Category Archives: What we did, how we did it and what we used

Here you will find our posts on products, materials, suppliers, techniques and tools we have used.
And a few hard won hints on what you might want to avoid when undertaking a project in France.
We aren’t professionals and this is based on our personal experiences; but it may save you time, money and grief.
Down the right hand side of the blog you will find tags and a search box; just type in whatever you are looking for & posts on that topic will pop right up.

Episode 156 part two – waxing a painted door

So, by popular request (at least THREE readers) here is how we roll when we refinish doors here at the French house. This technique is based on our finishes developed for our  painted furniture and gives a far tougher surface … Continue reading

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What a day!

It’s glorious here in le vrai sud de France weatherwise; perhaps not the ideal day for running around. Down to the dechetterie with renovation detritus, all super-heavy. Then had we to get three big solid twelve foot roof joists down … Continue reading

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Sealing the shower- glass mosaic tiles

Do you remember the issues with the shower on the 2nd floor at the house? It is lined with six large panels of very beautiful silvery grey/blue granite. These are marked with 90 years of limescale but we are hoping … Continue reading

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Economication. That’s the name of the game.

So, ply is hard to find in France and relatively expensive. Chip board also. So in the first floor kitchen we put down a sub tile floor using our leftover stash of tongue and groove remnants; to be covered by … Continue reading

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Episode 147 part two- in which we show why we blew the b****y doors off

So, there were two of these horrible doors.We took them off and removed the chipboard lower shelves.   We put up these carved and gilded fruitwood panels that came from a Georgian house in the UK (1817) not as deep … Continue reading

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Finishing a table top.

It’s a real pain when you find that , once you have laboriously taken bits of grotty  old varnish off your dining table, the stain once used on this piece has soaked right down into it and it’s STILL DIRTY … Continue reading

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

I 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 … Continue reading

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