Narrow Boat Renovation – Day Three

We left off after I’d spent the day tirelessly sanding and painting the trickier interior areas of the boat! Day three of the renovations was simply finishing these off (Cue James returning to take the glory!).

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JAMES TAKING ALL THE PAINTING GLORY AND TROPHIES

Day Three of the renovations actually felt the most rewarding, it felt like things were actually starting to come together some what, which is fabulous. The hideously sticky, but incredible frog tape was painstakingly pulled off most of the panels and we breathed a sigh of relief as the worrying shade of green paint settled against the wood and looks incredible!

But we had a much more important task than finishing painting a few panels and loosing yet more nails and dog fur, this time to the frog tape gods. Oh yes we had Ikea furniture to build. Not just any furniture … a sofa!

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THE DREAD OF SELF PACK FAILURE WAS STRONG

Since the purchase of Fantine, we have been searching high and low for suitable furniture, and Sofas proved to be the most difficult, trying to find one that wasn’t too long but wasn’t to short, wasn’t to wide but wasn’t to narrow, was a lot like putting on breakfast for Goldilocks.

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JAMES & I, UPON FINDING THE IKEA EKTORP 

Thankfully Ikea came to the rescue and we found a lovely little sofa there, whats even better is the covers are removable and machine washable, so we can help to combat coal covered hands and muddy paws. Time for the big reveal! This is one end as it currently stands, painting complete and sofa in, lots more to go but it’s starting to feel more homely and we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.

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TAH DAH … ISH

James & Kirsty

4 thoughts on “Narrow Boat Renovation – Day Three

  1. I owned Fantine, We had her for 5 years. sold her 2 years ago. She was called Willow when we first found her, after 3 years we had her repainted and renamed. She’s a special boat we were sad to let her go. I hope your happy with her.

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    1. Hi Pete, Thank you so much for getting in touch! It’s lovely to hear from a previous owner, we knew she was special the moment we hopped on her and we can’t wait for the adventures to begin 🙂

      James & Kirsty

      PS Amazing job with the paint, she’s a stunner.

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  2. If you wish I have photo’s of the repaint, Also some tips on cruising with her, I know the boat inside out, I had the electrics and batteries rewired fitted the toilet system and many other bits. If I have your email I’ll send Phots of her as Willow. We sold her as I had to retire due to medical problems. I really wanted to live on her. I’m pleased you like her. Named Fantine due to our love of the musical Les Miserables I have seen the show 7 times. She looks very different to how she did when we sold her. If you wish I’ll send the link for You Tube It shows how we had her furnished very different. If you have any questions about her please ask. Take care Pete & Magg,s Prescott.

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