The term ‘shabby chic’ was first used in Britain in the 1980’s.
Reminiscent of the ‘make do and mend’ element of country life, as the style evolved it has taken inspiration from French chateau and 18th century Swedish as well as the American Shakers.
Shabby chic or distressed furniture has often been heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn area.
Traditionally painted in white or pastal shades the style can be imitated by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats to create a vintage look.
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