this small, high window with a pretty good radiator underneath- we will keep this
First we move the radiator to a more practical position in the room leaving that wall free to install French doors on to the new terrace.
The French windows are amazing value, beautifully made of a local hardwood with a light finish these cost only a few hundred euros, including the sturdy frame. The terrace level is exactly that of the wooden floor in this room so leads almost seamlessly outside.
The room is still dark until we paint the ceiling and walls . The floor is mid 20th century but good, despite the roof leaks prior to purchase. The grain has softened a little but is still sound so , once entirely dry, I lime wax it which blurs any discrepancies and gives a soft, natural , light reflecting finish. one can of Liberon wax goes a surprisingly long way and was on sale at B&Q for under a tenner anyway! The ceiling linen matt paint came from BRICODEPOT – a little like Wickes in UK & geared more toward serious builders and renovators than the “hobby” DIY shops here.
The birds egg flecked “sable” sand paint cost 8 euros in the sale at M.Bricolage and, with the paint and two colourisers used to mix the pale amethyst we spent a further 20 euros.
So, for under a thousand euros, we have our first taste of how this house will look as a finished project. The French windows, the light vintage pastels and the terrace (which now feels part of the space) has expanded this little bedroom from a depressingly dark, leaky box to something with charm and character . We love it.