November 17, 2014

Shabby chic chair tutorial part 1

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I promised you yesterday a tutorial and here it is; in this opportunity I'm going to teach you how to decorate a chair in shabby chic style. It's easy to do and I'm showing you how to do it with 2 colors, being white one of them.
If you happen to have mini pieces and you dislike the fake mahogany look, you can use this dark color in your favor, my chair the one i'm using to show you the tutorial had this color.

But first what's first, even when you can have an idea of what is it I'm doing a short review about this style:

  ♥ The Shabby Chic style ♥

Shabby chic  is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor. 

The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as "distressing" the finish of the furniture. Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles, and may be reproduction furniture with a distressed finish.

Variants of shabby chic style include:
  • Cottage chic
  • Beach cottage chic
  • French country
  • Gustavian (Swedish)
(extract from Wikipedia) 

What you need:

2 acrylic colors: your chosen shade and white
your mini furniture (mine is a chair)

Paint the chair with gesso and let it dry completely

Mix 1:1 parts of white and the chosen color
I've chosen this lovely shade of blue to achieve a "Gustavian look" (blue is very used in the Scandinavian interior design)

Paint the chair completely and let dry

**If you're out of paint don't worry! just mix a bit more in 1:1 proportion and if it's not exactly the same shade never mind, it helps in the shabby look.

Once the paint is dry, grab your sand paper (if it's medium grain and one more, the better) and sand the outer areas/parts that get more scratched.
Think of your chairs, the areas that are more in contact with you get more aged, scratched. So the inside is going to be almost brand new.

**Tip: when you sand, do it in different areas, this gives more realism.

The finished piece!!
A very cute shabby chic chair! ready to decorate your kitchen or parlour!

Part 2 of the tutorial is going to be up tomorrow afternoon hopefully; I'm going to teach you how to sew simple pillows and do little details for your shabby chic piece.

Thank you very much for following me, your comments, suggestions are welcome. Fell free to leave your question if you happen to have one!

Hugs ****


  1. Hi Ann! I think that your Gustavian Shabby style chair turned out marvelously!
    Your technique is really good and I look forward to part 2 tomorrow!


  2. Great tutorial, Ann! I love your result and look forward to part two of your tutorial tomorrow! xo Jennifer

  3. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I always wanted to know how to paint Shabby Chic style! I will try it soon. Hugs, Melli

  4. Now I know what to do with that gallon of Gesso I've had for so long (LOL) and all the cheap furniture. Can't wait to learn about the pillows...thanks!

  5. Me gusta el resultado, y esperó impaciente el próximo post. Un abrazo

  6. Great tutorial! I love shabby chic and the blue color looks wonderful.

  7. This tutorial is just what I needed. Thank you so much!
    Hugs, Drora