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Dresser restored in Shabby Chic Design

An old cabinet is with a bit of time and work into a popular shabby chic dresser. In this decorating style lend new furniture an old email "shabby" Look. But an older chest of drawers, you can restore to Shabby Chic. The advantage: the shabby chic design can be done without prior knowledge itself. For this you just need an old dresser, wood stain in deep and light color, sandpaper and wood varnish.

You'll also be choosing the bright hue of various pastel shades inspired and decorate the furniture then with floral patterns or replace the handles against ornate copies. Your creativity knows no limits, because the shabby-chic design anything goes, anything goes.

Be inspired by our ideas and restore our guide your dresser in shabby chic style.

Instructions: Chest restored in shabby chic style

All steps in this guide you can see in our Photogallery.

materials

In this guide, an old chest of dark brown and white stain has been removed. Want a different color, you can exchange the products according to your preferences, but this please note that the dark should be applied before the bright stains.

  • Sandpaper grit 120-150
  • stainless steel wool
  • Mordant in mahogany and white
  • Wood paint matt
  • Stain brush and paint brush

abrade with emery paper the old paint on the dresser.abrade with emery paper the old paint on the dresser.

Step 1: Grind old coatings

First, dust and dirt with dusters and a damp cloth can be completely removed. Then, handles and locks - if possible - removed so they do not come into contact during the subsequent sweep of the wood stain.

For the self-made shabby chic look in the first step, the old coatings are removed from the dresser. For this, sandpaper is with a grain size of 120 to 150. Grind thoroughly all surfaces and edges as possible and remove in between and at the end of the fine grinding dust. By grinding the wood absorbs the stain on better.

Step 2: Apply wood stain

Once the old coatings have been removed, the dark wood stain is applied. For an even coat of paint you use the stain sparingly with a stain brush and paint the dresser in the longitudinal direction in order to sweep in horizontal brushstrokes. Apply the stain again in the longitudinal direction at the end. After that, the furniture must be dry at least overnight.

Tip: Test carefully whether the paint is completely dry at all points before proceeding with the order of the bright stains.

Handle the cabinet with a mahogany stain.Handle the cabinet with a mahogany stain.Overnight, let the paint dry.Overnight, let the paint dry.

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Step 3: Shabby Chic Chest emphasize and grind

First the edges of white paint and then treat the surfaces.First the edges of white paint and then treat the surfaces.

When the first ink applicator is completely dried, the dresser is deleted with the bright stains. By combining with the color mahogany results at the end of a dull, old-looking white paint - perfect for a homemade vintage dresser.

The white wood stain is applied sparingly, and in some short brush strokes to achieve the shabby chic effect. So that the chest, radiating a powerful Vintage White, let the stain dry overnight and then apply it on one more time.

Once dry, give the bureau the final shabby chic effect. As "shabby" she looks like depends on your personal taste. The more the cabinet is abraded with sandpaper, the more worn and older it acts.

Tip: Sand edges of drawers, doors, moldings and shelves, to the dark stain is visible to make artificial traces of the typical places.

For an intense Vintage White underline the cabinet after dry again.For an intense Vintage White underline the cabinet after dry again.For a distinct shabby chic effect abrade the dresser to a brown stain.For a distinct shabby chic effect abrade the dresser to a brown stain.

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Finish: Restored shabby chic painted dresser

In the last step of the restoration of the sanding dust is removed and a matt wood varnish applied to all surfaces and edges. In this way, color and Shabby Chic design are protected and the dresser is more resistant to scratches and dents. After the first coating application of the intermediate grinding before the dresser is painted again follows with stainless steel wool. Once the colored paint has dried, handles and locks are mounted on your new shabby chic dresser.

A matte wood lacquer protects the shabby chic dresser from scrapes and scratches.A matte wood lacquer protects the shabby chic dresser from scrapes and scratches.After the first coat application with steel wool grind. Then apply a second time.After the first coat application with steel wool grind. Then apply a second time.

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Courtesy of CLOU® of Alfred Clouth paint factory GmbH & Co. KG.

DIY ideas for homemade Shabby Chic Furniture

In keeping with the old dresser you can make yourself a shelf or a small bedside cabinet in the Shabby Chic style, designed by and with chalk colors or colored paints for interiors desired scuffs be ground. How to do this and other ideas please refer to our detailed step-by-step instructions:

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