Dreaming in Fairy Tales French Settee

Oh Spring, where art thou? Really where are you?  The tropical girl in me is done...D.O.N.E with this winter.  Usually I have so much energy.  I just keep on moving and moving.  My working time starts after 8 when everyone is in bed and I can do my projects in peace.  Now I am in bed at 8.  I feel guilty about not working on my projects but I can't seem to push myself...sign... : / Anyway, this is what I have been working on.  I can honestly say this is th fanciest thing I own.

  She wasn't always Fancy Nancy.  I found her on craigslist and B got it for my birthday.  This is her before we found each other.  The fabric needed serious cleaning.

First I thought I was going to reupholster her but even if I do it myself it would still costs me hundreds.  I wasn't ready for it yet.  So I decided to paint her with ASCP.  A big risk since I love her so much.  I still plan to reupholster her when I can afford it.  In the mean time, Hello, Pretty.  Where have you been all my life?

There are a lot of tutorials on how to paint fabric.  It actually is pretty simple.  I mixed 50% of Old white with 50% of water.  I sprayed the fabric first before painting it.  It helped the paint spread better.  It took three coats to get the look I wanted.  I let it dry 24 hours between each coat.  Here is what I learned.  The settee has this really pretty embroidery and I realized no matter how many coats of paint I paint, it will still show through.  So the smoother fabric will probably work better.

It also feels like leather.  So this isn't where I would want to lie down with a good book for hours.  This would be a great statement piece. Got fur babies? Keep them away.  Now, I got three fur babies and every time they jump on it, I can see their nail marks.  It's not that obvious but if you are OCD like me, you WILL see it.  All in all, I love how she turned out.  For the price of one paint can, I got the look I wanted.

 I made pillow cases out of coffee sacks.  The settee looks too pretty without the pillows.  The girls are very excited for their "princess chair."  I think the grandness of the chair is balanced out by delicate flowers.

Well, Princess Chair, Welcome Home.  I think you will like it here.


Linking up with:
http://myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/175/    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/
http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/                http://www.domestically-speaking.com/
http://shabbyartboutique.com/                          http://chicbytab.blogspot.com/
http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/            http://www.commonground-do.com/
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/                   http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://boogieboardcottage.blogspot.com/         http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com/


  1. Wow, I had no idea it was even possible to paint fabric! You learn something new everyday! I think it looks gorgeous and hopefully you can get eventually get it upholstered so your girls can enjoy the "princess chair":)

    1. Thank you, Victoria. It was a fun project. The girls are already loving the chair. It actually feel like an outdoor furniture and the paint doesn't rub off on clothes either.

  2. Oh my goodness, what an fabulous piece. I love it. It looks totally amazing. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. She's gorgeous! And so is everything surrounding 'her'. Just so very L.O.V.E.L.Y.

  4. She is just fabulous, what a great paint job you did, and absolutely love the gold trim. Did you have to remove the tacks? How did you work with them?

    1. Jeannie, I didn't remove the tacks to save time I painted over them then went over them with gold wax. By the end of it, I couldn't move my fingers anymore so I don't know if I really save any time by not removing the tacks.

  5. I'm in love with your new settee. It turned out so pretty with the colors you painted her. A very beautiful French addition to your home! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week!

  6. Love this! I really like the idea of the painted fabric...and you obviously did some kind of technique on the wood frame as well, which is lovely.

  7. Really gorgeous! I would not know your piece had been painted. Good job! ~Audrey @ http://eleganteconomies.blogspot.com

  8. Thanks for sharing this beautiful thrifty makeover at my party...it looks OUTSTANDING!!!


  9. LOVE the gold. And you did an amazing job painting the fabric. Your blog design is adorable! I'm your newest follower.

    Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
    Ricki Jill

  10. It truly is a work of art! I would not change a thing!
    Did you wax it too? I wonder if that would make it less vulnerable to scratches and OCD hysteria?! Maybe you could tuck a matelassé quilt over the cushions or around each individual cushion for more wearability? I use Duct tape. Don't tell anyone!
    I just said I wouldn't change a thing then I proceeded to tell you how to change it. LOL!



  11. Wow, that is some transformation. It doesn't even look like the same sofa. You did an amazing job. Love the pictures. They are truly beautiful. I am your newest follower. I hope you can follow back.


  12. Another gorgeous and very successful project Victoria. Love how it turned out for you!!
    I'll be featuring 'Princess' at Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  13. HI,
    I just saw your feature on the Shabbilicious linky party and came right over. Love your blog and I'm your newest subscriber! I look forward to your future posts.
    Have a fabulous day!

  14. Victoria,
    I adore the transformation a can of paint made to your lovely settee!!!
    I have a chair that I'm wanting to paint,too!!!
    You may have just inspired me to take the plunge!

  15. This is STUNNING! I love it. You did such a fantastic job and I love the pillows too. I have yet to try painting upholstered furniture but I think you've convinced me.

  16. This is just gorgeous, Victoria! It will be featured on The Scoop this coming Monday night. Thank you for linking up!

  17. It's beautiful! And thank you for sharing your impressions with how the chalk paint on fabric went. I have been wondering about that process and looking for someone to share an honest appraisal of the process. It's very helpful information. Beautiful photos!!

  18. Beautiful!!! Truly a couch suitable for a princess. ;)
    Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}....I'll be featuring it on Monday night!! :)

  19. I'm painting a pair of chairs right now - but I have to tell you, yours is spectacular beyond belief - holy cow - what an amazing transformation -
    I see a LOT of features in your future :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Just beautiful! You did a fantastic job on everything...fabric, wood, tacks. I love your blog's design; anything French grabs my attention. I am now following and hope you will hop over to Botanic Bleu for a visit.


  21. What a stunning transformation! It is beautiful. I'm featuring it in this week's Power of Paint Party!

  22. How in the world did you do the gold? It is lovely with all the color variation. Please share your secret.

    1. Hi Vicky, I first white washed the frame. Then I used Rub and Buff in antique gold...it is a small tube but I only used one and a half tubes for the whole chair. This is the most time consuming part since I had to use a small brush to paint over the whole frame. Then I used even smaller brush to go over the tacks. When everything is dry, I went over the whole frame with dark wax. I had to use a lot of dark wax to get the look I want. Hope this helps!

  23. Victoria, it is beautiful! I painted my living room sofa for the very same reasons you did, and plan to upholster it myself when I have time - using drop cloths, probably.

  24. Victoria, Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. This is simply gorgeous! What a transformation! Beautiful blog too~found you at Nitas party, this french sofa is right up my alley. Love the gold work and the sofa paint job.

  26. Amazing transformation! Makes me want to go out and get me one just like it so I can paint it like yours... not that I need a sofa but thats another story :p

  27. Fancy Nancy is gorgeous! The gold finish rather than the dark, dark wood makes an amazing difference. Beautiful job, Victoria!

  28. I painted my sofa/loveseat too...1st time I added fabric medium to paint & water. Then I tried multi surface paint. It helps to sand between coats with fine grit sandpaper. I am painting everything else with chalk paint now, love it. Do you think it needs fabric medium added when painting upholstery?

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