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Episode 144 – In which we muse upon time and chaos and order and how long it takes for paint to go out of date

So, 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 … Continue reading

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Episode 143 – More decorative finishes- lambris wood panelling

There are a number of elements we see time and time again in humble French houses. One is lambris, or narrow wood panelling. It’s been popular here for centuries though the default finish seems to be dark treacly varnishes and … Continue reading

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Episode 142- Decorative finishes update – mettre en valeur

You might remember that I posted about the first two stages of the process I have developed for stucco-stencilling walls. Check it out here in French house salon.   https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/can-you-stucco-stencil-it-yes-you-can/ I have now completed stage 3 and it looks even … Continue reading

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Woo-hoo! L’escalier is painted

In case you were all wondering whether my Refined-Rustic vision for the village house was edging dangerously  toward just refined ( i. e the chandelier, or ” the shandAYhlia” as Trev now calls it in  a lousy Cockney accent) I … Continue reading

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