It is almost time to leave the house, the last thing we are going to do is paint the walls and ceilings. In this part of Brittany there is a tendency to have wood on the ceilings, this helps with insulation but can make the rooms very dark which is not good if you have a very small house.
I am not sure where this tradition came from but so many of the houses are this way, dark beams and wooden ceilings (often with dark walls as well)
We want to keep the beams so that we can keep some of the traditional features but by painting between them a nice clean bright white the house will look so much bigger and fresher.
This is where we have our only problem with France. As you are aware we have always bought everything in France, after all we live here and want to contribute to our local community, but paint is one of those products that we have never found, well that is not exactly true, we have found paint and lots of it, just never the same quality that we found in the UK, it is the biggest gripe of everybody we know who renovates in France and we always bring lots of paint back with us from the UK on every visit, the owners had also left lots of paint in the house from their last visit.
However after us bringing the paint over I have now found a company that will deliver to France with very reasonable delivery charges I just wish I had found them earlier. If you click click on this link http://www.kentblaxill.co.uk/farrow-ball you will be able to see the range, which includes Farrow and Ball paints, and the charges, they will also provide an advice service. As I said I just wish I had found this earlier,
But we will be renovating again so next time...........
Here are the before and after shots of the difference a coat of paint and a couple of hours will make to the appearance of a room
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