Now that we have moved into the new house, got Christmas out of the way and enjoyed a wonderful holiday in India, we have turned our attention to the work that needs doing on the property. It’s a big old place and there is a lot of work that we could do – if we had the money! (Isn’t that always the case?!)
In my mind our renovation project is going to play out just as it does on Grand Designs – a glamorous story of creativity, workmen getting all hot and sweaty (oo er missus), and designer furniture. In reality I suspect it will be far from that and instead will be a case of irritable conversations as we try and agree on a colour scheme, rummaging around in the barn for stuff that we can clean up and reuse, and lots of dirt and dust.
We got a flavour of the trials and tribulations ahead last weekend. After being told that French paint is “like painting with milk” we decided to combine a trip back home to see family and friends with a visit to B&Q. We could fill the back of the pick-up with supplies, saving money and effort along the way. Or at least that was the plan.
Then this happened….
Moral of the story is: never assume a paint lid is securely fastened just because the tin is brand new! (And make sure you have generous family on hand to help in times of crisis!)
Paint spillages aside, Den has started to make progress. We’ve decided to focus on the gite to begin with – the intention being that this can help generate some of the funds we will need for the work on the main house. And so work has started in earnest. The kitchen, bathroom and a wall have been ripped out to make way for something more practical, stylish – and bigger!
Over the coming weeks, we will be transforming our little house into a warm and welcoming place for holiday makers to use as a base for exploring the beautiful Dordogne countryside. (If all goes to plan, we should be ready for the in-laws visiting in June so they can give it a trial run – I’m sure they won’t mind being guinea pigs!)