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:

  1. 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.

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

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  3. 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?

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

    Jan ♥

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  5. 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!!!!

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

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  7. 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~

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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!!!

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

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

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  12. It's simply beautiful!!! Love it!

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  13. 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.

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

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

    Well done, you! xoxoxox

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

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

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  18. Love it, you have done a fabulous job!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  28. 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

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  29. 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!

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  30. 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!

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

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  32. 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

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

    It looks lovely.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  34. 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 ;)

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

    Happy Monday.
    /CC

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

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  37. 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!

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  38. 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!

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  39. 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.

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  40. 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.

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

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

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

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  44. 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

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

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

    Gretchen

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

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  48. 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

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

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  50. 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. :))

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  51. 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!

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  52. 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.

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  53. 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/

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

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  55. 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.

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

    citystitchin.blogspot.com

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  57. 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.

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

    Perfection.

    Mary @ Sea Quilts

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  59. 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

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  60. 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

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

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

    Linda

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  63. sighhhhhh. soaking up the inspiration.

    come visit anytime--great giveaway right here: http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-giveaway.html

    smiles.

    michele

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

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  65. 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

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