So we now have an opening into the shower room from this little bedroom. A couple of steps are cut into the thickness of the wall; these will be wrapped in reclaimed hard wood from the house, where possible..
We paint the ceiling wood in a light linen shade with the merest hint of soft sheen to bounce the newly admitted light from the French doors (see next post)
The walls are now dry and the three flattish walls are painted with a “sable” (sand finish) matt French paint that gives the mottled effect and subtle blue-green tint of a birds’ egg.
I cannot buy the dead flat matt finish pale amethyst shade I want for the lower walls in our corner of France so I buy a very good trade style white acrylic for only 10 euros a tub ( not all French paint is expensive and watery!) I buy colourisers in blue and red and carefully mix the exact shade I want.
Plenty left over for later touch ups ( sod’s law says you will batter your new finishes as you finish off the work and there is always something you will curse yourself for overlooking) We lime wax the floor for lightness and protection (Liberon)
More on the decorative flourishes later…