Progress and lovely people.

Hello Dear Reader,

Today has been more of the same. I’ve scraped, cleaned and sanded another pair of shutters and DB has worked all day on the kitchen. I did wonder how the windows and shutters had remained in such good condition, they’re a dark hardwood and believe me they are extremely heavy. The green algae doesn’t just wash off, it has to be sanded. That I itself is an excellent bingo wing work out and my arms are burning. 

I can understand why the locals have replaced these with modern plastic concertina folding shutters or aluminium roll down shutters. Less work?  We could have replaced them but the cheaper option was to make do and mend, so that’s what we did.

My next job will be to spray the house with anti-mousse to get rid of the red lichen and the black mould. It’s pure romance!

The shutters and the windows on the side of the house appear to be very new. I could sand and paint these in situ as I could stand on the bedroom terrace. 

I’ll hopefully and weather permitting finish the third set of traditional shutters tomorrow and there will be a shutters and kitchen progress reveal. DB is taking his time in the kitchen and rightly so. 

The loveliest part of our day was meeting Jenny and John. I’ve read her blog for years. Go back to the beginning and share their amazing journey.
Our house needed tidying up, their house and their latest house have been full scale refurbishments and they’ve done it all themselves. I won’t tell you any more and just let you enjoy ‘meeting them’ and reading about their French adventure.

Over to you Dear Reader, did we do the right thing by keeping the old shutters or should we be like the French and modernise.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx


17 thoughts on “Progress and lovely people.

  1. Wow, what a difference in the before and after shutter work, its amazing and I personally think you have done right by keeping them.. I have been reading Jenny’s blog for years but never met her and John, that said it feels like I already know her, she is always ready to answer any questions you may have.x


  2. You were right in keeping the old shutters. They have more charm than anything new you’d replace them with.
    When we lived in the Ardèche we had an old rambling stone house. The shutters were also old and shabby. I never even painted them as they looked so right for the house, just as they were.


  3. I am so glad you kept the shutters they are, they are an intrinsic part of the house. It may have been hard work, but it was certainly worth it. I will be interested in seeing the outisde of the house when you have treated it.

    I have to admit being very jealous, we really wanted to live in France, but it just was not to be. Unfortunately we can no longer travel there either. OH is over 80 with health problems and I have a pacemaker. The insurance premiums would be prohibitive.

    I will watch your progress with interest.

    I have followed Jenny and John for a while, they have done so well, I was surprised that they decided to return to France, but have to admit I do not blame them.


  4. I think they look great and why spend money on something that just needs a little TLC and elbow grease to look great again.Traditional would always be the way for me unless it’s about keeping warm and you need to replace the windows for insulation reasons.


  5. Our house (near Annecy) was built in 1979 and we moved in in 1990. The windows and shutters were rotten and I neither had the time nor the inclination to try to make something of them (plus working full time with two small children). So we replaced the lot with pvc and I have to say the windows are wonderful and the shutters are more than ok. Maybe if I were retired I would have a go but being divorced I would never attempt it on my own. If you have an OH (and more importantly he knows what he is doing) then maybe, but otherwise I wouldn’t touch it. Anna


  6. Good work on the shutters!

    I did the same with my wooden window frames when I moved i here – took them apart, stripped all the paint, hand sanded and stained and then added a couple of coats of yacht varnish. twenty seven years later and I think I may need to do them this autumn or next spring 🙂

    There’s something very satisfying about doing it all by hand.


  7. Hi Jane
    We kept the old wooden shutters and did they come in handy when Katie decided to make a visit during our stay in BB.
    It was lovely to meet you at long last. We are now back in Wiltshire.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay.
    Sue and Robert


  8. I would have kept the old shutters too–they look very solid, although I’m sure your arms are aching and will be for a couple days! If you ever decide to change your mind, they will always take your money for new ones. We have a 100 year old house and have tried to keep it authentic, when it was practical. We even put up new wainscoting to make it look old in the bathroom. Just our taste, and we like the house the way it is. When we moved in, it was a Queen Anne with Revolutionary War wallpaper–just not right!


  9. I think you did exactly the right thing in keeping and refurbishing the original shutters. I bet if they are well maintained they will last a lot longer and be a lot more substantial than the replacement shutters many of your neighbours now have.

    Will you have to take them off again to spray the walls of the house?


  10. You did right keeping the originals in the long run. If they have lasted this long there will be many more years in them. I am amazed at the progress you are making. It shows how much you can achieve with a bit of good old elbow grease. You and DB are some team. Looking forward to future instalments x.


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