Monday, 9 December 2013

My home renovation - The bifora

When we removed the plaster on one
of the living room walls and this 'bifora'
was uncovered, it immediately became
the focal point of the room.
Candles warm the stone in the most
natural and timeless way bringing back
to life this 900 year old window

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

My home renovation - Bathrooms finished

The bathrooms in my place are finally 
finished, and today I got my gas meter
so I have hot running water too.

Monday, 4 November 2013

My home renovation - The old original doors

The original bathroom door had a thick
mantle of 12 coats of paint. It took me
a week to get all the paint of.
Now, to my mind it looks much better.
Two sides of the frame I had to have
newly made, so I'll wait a while before
I treat them with oil like the door.

The living room doors had had a two-tone paint
job, beneath which were various other colours
the last of which was a very old treatment that uses 
lead, egg yolk, pigment and resin.
This was as hard as rock and took 9 days of sanding
to get rid of, because no product I bought would
shift it.

After six days I still had a lot of the hard base layer
to get rid of in all those difficult angles.
Now the doors have been oiled and rehung.
I'm so happy I persevered, although I've poisoned
myself by breathing in the old lead paint dust.