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18 janvier 2011 2 18 /01 /janvier /2011 20:04

Not doing anything in the house was last weekend plan A.

First because it's stupid to do tiny remodeling stuff when I'm going to destroy half the house next summer. Secondly because I was to grade papers, lots of papers, too many papers (Gosh why do I write tests that are so long? - and why do I only realise they are too long when I have to grade them?)

 

Le weekend dernier, je m'étais jurée de ne rien faire dans la maison. D'abord, il est complètement ridicule de faire des petites retouches de rien du tout quand je prévois de casser la moitié de la maison l'été prochain. Ensuite, j'avais des paquets (notez le pluriel) de copies à corriger (mais pourquoi diable est-ce que je fais toujours des contrôles aussi longs??)

 

Well plan A failed at exactly 8:32 am on Saturday! I went to the toilets and the door couldn't close... It had been like that for a while now, but suddenly, I couldn't stand it anymore.

 

Ce projet sérieux s'est effondré dès le samedi matin, quand pour la énième fois, la poignée des toilettes de l'étage m'est presque restée dans la main.

 

To understand what happened to the door, let's rewind a little ("How I met your Mother"- style)...

 

Pour comprendre l'histoire de cette poignée, petit flashback à la manière de "aou ai mét your mozère" (prononciation estampillée NT1).

 

When I first visited the house, the door looked like that:

Voilà ce à quoi ressemblait la porte lors de ma première visite:


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What?  Yes, it's a beach mat on the door. Can I say they took the beach style a little too far for me?

 

Non, vous ne rêvez pas, c'est bien une natte de plage fixée sur la porte... La maison avait une décoration marine très poussée... J'ai retiré la natte assez vite...

 

I had to remove that mat really soon after I got the keys.

 

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Then, I coulnd't stand that door handle (which was already wonky) or that wall paper. So it slowly turned to that:

 

Ensuite, j'ai retiré le papier peint et la poignée:


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and then, after a few coats of paint:

 

Et je me suis lancée dans un petit coup de peinture et un changement de poignée:

 

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Notice the white handle I bought? Well, I could never get it to be fixed: there had been so many door handles of different sizes that under the handle there were different holes, way too big for the screw I was suppose to put... At first, I thought, that will do until the big remodel... But after a few friends' visits and the embarrassing moment when I had to say: "the bathroom? it's upstairs, but be careful with the handle" and when I had to answer "you don't"  to their worried question "how do I close the door?", something had to be done...

 

Malheureusement, la jolie poignée blanche n'a j'amais pu tenir en place car quand j'ai enlevé la poignée métallique, je me suis retrouvée face à un gruyère de trous dû à des générations de poignées différentes, bref les vis étaient dans une sorte de trou béant qui rendait le poignée bien fragile. Imaginez mes sueurs froides quand des invités demandaient à aller aux toilettes, puis me criaient d'en-haut: "euh, comment on ferme la porte?" Il fallait agir!


 

Big problem, easy solution, I bought a door knob...

Et bien, j'ai acheté une poignée bouton toute simple qui tient sans vis!

 

Nouvelle poignée WC haut bis

 

And I love the old look it gives to that plain door!

Et en plus, j'adore son look vieillot!


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In case you were wondering, I did grade all my papers later on, though I did finish working very late on Sunday evening (Sunday night, really)!

 

Pour le cas où vous vous inquièteriez, j'ai tout de même corrigé mes copies, même si j'ai fini très tard dans la nuit de dimanche!

 

  I'm linking this post to :

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and to a new blog party at Beach Cottage :

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Je vous invite à cliquer sur les boutons ci-dessus, pour voir découvrir des réalisations diverses et toujours inspirantes.... en toutes langues!

 

 

Little White House xxx

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Missy 21/01/2011 22:20


Thanks for your comment on my chandelier! :) Oh Yes, you can paint a brass chandelier..I paint EVERYTHING! You should go through my blog and see all the before and afters of all the projects I've
done with paint! :) You can go to the my favorite posts tab and see some of them. You'll have to send me a pic of your chandelier when you get it all painted! :) Good luck and be blessed!
Hugs
Missy


littlewhitehouse.over-blog.com 22/01/2011 09:52



Thanks... I've been painting a few things already, but the chandelier seemed so crazy to my family that I was hesitating... Now, I know I'll try... I'll be in touch when it's done!


Magalixxx



Modern Country Style 19/01/2011 14:58


Our bathroom door wouldn't shut for a while becuase our children kept swinging on it! Grr....

What a lovely door knob. I've never seen one like that before.

A beach mat on a door? How biarre!!

Sarahxx


littlewhitehouse.over-blog.com 19/01/2011 15:47



Ah... children! Well, my cat acts just the same! If I don't close the door, he goes all Tarzan on the toilet paper and unroll the whole thing! Sometimes it makes me laugh, and sometimes it just
makes me mad!!!


Plus, he thinks to believe that new door knob is something he needs to grab. aaahhh!!! He seems to like it a lot.


By the way, the porcelain door knob used to be what was in every French house at the beginning of the last century... But I found this one for cheap in a store nearby...


Magali xxx



géraldine 18/01/2011 21:17


C'est cent fois mieux qu'avec la natte de plage!!! lol
Bonne soirée
Géraldine


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