Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's Chic To Be Shabby


A friend of mine is doing a mini makeover of her apartment... out with the old, dark wood furniture belonging to her husband (what is it with men and heavy bench seat dining tables I ask you?) and in with  a whole collection of bits and pieces she has sourced from all over the internet at bargain basement prices.  The plan is to paint everything in various neutral shades and then give them a loving scrub down with sandpaper.  Before you know it, she will have a brand new interior scheme using affordable furniture that is dripping with character (and sweat!).

In this era of tightening budgets and economic meltdowns, is it little wonder that Shabby Chic has continued to win over our hearts?  Not only is second-hand furniture cheap, but the subsequent hours of tedious, back-breaking labour required to transform an ugly duckling into a swan, provide a mood-altering high so powerful it can blind us from the fear of interest rate rises for at least a week!


Images from here

6 comments:

rebecca said...

Amazing how shabby chic keeps poor people like me happy! Its really surprising what a coat of white paint will do :)

Blue Fruit said...

OOOH, I wonder what her husband thinks of having his furniture all tossed out? Hopefully he is besotted with her so there will be no friction....

Amanda said...

So true Ange! I just love the thrill of a vintage find - not only is there the economic benefit, but the fact that everything is unique and individual, and not a carbon copy of everything else.

Gigi Thibodeau said...

Yes! I almost never buy anything new, and nearly everything in my house looks worn because it actually is worn! I just feel happy with well-loved and well-used things around me. And you're so right about that wonderful high of transforming something a little beat up into something stunningly, shabbily chic!

xoxo Gigi

Printed fridge magnet said...

Recently I read one magazine that everyone women prefer white color for every room. You also one of them. I really impressed with your arrangement.

Thea said...

Love, love, love this look. Your friend is also very clever though for throwing it together so beautifully.

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