A little renovations update

Before we went on our side trip to Spain, we did manage to complete the small second bedroom on the guest floor, spurred on by the fact that our friends from Lyon were arriving to stay with us in central France for a couple of nights before we all headed off on the first (joint) leg of our trip.

It had the worst wallpaper in the house, so I was very glad to have gotten rid of that…

but there was a lot of work to do on the ceiling…

so with a bit (well a lot) of plastering and with a coat (or two or three) of white paint, the room looked twice the size.

I painted the woodwork white as well, but just did a slapdash job on the window frame and alcove as the window needs replacing (though the quote we received meant this is a job put off till next year when it would be fabulous to replace all the windows on that floor, budget permitting).

As if to prove that the window is not watertight, I walked in the room to find a dark grey stain of something foreign running down the freshly painted walls! It seems the neighbours were rendering our exterior wall which backs onto their porch and got a little carried away. Thank goodness it was still wet and could quickly be wiped away!

Obviously we wanted a bed in there (otherwise it ceases to be a bedroom doesn’t it?!) but preferably 2, and I was thinking of a single bed with a trundle, but we opted for a bunk which is single on the top, and a futon below, providing ample room for a family with 2 or 3 kids in tow, or an extra double bed if 2 couples are staying.

Mind you, it wasn’t as simple as popping it in the room… the first problem was just getting it home when for some reason the store (Conforama) wouldn’t accept Tony’s Australian drivers licence and International Driving Permit to hire a van (although they have in the past) – but it’s amazing what we can fit in our little car!

Then Tony had to build the metal bunk from the million pieces supplied…

and followed the instructions to secure it to the wall, requiring a bit of ingenuity to boost the height of the front legs and ladder…

Now perfectly level, and solid as a rock, that bunk is not going anywhere.

A towel rack/rail in the corner to provide a little hanging space, and the chest of drawers we brought over from Australia so guests don’t have to live out of a suitcase, the finishing touch was to hang the mirror we bought to complete the dressing table effect, which Tony put up literally an hour before our guests arrived. Perfect timing.

Simple, practical and comfortable. Another great result.


About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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