// ]]>Have you ever wondered how to paint shabby chic furniture like a pro? Well you're in luck because I have a fun and easy, in depth, step-by-step tutorial on how to paint "Shabby Chic." I've included pictures along the way, so it will be easy enough to follow. I've also included some great examples at the end.
Step One: Find a piece of furniture! You can have a lot of success on Craigslist, or you can visit different thrift stores and yard sales. If you want to make it easy on yourself, some things to look at when you are furniture shopping are: Is it made from real wood? Does it have major problems (broken drawers, big scratches, dog bite marks (we've brought home chairs before without looking too carefully at them and found HUGE chewing marks))? Are you able and willing to fix these problems?
You should also try to look past a few things such as color, knobs or pulls, and superficial scratches, as these can all be fixed easily.
Step Two: Choose a paint type and color! There are lots of different kinds of paint out there, acrylic, latex, chalk paint, and milk paint (to name a few). Personally, I'm in love with chalk paint - but I'm not in love with the price. I only use my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or my Cece Caldwell paint when it is something I am keeping. Selfish? Maybe. If I am painting a piece I plan on selling then I use latex paint (from Lowes or Home Depot) and they work just fine! They are also half the price - and I am all about that! Choosing a color is the fun part. Your piece of furniture can be in any color, as Shabby Chic refers more to the style than the color.
Step Three: Prepare your furniture! One of the great things about chalk paint is you don't have to do anything to prime or prep. For those of us using other types of paint, this can mean a couple of things. You should make sure you are working with a clean piece of furniture, so wipe it down with a wet rag to get all the dust and gunk off (an important step if you're purchasing from a thrift store. who knows what's on there?!) If the furniture has any holes or scratches and you plan to fill them using wood filler or putty, now is the time to do so. Lastly, latex paint can sometimes peel if painted onto too smooth a surface. On the off chance that your piece of furniture has any type of finish or sealer on it, it is best to sand all over the piece of furniture. This gives the paint something to "grip" to.
Step Four: Start painting! This is a fun part, at least I think so! It is likely to take more than one coat. Just make sure you have full coverage and that you let it dry fully between coats. Remember, it is better to paint 2-3 thin coats than 1 thick one!
Step Five: Distress the heck out of it! Or just a little. This step is really up to you! How shabby do you want it? Or would you prefer it to look a little more chic? You can distress just the edges lightly, or you can make it look two hundred years old! It all just depends on your preference. Depending on which paint I've used, I either use a sanding sponge, sanding block, or the scratchy part on the back of a sponge dipped in water (this works very nicely for chalk paint).
Step Six: Once you have distressed to your liking, it is time to seal it! You can use shellac, polycrilic (my favorite), rub on polyurethane, or clear furniture wax (my other favorite). Just make sure to read the back of the container because some of these finishes can discolor light colored paint (they will turn it yellow-ish).
Step Seven: Stand back and look at what you have accomplished! It's amazing and so are you!
Okay, now here are some other examples from all over the internet! I wanted to show you a variety of colors and also how it looks with varying levels of distress.
And there you have it! I hope that was enough inspiration to get you started! If you have any questions, post them in the comment section and I will get back to you right away! Painting Shabby Chic is fun and easy, you'll see!
Also, be sure to check back and see how my dining set turns out! It should be done pretty soon.
Have a great day!
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