How To Create Shabby Chic Style Furniture

Shabby Chic furniture is a must have furniture style this season as it provides a light and uplifting fininsh that suits a vast range of interior designs and decors. This versatile style of furniture can be purchased in a selection of styles and colours or can be handcrafted using simple steps and tools.

Here is our step by step guide to creating a personalised shabby chic furniture item that can be revamped to your exact tastes and needs:

What you will need:

A old or reclaimed furniture item 
Newspaper or an old sheet (to protect your floor)
A selection of simple tools (pliers, screwdriver etc)
All purpose wood filler 
A selection of sandpapers 
Several cleaning cloths 
Low tack masking tape and scissors
Primer/undercoat (optional but creates a longer wearing finish)
Paint (water-based acrylic or specialised wood paint)
Various sizes of paint brush
New handles (if required)
Paint stripper (if needed)
Clear furniture wax 

Step One – Remove Handles

Always remove any old handles on your chosen furniture item before beginning the transformation process (even if you are planning on keeping the handles the same) as this ensures a thorough covering of paint across the whole of the items exterior. This can be easily achieved using an appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws from the back of the drawer front.


Step 2 – Fill Any Holes Or Dents

Fill any holes that have been left by the removal of the handles, however if you are re using the same handles or ones of the same size then you can leave the holes as they are to save time drilling any new ones. While you are filling these holes, check the remainder of the item to ensure that there are no other damaged areas that can be filled at the same time.


Step Three – Prepare The Item’s Surface

Cover your flooring with an old sheet or newspaper and begin to prepare your item. If the item is already painted then you can easily remove the current paint finish with paint stripper or if the item is varnished or waxed then begin to remove the finish with a FINE GRADE sandpaper (so you do not damage the grain). This will roughen the items surface area making it easier for the new paint finish to stick to the exterior. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any dust particles. Always ensure that you work in a well ventilated area or take the item outside if it is a dry day.



Step Four – PrimeYour Item

Mask off any areas that do not need to be painted or mask off a pattern if your feeling extra creative (stripes work well) and then paint the item with your chosen primer or undercoat. If your item has drawers or doors or any interior areas, always paint the inside first, then leave to dry before proceeding to priming the exterior. Ensure all exposed areas are covered.


Step Five – Paint Your Item

Select your chosen paint colour and begin to paint your item using the same technique as you did with the primer (interior followed by exterior). It is best to paint your item using three or four thin coats as this allows the paint to adhere more strongly to the item and prevents the paint finish looking streaky. Use smaller and thinner brushes for any fiddly or intricate areas. Allow to dry fully between coats and before moving on to the next step.


Step Six – Distress Your Item

Remove the masking tape and start to add a distressed look to your paint finish. Begin by using a rougher sandpaper and then move on to a fine grade sandpaper to blend the edges into the paint for a naturally worn look. Select areas that would receive natural wear and tear over time such as table edges and drawer fronts and gently rub away at the new paint finish (less is more).


Step Seven – Finish 

Apply a coat of clear furniture wax to your item, This can be done using a professional waxing brush for complete coverage and should be used on internal and external areas of your furniture item. Once the item has been completely waxed take a soft polishing cloth and buff away the wax until the surface of the item no longer feels sticky (this process should be repeated every 6 months to keep the item looking fresh). Reattach the old or new handles to any drawers or door areas and your bespoke item is complete!


For more painted furniture ideas take a look at our Pinterest board - pinterest – Painted Furniture

If you have created your own shabby chic items or are planning on following this ‘How to’ guide to try your hand at this DIY design then tweet us your finished designs @MarketFurniture or tag us in your Instagram posts @TheFurnitureMarket.

Colour Trend – Plum

Perfect plum interiors can create a warm and uplifting ambiance that will add a splash of rich and luxurious colour to your home decor. This versatile trend can be used as a feature or accent tone that will give both modern and traditional homes an opulent and luxurious feel.

Plum is one of the most popular purple hues this season due to its elegant and designer feel. Its exquisite tones can transform even the most bland of interiors into a luxurious and palatial retreat. It can be easily adopted into numerous other interior trends of 2014 such as Moroccan, Gothic and Rococo to create a ‘pop’ of colour that is opulent and enveloping.

Plum tones can be used with a large variety of interior colour palettes to create a relaxed or vibrant atmosphere within your home. Soft antique white, grey and natural colours work alongside plum to create a period style interior that is relaxed and refined. Purple is a popular regency interior colour that can also be partnered with rich gold and gilded hues for a splash of luxury glamour. For a twist of eastern style interior design then partner your plum tones with vibrant magenta, yellow, red and orange for a rich and colourful Moroccan style home.



If your not quite brave enough to tackle Plum as an all over colour scheme then why not introduce it as an accent tone in your accessories, fabrics and artwork to create an eye-catching insertion of colour into a plain or patterned interior setting. Upholstery is a great way of adding a pop of plum into your home. occasional chairs, sofas and puffees look great with a plain or patterned fabric and a choice of velvet, satin or chenille will also add a textural aesthetic to your living room, dining room or bedroom area.

Cushions are also an ideal way of injecting colour into your home and can be chosen in a selection of matching or contrasting plum tones and patterns to create a cosy and visually inviting space within your chosen interior. Opt for classic floral or plain designs for a regency style, period interior or select a range of bright and vibrant plum, pink and yellow styles and prints for a Moroccan ambiance. This bold combination looks great scattered across a bed or even as an eastern style floor seating area that can be transferred outside or into a summer house during the summer months.

Accessories are a must have finishing touch in any interior setting and can transform the entire look and feel of an interior. A carefully positioned lamp, vase, ornament or mirror can create a colourful centrepiece in a living area, dining room or bedroom and make a fabulous contrast against a plain feature wall. These simple accessories can be added to your existing interior decor making it easy to introduce the plum colour trend into your home without extensive redecorating or expenditure.



