More paint finishes revealed


The Electrician and the EDF guys revealed some more old paint colours in what will be the atelier.
Originally our electric supply came into the cave ; not very practical or pretty in what will be a guest bedroom.

Not only that, the supply cable was draped across the front of the house and only attached in one place ( see Episode 1).

Ugly and impractical.

So we paid EDF to shift the supply and meter point to the other side of  the house and fit the new meters. Maybe 30 or 40 feet? Ha!

Cost us a few thousand euros, which we hadn’t allowed for. One of the few costs that me, the control freak/project manager missed.
Anyway, the jade colour revealed was interesting, and partial removal of the wall paper on the second staircase reveals some more painted skirtings with the usual narrow border.


Very exciting for me, although somewhat trumped by poshbirdy’s discoveries… which will have to wait on her reveal.

I am sworn to secrecy.


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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17 Responses to More paint finishes revealed

  1. Osyth says:

    Lovely references for a nod to the past life of the house

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  2. Noel G20 says:

    An atelier! What lovely word, I had to look it up. I now want one 🙂

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  3. poshbirdy says:

    It must look loads better with the wiring all tidied up. And love the jade colour

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    • I may steer the dusty blue green I had mixed for the painted skirting on the lower stairs slightly more toward a jade as I have an historical hint!!
      And thanks, as always, for your positive encouragement;today’s been a bit discouraging- we will keep each other going I hope!!


  4. bizzyella says:

    Pretty wallpaper. Pretty jade paint.


  5. Nadia says:

    How old is the original house structure?

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    • It was animal shelters and old barns with a wide arched walkway from front to back courtyard, a trace of which remains. The spine wall is 14thc or earlier, part of the tulip bedroom is 16thc and the rest of that side of the building between 17th and 19thc. That bit was turned into a narrow house in 1837.
      Then the house was knocked through into the neighbouring barn in 1950 ish to make a new kitchen. Then a second floor bedroom created over that in the late1970’s.

      It’s a patchwork hovel!

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      • Nadia says:

        Wow! Must have quite a history.

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      • Yes, but no one ever took much notice of it till now and it was never included as part of the village history stories.
        I can’t imagine what it has seen. We are just some transient nutcases in residence for a short time.
        What keeps me going is the sure and certain knowledge that under our care, it will be the best it can be

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  6. francetaste says:

    As the folks from Bâtiments de France explained: electricity was brought into homes built hundreds of years earlier, first for a light, then for a radio, too, then for a fridge, and so on, usually involving adding wires rather than taking out the old and putting in bigger, unified, capacity. So you end up with ugly bundles on the exteriors. To some extend, you can dig into the wall to hide them, but that can be hard with walls made of stone. So they want boxes built around them to work them into the architecture and keep them accessible.


    • Oh yes, we had about four fuse boards dating back to the late 19thc. The reason our cables were particularly badly draped across the front is that that original tiny house had half the next door barn tacked on many moons ago. Most of the neighbours have the cables run down the side of their main downpipes, which ours does now and I am perfectly content with that.


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