Paint furniture to look shabby chic by giving it two coats of different colored paint, sanding the edges and surfaces, using a crackle kit and adding polyurethane. This process takes a few hours, plus drying time. You need a screwdriver, paint, a paintbrush, sandpaper, a crackle kit and polyurethane.Continue Reading
Use a screwdriver to remove all hinges, handles and hardware from the furniture.
Paint the furniture one color of paint. This is the color that partially shows through after you sand. Choose a color that complements the top color. Allow the paint to dry.
Add another layer of paint in a different color. Allow the second coat to dry.
Once the paint dries, sand the edges of the furniture with sandpaper to give it a worn appearance. Lightly sand the surface in places that allow it to wear naturally with time.
Use a vacuum or a damp rag to clean away the dust.
Purchase a crackle kit that gives the paint a crackled, worn look. Read the manufacturer's instructions before applying the crackle finish to the wood.
After the crackle layer is dry, add a clear polyurethane finish to protect the furniture.