I always love finding petite size French chairs!
It’s always so much fun to find a petite size French chair when I’m out antiquing. They are a perfect size to dress up any small space and they’re small enough that they work in almost any room, even the bathroom.
Usually, when I find them, they are a good price and they add just the right amount of “French flair” in any room.
Recently I’ve been searching estate sales, auctions, and antique shops for a pair of petite French chairs to put in the living room.
My search paid off when several months ago I found two petite french chairs at my “go to” estate sale, and at $38.00 each, I grabbed them.
They weren’t an exact match, with each one being slightly different, but that made me drawn to them even more.
I found a gorgeous turquoise fabric from Hobby Lobby that I knew would be perfect for these two beauties.
The first step was to remove the large number of nailhead trim and the old original faded velvet so I could begin reupholstering them.
Once finished, I added back new nailhead trim to finish the look.
The wood frames appeared to be some kind of maple which I didn’t care for.
I wanted a different look, but I wasn’t completely sure that I wanted to paint them either. So I decided to just gild the wood using Rub-n-Buff gold leaf gilding paste.
I love the gilded finish so much more than the original maple, and I love the way they look in the formal living room, sitting on each side of the storied french chest.
Their small size make them easy to display in any room should I decide to move them somewhere else.
The turquoise color of the fabric looks gorgeous against the gray painted walls, which is Sherwin Williams Dovetail.
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.
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.
The gilded wood on the chairs draws out the gilding on the interior moulding panels on the walls, as well as the gilding in the fireplace.
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.
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 and 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 pretty 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.
The antique french sofa that we renovated 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 that needs a little updating. I’m going to give it a little renovation and use it in here at some point.
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.
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!
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Dovetail
Trim color: Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Gilding used on chairs: Rub n Buff Gold Leaf
Fabric on chairs: Turquoise Pace