There's nothing like a deadline to motivate. With guests arriving from mid-June and nothing quite finished we knew we had to get a lick on! The non-exhaustive list included:
- 2 bathrooms to tile and fit
- Full decoration downstairs
- Bedroom floors to be laid
- Hall floor to be tiled
- Staircase to be revealed from under it's protective covering and oiled
- Banisters up
- Guard rail to be built on the first floor
- Furniture buying
Did we make it? Well sort of...
Bathrooms, still need towel rails and proper hooks
|Bathrooms (after and during)|
|The exotic animal room|
Hall floor has a big tick although the understairs cupboard and hot water tank area need 'tidying'
|Staircase & hall|
Furniture buying - ongoing. Although I've been buying furniture over the last few months we still need more, and what I did buy needed work. The summer kitchen in the main house became my workshop while I worked on two chest of drawers, two dressing tables, four bedside cabinets and assorted chairs. New beds were ordered and linen sourced. We still need wardrobes but as we didn't want to rush into buying furniture we were not entirely happy with we made do with a couple of temporary clothes rails. We bought a sofa but I still have a few chairs to reupholster. The fabric for one of the bedheads didn't arrive until day two of our friends' visit so I had to sneak into their room while they were out to finish it off!
|Before & afters|
|Vintage MCM light|
Snagging has to be done and the two bedrooms need styling. Upstairs the kitchen needs to be finished and some more furniture sourced. We will probably move on to some landscaping (once the current heatwave has finished) as we want to provide a private terrace for the barn gîte guests.
|Progress - 29th June 2019|
It's difficult to show the scale of the barn, which I was trying to do in the photograph above. The black wire light in the centre is just over a metre across but it doesn't look it here!
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