Post # 1
Does anyone know how to make regular wood furniture look “shabby chic”. I seriously HATE my bedroom set, even though it was free-it doesn’t go with the rest of my house. I just can’t spend the money on new furniture so I thought I could paint what I have to make it look pretty and whimsical ( I hate that word but I can’t think of anything else to describe it) Anyone have any tips?
Post # 3
Have a picture?
Lots of different looks, so it would help to actually describe what you like. You can paint everything white or cream and sand it down in certain areas where it would naturally wear if it was old and used, or you can paint a light color and use a deeper glaze over it,allow to sit/puddle in the cracks and crevices,then wipe off. Aging is easy, but you have to know what you want, or just experiment. Paint’s an easy fix for everything. If there’s a lot of detail on the pieces, glazing is the way to go.
Post # 4
I would look online at like hgtv or something they always have tutorials on how to do things like that, and they have special paint now that when it dries it looks aged.
Post # 5
@flamingred To have it professionally painted may only cost a couple hundred bucks. I personally love the antique look. A cheap way to spice it up may be to get a new headboard and some luxe linens. A down white comforter and beautiful pllows will transform any bed. Also think about going to world market to pick up a little side table or a new lamp from Target. Fabulous can be achieved on a small budget:0)
Post # 6
I definitely think painting it is the BEST way to go if it has the lines you want to begin with.
I just took an ugly brass chandelier and painted it white and it really, really helped.
Centsationalgirl has a lot of good tutorials on her blog!
i think if you wear the right gloves and a respirator, you could DIY it, but check, since i know you’re pregnant. Sam’s Club sells a huge box of nitrile gloves that i keep on hand and they’re really great for keeping the chemicals from permeating your skin.
Definitely show us a photo of your bedroom set when you can! I don’t think there is an old, ugly piece of furniture in my house (all free, naturally) that i haven’t tackled with paint.
Post # 7
You guys-thank you for the tips! @EJS I’ve been looking at centsationalgirl all day. What a talented woman she is! Thank you for sending me that way.