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Ever since I won the book, French Accents by Anita Joyce, (you can read that post here), I've been on the lookout for a piece of furniture to try out the style on.

However, I haven't found anything that said French to me. I love the look of the piece below:

Then one day, my brother-in-law told me about a curious table he saw at Good Will in their auction section. It was, he told me, a chair with a table with shelf attached. "Oh!", I exclaimed, " a telephone table or gossip bench. How much are they asking?"

He told me it had $15 currently on it and was in decent shape. I asked if he was going to be there the day of the auction. Yes, he could be. I told him my daughter and I saw one at Salvation Army once for $80, how we didn't buy it, and how we've regretted it ever since. (Much like the one below):

He said he'd try to get it for much did I want to spend? I told him what my limit was and that was that.

A few days later, I got a text from him...he got it for $32! He sent me a picture. Oh my! So cute. The shape is just right for my French look. The table has a nice curved shape and with the right fabric and paint, it's going to be "ooo-la-la".
Not very "Ooo-la-la" right now

It needs a few small repairs so why we take care of those, I've been figuring out fabric and paint.

Yesterday I found this fabric- the color is taupe - my favorite neutral, of course.

Oo, I love! Now to order a yard. And I think I know just the perfect paint color...I still need to check it against the fabric.

And I'll need one of these:

I have to admit, I thought about painting it red and make it very country looking:

But I really think its shape is perfect for a French inspired piece. I guess if that look doesn't work out for me, I can change it. I can't wait to get started on it! What fun!


  1. I love it!!! My son has the one that belonged to his great grandmother and actually uses it as a telephone stand. It is so much fun to see it in his house. What a buy on that piece! He did good for you!!! xo Diana

  2. Oh Cecilia, what a great piece--can't wait to see the results!

  3. My grandmother had a gossip bench in her house and one of my relatives took it. Knowing how I wanted the bench, my sweet mother-in-law gave me one from her Mom's house. She even recovered the cushion for me. It is past due for a makeover so I'll be interested in seeing what you do with yours.

  4. It's going to look amazing! What a fantastic deal too! Red or French inspired...either way, it'll be fun!

  5. I love how it curves and I think it will look amazing with a French touch. I'm looking forward to your make-over :)
    Au revoir,
    Connie :)

  6. Oh, ''ooh la la'' indeed, dear Cecilia! I can't wait to see the finished product...this is the sweetest little table, and I have no doubt that by the time you're done with it, it is going to be magazine worthy! Enjoy the updo!
    Hugs and love to you...hope you're enjoying a beautiful week:-)

  7. Hi Cecelia, what great finds. I have a hard time finding great pieces like this when I go on my scavenger hunts.

    I have the same French Accents book and it's a great resource for inspiration.

    Good luck with the makeover.

  8. Hi Cecelia, what great finds. I have a hard time finding great pieces like this when I go on my scavenger hunts.

    I have the same French Accents book and it's a great resource for inspiration.

    Good luck with the makeover.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I usually don't find that kind of piece at Good Will or at such a good price. Thanks to my brother-in-law for finding it for me! It's going to be a fun makeover, that's for sure!

  9. yay! glad you found one! I was going to say that if we were closer I'd sell you mine. I found one at a beside-the-road junk sale for a little less than what you paid. It's still in the need-to-be-done pile. I think they are so cute!

  10. How cute! I can't wait to see what you do with it! I think French inspired sounds perfect but I love that red one as well. Have fun! Can't wait to see it finished! Have a great rest of the week.

    Hugs, Vicky

  11. It's beyond adorable Cecilia! And you know what? I actually really like the existing fabric. It looks very authentic and unique, though I get why you might want something else.

    Have fun making this into something totally 'you'.

  12. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  13. Hi Cecilia,
    Oh, I love that song! ;) And I love your telephone bench!! I can't wait to see it finished!
    I have seen phones like that here at the antique mall and on Etsy.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Hugs! Kimberley

    1. I love that song too! Guess what! I found a phone this weekend! It needs some love but it is the style I want. Yay!
      Just so you know, you're showing up as a no reply blogger. I really hate when that happens! Hope you've had a good weekend, Kimberely!

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