Pine furniture is still the rage in many living rooms. So its quantity might present a problem when you are looking to update the look and feel of a sitting room. Because you might be looking at new paints or paper on the walls, new carpets or new curtains. However, the sheer brownness of 1980s and 1990s pine furniture doesn’t always go well with your new decoration plan. But a shabby chic painting and distressing treatment of paint, distress and wax could well be the answer.
That’s because a shabby chic treatment will bring your old pine furniture a new look. And, of course, it re-energises it in the process. That’s not least, because you have a huge range of paints to choose from. Of course, we have our favourite water-based eggshell paints.
But it’s your choice. The most popular paint choices come from the Farrow and Ball and the Annie Sloan catalogues. In January we posted our most popular shabby chic paints of 2012. However, more and more we are painting with a Johnstone’s paint with a Farrow and Ball colour.
Shabby Chic Painting and Distressing
So, pine tables, coffee tables, nests of tables, desks and bookcases are all popular items for the shabby chic painting and distressing effect. Mirrors, of a suitable size, can also be treated and look equally good. We like to take these to pieces to get the best possible paint application. But where this isn’t possible we’ll aim to mask the mirror glass before painting.
Of course, the shabby chic effect is hard wearing and durable for a modern living room. After-care consists of wiping away any surface marks from day to day use or the occasional application of polish.
Painting your sitting room furniture is clearly a cost effective solution, not least because it beats buying new furniture. So, why not give your furniture a new lease of life with a shabby chic paint effect.
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