Sunday, March 18, 2012

The French Settee or Introducing Colette

Last October I purchased an old raggedy looking French Settee.  The fabric was stained, the paint job was a bad faux gold with globs of red.

I knew it would be beautiful reupholstered and painted.  I had never tackled an upholstery job like this before, but I was up for a challenge.

Here is Colette....all finished and pretty.

Here is Colette when I first found her, with her stained fabric and faux gold finish.


She seems very happy...in my master bedroom.  All she needs now is a pretty French painting over her, on the wall.


I used a painter's drop cloth as the fabric....it looks like French linen.

Here is an inspiration picture....From Country French Magazine.

And here she is....perfect Frenchness!

If you want, in the next few days, I will do a tutorial on how I did this, including the paint technique and how I recovered her.
Welcome Home,
Penny
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66 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, that is tres chic! You did a great job on that. Yes, a beautiful painting over it will just be the icing on the cake.

Tina said...

Oh she is very pretty! I agree a painting over her would be perfect.

Kelly said...

If Colette ever wants a new home, she can come live at my house. She is beautiful. I love how she looks in your bedroom. That's a great place for her. I use dropcloths alot too. Isn't it amazing how much it looks like high quality fabric when you use it for drapes or furniture? Who knew?

All Ways Designing said...

Colette is absolutely gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job.

Jan ♥

Nora said...

Oh Penny!!! She is gorgeous!!!! Great job!!! Please, please, please post a tutorial, I have a wing-back chair that I need to redo and this is how I want it look!!!!

Catherine Holman said...

It's lovely! I look forward to your tutorial.
Hugs,
Cathie

Adrienne said...

She is absolutely tres magnifique! Gorgeous! And perfect in your bedroom. Can't wait to see the artwork you find to finish off her space.
~Adrienne~

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Colette is a BEAUTY Penny! She looks beautiful in your bedroom, you did an AMAZING job on this piece! Can't wait for the tutorial.

Miss Jean said...

She turned out just beautifully! You are so talented. You have such a talent to see beyond the worn and "used" to the prospective beauty that is hiding. Well done!!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Tres Jolie Penny! Super fabulous job, I will be looking for the tutorial!!

Sherri said...

Penny, you are amazing and that settee is awesome!! I love everything about it!! Awesome job!!!

Jojo said...

It's simply beautiful!!! Love it!

Kathleen Grace said...

Simply beautiful Penny! I would love to see a tutorial on how you did this. I have a chair I would like to cover part of and I could use some tips.

mariondee-designs said...

I love it Penny, you did a great job! Looking forward to the tutorial.. take care, Maryann

Canadian Chickadee said...

Very nice, Penny. Or should I say, "tres gentil?" But an absolutely beautiful job in any language.

Well done, you! xoxoxox

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

You did a fabulous job! It's just beautiful!

Mimi Sue said...

She's a beauty! Glad to meet you Collette! Mimi

Linda said...

Love it, you have done a fabulous job!!

Vee said...

She turned out so beautifully! What a perfect location for it there along that wall in your bedroom.

Tutti Chic said...

She is a BEAUTY penny!!! Come to mass. & do mine?:) you do beautiful work~it looks perfect where you have it!!! xo

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

Penny! I love it. What a great job you did on this. Really beautiful.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

She is a beauty...you did a wonderful job!!

Eileen said...

She looks perfect! Sooo much better with your re-do. She's been restored to her natural beauty.

Rooms by Ann said...

She is stunning you did an amazing Job and yes please do a tutorial. Thanks for sharing

Pondside said...

Oh que c'est joli!
That was worth waiting for, Penny. I love it!

Pat said...

Your bench looks fabulous, Penny. Great job and I love that you used the drop cloth.

Sandi McBride said...

I salute the Artista! Just plainly beautiful...
Sandi

see you there! said...

You did an amazing job with this piece. I'm not sure I will ever tackle upholstery but look forward to your "how to".

Darla

Pamela said...

Oh Penny how beautiful!!! I love how she turned out and what a perfect spot for it! I am currently covering a chair cushion with a drop cloth but I washed it first and now don't like it being all nubby so I need to go out and get a new one and not wash it. Have a fab Monday!

Peg Meckling said...

Beautiful re-do! I have been looking for a piece like this for my dining room. Not sure if I have the courage to try my hand at reupholstery. Thanks for the inspiration!

Janette - The2Seasons said...

That's a great transformation. It looks like a very expensive piece of furniture.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

she's a real beauty Penny. After doing mine, I am looking forward to how you did it. I bought some gray and have some pieces for the shop to work on using it. Your piece is going to be so happy in your home. xo

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

You did an amazing job, how you find the time is beyond me.

It looks lovely.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Shelia said...

