Episode 144 – In which we muse upon time and chaos and order and how long it takes for paint to go out of date

IMG_20160722_114735So, a few of you might recall that, although we thought the roof was fixed, there was evidence of water ingress earlier this year , mainly in the form of some small damp patches on the ceiling lambris in the terrace bedroom.

It transpired that this was a result of a couple of slipped and one cracked tile up there.This can happen in stormy weather when you have loose laid Roman canal tiles atop your starter-chateau ( which is what one of my ex-bosses used to call the hovel).

Easily and quickly remedied by the son of the guy who actually put the roof on the barn side of our house fifty years ago. I have decided that, for the sake of my sanity, I will arrange for a roof check every spring to catch these little issues early.

It all dried out of course, 40 degree temperatures assist, but there was a little discolouration so I went on the ceiling paint hunt and found that our tub of “sesame”  http://www.bricodepot.fr/  “trade” emulsion was seriously out of date.This is the sort of thing that happens in Ten Years Of Property Renovation In The Aude.

It looked very dodgy when I opened it, with a gloopy layer of dirty brown on top; was it OK?sept13 104 I stirred and stirred. It amalgamated somewhat & looked better. I applied it to the lambris. It looked a completely different colour. It dried OK though … phew…..




This ceiling is a fine example of how one colour can look totally different at different times  and seasons. It’s cream but can look almost pink or green. Mad.


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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8 Responses to Episode 144 – In which we muse upon time and chaos and order and how long it takes for paint to go out of date

  1. Very interesting! It can be tricky to find a matching colour to your original paint and can be quite a tedious process. Hiring a professional builder/ painter can be an easy way to resolve such issues without stress. Especially in your home, it’s nice to know the job has been executed right.


    • True. But this project has been a budget one and whilst we are much slower than the professionals, we get there in the end! And even though the original pot of ceiling paint was three years out of date, it dried a perfect match on the patch


  2. francetaste says:

    I think paint goes bad only when it has become too hard to stir.
    The tile budging issue is tricky–the water sometimes trickles to a spot far from where it entered. We had the same–a wet spot in the attic, that one rainy night ended with water dripping onto our bed downstairs via the light fixture. The faulty tile was meters away from where we saw the water actually entering. But once fixed, we had no more leaks, so clearly it was the one.

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    • Absolutely spot on,the ingress was quite a distance from the ensuing leak!! I think the annual check will be a must.
      I noticed one of our neighbours had some of their tile’s stuck down with some sort of mastic. But they still have a leak!

      I think our builder’s view is that if they are all overlapping as they should that’s not necessary


  3. bizzyella says:

    Starter chateau. I love that. Do you think the age of the paint had anything to do with the differing colors? I’m wondering whether some pigments degrade faster than others.

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  4. Nadia says:

    I am convinced they change paint colours every few years. Either it is simply no longer available or has the same name but is completely different. We gave up trying to match the paint in the entry room and simply repainted the whole thing.

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