Saturday, July 18, 2009

I {heart} shabby chic

Taking something old and bringing new life to it is a fabulous way to save money on decorating. Whoever coined the phrase "shabby chic"... thank you, thank you, thank you! You've made it "in" to add "used" to our home decor.
One of my fave pastimes when I have free time is flea market shopping! I love to see what others have "breathed into" an old piece of furniture.
Here are a few of my finds...
I needed a book cabinet for a certain space at our lake house and found this old pie safe painted green. I painted it white and then sanded the edges to let the green show through a bit.

iron pieces I found, all with a touch of rust for character!

all flea market finds for a bedroom wall grouping

this hand painted chest was quite a find, by an artist named "Kemp" in 2000
I didn't have to do anything to it except fill it with board games!

Here are a few recent pieces I've found, but didn't buy,
no place to put them, but I love their look!
I've seen them paint light fixtures on all the home shows, just rough up with sandpaper and spray paint, voila!

I do want to add a stencil like this to something I already have
or maybe paint it as a wall treatment.
I love these colors
Are you a shabby chic kinda gal?

just shabby ol' me!


  1. Love the things you have found!! xoxo

  2. I LOVE that vanity! I would love to have that in my room, but all my big furniture would dwarf it.

  3. You've just inspired me to get back into flea market shopping, stenciling and refinishing... all things I used to love to do but just haven't done in a while. Now I remember why I liked it so much.

  4. Beautiful finds. I love that stencil on the last photos and that chandelier. I love shabby chic, but only in moderation or hubby would go crazy. I just added some shabby chic to our bedroom.

  5. I have adored shabby chic forever and if we ever sell our house & get moved, I'm going to get rid of everything & start from scratch... all shabby chic for a very comfortable lifestyle!!! No more formal anything, since it's just not the way we live anymore.


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