Transform your bedroom from ‘Shabby’ to ‘Chic’

Your bedroom has to be the most important room of your home,  it is the room where you go to reenergise, to rest and relax, so its decor needs to reflect this and it needs to be a peaceful haven of whimsical tranquillity that will help send you swiftly and sweetly into the land of dreams.

So why is it then that the bedroom is often one of the most neglected rooms in the house?  Unfortunately it tends to be the case among many of us that because the bedroom is probably one the least visited rooms in the house it gets the least attention when it comes to redecoration.  However, this is wrong and it is really important to have your bedroom inviting and beautiful, because it is the room you go to when you want to shut the door on the hustle and bustle of the world.

French shabby chic is the perfect theme to inject some vintage and retro glamour into your boudoir.  French shabby chic is very feminine and romantic it is an eclectic mix of antiques, pastel shades, floral patterns, lace and distressed furniture.

Shabby Chic Decoration Tips

Firstly never underestimate the difference a quick lick of paint can make to any room and the perfect colours to create a dreamy shabby chic haven are soft pastel shades and whites.

Flooring is also very important, rip up that old carpet and let your floorboards breathe; shabby chic floors should ideally be wooden with large floral rugs or whitewashed floorboards.

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Lighting up the room with a stunning chandelier not only looks amazing but will transform any room from drab to glam in seconds.

Shabby chic is all about the accessories so little things like replacing the knobs and handles on your furniture, adding a statement mirror and adorning your bed with lots of throws and cushions in soft feminine floral prints will make a huge difference and be the defining aspects of your room.

Creating Your Own Shabby Chic Furniture

You can purchase your Shabby Chic Furniture from Online Stores like Newtons Furniture. If funds are a little too low to warrant purchasing a brand new piece of furniture then why not have a go at up-cycling and create your own fabulous piece of French shabby chic furniture from just a few materials and little bit of elbow grease.

So once you have decided on which piece of furniture you want to revamp there are a few steps you need to follow:

Firstly you need to prepare the wood of your furniture that is to be painted by removing all previous glazes and finishes and by so creating a surface that your new paintwork will stick to.

Once your furniture is stripped and sanded, remove any dust by giving it a wipe down with a damp cloth allow it to dry and then apply a coat of water based primer.

Next apply 2 thin layers of water based acrylic paint, ensuring you leave a full 24 hours between coats.  Because it’s a shabby chic project have fun with it you don’t have to be neat!

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You can then give it the distressed look by gently sanding the furniture all along its edges and curves revealing the wood underneath until you get your desired look.

Then you can leave it as it is or apply a protective glaze and seal which will help protect the wood.

Don’t be scared when it comes to experimenting if it doesn’t look perfect first time then you can always change it!   Go on have a go and create the shabby chic bedroom of your dreams with just a few simple changes.



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