Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Our holidays were wonderful, a bit quiet, and very bittersweet without my sweet sister here, but we felt her presence with us throughout the holidays.

Now that we’ve entered a new year, it’s time for me to refocus on the long list of projects around this old house. It seems to never end.

We finished the formal living room renovation a couple of months ago and now we are embarking on the renovation of a guest bedroom.

I haven’t done the big final reveal on the formal living room because, even though the renovation is finished, I’ve realized that I don’t have enough furniture to go in this large room.

So in keeping with my style, I’ve been searching estate sales, auctions, and antique shops for just the right pieces for the living room. It will slowly evolve as I find them, and I will show you what we find along the way.

Several months ago, I picked up two petite french chairs at an estate sale, and at $38.00 each, I grabbed them for the living room. They weren’t an exact match, each one was slightly different,which made me drawn to them even more.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

I had found a gorgeous fabric from Hobby Lobby that I knew would be perfect for these two beauties. So I removed the hundreds of nailhead trim, and the old faded velvet, and reupholstered both of them.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

The wood seemed to be a maple color which I didn’t care for. I wanted a different look, but I wasn’t completely sure that I wanted to paint them either.

Instead I opted for gilding the wood in gold leaf gilding paste.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

I love the finished result and the way they look in the formal living room, sitting against one wall, one on each side of the storied french chest.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

I’m searching for a longer console style table to go here….something that I can place two lamps on, and long enough that it will work better proportionally on this long wall.

Until then, the little bombe chest will have to do.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Another recent estate sale find is the French trumeau mirror.

The french scene at the top of the mirror is actually hand painted.

It fit perfectly in the center of one of the “boxes” made from the decorative moulding.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

The color of the blue fabric on the petite chairs looks fabulous against the darker gray walls of the living room.

And the gilded wood draws out the gilding on the interior moulding panels on the walls, as well as the gilding in the fireplace.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

The fireplace is the focal point of the living room.

In forty years, it’s never been used, even though it was originally built to burn wood. It has such a beautiful pink marble surround and hearth.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

The firebox is cast iron with a stunning chinoserie design. It’s so pretty and unusual, and we have no plans to mar it by burning wood in it.

When we bought the house, there were some electric logs sitting in the fireplace. I’m not sure why we saved them, because I had no plans to use them. However, once the room was finished, we moved the faux logs back into the firebox and plugged them in. They made such a npretty glow that we decided to leave them. They even make the sound of fire crackling when they are turned on!

The french style andirons came from a flea market and they are the perfect addition.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

The antique french sofa that we made over several years ago has taken center stage in the living room, and for the time being two wing chairs flank it.

I have an old coffee table in the attic that belonged to my mother. I’m probably going to give it a little update and use it in here.  I’m still on the hunt for a frenchy table and chairs to place in front of the large bay window, and of course the long console table that I mentioned earlier.

There’s a few pieces that are waiting for a makeover that will go in this room once I have them finished. So as you can see, it’s still a work in progress.

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress | Edith & Evelyn |

I just finished making over a pair of large Italian candelabra sconces that will be mounted on each side of the French trumeau mirror. I’ll reveal these to you in a few days.

This old neglected house is coming along.

I want to thank all of you for following along with E&E this year, it means so much to me. I wish all of you a new year filled with abundant blessings and everything that you could possibly wish for!



Resource List:

Wall Color:  Sherwin Williams Dovetail

Trim color: Sherwin Williams Snowbound

Gilding used on chairs: Rub n Buff Gold Leaf

Fabric on chairs: Turquoise Pace


58 thoughts on “Petite French Chairs and Living Room Progress

  1. Cindy, I love the look of your chairs! Stunning! How many tubes of gold rub did you use per chair? I love the finished look/ patina that it gave the chairs, I’m thinking I might try it. Love your style and home. You are s sweet kind soul.

    • Hi Rebecca! I used just a little more than one tube, so two tubes will be needed for two chairs, though you will have a lot left in the second tube. Enough for another project!

  2. Oh Cindy, this room is glorious and such beautiful details in place that you have only enhanced. Love your chairs, but I am afraid the mirror takes my heart. You are such an inspiration and talent. Thank you for sharing with us your many special talents.

  3. Absolutely love that mirror! It would be great in my own home! I went to Atelier de Campangne sale recently and found a few great French pieces. You would love it.
    WIsh we have some of those great prices in California though.

  4. Cindy, Happy New Year! The holidays are especially painful when one of our loved ones haves passed on. Glad you were able to experience her presence. Wow! Your formal living room is gorgeous! I love the transformation of the chairs and the trumeau mirror looks perfect in that spot! Half the fun of renovating a space is to let the room evolve! I know you will find the perfect pieces for each spot. I wish I had your energy, skill and talent! I really enjoy how you walk us through your process of each room. I read through your comments and can definitely see a gorgeous coffee table book in your future. Thank you for sharing your home, thoughts and process with us!

    • Thank you, Sandy, for your sweet words and encouragement. You are always so supportive and it means so much to me! Happy New Year dear friend!

