DIY Shabby Chic

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The definition of shabby chic, according to Wikipedia, is as follows:

Shabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasised to differentiate it from genuine period decor.

I am going to show you how to create this emphasis with some great examples of diy shabby chic projects that either add distressing or piece together different elements to bring about a cottage style decor.

This first example is something that I did real quick and easy.  I had an old industrial parts washer basket that was a silver metal that was partially rusted.  I have had other baskets that were fully rusted with a great looking patina where all I needed to do was put a lacquer coating on them and call it good.  However this one did not look good on it’s own.  So, I sprayed a light coat of white spray paint on it, letting some of the rusted spots show through.  I then filled it with pip berries to add a little cottage chic and had some instant shabby chic!

industrial shabby chic basket

A little bird set in front of a basket is always a nice touch!  Here are some more examples.  Click on the photos for the detailed tutorials.

fishing creel flower holder
Fishing creel flower holder by French Country Cottage

I am in love with the idea of fishing creels and flowers!  The bummer is that I sold a creel a while back that was about a hundred years old and super cool looking.  Oh well, at least with an outdoorsman for a husband, we have others around!

how to make shutters
how to make shutters by Twelve O Eight

Do you like the look of old shutters for shabby chic decor but can’t find your own or have found some but they are too expensive or not the right size?  Well now you can make your own with this easy to follow tutorial by Twelve O Eight.  They are made to look just like vintage shutters and you can customize them just how you want.

door shelf with light
DIY door shelf with light by Bulb To Blossom

Here is a wonderful diy project for turning a shabby vintage door into a chic shelf unit with a light.

how to create your own milk glass vases
How to create your own milk glass vases by Beach House In The City

Milk glass vases are a popular vintage item to use in shabby chic decor.  You can create your own look a like using the tutorial provided by Beach House In The City.  Click on the photo to see the details.  I actually just purchases several vintage milk glass vases for my daughter’s wedding.  I’m thinking that if I want to add to the centerpiece arrangements, I can always try this!

vintage canister makeover
Vintage canister makeover by Kammy’s Korner

These canisters were given an amazing shabby chic look.  You have to see the before picture on these!  Although they were old, they didn’t have that awesome cottage decor look until after the transformation.

Happy Crafting!

I'm addicted to crafting and decorating my downtown urban loft and up north rustic cabin. Read more about me.
  1. Hi Renee! Thanks for sharing my canisters. I was noticing traffic from this page and had to come check you out. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! I really liked your project and just had to share it! 🙂

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