We knew that in principle, but in practice the reality is that sometimes even more creativity and lateral thinking is required when finishing off our projects.
Because I will not let Trevor demolish or board over any wonky walls that can be saved, or refinish any old lime plaster we can preserve, he is having to balance the straight, neat, level predictable outcome way he prefers to do this stuff with my vision and a stubborn old French hovel.
Whilst this shower room wall is new -above and below left- The doorway to the right is 17thc and completely wonky. We believe it was the door to the original open ladder staircase at the front of this building. New plasterboarding over the new wall is having to be laboriously matched in, piece by piece to the remains of old walls. Then there is the door issue.
We first attempted to hang this door two summers ago when the family were imminent. Trying to put the door frame straight into the old wood surround was a mistake. So Trev has had to start again by shaping and adapting the recycled door frame and setting it so that IT is straight within a very un-straight opening.
Am I making ANY sense?
Eagle eyed viewers will notice that I have changed the handles and locks from 2015 post to more authentic ones. Trev is not keen. I don’t think he loves my paint job either. After showing an acquaintance around whose eyes were so glazed by what I am doing here that she couldn’t even find a polite platitude to stutter out has confirmed my conviction that I am right out there now. But back to the saga..
Apart from the necessary shaping at the bottom to accommodate the original floor, this door is now, believe it or not, straight . But I did make Trev use declassified wood with knots, splits and damaged areas without planing it back to perfection so that the door still feels old.
I am also making him insert a walnut fretwork panel in the new wall -above left-which will be backed in glass to keep the light levels high in a dark bedroom.
I really am the Renovation Stress-Witch. If you have followed me from way back you might get it. If you have just picked up this blog you will be wondering what I am doing, why I am doing it this way and how long this process is going to take.
Right now, I can’t give you an answer to any of the above. And I don’t know anyone this crazy, even Poshbirdy who comes close with her quest …….