  5. ~Cindy~
    I understand how your Christmas was not the same since your sister was not here, this was our 2nd Christmas without our sister, but I know they want us to be happy and enjoy all the special moments of life we can. Then 3 days after Christmas we had to put our Lexy girl down, our sweet sweet Boxer she had cancer which is common in Boxers, but so heartbreaking losing her.
    The chairs are lovely, as is the whole room!!! you have such an eye (or two) decorating.
    Happy New Year to you and your family, and Blessings in 2018!

    • Oh, Paula, I’m so sorry that you lost your sweet Lexy! It’s so difficult to lose our fur babies, they are like children to us. I know your heart hurts with missing her. Virtual hugs coming your way!

  6. The new chairs you reupholstered are very pretty, but the mirror–be still, my heart!
    It is absolutely gorgeous! Where are some of your favorite local haunts for vintage goodies? I would love to find some of the beauties you have unearthed!

    • Thank you, Diane! Both the chairs and mirror came from my very favorite place to shop for vintage goodies! It’s a monthly estate sale in Mobile, AL at Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery. They have a huge estate sale the first weekend of every month and the prices are amazing! It’s well worth the drive to experience this sale every month!

  7. Happy New Year Cindy! You make me feel like I can do things which would normally be outside of my comfort level – and for this – I say a humble but heartfelt THANK YOU! I want to attempt another ceiling in my almost”popcorn” free home – but just checked online @ lowe’s in attempt to order more pine – AND – they are not carrying it! Do you happen to have any suggestions??

    • Terry, I know that some of the Lowe’s have stopped carrying this brand of pine planks. I think they have replaced it with another brand so you might check with them and see what they offer that is comparable. Also, check with Hope Depot. I think they carry a pine plank that is similar. Hope this helps! Happy New Year!

  8. Oh Cindy!! Truly gorgeous!! I kept looking for the unfinished part, but I do know what you mean when looking for the exact piece that you have imaged in your mind…and you will find it, I am sure. The petite chairs are heavenlly in the perfect blue; the French trumeau mirror is a beauty with the hand-painted scene, and THAT firebox…it is just WOW. I haven’t ever seen a firebox quite that pretty. And the logs when lit up brings the firebox to another level!!!
    We all anxiously await each room as you and your hubby put your magic touch to each one. So happy that you share them with all of us.
    Wishing for you a wonderful and properous 2018!! Happy New Year!!

  9. Ok. First, you are my favorite blog. Second, your ideas are stunning! There is absolutely not one decorating, construction or painting project in that you performed in your entire home that I would not hesitate to execute in my own home if I possessed your skill and talent and had the home to perform them in. I applaud you for being a DIY-er and sharing your creativity. Third, and the MOST important, YOU need to author a book describing your ideas for home décor along with paint recipes and directions for your furniture do overs. I would be the first to purchase your book. Perhaps PURE and ORIGINAL PAINT would sponsor such an endeavor? You certainly have convinced and inspired me to purchase Pure and Original Paint. On a side note-I lost my husband in October and I feel your pain that you experienced this Christmas. I am sorry for your loss.

    • Oh my goodness, Carolee, I am so very sorry for your loss! I can’t imagine losing a spouse. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers and I’m sending you virtual hugs. Thank you so much for your sweet and kind words, they mean so much to me! A book….hmmm…that would be an amazing adventure, wouldn’t it?!? Definitely a dream….

  10. Happy New Year Cindy! How the heck did you put those nail heads on the chair? I always break the tips off when I try to push them through hard wood. Good luck on finding the right pieces for your room. I discovered a Scandinavian antiques store here in Denver recently and saw a beautiful white console table (too big for my room). But I immediately thought Cindy would love that! Hugs from Colorado, Pat

  11. Cindy, thanks for the sneaky peek of your living room,the chairs are beautiful. Hope 2018 is a much better year for you. Love all you do for your fan club.

  12. Those chairs are gorgeous with your makeover! You are one talented smart lady!! I so look forward to every blog! Your taste is like mine, just wished I had your talent. Looking forward to your finds for LR. Happy New Year!

  13. HELLO GORGEOUS!!! It looks fabulous. Can’t wait for you to show us the rest of the pieces. I have a tendency to go after one piece after the next. I love how you take your time and work through each step. Smart! Thanks for sharing with your readers.

    • Thank you, Mary! It takes me awhile to find just the right pieces for a space. Sometimes I will find them quickly, but this room is going to be taking it’s own sweet time!

  14. Absolutely charming! I’m glad you had a nice holiday. Thank you again for inviting us along on your renovation journey.

  15. I love the chairs, they are so pretty against the wall. I get a lot of blogger emails , most I admit I don’t read but yours I love taking in all the intricate details.

  16. As always your home is gorgeous! I always look forward to each of your reveals. I love the gold accents inside the picture frames on the walls in the living room and the new gold chairs are beautiful! As soon as I get these Christmas decorations down I’m going to focus on my tired living room. Thank you for the inspiration and Happy New Year! Cheers! Dell

  17. Happy New Year to you and your family Cindy!

    The formal living room is absolutely stunning….., so perfect. What color and brand of paint did you use on the walls in this room?

    Cindy, you are such an inspiration to so many of us, I always look forward to you sharing your new additions to your beautiful home, thank you!

    Nancy J. Tx.

    • Thank you, Nancy! The color of the walls is Sherwin Williams Dovetail, and the paint brand that we used is Valspar Reserve from Lowe’s. Happy New Year!

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