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Shabby Chic Furniture

Posted on: April 2, 2009

Shabby chic furniture should really be painted, distressed, and have a time-worn appearance. Whites and soft pastels should be part of your eclectic collection. You rarely see  dark or natural wood furniture when doing  shabby chic furniture. When furniture is painted all the details and lines show up.

If you don’t have access to old furniture, you can use newer pieces and distress them yourself,  giving them a paint treatment to age their appearance. Sand down the edges to make it look worn, Just adding old style handles to your chest or desk will give instantly give it  vintage appeal.

Before you run to the flea market, look around your own home.  Is any of your furniture looking old and tired?  They are candidates for the shabby chic look. Wicker is really popular, as it is easy to find used, light weight to transport, and spray painting it is a breeze.

Crackle Finish will also give your furniture an aged look. Go to your local craft or hardware stores(anywhere that sells decorative paint supplies) and buy a kit for painting crackle finish on your furniture. This simple two step process will immediately change the look of your furniture.
White washing is exactly as it sounds. You will be putting a watered down paint wash on your wood if it is unfinished.   Otherwise use a product call Gesso, which can be found at craft and hobby supply shops. It is very simple to apply. Decorating with shabby chic adds instant charm and a simple cottage feel.


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