Make it Monday: Shabby Chic Furniture

Posted: 20th Aug 2018

When it comes to furniture nowadays, many of us prefer the beautiful vintage-style pieces in comparison to the more polished, minimalist look

In fact, it's fair to say that as it stands, the shabby chic look is having it's moment. When you're looking to add the shabby chic feel to existing pieces around the home, you'll be spoilt for choice - with websites such as Gumtree, eBay and The Freecycle Network all filled with bargains.

A brilliant way to achieve the shabby chic look is with wooden furniture and a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish furniture paint - if you feel like giving it a go for yourself, this tutorial explains all...

You will need:

A piece of wood furniture
Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint
Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax
Sandpaper (lightweight and medium grade)
White Spirit
Wire wool
A cloth or rag
Mixing sticks
Painter’s tape (or masking tape)
A range of brushes and rollers in different sizes (depending on the size of your chosen piece)


1 Move your chosen piece to a well-ventilated area and place on top of newspaper or a dust sheet.

2 As with any painting ensure the surfaces to be painted are clean, dry and free from loose paint and grease

3 As older furniture is likely to be contaminated by old varnishes etc. it is best to clean the surface before you begin painting.

Top Tip! Previously painted surfaces should be abraded to provide a key. If the wood has been polished with wax, a wire wool pad plus turps or white spirit should do the trick. If it’s varnished, use sandpaper.

4 Mark off any areas you don’t want painted with masking tape to ensure a clean, tidy finish.

5 Apply two thin coats of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint using a back and forth motion, slightly overlapping the strokes to avoid joining lines. Remember to leave four hours between coats to ensure a smooth finish.

Top Tip! Gently sand down the base layer with a fine grit sandpaper, around 180 grit should do it, for a cleaner finish.

6 Now for the fun part, for that natural wear and tear look use a fine grit sandpaper and gently rub at the areas of paint you’d like to remove, revealing the bare wood below — this usually works best on the raw edges and corners.

7 If you are feeling creative, why not use to colours of Chalky Finish paint to achieve a look complimentary the other furnishings in your chosen room?

Top Tip! Still want that essence of luxury? Use Rust-Oleum Metallic Furniture Paint as your base layer.

8 Once you are happy with the look of your shabby chic creation, seal the paintwork with Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in clear or dark depending on your chosen paint shade for a longer lasting durability.

Tutorial courtesy of Rust-Oleum