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Restoring a piece of furniture in Shabby Chic style means making it aged. To achieve this effect, it is good to get some patience and sandpaper. You can make any wooden object shabby, from doors, to chairs, to beds, to wardrobes.

1 - First of all, sand the furniture very well to remove the varnishes, so as to bring the wood to natural. Attention to follow the veins of the wood itself.

2 - Remove the dust that has been created with the correspondence and:

a) check the condition of the wood. If it is very old it may be useful to pass a couple of coats of transparent turpour;

b) if the color of the wood is very light, like that of the poplar, for example, the final contrast will be poorly marked. So at this point you can proceed with the drafting of a darker paint (after which you will go to lay the final color), or a colored one if, suppose, you want to get pink or blue shades;

c) if the natural color of the wood is dark enough and to your liking, pass directly a light colored water paint (white and ivory are the shabby colors par excellence). Give one or two hands, taking care that the color is always quite liquid, and let it dry perfectly.

3 - Take a not too big abrasive paper or, better, steel wool and start to realize the consumption effect. Start from the corners, then go to the handles and feet, mark those points that are naturally more subject to wear. The more paint is removed, the greater the aged effect will be.

4 - Once you are satisfied with the level of wear, remove the dust with a dry cloth or a vacuum cleaner and pass over the entire surface, including the sanded areas, with a coat of clear water-based paint.


The extra trick: pass a candle on the areas to grow old before applying the white paint. Facilitates the elimination of color in the sanding phase.

  • 27/08/2018