Episode 121- Whispering words of wisdom, let it be

a view to a hillPlease don’t sue me L & M, but that particular lyric is very appropriate.

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.shower france

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.




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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6 Responses to Episode 121- Whispering words of wisdom, let it be

  1. Osyth says:

    Love the look .. it works – it’s real for heavens sakes … why would you mess with real?

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  2. Gabriele says:

    The lime scale may respond to discrete scraping with a razor blade (like for getting paint off glass, etc.) Try it in an out of the way place….also, you might try a dilute solution of water and vinegar…think of the kettle that accumulates the minerals in it (or for those who use automatic coffee makers, the things you’re supposed to do to clean them out)…
    then if either work, have a sealer or polish on hand to keep it from happening again.
    The razor blade technique would also help you determine if there’s the soap scum of ages there, too.
    I’m so happy you’re respecting the essential character and history of the house…don’t you at times feel the house itself appreciates it? Good luck

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  3. poshbirdy says:

    The granite looks gorgeous and it’s always nice to hold onto anything original where possible. Looking good!


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