Episode 161- the kitchen ceiling, inspiration from 13th century Domaine at Luc-sur-Aude

You remember the horrible kitchen ceiling?  The one I demolished and then started wondering about half way through if the insulation tile was asbestos? horrible kitchen ceiling post

In common with most old and some new French houses, the ceilings are often plank floor on joists with no heat or sound insulation, Some of these old ceilings are lovely and it might be hard to consider covering them.

Our kitchen ceiling is part of the mid 20thc barn/wine cave conversion so it’s not old or lovely!. So, we are inspired by the whitewashed herringbone lambris ceilings (tongue & groove) at the Domaine de Castillou, venue of last weekend’s wedding Castillou  You can’t see them on the link photos but, trust me, they are beautiful in that 13thc building. Trevor is creating the same Chez Nous. This phone does distort perspective but here is first and second section.

He has fitted bearers ( 3cm x 1.5cm  unplaned softwood ) along each joist for the lambris to fit on top of. I painted each piece of lambris with a single light coat along the grain as we want the character of the wood to show through.

I used a trade emulsion designed specifically for ceilings in kitchens and bathroom. M.Bricolage’s basics range; it’s a dirty rather than a bright white (which I like) and has none of that nasty blue “brilliant” white tint in it that I loathe and detest.

We could use a more authentic paint, but this is a kitchen and it must be fit for purpose. Jury is out on how we will finish the joists, a wash or solid colour?

We are insulating above with our carbon zero UK stuff. Hard to find here. It will not deaden all noise from above but should certainly reduce it.


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 Episode 161- the kitchen ceiling, inspiration from 13th century Domaine at Luc-sur-Aude

  1. poshbirdy says:

    Well, I am also looking forward to having some stable modern paint on my walls. These old houses have worn everything from 17th C paint through to complete libraries of wallpapers. I reckon they can cope with (and maybe benefit from) some 21st C water-based paints. It’s just the next chapter

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  2. Osyth says:

    I’m a bit of a slave to Lambric – a condition that has been consistent for decades. Yours (Trev’s) is looking fabulous. The paint works. You are happy with it. Job done. I’m limbering up for a Marcolès post so feeling quite bravado 😉

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  3. francetaste says:

    The pattern is gorgeous. Bravo to you and Trev!

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  4. Bizzy says:

    That’s a nice white. Funny comment, though, about a more authentic paint. Authentic to what? If you mean to a certain era, I’d argue that the building’s most significant era is right now. You have taken the architectural equivalent of neglected bits and bobs and turned them into a unified whole. As far as I’m concerned, everything you do is not only well done but completely authentic.

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    • I think you know to what I refer.

      I am surrounded by folk who want me to use ‘authentic” limewashes and distempers.
      I have just spent time in an “authentically decorated” house and I cannot imagine that dusty limewash falling off the walls and ceiling and being breathed in does anyone any good.
      We may as well go back to daubing arsenic green on our walls.

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      • Bizzy says:

        No, actually I didn’t know. So when they say “authentic” they mean “not petroleum-based.” We can have a talk about that some other time. My point remains the same. It’s your house and it is lucky to have you. Its time is now and you decide what that means. Anyone who tells you differently can, in my ever-humble opinion, stuff it. So there.

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      • My sentiments exactly.
        Thanks for your vote of confidence. I might even let you in…..

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  5. Bev says:

    So thrilled our wedding venue inspired you 🙂 it’s looking great already 🙂 x

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  6. In the interest of authenticity you can buy red lead powder and boiled linseed oil and mix them the authentic way, without a mask

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