Wow, Penny! You did such a beautiful job of her! She is gorgeous and I love your pillows. Yes, I would enjoy a tutorial!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Chubby Chieque said...

Wow! Collette is an absolute "Beauty". Love your re-doing her.

Happy Monday.
/CC

Phyllis@Around the House said...

I love it... love the paint tarp..would love a tut on this...I am trying to do a slipcover....ahhh hard

Bonnie said...

Love the paint tarp. I have been wanting to use it to make a slip cover for my couch. Would love any tips on working with this fabric. I absolutely love the finish you did on the settee. What talent!

Martha said...

You did a great job -- congratulations. It doesn't look like the same piece and I'm sure is way less $$ than the magazine one!

Penny said...

Looks wonderful Penny! You are so talented. I'm still curious about the chair and ottoman redo. I know you will get to it. See you soon.

Debbiedoo's said...

WOW what a beauty Penny. I knew it would turn out great. I am over at Word press now. My new url is http://debbie-debbiedoos.com..thanks I am adding my blog roll back too, and what a pain.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Awesome idea and I love your job!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Revi said...

You did an amazing job! It's just right. :)
-Revi

Jennelise said...

How beautiful! It looks really lovely in your room!
Jennelise

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh she is soooo PRETTY..you did a wonderful job on her makeover Penny and thank you for sharing her at my party.

Blessings,
Linda

Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} said...

Oh it turned out lovely! I would love to know how you painted it.

Gretchen said...

Your French settee is just awe inspiring. Only you could find something so beautiful and make it look even more beautiful! Love it!

Gretchen

All That Glitters said...

She looks perfect!

chateau chic said...

Oh Penny, your settee is beautiful. What a fabulous makeover. I'm happy to be a new follower.
Mary Alice

Mary said...

OH goodness, Colette is the prettiest French settee I've seen! What a fabulous job Penny - I'm glad you're keeping her in your mason!!!

Love and hugs - off tomorrow!
Mary

Mary said...

.....oops, that should read 'maison' of course!!
Mary X

bj said...

OMGOSH, this is sooo beautiful, Penny. What a fabulous job. Just awesome.
Link it up to DebbieDoo's next MAGAZINE COPY CAT CHALLENGE...it is perfect. :))

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Penny! You did a fantastic job on this! I love the trim. Did you wash the dropcloth first? You really brought your inspiration picture to life!

Mandy said...

Beautiful settee. I love it! If you would like to share it at my party... I'd love it!
http://projectqueen.org/welcome-to-link-party-26-turning-the-daunting-into-the-do-able

I'm a new follower.

Rani @ La Maison Jolie said...

Amazing transformation!! Im not sure if I'd be ever that good at re-upholstery!!!! I would love to invite you to visit my blog...http://lamaisonjolie.blogspot.com.au/

Cynthia said...

What an amazing piece. I love what you did what a great job. I love the pillow. I love toile.
Cynthia

vikki said...

Wow she is so beautiful. I am working on a chair and still have to finish it. Hop on over to my blog and see what I have done so far. You did a great job.

EmilyJean said...

You did such an amazing job! It looks perfect! I would love a tutorial.

citystitchin.blogspot.com

Valerie (Favorite Stops Along the Way) said...

That is beautiful. I love country French, and anything toile. I'm currently redoing a bedroom for my daughter, and was thinking that the painter's cloth I used would be the perfect fabric for the lining on a large fabric swag over her bed. Thanks for sharing. Now that I see it on a piece of furniture and it looks great, I know it will work.

Mary said...

Ooh la la!! Love the simplicity of the settee combined with the punch of the read and yellow.

Perfection.

Mary @ Sea Quilts

Kim said...

I've heard reupholstering if a very tough DIY job. You did an amazing job Penny - it looks professionally done. It's a gorgeous piece of furniture and looks even more gorgeous in your bedroom. I know you'll find the perfect painting for above.
xoxo,
Kim

Vanessa said...

Hi, Penny

I just love what you did to the settee. I found your lovely blog on No Minimalist Here link party. I enjoyed looking around your lovely blog. I am a new follower. I would love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com

Have a great weekend.

Vanessa

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Gorgeous, Penny! What a fabulous transformation. She is beautiful. Thanks for sharing Colette at the Open House party. xo, Sherry

Linda Leyble said...

That is so lovely! I would love to see a tutorial on how you did the finish. Great job!

Linda

michele said...

sighhhhhh. soaking up the inspiration.

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smiles.

michele

terrie-bear said...

I would love a tutorial, please. Gorgeous look. Very chic!

virginia said...

Every sofa should be so fortunate to be rescued and returned to glory. Your work is beautiful. Very accomplished. I also found a forlorn sofa I called a "grande dame" and recently made her a new ball-gown in the guise of a white slip cover. I know your sofa and mind would share secrets, I look forward to your forthcoming projects. You are very talented. Virginia