How to Shabby Chic your Furniture – ‘upclycing’!

Wow what a week, the sun has finally come out to play!  Murray wins Wimbledon after a nail biting 3 sets and David Cameron thinks he deserves a knighthood.

The strawberries are all ripe and a lovely day picking at Stonepitts Farm in Seal was had by myself and kids.

The paddling pool has been eaten by the mice over the winter, much to my little boys disgust, but luckily a hose pipe and a sprinkler provide as much fun as a paddling pool would.

The garden furniture and parasols have started to sell due to the good weather and we have slashed our prices due to the short season of garden furniture sales.

black wicker garden furniture

The next exciting thing that we have launched on our website is the Vintage and Shabby Chic page where we will be displaying all of the unique pieces that are either hand crafted on the premises or sourced at local auctions and antique fairs and then we add our own shabby chic vintage finish to; i believe the word on the street is, ‘upcycling’!    If you require any more information on any of the pieces then please do not hesitate to contact us

Heres a quick run down on how to add your own touch to a piece of vintage furniture if you feel brave enough:

You will need to prep the surfaces to be painted, remove any handles and metal work.  Use sandpaper to strip the paint or varnish  Now get rid of any dust with water and allow to dry.

We like to use Farrow and Ball paints or Annie Sloan paints as they are available in soft, subtle colours and don’t require a primer.  It works best if you use one colour for the undercoat and then an oil based or matt paint in a different colour for the top coat.  When applying the paint always go in the direction of the wood grain.    Leave each layer to dry and then leave for 24 hours to dry completely.

If you want the distressed look then the areas to concentrate on are the raised areas, edges, around drawers, handles and the top of the detailing.  Use sandpaper to distress and only sand in one direction.

Once you’re content with the finish you can either leave as it is, or add a coat of beeswax or varnish.  This will help protect the wood but apply sparingly to avoid a shiny finish.

If you need any help or want to view any shabby chic vintage peices please pop into the showrooom and workshop at Owen Pine and Oak.

shabby chic vintage cupboard