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How To Paint Shabby Chic Style

By Cathy Mercer

Decorating the home is exciting but frustrating as well. Let’s face it, a home is an extension of who its residents really are, so getting it right is really important. Unfortunately for most, they do get it wrong more often than not. However, below is a guide to how to paint shabby chic to help people create a new style that they can be comfortable with.

To begin with, there are many reasons why people would want to learn how to paint shabby chic. One reason is that they have the opportunity to decorate on a dime. It’s about taking old furniture, sometimes even antiques, and turning them into something brand new and elegant.

For others, it has to do with recycling. It’s taking the old and making it new again. Of course, this can also be done with antiques, although no one is suggesting to do so with a very valuable old piece.

It’s reserved for antiques that don’t have much value to begin with, so they can be purchased for very low prices. Then the magic begins, with prepping the piece, as by sanding or removing the existing finish. All the correct steps in preparation must be done in order to have a great new finish and a piece to be proud to show off.

Repairs must be made early on to save energy and to make the piece looks fantastic. Therefore, it is highly recommended to carefully look over the item and make those little repairs. After that is the painting step. Generally speaking its all about using white, but a little more effort will make it look even more authentic teary

Making them authentic comes with applying some undertone that is in some of the details. If there are carvings or where two pieces of wood will join together, simply smear on a color paint, and remove it quickly with a towel. The important thing is to allow some of the color to get right into the details of the wood.

Don’t worry about mistakes because they can easily be corrected with some were paint. Good colors to use for this undertone include green, blue, and red. Some also prefer black, but that’s just a personal choice. In the end, the piece of furniture is unique and elegant, far more interesting than most items in furniture stores.

It’s also a wonderful way to bring different styles together and make them work. If they have something in common, they will work together. That means decorating with real style and substance, unlike some of the furnishings available at “fast food” furniture stores, that all look the same. It’s a nice change to have some originality and items that are really pleasing to they eye and soul. With the technique being relatively easy, learning how to paint shabby chic will be an art that can be treasured and applied over and again.

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