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Country French Style Sofa

Happy Monday!  Today begins the Fall Tour of Homes hosted by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.  My home tour is on Thursday, but you can catch today’s tours by starting HERE.  Today, I want to tell you about a recent Craigslist find – a French style sofa.

French Style Sofa - Craigslist Find

photo via Craigslist

I found this velvet French Bergere sofa on Craigslist and had to have it!  It was an amazing price and is in really great condition!  Now, it is not going to stay this way.  Even though the tobacco velvet is pretty, it doesn’t really work with my colors!  But, I did want to show it to you as it is because it will be shown like this in my fall home tour later this week and I didn’t want it to be a big shocker when you see it!  ha, ha!  When I have more time, I’ll be reupholstering it in an upholstery weight, nubby linen fabric and will likely paint the wood frame.  So, I’ve been looking for inspiration for this makeover and found some amazing French style sofas online.  The sources and links for each one are below each photo.

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French Style Sofa - Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs Sofia Sofa

French Style Sofa - Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo Home Deanne Rustic Charcoal Gray Exposed Frame Sofa

French Style Sofa - Full Bloom Cottage on Etsy

Full Bloom Cottage on Etsy


French Style Settee - Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings Adreanna Bergere Settee

French Style Settee - Wayfair

Wayfair Maison Settee

Tufted French Style Sofa Makeover - Miss Mustard Seed

Miss Mustard Seed – Tufted Sofa Makeover


Right now, I’m leaning towards a warm gray linen with a distressing or wash over the wood.  I think I still want the wood finish, but I may give it a sand and distress it with a wash?  I’ll be looking into DIY techniques to get the look I want and will share the process with you.  You may be wondering what I am going to do with my white slipcovered Ektorp sofa from the living room.  Well, we are in the process of a huge family room makeover and decided to get a new dark gray slipcover for that sofa and put it in the family room.  Then, we are going to get a matching dark gray Ektorp sofa with chaise for the family room to give us lots of seating for watching TV and family gatherings.   I haven’t shared much of this makeover yet, but will be very soon.

Right now I’m not sure about the sofa and my gray tufted chairs in the living room.  I’m hoping that once I transform the look of the sofa that it will work with my gray tufted chairs.  If not, those chairs will likely move to the family room too and I’ll probably look for some smaller French style chairs for the living room.  I do want to keep my style somewhere in the country cottage/farmhouse style and need to be careful with what I choose.  I do think that the French style furniture pieces, if upholstered in more utilitarian fabrics – like linen or hemp, work well with this style.  So, what do you think of the new/old sofa?  Do you like this style?


French Country Sofa Inspiration


I’ll be back tomorrow with my Fall screen porch and look forward to sharing it with you!


Belle Escape

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

What a fabulous find on Craigslist! I would definitely go with a natural linen light gray fabric - durable and goes with everything. French Provincial sofas bring sophisticated style to a room. I'm sure whatever you choose to do with your chairs will work out beautifully. Looking for inspiration? Visit our website. Thanks for posting!


Tuesday 12th of September 2017

I also like this style but would need to make sure the comfort level was high. Durability with a busy extended family that includes grandsons and dogs is a must! Can all these needs be met? Maybe one in my bedroom would be my best bet!


Tuesday 12th of September 2017

You are so creative!!! Yes!!! It will look awesome!!!


Monday 11th of September 2017

Have so enjoyed this blog, but never commented. I love this! You are helping me see things with their potential as opposed to their reality! Thank you! Can't wait to see the transformation!


Monday 11th of September 2017

Doreen! I can't go near Craig's list just because of things like this gorgeous piece!!! So awesome ~ what a treasure you found!!! Can't wait to see it!