Episode 146- Another retrospective- French house dining room- working with a narrow space

kitchen-dining-area-after-demolitionI am trying to remind myself that progress is being made at the village house, as well as giving newer followers the heads up on what we have actually achieved to date en France.

The photo –left- is not exactly a “before” photo as sadly we did not immortalise this view for posterity till after we took down the 1950’s wooden wall (with insets of blue glass?”)  that ran across from the old chimney on the right over to the left hand wall. Anway, this is the closest we have to “before” (1) here.

Depending on which immobilier’s listing one read, this room was either the dining room or the third bedroom. Right off the kitchen. Note the radiator  (left) sited right by the window!house-dining-room-ceiling-steels-in

Then the sainted JM took off the roof –right(2)- and put in the steels that had to be cut into the thick stone walls at each side to support the new roof terrace. Then our only plasterboard ceiling was put up.

This led to a slight reduction in ceiling height, but. trust me, it was worth it.

Below left-(3)


Close to the finish line here now, we have the penultimate stage-Below right-(4)








This is a bright east facing room with  a large window, but note that it’s considerably brighter now, even though we have two dark grey painted and waxed walls. By taking the ceiling’s broken white paint down the walls by 1.5 inches and taking that dramatic grey right around the corner & along the side wall we have blurred the visual perception of how disproportionately narrow this area is- Bottom right (5)img_20160728_180004c

Laying the new white/grey finish wooden floor crossways has underlined these changes too & works with the ceiling to reflect all available light.

Sorry about quality of photos, some camera, some phone, the first so old it was actually developed manually!


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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18 Responses to Episode 146- Another retrospective- French house dining room- working with a narrow space

  1. Niki HMcN says:

    Wow! You certainly are breathing life back into the building and making it a home. I love the chandelier.

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  2. Ellen A. says:

    Many good ideas here, and some I would not have thought of, like extending the white ceiling paint to broaden the room. Good to know that a French renovation takes time to “ripen.” I won’t be in too much of a hurry!


    • To get it right does take a long time I think. You need to know a house inside out in every season so yes, take your time, from what bit I’ve seen your house has real potential.
      It’s interesting to watch another small house restoration, so many I see are bigger, grander & have seemingly endless budgets !


  3. bizzyella says:

    wow. you went from ho-hum, kind of depressing to pretty classy. I still love the bright glass chandelier against the dark gray wall. Well done!

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  4. Good to see we are not the only ones living in our renovation project!

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  5. Osyth says:

    It’s a true transformation in the best sense. The overall effect of the new is relaxed and calming and with just the right injection of quirky with your coloured glass chandelier.

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  6. francetaste says:

    I would have loved to have seen the wood wall with blue glass insets!!!


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