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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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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 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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Les Chaises- repaired, restyled, refinished- Part 2

So you remember these four dining chairs posted a few days ago? https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/saving-four-special-dining-chairs-for-someone-part-1/ below is after photos-  & if you want it, details of how we rescued these trashed pieces and turned them into desirable treasures are set out here. … Continue reading

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Les Chaises -saving four special dining chairs for someone – Part 1

This is what we started with. Four interesting and slightly unusual dining chairs in a terrible state. They had been in a  cellar in several inches of water and had rotten feet, damaged and stained seats and various bits of … 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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