Shabby chic/Cottage Style is gaining popularity as people are looking to open up their spaces with the use of whiter or pastels.Furniture pieces are often painted with many layers showing through obviously worn areas.Fabrics tend to lean towards the cottons and linens. Linen was found in the french homes, and is particular popular today in reproducing this look. Whites and pastels that are bleached out give a beach like presence to a Shabby chic look. A unique way of antiquing fabric is to stain it with tea which gives it that old vintage style.
Popular decor items are pillows made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses on it. It is a soft, relaxed romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.
Pink, mint green, and soft aqua are also popular colors seen in accessories and fabrics. Colors like Yellow, white, Grayish-Green, lighter pastels are very popular paint colors used on furniture.
Swedish Paint techniques and Paint techniques for Shabby style are the same, athough the style of furniture are often different.
- Distressed looks are achieved by painting your furniture 2 colors. After the last paint dries, you can sand down revealing the first coat of paint. This technique looks amazing when starting off with a darker color such as black, and using your top coat a lighter color such as white.
-White Washing (this technique is very easy and is called by many names) It is simply by applying a opaque (see-through) glaze or by painting then rubbing away the paint, or sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats. This technique allows you to see the beauty of the grain but still have the beauty of a painted piece
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Hand-painted Green Pedestal Table VW Home
Shabby Chic Keith Scott Morton
Late 19th C. Louis XVI Style Hand Painted Demilune Commode Ruby lane
Pair of Shabby Chic Swedish Tea Tables Cupboards & Roses Swedish Antiques
Rococo Writing Desk Cupboards &Roses Swedish Antiques
Beautiful Green Shabby Chic Dresser Chest Steven Randazzo
Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Painted wood buckets from the 19th century Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Shabby Chic Style Distressed Yellow Cupboard Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Magnificent French painted Sideboard Louis XV-style Ebay Seller Beautifulfrench
19th-century Scandinavian Colors Michael Luppino
Black Distressed Cottage Shabby Style
Distressed Shabby Chic Style Robin Stubbert
Distressed Shabby Chic Style Keith Scott Morton
Outstanding Beautiful Yellow Painted French Bombay Desk
Period Bow Front Commode Cupboards & Rsoes Swedish Antiques
Outstanding Yellow Painted Chest By Country swedish.com
PAINT BOMBAY BOMBE CHEST BUREAU COMMODE VANITY ITALIAN Ebay Seller Antique Brodie
Fancy Carved Italian Venetian Painted Bed Ebay Seller Norwinda
Turquiose Chest - Outstanding Shabby Chic Chest
Shabby Chic Dresser Chest MAINE BLANKET CHEST Seller Jeff R Bridgeman American Antiques
Outstanding Yellow Swedish Chest. Country Swedish.com
Just a slight touch of color! I love it! Notice everything else is neutral
Shabby Chic Style Gridley & Graves Bright Colors
People are multi-purposing furniture orginally meant dining room furniture and switching it for entry tables and new flat screen tables. The Provincial lines add a bit of curve than the modern straight lines, and you can go wild with the color as well, painting it to fit your decor. Photo Credit - Meza Specialty and Gourmet Food
Vintage Bird cages has sit popularity again as the unique colors and shapes appeal to decorative use, as well as a practical cage for your bird that is part of the family. Vintage bird cages are made of a variety of materials. Traditionally, vintage cages are made of steel or wood, strong bark, acrylic, and even iron. Depending on what your décor is like, most always you can incorporate a bird cage in any look.