Tag Archives: pine

The most wanted list – qu’est-ce que l’on veut?

So, what’s the old stuff we all want these days? I may not be able to give you the definitive answer to this burning question, but I can reveal the top five UK best sellers that the third quarter of … Continue reading

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Chop Chop – skirting around French kitchen restoration

If you have been paying attention, you will recall that in order to find the wooden staircase we cut a while back, we had to clean up and tidy the cave. This was going to be the last job on … Continue reading

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Tread carefully….

Many moons ago; maybe six years, we decided that the lethal access to the terrace bedroom needed addressing urgently. ( HA!) The reason for the crazy perch of that doorway over the stairs is that the terrace bedroom side of … Continue reading

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Episode 138- I like whitewashed floors but they have to WORK- so- a practical and tough floor finish for you

We started with this Gascony Pin-maritime from France’s oldest managed forest. This is a clean, hard pine, with less knots than many, and those knots found have a low resin content, so bleed is less of an issue. Trev says … Continue reading

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The horrible kitchen ceiling – more quandaries

Well, that’s a surprise. The underside of the ceiling looks pretty good cleaned off. As this side of the house was half a barn till roughly adapted by the addition of a floor and window sixty years ago, this is … Continue reading

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Flipping French Floors #1

Builder’s debris, strong cleaners, constant sweeping and damp dusting, strong sunlight & no protection, years of benign neglect; no wonder My French Floors have had enough. Seeing the way the thirsty floor in the terrace bedroom soaked up the lime … Continue reading

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