Charming French roof tops with painted shutters
In the shady streets of old Agde, the second oldest port town in France, glorious yellow honeysuckle and roses climb and cascade down the walls of the houses.
Shutters need preparing, to remove ingrained dirt after first cleaning, and sanding where paint has become loose, due to heat and damp damage in the South of France. Hand sanding commenced on some shutters, revealing previous colours.
The hinges of some shutters (painted by others) have a faux distressed wear affect: painted green ‘verdigris’ as undercoat, covered loosely with dark grey, or watered down black. They look effective from a distance and have been left as is.
When metal becomes very tarnished, or even rusty, they can be painted black. Lay cloth around to avoid black splashes on new shutter coats. Unscrewing and removal is recommended before painting, if time allows; but if not, as was the case here, have wet cloth ready to wipe off shutter paint, if the brush marks the black metal.
First Paint Coats
Twelve shutters in all, both sides, two coats = 48 coat sides! Ground floor shutters painted downstairs; bedroom balcony shutters left in situ, reached by standing on a chair; the others painted on the roof terrace.
Floral views from ground floor living room window in May.
The streets of old Agde are very narrow with 3 or 4 storey houses, so the views are often shaded from lower windows. Shrubbery grown up walls gives a special interpretation of nature; a must to visit during flowering time in May.