A Set of French Provincial Armchairs

I bought this set of four French Provincial style armchairs at the end of last summer, so yes it HAS taken me a while to get to them! I knew I wanted to treat them as two separate sets so that I could refinish each set differently.

Last summer I forced asked my middle daughter (16) to help me by removing the old fabric and staples… there were a LOT of staples but she watched TV in the cool basement while she was doing it so she wasn’t too terribly upset… honestly I think she was just happy she didn’t have to help me sand or paint in the hot garage!



After all of the staples were removed I sprayed two of the chairs with flat black spray paint, one coat, then I distressed the chairs with 220 grit sandpaper, waxed and buffed them to give them that rubbed through look… a very quick update.

I refinished these two chairs as part of my upholstery class where I also refinished the French Script chair… I did some of the work at home and some of it in class so that I could make sure I could get them both done!

I chose this beautiful dark navy blue velvet fabric for the chairs… the fabric looks more blue in the pictures than it does in person, it is so blue it almost looks black. I made double welt piping for the first time, it was a little time consuming but I like the way it finished the chairs.


Painted French armchair

I love the lines of these chairs and how the original wood finish peeks through the black paint.

Painted French armchair

The finish on the chairs have a nice hand rubbed look…

Painted French armchair blue velvet fabric

One of my favorite parts… the back! I upholstered both backs of these chairs with this fabulous French script fabric, the script is navy blue with a red seal stamped across the script.

French script fabric French armchair

I think the coordinating fabric was the perfect finishing touch for these chairs!

Upholstered French armchairs

The four chairs were originally used as dining chairs, but I see them more as armchairs for the living room or bedroom… which is why I am treating the sets differently. This is not to say they wouldn’t look great as chairs in the dining room…

I hope you like them as much as I do, they were a labor of love and I lost quite a bit of skin from my fingers hot gluing that double piping down… YIKES!

I still have the other two to get to, I have the fabric… now I just need to make the time!

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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Antique French Cane Bench

This is a beautiful antique cane bottom bench in great condition except for the cane…

I didn’t do anything to the original structure of the piece except for clean it up…


I know what you are thinking.. where the heck is the cane…


There it is… it is the original cane (as far as I can tell). This is “hole to hole” cane ya’ll, not pressed cane. The difference being is when this was made the cane was hand sewn hole to hole, unlike sheet cane that is just pressed into a groove. You can see towards the back that it was damaged (and beyond my capability to fix)… however I did not want to ruin the authenticity of the piece so I used two small molding pieces to adhere the new seat to the bench…this way it is easily removed if someone wants to repair the cane. My hubby cut out the seat bottom for me out of 1/4 plywood we had on hand. I attached a piece of 2” foam to the wood and covered it with cotton batting and fabric.. using my AWESOME newish staple gun!!

This great French script fabric was leftover from another project and it just looks perfect on the piece!


Check out the HAND carved detail on the legs…



And the apron front…


I just think this is a lovely antique piece that will be treasured for many more years to come! See.. I DON’T paint everything, especially when it is so beautiful already! This little bench is headed up to Lucketts Spring Market…

Thanks for stopping by guys… until next time!!

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