The shabby chic look is easy to do yourself
If you have any old or outdated wooden furniture in your home, here is a simple and cheap way to give it a vintage shabby chic look. Furniture like this usually costs a lot of money in stores so why not try painting it yourself at a fraction of the cost.
You will need:
Coffee table or other furniture
Painter's drop cloth or old sheet
Water based white gloss paint
I had an old table that was kept for sentimental reasons but It was left in the garage as it didn't match the decor of my house. It was structurally in good condition but the top surface was very worn and had a few water marks. I decided to give it a new lease of life by painting it in a shabby chic finish.
Place an old sheet down to protect your area
First sand the entire table down with a hand held electric sander. Make sure to sand evenly to rough up the surface, as this will make it easier for the paint to stick to the wood.
Then with a damp cloth wipe all the dust off. Being sure there is none left in any gaps or crevices.
This table top was quite damaged before
The shabby chic effect looks best if the furniture you use is originally a dark colour. If not this is where you should first apply 2 base coats of a dark brown or black base paint. Let it dry before commencing with the white paint.
lHere is the paint I used
Next apply your first coat of white paint. Let it dry as per recommended by the manufacturer. This is usually 1-2 hours.
Apply another layer of paint and let it dry between coats until the whole table is a lovely even white colour. You will probably need to 2-3 coats of paint.
Let the paint cure preferably overnight. Then it is ready to lightly sand down again.
With this step just use a small piece of sand paper and lightly sand back a few areas by hand. The idea is that you are sanding the white paint back until the dark colour underneath shows through. It tends to have a better effect if you sand around the outside and on any edges of the table. Any place that wear and tear might occur naturally is ideal.
Once this is done to your liking, sit back and enjoy a well deserved cuppa on your up cycled coffee table!