Certainly the time and money some of these home projects seem to take makes me think I could have easily built a chateau with the same resources.
|Chateau de Chambord|
A pretty simple task you'd think. Rip out the old ones from the 1960s and put in some new IKEA ones. The tradie had allowed in a day and a half, which I thought was overly generous. I envisaged he'd just be sitting around twiddling with the allen key for half of that time.
Several days later, the saga continues.
At this rate I'm convinced I would have been better off building the Chateau de Chambord from scratch on the banks of the Brisbane River.
I feel there's quite a few similarities between my wardrobe project and Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in France's Loire Valley. (Stick with me here)
|Chambord's inner courtyard|
Ironically, despite its grand scale, Chambord was only suitable for short stays because its massive rooms were hard to heat. King Francois I himself only spent about seven weeks here all up. Back home, I'm hoping to get a bit more use out of my wardrobes, but time will tell.
While my unit has seen a few things for sure, it's hard to match Chambord's past. It acted as a field hospital during the Franco-Prussian War and as a store for Louvre art works, including the Mona Lisa, during World War II.
It's been said that Chambord was the inspiration behind the Beast's castle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Some people have speculated that my unit was the inspiration for Elsa's ice palace in Frozen, but I can't see it myself.
Should I come down with extreme home renovation fever, there is one feature of Chambord I would love to install.
In the centre of Chambord is an open, double helix staircase. These two interwoven staircases weave their way up three floors, but never meet. It's an eye-catching folly that would surely be an asset in any home.
|The double helix staircase|
Of course, all of this is just deluded ramblings from someone who is spending the next week literally eating, drinking and living among piles of his clothes waiting for the new wardrobes to be completed and hoping they transform his home into a castle.
|On Chambord's roof|