|Sign from World Market|
1. Get a few very artistic and expressive vintage french signs like the one pictured above. That is a shot of my bathroom with accent pieces from World Market, The Dollar Store and Ross. If you are on a really tight budget, this can be done by making your own. You will need a few medium size pieces of wood, white paint, black or grey paint, cursive or other fancy writing stencils and a wood sander to get the distressed look, once the paint is dry. It is relatively simple to make signs, but there are so many beautiful handmade signs you can buy for a good price too. Whichever you prefer, these will be one of the biggest foundations for the Shabby Chic Look.
3. Lace and frills. You'll want to have accent pieces with a ton of lace and frills. Think fluffy white throw pillows combined with lace ones, that have french writing. You can stencil this yourself with fabric painting or there are a variety all over that you can buy from places like H&M, Shabby Chic and more. Also, make sure to check Ebay, your local thrift store, TJ Maxx and Ross, for budget friendly choices. Type in Shabby Chic in Google and see all the lovely choices! A great way to get the lovingly worn vintage look is to dye old lace pillows in coffee!
4. Lots of pretty storage, stacked up. Think white or pastel painted luggage as night stands. Top them with a sturdy mirror or plexi glass. Find pretty boxes with Floral, striped or polka dotted backgrounds. You wants lots of cute patterns, but in small scales. Get glass or porcelain apothecary bottles and vases in beautiful shapes to go on the dresser or night stands. Fill them with coordinating colored flowers. Check the Dollar Tree and Thrift stores for these accents. You'd be amazed at what you can find. It's a treasure hunt and sometimes you will strike gold!
The Shabby Chic look takes dedication and creativity, but it is fairly easy to achieve. Just keep in mind that we are going for lovingly worn, fluffy, light and airy! You can switch it up when seasons change. During summer, the Shabby Chic by the Sea theme is great. Adorn your place with anchors, seashells and more. Check Pinterest for lots of inspiration! There are so many ideas! Good Luck!