And just like that…Summer was gone.
We moved back into our home after a whole Summer away and I’m now looking at the house with fresh eyes to see how to finish our dining renovations and what projects we can (budget permitting) tackle.
For now, let me show you what we did recently in the lounge and dining area rather than focusing on what need to be done
A few months ago, we replaced all the drafty windows in the lounge & bedrooms with double-glazing windows.
From a cost and aesthetic point of view, it was hardly the most exciting thing to do but this was by far, one of the things that really improved the comfort of our home.
Since the temperatures down here are milder than London, the fireplace insert we had installed ten years ago was no longer required.
Taking a fireplace down is no mean feat.
It’s a messy, dusty job and my advice to you is make sure, you clear the room completely.
Luckily, our builder was extremely thorough.
He first laid down a plastic sheet to protect the oak floorboards Steve and I had laid down a few years ago (another messy job I won’t take on any time soon!) and sealed off the open-plan kitchen to avoid dust to spread further.
A couple of issues we came across…
Firstly, the Plasterer informed us that he couldn’t plaster over the black ceiling left by the builder without the black coming through the new plaster a few days later. So make sure your Builder does the prep work properly.
Secondly, weakened by the heat coming from the fireplace insert, the bricks had became too fragile. Should they knock further into the brick wall, we could incur the risks of having our wall coming down completely.
The solution to this issue was to cover the wall with a thin plaster board.
I wasn’t too keen to start with as I wanted to streamline the room as much as possible but faced with little choice, we went ahead with the option. This turned out to be OK and not as bad as I thought.
Then our lounge started to look as if Dexter was having a major party in our home…
At that stage, I had people who had booked the house two weeks later, I was also due to head off to Marrakech that same time and given that the walls could not be painted for two weeks until they were completely dry, I basically had a major meltdown.
I wrote to Muriel who had booked the house and she kindly said that she didn’t mind if the walls were not painted. So two weeks before heading to Marrakech, Steve and I painted the plaster wall that replaced the fireplace, the Electrician fitted some new Tolomeo wall lights and things started to come together…
As I watched the plaster dries onto the walls, I fell in love with its textures and colour…
Since then, the plaster walls have turned into a very nice, soothing off white and made me question whether I should cover them with the pure white paint I usually go for.
Our oak floorboards are now ten years old and have a beautiful patina that suits the natural look of the walls.
To this day, the walls (below) are still not painted apart from one in the dining room area which I painted in grey. I will show you this in a separate post.
They will eventually but for now, we can live with their raw finish. I want to see how the light coming from the French windows play on this beautiful wall and then decide on the perfect shade of off white or maybe cream…will see.