French Provincial Tables

Powell Furniture makes a stunning mahogany game table in a sophisticated style that would look stunning in any living room. Forget about the tv, and get some quality time in with the family with this game table.

The table features Okume mahogany veneers with lovely hand carved cabriole legs and skirts. The game top flips which allows you to either play chess or checkers or backgammon.

The table includes game pieces for chess, checkers, and backgammon and a shaker cup and dice.  The table includes 2 drawers for storage of game pieces and comfortably seats four.

Leg assembly is required on this table.  Over the years of painting tables I have only come across one table which the legs were permanently attached.  Having the legs come off allows you to get the table into any room with ease.

The only complaint I have seen with this table is the paint finish can be chipped easily. J. Welter left a comment that it was scratched within a week of purchasing the table.  Perhaps the finish is painted, instead of stained.

You may want to put a coat of polyurethane on the table so the finish isn’t ruined over time.  You can buy polyurethane in a spray which produces an incredible finish than painting on the sealant with a brush.

Spray small coats one at a time after each coat dries, and your table will not chip.

  • William Alexander –Powell Mahogany Game Table with Game Pieces – This table, assembled, is both quite large and quite lovely. Assembly could not be easier, using only one set of provided screws and plastic washers. One washer was missing from the bag, but they are easily available for pennies from any hardware store, so that was not an issue for me at all. But, this table will come in a very large and well-packaged box. The box will not fit into a standard car for disposal, so be aware that you will need to chop the box up for a trash can or hauling off unless you have a very large automobile or truck. There is no drawer assembly, which is very welcome. The table itself is large and quite heavy, so moving it is not a “one man job.” You will need to move it to the place where you want it and assemble it there and save yourself some back trauma.  The other little quibble I have is that the game board was not a 100 percent perfect “fit” for the recessed square in the top of the table, meaning mine fit in very, very snugly. It will not be easy to remove and “flip” to the backgammon side if I will be able to remove it at all. You also get a set of backgammon counters, a dice cup with dice (but no doubling cube), and a set of standard chess pieces in black and clear plastic. Nice to have, to be sure, but I have a set of non-plastic wooden chessmen that look MUCH better on this table than the plastic pieces. Also, some kind of “special” deluxe chess set or backgammon set of size would also better accent the look of this piece.  The result? A truly beautiful table that adds to a more traditional room decorated in shades of cream, light brown, burgundies/reds, some shade of soft gold, or off-white. It is indeed a stately piece of furniture, and not for the kids to play on, to be sure. I also notice that the promo picture shows full glasses on it. I think that would be a very, very bad idea without coasters.  So, minor details aside, I love this table and I am looking forward to having it in my home for many years.

 

French Patio

There is nothing like finding old style French Provence furniture to decorate your patio with.  Old style french furniture often contained both iron and wood.

Folding furniture has been around for centuries.  In fact, Egyptian furniture included folding stools and couches.

Campaign furniture was originally designed for the British army in the late 1700’s which could be taken with them on the battle front.

The furniture was easy to fold up, broken down and set back up in an instant.  Folding furniture is perfect for any home because this style of furniture can be stored easily.  Many people face the situation that their iron furniture cannot be easily stored in their garage, and often times what happens is the iron is left out to face the harsh weather through the winter time.

Fold-able patio furniture makes sense.  Many people choose this type of furniture in apartment buildings with balconies because the furniture can be folded up if they want the floor space to work on a project.

The folding patio furniture has also been photographed inside homes instead of outside on the patio.  As more people are falling in love with primitive decorating, such as stone walls, rustic limed wood flooring, and distressed paint finishes, many people are turning to these rustic pieces to finish off their old world looks inside their homes.

Slatted cafe tables and chairs have been typically left in its natural state, although they can be painted to match your coordinating furniture.  Wood and iron have been the number one choice when it comes to patio furniture.

French Provincial Dining Chairs

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Laurel Crown is known for their authentic antique reproduction furniture. This lovely french provincial chair is reproduced from designs originating from the countryside of Southern France.

This chair is made out of a solid pine wood frame, and beautifully aged producing a layered patina.

Laurel Crown produces these fabulous finishes by layering on paint which is then scraped and sanded by hand. The chair has a caned seat and hand-chiseled floral carvings in the front.

This chair is not only comfortable but durable to last years.

Belgian Pearls Blog posted a wonderful picture of a over sized distressed dining room table with a countless distressed french chairs with lovely painted finishes. The table was massive and was worn and rustic.  The two combinations of painted french chairs and planked wood worked together nicely.

French Provincial Dining Chairs From Belgain Pearls Blog

Reproduction French 18th Century Chests

This chest is an antique reproduction of a chest originating from the countryside of Southern France typical of those seen in the 18th century. This fabulous chest is made from solid pine wood and wrought iron, and features a beautiful aged patina.

The process that Laurel Crown goes through is they layer their paint, and then scrape it and then sand it down by hand.

Charles Faudree is known as a French Country Designer, and features a lot of solid wood 18th century style chests in his French Country Living book.

In his book he details the Nomadic lifestyle and features many pictures with authentic looking rooms that could give you some ideas of how to decorate with this style of chest.

This French Country chest of drawers is a charming and is a provincial addition to a home which is designed around french furniture.  The dresser consists of four solid pine drawers, wrought iron handles make this chest of drawers both beautiful and practical.

The chest is made from pine, and weathered,so you are guaranteed a realistic looking antique chest to complement your home.  Only a few companies have made reproductions of these french looking primitive chests that having one in your home would certainly speak volumes.

