Orangery redo – Part II

/Orangery redo – Part II

Orangery redo – Part II


For those who are interested, I love to give you a quick update about our orangery redo. (To read part I of the orangery-redo, click here.)

This weekend we prepared the orangery in order to start painting on Monday.

2011-03-16_094209Shelves before

As I wanted the shelves to have a more solid look, Jan made us new shelves and Anthony was assisting Jan to install the new ones.

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foto's 012Shelves after

2011-03-16_102918 Ralph has his thoughts about the redo of HIS bedroom!


On Monday morning the painters arrived and started to give the walls a first coating.



At the end of the day the first coating was finished and it looks as this. A very light-colored layer.


2After having mixed several materials, the painter started to give the walls a coat of plaster. And I was chocked!!! It looked SOOO dark!!! And I wanted to have the walls to look more or less as the color shades of my Syrian vase!!

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But he assured me that it would be totaly dried up the next morning! And besides, it was only a first plaster coat he had to start with and that definitely is required to bring on the next layers to end up with the limewash finish.


And indeed! This morning it looks as this (picture above)!

So this is the Italian plasterwork that is seen on the walls of old Italian houses.

Today (Wednesday)

7 This morning the painters are finishing the plasterwerk. You can see the difference in color of the already plastered wall (windows) and the part above the chimney piece that isn’t plastered yet.

I am so curious about the paint layers which have to be brought on this plasterwork in the next coming days…! At that point we will have to decide about the final shade of color!

The cover of the April issue of Architectural Digest looks very promising! The plaster technique on the walls looks gorgeous!

2011-03-16_111336AD cover issue April 2011

I will share more of the redo in a later post! I hope you liked this orangery-redo story so far?

If you want to know more about the Belgian paint company at work here, please email me at



By |2019-02-09T13:10:17+00:00March 16th, 2011|Categories: Belgian Pearls, Lefèvre Interiors|Tags: , |24 Comments


  1. The enchanted home Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    Greet….it is coming out just AMAZING!! I love your vision and your excellent eye….you are on such a beautiful track…cannot wait to see more and the end result. The little previews are just breathtaking!

  2. Peeters Liliane Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM - Reply

    Begint er goed uit te zien!

  3. eclecticrevisited Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1:01 PM - Reply

    I'm so envious of your plaster walls, it is what I want too…and I'm sure it was a little scary to see that dark layer going on the walls…but it will look so gorgeous when it's all completed…

  4. Luciane at Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1:11 PM - Reply


    This is so great! You sound so excited, huh? I'd be too! I think it will look sooooo good! 🙂

    I also want to thank you so much for your comments. Thank YOU for taking the time to come visit, my friend. I truly appreciate it, from my heart.

    Have a Happy Day!


    Luciane at

  5. designchic Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1:16 PM - Reply

    Oh Greet, it is looking amazing…can't wait to see it finished!!

  6. Anci Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM - Reply

    It's interesting to follow the work. I think that it will be very good in the end.

    Have a nice day


  7. John Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    I can feel the serenity of the space already!

  8. quintessence Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 2:41 PM - Reply

    It's looking fabulous! I love the thicker shelves and the plaster color looks perfect. Can't wait for the next installment!

  9. Acquired Objects Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM - Reply

    Uh oh, Ralph does not look happy about his bedroom being invaded….too cute! Wow, your orangery is going to look amazing! I love your plastered walls so far. Thank you for sharing with us as it goes along.

  10. LENE Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    It's going to be amazing Greet – the rough wall that you show in the picture is absolutely beautiful!
    I have received two awards from Charlotta in Sidney, which I would like to pass on to you. Hope you will accept them.
    You can find them at this address:
    I wish you a pleasant evening!

  11. Ideezine Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM - Reply


    Wow! How exciting a project and watching it unfold is educational. Your going to love it as it feels so historic like it's been there all along. You have great vision.

  12. BRASWELL Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    I adore the progress reports on your room. Plaster is divine color. I will await the next report.

  13. Home and Lifestyle Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 5:51 PM - Reply

    Wat zal het mooi worden…in ieder geval ziet dit er al prachtig uit! Ik ben benieuwd naar het eindresultaat!

    Een fijne avond! Lieve groet, Ingrid

  14. Tamra Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM - Reply

    As a decorative artist/painter I know it's often shocking to people what the base layers of a finish looks like.

    Your walls are coming along beautifully.

  15. Mona Thompson Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:11 PM - Reply

    Greet, this is going to be amazing. I love the thicker shelves and plaster walls. My entire home has plastered walls and i just love them. They add so much warmth and character. Yes, I am very interested in following every detail. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Ann Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM - Reply

    My favorite part- the walls! Tamra and I both know what you are going through as we have to prepare our clients for the steps involved and how the finish won't be close to what you want until it is done!
    I wish more folks in the US would go with plaster walls. As Mona says, it adds so much warmth and depth. Nothing else like it.

    Can't wait for more, lol!

    Oh Greet- the grisaille was done by a fabulous French artist, Pascal Amblard. Here is his blog:

  17. ArchitectDesign™ Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    I think I'm in love -those walls! *gasp*

  18. Splendid Willow Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM - Reply

    What is not to like! It is going to be a dream room. And I am sure Architectural Digest will be calling soon!

    Warm hugs to you.


  19. Charlotta Ward Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM - Reply

    Dear Greet I love your orangerie. From that very first glimpse last year to the final touches that are happening right now.
    I enjoy it very much when you share the 'process' and I learn so much each time.

    Thank you for opening the doors to your beautiful home again and for taking us along on the journey.

    Big hugs from Sydney

    x Charlotta

  20. bikim Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM - Reply

    that is absolutely gorgeous!
    lovely posts!
    happy night!

  21. Kris Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2:17 AM - Reply

    What a gorgeous finish! I had a similar color and finish put on our walls and I loved it. I just happened upon your blog and have placed you on my blog wall. I am eager to see your results.

    I have been to Belgium and our daughter was an exchange student in a small city near Liege. I loved the beautiful landscape. Everything looked so green and lush.

    I have just started a new blog and have joined NetworkBlogs and hope you will stop by for a visit. I love all things french.

  22. Decor de Provence Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 2:27 AM - Reply

    I'm so excited for you! Everything is looks like it's coming together perfectly! I love the chunky shelves and the yummy plastered walls!


  23. Fashion Mom Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    Vind het een super leuke post! Zien hoe alles verandert , dag na dag.Ben benieuwd naar het resultaat xxx

  24. Miss Baptista Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM - Reply

    Sergio zou zeggen,
    njam, njam
    smaakt naar meer!

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