How to make a cool & Splendid circus ceiling

2014-04-14_0005It’s been an extraordinarily busy eleven days transforming the old and a little dated Jack Spratt’s restaurant in Manchester into the bright, breezy Splendid Sausage Co but we managed it and they are now open for business! One of the recurring TripAdvisor gripes from previous customers concerned the poor quality of the loos and they were indeed grim. Both were leaking, damp, dark, poorly tiled with noisy Saniflows and the ladies washroom had artificial grass on the ceiling, an unusual choice for any interior. Team Moregeous’s men spent a quite while staring in disbelief at the confusion of plumbing and the decision was made to rip the whole lot out and start again to ensure the job was done properly.

2014-04-14_0003 The three mini rooms crammed into one small space in the ladies simply had to go and I decided on some speedily installed, contemporary OSB, brightened with a bit of a surprise on the ceiling – a rather Splendid big top vibe with glam chandelier and gold touches. I really love the bright red next to the very natural feel of the timber clad walls. What do you think to the Before and After below – bit of a difference eh? 🙂

Circus ceiling in red and white stripesOur very clever joiner made me a large circular MDF circle with attached circular pieces which I then painted with red and white stripes, using bright vibrant shades and water based eggshell. The boys then fixed it by screwing direct through the board into the ceiling joists, countersinking the screws to allow me to fill and touch up with paint.

Making a circus ceiling rose with MDF and paint



I finished off the design with a cute chandelier centralised in the ceiling, artwork sourced at Levenshulme Traders Market, a cool loo roll shelf and the only man allowed in the loo, a gilded version to hang up your handbag – perfect!

Circus ceiling in red and white stripes




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  1. Looks fabulous, Sian! Very imaginative and fun – ladies will be coming out and talking about the loos for all the RIGHT reasons – You’ll be glued to Tripadvisor to find out. Love the little handbag fella 🙂 Big congrats to you, M and all the team – a great project, sure the clients must love it and hopefully you have free bangers for life 🙂

    1. If I never see another sausage….. I’m kidding! Ah, thanks lovey, you know how much hard work goes into projects like this and it’s lovely when it’s recognised. And yep, I’ll be keeping an eye on the TripAdvisor reviews 😉

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