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    • triage999
    • By triage999 2nd Feb 08, 11:42 AM
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    Shabby Chic Thread?
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 11:42 AM
    Shabby Chic Thread? 2nd Feb 08 at 11:42 AM
    I have been hovering on these boards for quite some time now and have realised that a lot of people have very similar tastes to mine!

    Now do we have a thread dedicated to all things shabby chic?

    Think traditional english style mixed with new england, Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley and reusing/repainting old furniture to fit in with this style. I love eclectic mixes of neutral colours with traditional plain pastels and prints for furniture, decor and most importantly kitchen things!

    If we have not could we? and if we have could you point me in the right direction?



    Thank you in anticipation!

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  • miserly_mum
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 11:57 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 11:57 AM
    I really love the shabby chic look.

    Unfortunately whenever i've tried to re create it in my house it just looks shabby, not a bit of chic to be seen :rolleyes:
    How does a brown cow give white milk, when it only eats green grass?
  • tifnstav
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 12:11 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 12:11 PM
    i think that you've inadvertently just started one.

    would love to do shabby chic but boyf is not so keen. will watch this with interest.
    • triage999
    • By triage999 2nd Feb 08, 12:55 PM
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    Ooooooh fantastic waits for more ppl to join
    • squeaky
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 1:02 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 1:02 PM
    This is the closest I could find...

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  • mary43
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 1:31 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 1:31 PM
    Are they're any pictures about of 'shabby chic' ? Not sure what my house is really.................shabby ? Definitely..............more so than chic I'd imagine but I have been know to run amok with a paint brush..............three good second hand furniture shops in town meant we never paid a lot for what we've got.............just painted it to suit. Bedroom wardrobe was a freebie from someone who was moving so I painted it cream and stencilled blue flowers at each corner..............did the same with an old chest of drawers someone was chucking out.
    Great one for 'recycling' in that way.............computer desk is mfi melamine that I painted in a grainy effect.............did the bookcase, pine panels OH put to cover up where the old fireplace was, skirting board...........looks good........well I think so and I suppose thats what counts
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 2nd Feb 08, 1:46 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 1:46 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 1:46 PM
    You should see Haribo Junkie's kitchen photo on the 'Where the OS magic happens' thread. It's exactly how I'd like my kitchen.

    I've found a few shabby chic style bits for my kitchen. A wall clock and mugs from Matalan, spotty Cath Kidston style crockery from Tesco and old style scales from Wilko's. I've also made a peg bag, draught excluder and fabric door stop in Globaltex fabric which looks very similar to Cath Kidston.

    Looking forward to pinching some ideas from you guys
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  • ceridwen
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 2:00 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 2:00 PM
    Another one for the "its shabby - maybe not chic" thing here.

    Teensy tip - my bathroom "curtains" are an old shower curtain cut in half and shortened.
    • freyasmum
    • By freyasmum 2nd Feb 08, 2:17 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 2:17 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 08, 2:17 PM
    I adore that look! That's how I want my house to be

    Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston They're absolutely gorgeous!

    Lx
  • lilac_lady
    When I see expensive furniture in shops that are described as "having the distressed look" the only thing that's distressed is me. Making over second hand furniture is different. Very satisfying and MSE. I've made curtains for a long narrow window from a throw. Much cheaper and exactly the right colour.
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  • mary43
    originally posted by ceridwen
    Teensy tip - my bathroom "curtains" are an old shower curtain cut in half and shortened.
    Brilliant idea that. Heard of someone making bathroom curtains from a pair of hand towels...............another good one I thought. Mine are just a pair of charity shop finds..............lol (as is most of the house)
  • charleybabes
    i love the shabby chic look..im always trying to create that in my house but so far it hasnt worked, it looks to dark.. im thinking i need to change my colour schemes!!!
    • HariboJunkie
    • By HariboJunkie 2nd Feb 08, 2:44 PM
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    I get all my material from Ebay and charity shops. I collect tins and old advertising signs from wherever I can get them and check out Au Natural regularly for vintage look kitchenalia.
    You really don't have to spend alot to achieve the look and any old wooden furniture looks great with a lick of milk white satin wood paint.
  • rosh12
    TK Maxx is great for this look!!! Sadly no money to buy any of it at the mo! Also there are some great blogs- eg www.homespunliving.blogspot.com .. this lady has a gorgeous online shop too- loads of ideas!!
    On ebay it's so funny- there are a zillion things which come up if you search for "shabby chic" -- at least half of it is tat!
    • HariboJunkie
    • By HariboJunkie 2nd Feb 08, 3:14 PM
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    TK Maxx is great for this look!!! Sadly no money to buy any of it at the mo! Also there are some great blogs- eg www.homespunliving.blogspot.com .. this lady has a gorgeous online shop too- loads of ideas!!
    On ebay it's so funny- there are a zillion things which come up if you search for "shabby chic" -- at least half of it is tat!
    Originally posted by rosh12

    If you search Ebay for vintage kitchenalia you get a fair bit of stuff.

    And you're right about TKmaxx rosh. I got an enamel cheese dome in there last week for £3.99. It was reduced from £15 as it was a second.

    Tesco have introduced a range of enamel housewares in green which I have my eye on.

    Shaker style things are good too and it's really easy to make up little gingham heart door hangers.
  • mary43
    Having just seen those pictures I have an urge to rush out and buy some light coloured paint !!!!
    Mustn't do it though............start on one room and I'd end up having to follow through and do the rest and funds won''t permit it. Best just tidy up what I've got.
    I quite like the shaker look and theres a shop in town here full of that sort of thing...........not cheap though !
    I''ve got such a mish mash...........original enamel sign and original advertising picture I frames and bread boards decorating one wall...........some old, some new but when they''re all together no-one knows except me..............lol
  • vivw
    [quote=mollymunchkin;8362003]You should see Haribo Junkie's kitchen photo on the 'Where the OS magic happens' thread. It's exactly how I'd like my kitchen.

    The link if this works is :
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=163238&page=25

    Its post 500 - 504

    Mine is post 473
    We don't need to do it perfectly - good enough is exactly that GOOD ENOUGH.


  • mary43
    Love it !!! And just love those tiles.............just the sort I want - one day !
    At the minute we've got a piece of board I painted, stencilled a tile design on and then carnished...............lol Seen better days now and desparatelt needs re-doing as does whole kitchen really............:confused:
    And why is everyone else's kitchen so tidy ? Mine never looks it even when I've cleared up.....................lol
  • mary43
    Oh Viv.............just went back and looked at yours................it's lovely and what colour is that paint on your units ? I love that sort of colour..........that would do my kitchen a treat.............tone in with the walls and curtains...........
  • vivw
    It was moss green...not sure what make. Actually it all needs another coat of paint but that will have to wait for a while. OH thought I was mad painting wooden cupboards but they were fairly tatty and needed something. Did originally about 4 yrs ago
    We don't need to do it perfectly - good enough is exactly that GOOD ENOUGH.


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