French Furniture Makeovers

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If you adore French Country Farmhouse style you will adore this furniture makeover! <3

Ooh-la-la!  We’re so Avant-garde!


Can you tell I don’t speak French?

French Furniture Makeovers

This is my non-French Country Farmhouse chair.  It was bought at a yard sale for $3.

Grain sacks say French Country Farmhouse to me.  So I grabbed a piece of drop cloth and cut out the shape of the chair top with a one-inch overhang.  Then I washed and dried the drop cloth.  That gives the cloth a perfect amount of fray.

Yep, there is a perfect amount of fray! 🙂

Then I covered the chair seat and edge with a thick coat of Mod Podge.

Next, I added a thick coat of Mod Podge to the top and side of the drop cloth.  The fray was left to just…hang.

Then I coated the black chair with white chalk paint wax.  Yep, just the white wax.  No painting.  Just brush the wax on an area, wait a couple of minutes then wipe back.  You can see I left a lot of the wax.  Especially in the nooks and crannies.  In areas like the round spindles, I dabbed paint on the rag I was using to wipe the wax and applied wax with the rag.

Adding grain sack stripes


The grain sack stripes were added down the center of the seat.  Using painters tape added about 3/4 inch wide for the wide stripe.  Then added the two thin stripes when the center was dry.  I used red chalk type paint.  Notice I painted the frayed ends too.

Do you adore French Country Farmhouse style? You will love these furniture makeovers. Country Design Style.

The French style uses furniture in different ways.  Chairs can be used to sit on, as a side table, foot stool, or to hold a stack of books.  My French furniture makeover chair will be a side table in one of our guest rooms.

Do you adore French Country Farmhouse style? You will love these furniture makeovers. Country Design Style.

The cloth draped through the spindles is an old French cloth given to me by my formal grandmother in law.  She was French, and a wonderful cook, and so very sweet to me and my son.  She had the most beautiful handwriting.  The metal tin also came from her.  It usually sits on my desk holding small office supplies.
Je l’adore mes lecteurs et projets de la maison de partage.

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  1. Tami @ Curb Alert! says:

    Wow! You really made over that chair from totally drab to fab – french country style! Well done!

  2. Get out Jeanette, this is so clever and trés chic! Love how you were able to get that gorgeous patina just by adding white furniture wax. Great idea decoupaging drop cloth fabric directly onto the chair seat. The painted grain sack stripes are perfect!

    1. Thank you Marie so very much! It actually turned out better than I thought it would. My grandmother-in-law would be proud.

  3. chris aka monkey says:

    i hate to sew so this is right up my alley, love the way you left the fringe xx

  4. Hey, Jeanette is a French name! My late mother-in-law’s name was Jeanette, her mother was of French blood. My name is Denise, a French name. My father threw a fit when Mom wanted to name me that, saying “That’s French! We’re not French!” Typical man….anyways, you did a wonderful job with that chair! Totally transformed it, and I would never have thought of modpodging (is that a word?I say it’s a new verb) the seat like that! Genius! You’re a genius, I say!

    1. Denise, thank you so very much! The little chair reminded me of my grandmother-in-law. She would have liked it and used it for a side table too! As far as DIYer’s are concerned modpodging is a word! Lol! Thank you for visiting. Come back soon.

    1. Actually Christy, I just googled it!! I’m from Oklahoma and just barely speak English! In my past, I did learn a couple of phrases and how to count to ten.

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