White painted furniture such as our French Chateau furniture is a great way of toning down and complimenting strong coloured interiors. With their bright and uplifting exterior, white painted designs sit comfortably in bold or classic plum interiors, adding a crisp contrast to the rich purple tones of your decor. If you have opted for neutral walls then you could always try your hand at some furniture restoration by sanding, priming and painting old, or reclaimed furniture items in your chosen plum tone for a customised and creative furniture item that will create a talking point in any interior space.

For more inspirational plum interior ideas then our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Plum colour trend has all you could need to find your inner interior designer and for more furniture designs take a look at our extensive Painted furniture collections that will compliment your plum interior decor.






Colour Trend – Neon

This week we are taking a look at the latest Neon interior colour trend that has been taking both the fashion and interior design world by storm.

From fun and funky yellow to bright and punchy pink, when it comes to neon interiors no colour palette is off limits! This bold and vibrant colour trend is sure to transform even the plainest of interiors into a happy disco heaven.


For an eye-catching selection of neon interiors and original images head over to Pinterest - Pinterest – Neon Colour Trend and check out our latest board.


Neon palettes are a bright and versatile colour selection that can be easily incorporated into a wide range of classic and contemporary interiors. Many people shy away from this bold interior choice however it is very easy to introduce vibrant colours in small and strategically placed areas that will not completely overpower your entire home.  A simple feature wall is a great way of adding a splash of colour into an otherwise plain interior setting; try painting a chimney breast, alcove or dividing wall for a stunning pop of vivid colour. If you prefer a more ‘all over’ neon look then why not go crazy and create a bold retro style interior using complimentary and contrasting shades of neon such as orange, red and yellow. These luminous colour choices can be co-ordinated with your bedding, furniture or upholstery for a truly psychedelic interior ambiance.

If you are looking for a quick and easy way of injecting some vibrancy into your interior then opt for a scattering of neon cushions for a pop of colour in your living room, bedroom or dressing room area. You can opt for eye-popping plain cushions or sumptuous patterned fabrics for an added depth of illuminating colour. Neon cushions, throws and rugs will look wonderful in a minimal interior setting and will give a fabulous contrast against white, black and grey interior decors.



You can transform even a minimal interior with a stylish selection of bright neon accessories. Vases, candles and ornaments look great on a mantelpiece, windowsill or table and create a great ‘color pop’ effect that can be zoned into specific areas of your home. Mirrors, wall art and photo frames also provide a fabulous splash of colour against a plain or neutral wall or can be personalised and painted to perfectly match your neon paint or wallpaper selection. Neon lamp shades and ceiling lights will create an eye-catching splash of colour that will draw the eye into the centre of a room. Cool tones such as blues and greens look great in the summer months whilst yellows, reds and oranges will create a sunshiny feel on even the greyest of winter days.

Whilst most people associate the neon colour trend with modern or minimal interiors there is no reason why this unique colour palette cannot be incorporated into traditional homes and decors. Why not try your hand at some furniture up-cycling and transform your classic or antique furniture items into a vibrant yet sophisticated addition to your home. Old sideboards, tables and dressers can be painted or sprayed in your chosen neon colour or for a more subtle yet still eye-catching design, you can transform your old dining chairs or occasional seating using a plain or patterned neon upholstery for a truly personalised interior style.





How To Incorporate Faux Fur Into Your Interior.

The subject of ‘real fur’ is an ever present topic of debate in the fashion world with many designers choosing to opt for ethically compassionate faux fur as a more animal friendly addition to their collections.

Whilst sheep skin rugs and mink fur throws would not have seemed out of place in the homes of the 1970s and 80s, these days there has been an increase in the demand for faux fur home accessories. By following these quick and simple steps you can add a warm and cosy ambiance to even the plainest of home interiors.

For a selection of fur and hide accessories and all original images, head over to our latest pinterest board - Pinterest – Hides and Furs


Faux fur rugs are a simple yet effective way of adding warmth and texture to any living room, bedroom or office space and are available in a vast range of colours and tones that will compliment both classic and contemporary home interiors. Traditional and natural fur hues such as browns, blacks and whites will give a soft and subtle ambiance that looks great in monochrome, rustic and lodge style interiors. If you prefer a more colourful interior then the synthetic properties of faux fur means that it can be dyed in a multitude of bright and illuminating palettes for a splash of vibrancy and energy.



Luxurious faux fur throws are a great way of adding textural and visual aesthetics to your interior space. Throws can be used to add an extra layer of warmth to your bedroom during cold winter months and can be easily matched to your bedroom decor and bedding selection. Alternatively they can be draped across your favourite chair or sofa so you can pour yourself a warm mug of tea and snuggle up and envelop yourself in its soft and sumptuous touch.




Cushions are a versatile and functional home accessory that can be easily adapted into any room in your home. With such a vast range of faux fur cushions available on the high street you really will be spoilt for choice. From traditonal square and rectangular faux mink cushions to fun and texturally pleasing fake mohair you can add a scattering of warmth and colour to your bed, sofa or armchair.



If you still cannot find the faux fur accessory for you, then fear not! Why not try your hand at a bit of DIY and create your very own personalised masterpiece that can be tailored to your exact requirements.  Draperies and local markets stock hundreds of different fur style fabrics that can be purchased at bargain prices, in large quantities and are perfect for updating or creating new and exciting furniture items. Using a glue gun or staple gun you can add some sumptuous fur upholstery to your favourite stool, armchair or sofa or alternatively why not dust off your sewing machine and create some simple cushion covers, seat pads and curtains for an injection of natural luxury.