Tag Archives: paint

Village houses in the Pyrénées-Orientales

More French village houses for your delectation in this lovely department bordering the Aude; we drive through these villages when we go down to the apartment at Argeles. We have found a new route down over the mountains and will … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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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More paint ideas

Back on the subject of walls, here is  an atypical French house I have seen featured in several interiors magazines in France. It has parallels with our project in that although the house is twice the size of our place, … 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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Moroccan tables- tables marocaines

These are rather festive, a saturated red. Basically they are Annie Sloan Emperor’s silk over an ochre-ish base. The top has been rollered, which on this surface gives a slightly, dimpled finish; ideal for rubbing antique wax into. Layered with  … Continue reading

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