How to Refinish Furniture Shabby Chic Style


If you are looking to refinish your furniture in a shabby chic style, you can transform the look of your decor in a short amount of time by following these simple and inexpensive painting and sanding techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Prepare your workspace. Lay the furniture in the middle of a drop cloth. If the furniture has drawers, remove the drawer pulls and place the drawers on the drop cloth. Make sure there's room to move around the furniture as you paint.

  • Lightly sand the wood before painting so the paint will adhere better. Don't worry about sanding out imperfections in the furniture -- they will actually contribute to the shabby chic look.

  • Brush on the first coat of paint and allow it dry completely for several hours before applying a second coat. If the piece of furniture is large, consider using spray paint for the first coat, it will go on faster. If you are working in hot, humid conditions, allow for more drying time.

  • Lightly sand the painted edges of the furniture. The stain underneath the paint will come through and give the furniture a distressed, shabby chic look.

  • Paint the drawer/cabinet pulls (if your furniture has them) or buy something vintage looking or distinct from a hardware store.

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