Laurel Crown is known for their reproduction furniture and meticulous craftsmanship.  Their time tested techniques for creating detailed rich painted finishes saves you time painting, and lets face it, most of us are not professional faux artists!  The chest has an antique off-white patina which will enable you to match it up with your existing furniture.

French Country Chest of Drawers (Solid Pine Wood, Painted & Distressed Antique Beige)

 

18th Century French Chest

This chest shows you the quality of the antique french furniture here.

Fine 18th Century French Provincial Chest From Carl W Stinson Antiques

Fine 18th Century French Provincial Chest From Carl W Stinson Antiques

18th Century French Chest

Both Pictures taken from Charles Faudree French Style, And Antique Style Dressers 

Charles Faudree’s French Country Signature has made a handsome living by bringing a bit of the French to the Midwest. Famed for his Parisian buying trips, where he negotiates with flea market vendors using a pen and paper, Faudree confides “a signature piece doesn’t have to be expensive. 

The look the designer refers to is typified by floor-sweeping silk draperies and overstuffed chairs upholstered in merrily patterned fabrics long on luxury.

Faudree’s obsession with textiles is evident on every page, and far from simply focusing on predictable pastoral-themed toile to recreate the charm of French country cottages, his experiments with dragon-fly prints, check patterns and rich golden embellishments have formed his signature style.

A testament to the author’s knack for gilt-edged comfort (including the liberal use of painted furniture, ornate mirrors and pottery displays), this book, and Faudree as an unpretentious guide, will please readers looking to spruce up their homes.

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Refractory French Provincial Leaf Tables

Some of the most rare french provincial tables are the refractory French Provincial leaf tables.

They are quite uncommon and innovative in their design, but hardly new.

Some of the earliest examples of refractory tables date back to 1600.  Refractory tables have leaves hidden under the table and when pulled out, rise to the existing table top.  In some designs, both leaves meet in the center of the table and can be flipped over which serve as the leaves.

Refractory leaf tables are often seen as an extra thick table top, in comparison to the tables with removable leaves which involve physically pulling the apart the table from each end.

These tables have additional leaves apart from the table and require manually inserting the table leaves into the middle section to extend the table.

Over the years of reselling vintage french provincial tables, I rarely came across a french table which still had the original leaves.  Most people over the years have forgotten to donate the leaves, or somehow the leaves were misplaced as they moved from one house to the next.  One advantage of a refractory french table is the physical table has the leaves already in place. This beautiful design is rare in a french style, and simply one of the most stunning designs that are available.

French Provincial Sofa’s and Settees

French Settee

Achieving the authentic feel of a period-styled room is usually accomplished by staging the right period furniture. With authentic or reproduction pieces your room can be transformed to a French cottage or a luxurious French chateau.

Upholstery is usually the easiest ways of creating the mood in the room, and does push the envelope from a decorated room to a professionally designed room.

French sofas are generally something you can find easily since many reproductions were made in the 1960’s. There are so many designs, so pick one you absolutely love.

French provincial sofas from the 1960’s often featured satin fabrics, and a mix of baroque fabric, which are generally out of date, which means you will have to factor in upholstery costs.

Your fabric alone can make your room signal an antique feel, or formal style, or relaxed family home, so your fabric consideration is very important when you want to make a statement.

When considering fabric, limit your selections to upholstery fabric than curtain fabrics and so forth. Upholstering a chair or a couch alone can be a large job all on its own if you are doing it by yourself, and can be pretty costly, so be sure to pick a fabric that lasts long, and wears slowly over time.

Natural fabrics are the way to go. Velvets, and heavier fabrics will age well with the slight coffee spills over time.

French Settees can be the easiest to upholster because often they have a back and a seat and no complications compared to the modern sofas.

Some of the prettiest settees are found with the cane backs which can be left alone, or sprayed gold, or painted white or cream and antiqued with brown glaze.

A settee is a couch that is a double or triple seater bench with a wooden back and wooden arms. Along with sofas, accent chairs are often underestimated, but can do wonders in creating a well designed room.

 

19th Century French Louis XV Style Sofa

French Settee From JED

Vivacious French Settee in Burnt Orange Silk

Chintz & Companies Fabulous French Reproduction Furniture

Platinum Blue Lyonne Chest of Drawers Side From Chintz & Company

Platinum Blue Lyonne Chest of Drawers Side From Chintz & Company

One look at Chintz & Company’s furniture and you will be surprised at what you find.  Their furniture line features the best reproductions of desirable antiques which takes the most avid shoppers hard to find.

Their stores also have a selection of  unique high-quality home furnishings which include tableware selections, home accessories, linens, florals, and patio furniture.  Granted even Winners, Ross Dress for Less, and Home Goods carry fantastic home decor items, but they don’t carry french reproductions such as Bombe chests, Balloon chairs and Louis XVI Chairs.

Chintz features one thing you cannot find at your local furniture gallery even here in the US, which are their hand picked selection of great repro furniture, which they shop the entire world to find.

They have classic English traditional looks, along side french styles, and a mixture of modern furnishings.  What I found most impressive about their collection when I stumbled across their site, was their Directoire furniture which is only being produced by a very small few companies.

Their classic furniture can be compared to Restoration Hardware’s but with a nicer selection.  Virtually everything is beautiful in their store, it is hard to pick just a handful of furniture to feature in this post because so many pieces are outstanding, so we just featured some of their french selections.  They have 4 main locations in western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver.

Directoir Chest From Chintz & Company

French Black Solid Mahogany Buffet Chest From Chintz & Company

Annabelle Sedona Chair

Regence Chest From Chintz & Company

Fushia Gold Cirque Striped Chest of Drawers From Chintz & Company

 

Indigo Cirque Chest & Platinum Cirque Chest of Drawers From Chintz & Company