Another French Chair

by | Aug 17, 2011 | Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers | 35 comments

I can’t help myself.  I spent years searching for a French chair and now they seem to find me.  A sweet local reader, Allie, sent me a picture of four chairs to see if I wanted them.  They were gorgeous antique wood-framed French chairs.  Yes please.  They were upholstered in cream canvas, but it was dingy and they needed to be reupholstered.  Today, I worked on two of them to take to Lucketts tomorrow. 

I left the beautiful wood frames alone (see, I don’t paint everything) and I upholstered the back and seat with antique European grain sacks.  Gorgeous, huh?

I’m selling two and I’ll probably keep two for myself. 

Today, I also finished a dining set, a beautiful buffet, an oversized chalk board, a gold leaf mirror and a dresser.  I painted the dresser with a new-to-me ASCP color, Greek Blue.  It’s shocking when it goes on, but it is yummy now that it’s been distressed and waxed.  I can’t wait to snap some pictures of those pieces tomorrow in my space and share them with you. 

Thanks again for all of the amazing comments from my “Losing and finding myself” post.  I’ve been going blind reading through all of them, but it’s been so worth it.  Some of you shared very touching stories and I feel a connection with them all.  You’re an amazing bunch of ladies.  There was a guy in there, too.  His comment was a riot in contrast to the rest.  It was basically a shoulder shrug and a thumbs up.  That’s what you get when you come wading in the deep end of an estrogen pool. 


  1. Sunnyside Dru

    can't wait to see what you have done to furniture lately, and to see your room updated. have fun!

    the deep end of the estrogen

  2. Rosemary@villabarnes

    So refreshing to see the wood. The french chair I'm sitting on right now has a wood frame. I contemplated painting it, but decided to leave it alone. Can't wait to see your new pieces.

  3. Cindy

    I am amazed at all you do…


  4. gertie @ The Old Block House

    A shoulder shrug and thumbs up beats the glazed over deer in headlights look!!

    Love the chair. I have one that needs loads of TLC, but it may have to wait a bit longer as I got the okay for a bigger booth space today. Things are coming along.


  5. Good Time Charlie

    Oh I have settee with this same little French detail. I wish I lived near you, I would hop on over to Lucketts and snap those up! I love that you didn't paint them. That takes some serious self-discipline on my part, but sometimes it is good to recognize something is beautiful just as it is.

  6. Junk in the Trunk Trio

    Oh I love! I have one waiting for a redo and I can't seem to make myself do it in fear that I will mess it up!

  7. KarenB

    I love those!

  8. SueAnn

    Love the french chairs!! Beautiful!
    Now I can't wait to see what you have done with the newest furniture items. Exciting!!

  9. SueBee

    I didn't know you were aloud to split up sets?!hehe…
    Great job!

  10. ShantyGirl

    Love your chairs and it is nice to have contrast of some wood with some painted pieces! Sounds like you have been busy it is so easy to accomplish more with AS paint! I bought some and finished 17 furniture pieces several mirrors and quite a few smalls in 10 days…….it is addicting! My sister lives in Virginia and I think I will have to go to make a trip to Lucketts one day when I go to visit!

  11. Ilke

    I just hope there are some big elevators at Lucketts or a crew to help you carry all those upstairs to the 3rd floor!

  12. Beth

    Whew! You made me tired just reading what you finished! ;^) Can't wait to see it all. I'm still working on the end table I picked at the Habitat ReStore back this past winter…I had to settle for making my own chalk paint, but it's turning out nicely so far. I'm like the poster earlier, I don't start stuff for fear of screwing it up and then have to try to figure how to fix it.

  13. Larrisa Hill Designs

    Gorgeous chairs…I can't believe you did all of that in one day. AMAZING!! Can't wait to see them all especially the new ASCP dresser.

  14. Farmer's Wyfe

    So nice to see all the variety of things you do, and how you do them. I didn't get to comment over on your "Losing/Finding" post…computer wouldn't let me post. Sitting at home with 3 little kids though, I totally got it. And seeing the way my husband responds when I cry about what I'm not able to get done, yeah, I'm glad to have so many blogging friends who get it. 🙂 And I can't WAIT to see the Greek Blue…sounds fantastic! 🙂

  15. Pretty Unique Furniture

    What great chairs! It still amazes me what YOU can manage to do with a sack. And how you can get so many projects done in one day I will never know 🙂

  16. Anonymous

    Really pretty chair, I just found your blog a bit ago and really enjoy reading about your life/business/passions!
    I also didn't respond to your previous post about losing/finding yourself. As a mother of two and a full-time working Mom, I can certainly relate and appreciate your candor. I am in the process of trying to find myself again – I'm an older Mom (51 with a 6 and 11 yr. old). Have always enjoyed needlecrafts/knitting/scrapbooking but nowadays by the time I sit down at night I just vegetate in front of the TV!! I feel like I am wasting my time but my energy is gone by then. Your post has inspired me to pick up my needles if even I only accomplish a few rows of knitting – thanks for your inspiration and have a wonderful day! I'm only posting anonymously because I don't have a blog/website/etc.!

  17. Dawn

    I tried to make a comment already but it seemed to have disappeared before I finished it, I guess I tried too early in the morning. I love these chairs, this is what I am looking for to put in my living room. I live in Ontario or else I would be down there fighting to buy the two you are selling. I enjoy your posts, I follow quite a few blogs but yours is the first one I open every morning.


  18. Deborah

    So love these chairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Chrissy

    I agree about the wood! Don't know where you find the restraint to put down the paint brush sometime, but a mix of some gorgeous wood with painted pieces keeps it from looking too… "hi, i like to paint." I usually have to keep pieces around extra long unpainted to convince myself it looks great as it is! Right now I have some blond colored wood Thomasville dining room chairs that I keep going back & forth about. Great job as usual MMS!

  20. Carol

    Love the last line! About the deep end of the estrogen pool! Made me chuckle 🙂

  21. redeemedvintage

    love, love, love….had to have been hard not to paint it some beautiful shade of blue! Thanks for the encouragement, you are such an inspiration that I started a blog myself a couple of weeks ago. I have been painting like a crazy person since me and my girlfriends flew out and met you at the Luckett's Market! You are a delight to read, I'm either laughing out loud or crying! Thanks again Marian! Carol DeGraeve

  22. Mona Kay at Blissfully Refurbished

    Ooooh, I love the chair!! I cannot wait to see the Greek Blue, I've been so curious about what it looks like on furniture!

  23. WhyCuzICan

    Lovin' your newest chair Marian! 🙂

  24. JBsVintage

    LOL! Is that all you did today?

  25. Heidi

    "…wading in the deep end of the estrogen pool" = BRILLIANT.

    Thanks for that one!

  26. Allie

    Ummmm, I'm gonna need those back. Just kiddin! You did an awesome job, I just knew you'd take them from "great potential" to gorgeous. Yay, I'm so thrilled that they came out so great!

    Oh, and I made my way out to Hanover yesterday, emailing you about my finds!


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