I could also call this “bedroom before” photo – left- “a view to a hill”.
OK, OK, I’m getting carried away now. This post is about our considered perspective on the final look for this project of renovating/restoring/remodelling/rejigging & rescuing one particular French village house.
I am determined, as you know, to keep as much as possible of the good stuff in the house that works, even if we relocate it like the terrazzo skirting from the tulip room and the cave door. I can see no point in ripping out & replacing something that works, or can be made to work.
The old shower on the second floor is, unusually, lined with great slabs of granite in a blue/grey colour with chips of sparkly quartz in it. If I can get it cleaner, it will look beautiful; why would I tile over that?
I am also keeping the good ceramic tray- it has a chip or two, but hey in this place who is going to be expecting perfect? Even Trevor is really coming around to the concept that not everything has to be crisp and perfect and straight. Not that he has a choice with me in tow.
I didn’t want to distract from the granite or the simple decor in here. The accessories will funk it up and I have a serious statement basin. So, after years of searching and consideration of many options, I dropped on these tumbled natural stone tiles that are shaped like flattened fingers.
The shower is set into an alcove I can only describe as rhomboidesque, and the ledges around the shower were totally flat, a design no-no as this encouraged water to gather and seep down the join where the granite slabs meet. They taper off too, with the exception of the front area.
So I made my decision on how to deal with that by sloping the new tiling downward and fixing and grouting with the same heavy-duty waterproof floor tile adhesive. The grout has actually dried almost the same shade of grey as the tiles, but this quick shot was taken after five people showered in a very short time frame so it looks darker. Trev was unusually complimentary & I am happy. What he thought may have been a leak with the new plumbing runs was in fact the water built up and seeping through, as per, my theory above, then collecting on the new outlet pipe.
All I need now is an effective DIY cleaner for limescaley grubby granite which has been in situ for at least sixty to seventy years.