Shoutout to my awesome DIY handyman dad – whose birthday it also happens to be – for his refurbishment of our dining room and kitchen. The guy does pretty much all of our decorating (which is the reason that my room and the rest of our house is as cool as it is) and this newest little project of his is just so cute that I had to share it with you.
So my mother is in love with shabby chic – she brought it into their wedding as well – and her dream of a little shabby chic room has finally come to life. (And can we all take a moment to appreciate the potential for blog background beautiful-ness.)
However, he also let us help while he made the table set – so I’m not just showing you what he did, I’m going to show you how he did it so that if you want to create your own DIY shabby chic things you can!
You will need:
- The furniture you are altering (in our case, tables and chairs)
- Chalk paint
- (Optional staple gun)
- (Optional cushion cloth)
The method was surprisingly simple – and quick!
- Sandpaper down your furniture. This will help the paint go on easier and look better.
- Paint your furniture with chalk-paint – your initial instinct will probably be to paint heavily and get a solid white finish, but don’t. When painting, you always use layers and creating thick ones like that will make it bumpy and uneven. Use a small amount of paint and spread it as far as you can using light, quick strokes. Remember, it’s supposed to look shabby anyway.
- Once it’s set and you’ve layered up on the paint, sandpaper strategic places in your furniture to get a distressed look. (If you’re like me, as in lazy, you may be tempted say “why don’t I just paint it in a shabby way rather than sand over the paint?”. When you sand over the paint, the revealed wood still carries the paint slightly, so it looks like weathered paint – if you don’t, it’ll look like a shitty paint job)
- Set everything with wax.
- (Optional) If you want to change the fabric on the cushions like we did, remove the cushion from the chair and cut your chosen fabric to enough to wrap over the bottom too, then use your staple gun to staple the fabric to the cushion.
Okay, so I hope you love the look of everything as much as we do! I’m absolutely in love with our dining room and all its blogging potential. Just look at this image I managed to take for my Etsy store!
Anyways, I hope you’ve all had a good weekend – and let me know if anyone’s going to try this, it really is surprisingly easy!
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