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Renovating our house in France
July 2009


Renovating and creating our new bedroom

The last month has been fun. Now that the main structures are in place, we have enjoyed deciding on colours and other finishing touches. But the bed head still had to be put into place, wired up and the bed painted. We finally moved across from our old bedroom the day after Perry's birthday and now wake up to a view of the Pic de Midi.

Here's the before and after virtual tour.
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...and here's how we got the last part done

bathroom door before we added the shelves
The bathroom door that we knocked through a couple of years ago is now ready for its shelving

bathroom doo9r after we added the shelves
Just like that! with leads from the hifi to the speakers in the bathroom and a headset socket in the bedhead.

ikea build
Screwing the IKEA wardrobes into shape. Too high for the beams, we had to saw off 12 cms from the top of all of them.

adding the frame and doors
Jorg then built wooden frames and doors for them. None of the the IKEA designs really
suited so designed a very simple, country feel.

Jorg did us proud
Jorg did us proud. The storage space is now enough for all our clothes and keeps the bedroom free of clutter. Now to paint it.

inside the wardrobe
Just a quick dust and we can move everything over from the other room.

painted wardrobe
The wardrobes, painted in a grey acrylic and rubbed back with wire wool and a light sanding on the areas of wear.

detail of handle
Very simple lock mechanism with some distressing to make it look like it's been there for a while.

painting floor
Whitewashing the floor and doing push ups at the same time

Finally we were ready for the bedhead that Ernest had made for us. His son, Alain, brought his Manitou to get the piece of furniture through the bedroom window. Caroline and Damien rode shotgun.

off the trailer
The whole Fourquet family came to help and watch it go in.

through window
It fitted in with one centimetre to spare, top and bottom.

Ernest made the unit in poplar wood. Very pretty knots and patterns that we tinted with a light oak wash. He came to add the top once the electricians had been to wire up the lights and switches which are fed up through the floating floor.

inside the cupboard
We didn't want modern lights showing, so we built in our reading lamps into the bedside cupboards. Here Ernest is fine tuning the frames so that the cupboard doors close perfectly.

Here's the virtual tour again of how it was and how it is now

So there you have it. Done and dusted. Well, not quite...

...on July 6th we start building scaffolding around the house and will begin chipping off the cement that the old owners sprayed on in the 1950's. Then we'll clean it up and put 'chaux' (chalk/kalk) on instead. This breathes and will allow the outside walls to lose their humidity instead of sweating out the salt peter inside the house.

A bientôt.

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