6.08.2009

La Maisonnette du Coteau: Sandblasting























Sandblasting is the type of thing that only needs to be done every 200 years or so....thankfully :) I'm so grateful we won't have to deal with this part of the renovation again. My poor, poor husband. If you aren't familiar with sandblasting, let me give you a brief description. Basically, you bring in a lot of sand (in this case about 3 tons) and use a piece of machinery that takes the sand and blasts it at high speed on the stone. This took a lot of time. a lot.

We could've opted to forgo the sandblasting but we knew the stone needed to be cleaned to look its best--it had clearly been awhile and the results were incredible! Well worth it. What we thought was grayish stone was actually more of a creamy beige, which we love so much more. It adds depth and warmth--particularly to the main level--we couldn't have reproduced any other way.



















Scott documented the sandblasting process from the exterior as well. I love this shot. I really, really do. The villagers (all 200 of 'em) must have wondered who in the world moved in! What you also see is the rental car the Husband backed down the cobblestone path/road 15-17 times per day...talk about skill :)






















The finished result--beautiful, CLEAN stone. Way to go babe.

For more renovation updates click here.

images via Scott again

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13 comments:

Jill said...

what a beautiful place. that stone is so amazing. i love these renovation updates.

John & Jennifer Savage said...

Gorgeous! I'm so glad you're documenting the whole process so we can live vicariously through you. (although I'm glad I'm not your husband at this point!) That looks like some hard work. Good job!

emily said...

If you bring in that much sand, what happens to it? Does it blow away or do you have to clean it out?

Stephanie said...

Emily, you have to bring it out...another huge process. It's nuts!

Ashley said...

What a dream. You are living mine. Keep posting about this. I love it. What a project.

missy said...

i am so intrigued at this too! please keep the renovation updates coming. i can't wait until i see you decorate it all too!

Rachel said...

I LOVE that you are documenting this. Please post when you're ready for rentals!

kelli said...

It looks so charming, Steph. And I'm so impressed that you're TRULY renovating. I'm anxious for the finish too. So great that you're recording the process, though. We'll volunteer to be your first renters!

(How often are you without a husband? And I keep checking in to see if you've posted about why your little lady had her first day of school in France.)

I love your life. :)

Prairie Girl Studio said...

wow ... i've been away for a while and there is lots to catch up on! the stone is so unbelievably beautiful ... i would be pinching myself silly to be in your place ... enjoy every moment!

thanks always for sharing,
prairiegirl

Andrea said...

Wow, simply gorgeous. Sandblasting sounds like a total pain, but that wall looks amazing.

Jules said...

I still can't believe this is real. When I first read how you bought it I kept waiting for you to say it was all a lie. How utterly awesome.

kristina said...

this is such a dream! I love getting inspiration from you! we are about to renovate a home ourselves!

Meg said...

HI! Brand new to your blog from Southern Exposure, who saw that I'm trying to strip some white paint from a brick wall in my kitchen, so far, it's not working. I think I have to sandblast. I have wood floors, does it ruin them?! Ahh..Thanks for the insight! Can't wait to continue reading...

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