Decorating en Francais

This project was a great opportunity to test out my skills abroad on an old barn conversion in Normandy, Northern France as the décor was in need of a great deal of restoration and expert attention.

Most of the discussion with the owners was done by telephone so it was sometimes difficult to ascertain exactly what they were looking for.  However, Christian and Nathalie placed their trust in me and the end result was superb.

The feedback I have had from them was extremely good, so much in fact they have asked me back to do the downstairs (once their new kitchen in finished) and also to do the outside of the building.

It will be my pleasure to do this for them.

My main brief was to restore the upstairs and this comprised of a spiral staircase, 2 landings, 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet.  There were also built in storage cupboards on the landings.

The condition of the existing décor was poor.  There is a theme of old beams running through the ceilings and walls and storage cupboards.  These were covered in various types of paint stain, varnish and emulsion.

It was impossible to strip this off so the decision was made to paint them with the right shade of brown.  This was achieved thanks to Johnstone Leyland who were instrumental in helping to select the correct shade of paint.  Getting the right shade was probably the most important factor and this was a sure fire hit with Christian and Nathalie.

Majority of the paint finishes are Johnstone’s (flat matt brilliant white to walls and ceilings) Covaplus tints on various feature walls, acrylic undercoat and eggshell on all woodwork.  The exception was Blanche’s bedroom which was stripped and repapered using her own choice of Designer’s Guild of London wallpaper.  Perfect for a little girl!

Looking forward to my next visit!

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