Shabby Chic furniture is a decorating style that appears to be not going anywhere soon. It is ideal for those who want to lower your expenses. Some people scour flea markets and garage sales seeking shabby chic furniture of all types containing that old and worn look, the shabby chic style.
Often, distressed painted furniture might be acquired for beside nothing. It is these cheap components of painted furniture that we needs to be considering.
Of course and also hardwearing . new, cheap reproduction furniture made out of MDF (medium density fibreboard) which comes un-painted that you should finish, but I prefer seeking old painted furniture, since it has got the bumps and dents that speak of age. We are just going to make it look better.
Of course if you have old un-painted furniture you can provide a coat of paint and rehearse these simple distressed finishes to bring it alive. If you do choose to make this happen, be aware that the tip we intend to apply will darken the paint considerably, so use pastel shades, like beige or cream, if you do not want a really dark look. Also use an emulsion paint rather than gloss, the matt surface of emulsion paint acts as a better “key” for following treatments.
To create shabby chic furniture is not so hard, I used to operate a system of craft workshops and we used these finishes regularly.
We will look at a simple 3 part process which can be guaranteed to give good results and may gain a real shabby chic style.
For our example I am going to imagine that we have a painted cupboard.
Now bear in mind we will be managing an existing painted surface, you have to remove all grease in the surface, I suggest wiping total surfaces with methylated spirit, or any 90 proof alcohol and letting it to dry, which wont take long.
The next step involves the use of a 2 part crackle varnish; I use a modern acrylic crackle varnish as it is quite predictable in use. A crackle varnish simulates the fine cracking the thing is that in old painted or varnished finishes.
I may not apply this varnish total surfaces, because it could be overwhelming, rather go through edges as well as other odd places you think that appropriate.
Using the ideal paint brush, apply the base coat from the crackle varnish and invite to dry, when wet it’s milky to look at, when dry it can be transparent.
When dry apply the most notable coat, simply because this dries, cracks will form. But the cracks will hardly be visible, so what we do is apply what is called a traditional glaze, this is just a cheap student quality oil paint. I am going to make use of a colour called burnt umber, this can darken the job considerably, in case you decide you would like a lighter brown, go ahead, but do it with a small piece of wood first.
When the crackle glaze is dry you apply the antique glaze, simply apply a little from the oil paint to your soft cloth and rub all around the surface in the cupboard, rubbing it well in the cracks brought on by the crackle glaze. This highlights the cracks.
With a clean cloth wipe over all surfaces to eliminate the greater part from the antique glaze. You will not be able to get rid of the surplus glaze evenly, but that is all for the good, while you end up which has a mottled antique finish which suits the look of shabby chic furniture.
Having succeeded in doing so, the racks due to the crackle varnish will be highlighted, and the colour of the paintwork will have darkened considerably. Give the cupboard a great polish which has a soft cloth.
Lastly provide the piece a coat of oil based matt varnish to seal the conclusion.
Shabby chic furniture, just like that!
By Richard Norman