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Small steps and hot French finds

Little bits done this week. Finished laying terre cuite hearth in salon, edging next. Also finally decided on floor finish for wet/cooker wall in kitchen. Whilst loading said option, I spotted this chaux (lime) based natural paint in Brico-Depot in … Continue reading

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The Romance of the Raw – mixing it up in the salon

If you have been following this blog you will know that I have been doing my best to preserve the old lime plaster walls and ceilings we still have at the French house .We have to accept that some walls … Continue reading

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Episode 147 – in which we finally blow the b****y doors off!

I hate these sapele sixties doors. They were everywhere in the house when we acquired it. They are no use for repurposing any place and we can’t chop them up and throw them in the wood burner, so they’ll have … 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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Episode 137 – Moody hues

So, Trev’s light finished floor , off white ceiling, and pale putty panelling have changed the way the light moves around this long room dramatically. The kitchen cabinetry , corner cupboard, chairs and bench will all be enrobed in off … Continue reading

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Episode 129- “Les murs” to be sung to the same tune as “La mer”

This is what medieval stone walls look like. Before the restoration purists start screaming at me they should note that we had no option but to widen the doorway  from the cave to the courtyard as the existing one was … Continue reading

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Episode 118- Waxing Lyrical

In my road to restoration and renovation perfection I have picked up a few liquid and paste waxes to finish floors, wood, walls  and furniture at the French house. This selection of greys will be well used. I have already … Continue reading

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