What does it mean to paint your furniture in the style of shabby chic?


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Painting your furniture in the shabby chic style means painting it, finishing it and then distressing it to create careworn surfaces that can nonetheless provide long-lasting usefulness. Common ways to distress your furniture range from rubbing it with sandpaper to beating it with metal tools.

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You can avoid the distressing stage by buying second-hand furniture that already has a careworn look. If you are going to distress your furniture on your own, make sure to focus on the edges, the detailing and other raised sections to create a more natural distribution of scuffs and other signs of damage. Furthermore, make sure to use a matte finish because excessive shininess is incompatible with shabby chic.

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