Painting and Tiling

From 7.30am to 6.30pm today, I have been painting. This is all the more galling as it has been 26 degrees and sunny outside!

 

Early this morning

Early this morning

 

This is the trouble with the French interior design style is that everything is painted. This looks great but…someome has to do the painting!….and that person is me!

The much debated colour scheme is doors and windows in French Grey, Beams and details in Elephants Breath and the walls in Pointing. All from Farrow and Ball and therefore the paint for these two rooms is going to cost me more than the Intex swimming pool for the children!

 

Can you see the difference?

Can you see the difference?

Meanwhile downstairs Sam has been tiling!

Not much to report today I am afraid, just painting and tiling so here are some images!

That is my Iris!

That is my Iris!

Ceiling finished...well first coat!

Ceiling finished…well first coat!

Shower walls tiled

Shower walls tiled

Progress

After months of deliberating, it suddenly became obvious!

Nothing profound, just the fact that the beans in the upstairs should be painted. After looking at images in magazines, making plans for painting them as phase two or not! It just became clear…they must be painted.

Paint those beams!

Paint those beams!

Having painted just a few it was obvious it was the right descision. The whole room seemed lighter and the massive main beam (not going to be painted) became the main focal point of the ceiling.

Kitchen cupboards plastered.

Kitchen cupboards plastered.

Meanwhile downstairs, Sam has been plastering again! This time in the kitchen. He completed the built in cupboards and then paster boarded and plastered.

After lunch, he moved onto tiling the shower room. We had had a bit of a delay as the tanking paint was not drying so instead of the walls he tiled the floor.

Bathroom tiled with pebble mosaics

Bathroom tiled with pebble mosaics

By 5.30 the shower room floor was tiled, the new balustrades and the the entire ceiling primed and all the walls painted white.

This week I have mostly been painting white!

This week I have mostly been painting white!

A lot still to do, but this is progress!

 

 

One Year On

Its a year ago this week that I made my first trip to Frelon Cottage. How things have changed in just twelve months and four short visits. We are rewired, replumbed, upstairs just needs painting and the shower room will be completed this week, but on my arrival after a easy trip down, I feel as if completion is a mile away.

I always feel like this when I arrive. I spend months planning and thinking about the project and somehow it seems to move forward in my head and when I get here it hasn’t.

My new duvet complete with Percy's favourite cover!

My new duvet complete with Percy’s favourite cover!

The best thing about this visit (it just goes to show that without the home comforts we get used to that small things mean so much more) is that not only do I have a bed (brought down last time) but this time I also have a duvet! No more sleeping like a caterpillar in its cocoon in my sleeping bag.

 

Sam on the roof!

Sam on the roof!

Today has been hot, probably about 24 degrees and Sam and I have made good progress. I have strimmed the garden and Sam has fitted new lead flashing around the chimney. Hopefully this will stop the annoying small leak.

Garden strimmed and surveyed to select the position of the huge inflatable swimming pool for the summer, I can now look forward to completing the bedrooms.

Not my Irises!.....my neighbours!

Not my Irises!…..my neighbours!