13 August 2010

Priming and painting

At 7:13 a.m., I looked at some pictures I had just taken upstairs and realized that today is August 13. And it is a Friday. Better be careful today. Looks like it might rain again. Nice cool weather for painting.

White walls (primer only, so far)

Our mornings are spent painting. Well, priming. We're making progress. There's a lot to do today. At the BricoDépôt warehouse store in Tours — Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, really — on Wednesday, we bought 20 more liters of white primer (sous-couche), and 20 liters of white paint (peinture). Mat. Acrylic — water-based. Much easier to work with than oil- or solvent-based products.

So we are going to paint the upstairs walls white for now. Bright white. To make it at light as possible up there this winter. If we decide later that we can't live with pure white, we can always paint it again next year, in a different color.

20 liters of white paint for walls and ceilings — 5.28 U.S. gallons

The off-white paint we were considering buying over at BricoMarché was 16 euros a liter. The white paint was less than 4 euros a liter at BricoDépôt. Economy is a virtue. The 12 liters of primer for plaster board we bought at BricoMarché cost 36 euros. The 10 liters of primer for plasterboard we got at BricoDépôt cost 6 euros.

That isn't a typo: 6 euros. 5.35 €, actually. I hope it isn't a case of getting what you pay for, and for the moment it doesn't seem to be. The inexpensive primer is drying to a nice chalky white color. It goes on thin and doesn't seem to be covering much, but when it dries it's fine. Thanks to our friends on the Claise for the recommendation.

10 liters of acrylic primer for plaster or plasterboard
walls and ceilings

We paid 18 € for 10 liters of primer than says it's good for both drywall (paper-coated plaques de plâtre, also known as placo, wallboard, plasterboard, and sheetrock) and real plaster. The walls we have to paint on the ground and main floor of the house — the entryway and stairwell and hallway — are real plaster. We still have all that to do, after we finish the upstairs. I figured if the 6 € stuff was garbage, we'd fall back on the 18 € stuff, and then buy more later if we needed it. Looks like we won't.

Priming in the morning then, and working on the vegetable garden in the afternoon. Processing squashes for the freezer, mostly, right now. Tomatoes are starting to ripen. Eggplants and peppers are growing. Corn is forming ears. Potatoes continue to come in. Busy August.


  1. While looking at all that white, I was most impressed with the colours/colors (spelling for Brits & Americans) of your ladder.
    BTW - the Dulux brand of paint is big in OZ and one of our companies clients.

  2. That's a Made in USA ladder that we shipped over here 7 years ago with the rest of our belongings.

  3. I don't think you can go wrong with white walls and ceilings. Your handiwork looks good. (

  4. I like the all white look.

    The room is very large. Perhaps you could add a wall or barrier of bookcases to create another room without losing the light from the skylight.

  5. 16 euros a liter...wow, that's a good price. And I totally agree, water based is SO much more pleasant to work with. Less fumes.

    New York Times travel section has an article on Normandy and the "Cote Fleurie":

    And a slide show: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/08/08/travel/Cover-Fleurie.html?ref=travel


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