Buying vintage french furniture can be a very exciting buy, because the style is unique and it is very pretty to look at. Not only do these sets offer beautiful features and the charm of french furniture, but they often come at a great price, and can be found in many different styles. In the 50's and 60's many furniture manufactures offered their sets in a natural wood finish, and a white finish. The wood finishes were marketed as adult bedroom sets, while the white furniture was often scaled as children's furniture. White was also used on living room sets as it went hand in hand with the look of rococo and antique french furniture. Today if you do find a set with the original paint, it may seem slightly yellow from the paint aging over the years. While many people look specificallyfor the original finishes and shun these pieces being painted, other people get excited about painting them modern colors to match their interiors. Most famously, these sets are known for being painted crisp white, and just as popular of a choice is the Tuscan distressed black which works well with cottage and french interiors. Some features found in higher end antiques are the serpentine wavy drawer fronts which have also been produced in some french provincial lines such as the bassett french provincial furniture. Other beautiful french features found on Dixie for example are the architectural raised features formed on the drawers which give the dresser an authentic french feel. Many of the bedroom sets came with beautiful curvy mirrors which attached to the dresser, and have been re-purposed as vanity mirrors in bathroom remodels, than the traditional look of the dresser and mirror combination. Drexel's vintage sets in particular offered very large mirrors the size of their 72 inch dressers, which sat on the back of their 9 drawer dressers and were also made from solid wood.
Buying vintage french sets is one decision you cannot go wrong with, as they are just as popular as they were in the past. French furniture is not being produced much at all today unless it is specialty ordered off the Internet which can get very pricey. Ikea came out with a couple french inspired end tables, but really couldn't produce a well made piece people would want to buy for a staple piece of furniture for their homes. The lack of french furniture has made these sets popular and in demand more than ever, as many people scour craigslist and ebay for them. You can find these sets for as much as 900 dollars, while other people may list their sets for bargain prices thinking vintage isn't worth much in a mix of new and modern pieces. In fact, older furniture is better made than the new composite sets now sold at big chain stores. Many brands such as Thomasville, and Ethan Allen will remain to be great quality choices new or vintage. While they remain popular with new parents looking for a quality set for their children's rooms, they are also being found by people wanting to redecorate in shabby, cottage, and nautical interiors. They also offer a second income for small business minded people who are willing to put a little hard work sanding, priming and painting these sets for a small profit. One thing is true, these sets are certainly full of potential and offer beauty, old or newly painted.