Episode 61- Cuisine- creating a French country kitchen

cuisinerenovation, restoration, procrastination

This was our kitchen when we acquired this little  French gem (haha!) Left- the delightful character features included sticky (with grease) wallpaper sporting a rather gory hunting scene, plus the ubiquitous ochre coloured tiled splashback (also sticky- no extraction facilities here).

Faux laminated wood panelling to lower walls , Formica cupboards only one electric socket.

I have no doubt that it represented cutting edge village house chic in 1953, but it is now 2013 and it is questionable whether we have improved the facilities much- see right.

The necessary, eventually invisible basics are mostly in place. A reliable and safe gas supply (we are VERY lucky to have town gas here at the edge of the countryside) new electrics with lots of sockets, “the best boiler in France”. But we still have a sink on bricks set so low no one wants to wash up (we are generally a tall family) and no oven, hob or freezer and the work tops consist of a single camping table from Argossept13 1222

We both love to cook and eat and chat whilst we are doing this, so getting this room exactly right is critical140

We need to stop procrastinating and start planning. easier said than done as Trevor’s only real interest so far is whether we can squeeze in a very expensive supersize “La Cornue” cooker(put that out of your mind boy, they are over 20k!) or a slightly more affordable “Lacanche”- still around 4k plus and we have spent all the budget .

There are bargains to be had on ebay, but we also need to consider getting the damn thing up the stairs or through the window (remember the sofa drama?) I don’t know how he is going to get the giant American fridge freezer up here either; stop drooling over monster appliances Trevor and start being practical………….

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About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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