the loft of our Edwardian house. Full of poetry and porcelain . Here are some of our favorite rooms cleaned up. “
After scrubbing the dishes, they showed it in all its glory, revealing blue jugs and plates decorated with lemons.
The diary it was packed in was dated March 3, 1984, indicating that it had been in the attic for decades.
And one of the crumbling outbuildings housed a full set of porcelain, which the new owner lovingly cleaned.
But it is not the oldest find in the house. They discovered photo albums, books, watches and other newspapers under the ragged carpet, including a copy of Sunday Times.
“Stuff we found while renovating the living room at our Edwardian home,” they captioned a video, shared last Wednesday.
They filmed a selection of books, including one titled Our feathered friends, and another title Long ago, simple stories from our country’s history, from publisher Oliver & Boyd.
Another, called Heroes and Aquatic Babies, by Charles Kingsley, seems like a long forgotten Christmas present.
The owner opened the lid and shared an inscription inside, which says it was given as a birthday present in 1949, by a boy named Chris.
They also found many period photographs, which they shared in other videos, captioned: “Some of the photos we found during the renovation of our Edwardian home.”
Black and white snaps show Widemouth Beach in the UK, along with dogs, cheerful family reunions and dancing from the 1950s and 1960s all lovingly brought together in one album.
As they continued the renovation, they rummaged through a neglected cupboard, saying, “What we found while cleaning out the shed in our Edwardian house. We saw something metal in the back corner. An old bucket of water. fire / charcoal and utensils What was this little bowl used for? And why would it have a curved bottom?
âWhen we started renovating the fireplace in the living room of our Edwardian home, we noticed that the tiles in our fireplace matched the sandstone tiles in the kitchen and dining room, so we carefully removed them and plan to use them either for the fireplace dining room or the laundry room extension floor. Lots of cleaning is needed! “
Other videos they shared revealed the realities of transforming a period home, as they put it: “Original windows from 1907 with wobbly glass. Love our renovation but , cobwebs, overgrown garden, dust, garbage, more dirt, more garbage, strip wallpaper. “
The videos have racked up thousands of views as the couple have confirmed they are trying to retain some of the original features.
Antique furniture was in storage awaiting renovation, while some suggested framing newspaper clippings.
Commenting on the various finds, Candacedarnell1 wrote: âThese books and this journal are excellent finds.
Raymond Sanders raved, “Omg, it’s like a time capsule.”
Laura thought, “Love things like that, things that show the people who were here before us.”
While Cloaylward added, “I love these kinds of finds! Simply awesome.”
News week contacted Edwardian Renovation for comment.