What kind of paint is best for shabby chic?

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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 24, 2019

    You want to paint this China cabinet and hide the detailed veneer work?


    I would use a transparent gray stain over it and let the wood patterns show through.

    I would make it streaky in some areas, since you’re wanting it shabby.

    I would investigate stain and top coat all in one products. It’s essentually tinted polyurethane.


    I would put some very different pulls on it. Something with a lot of character.

  • Natalie Natalie on Apr 24, 2019

    For shabby chic I would use any type of chalk style paint. Here is how to paint with chalk style paint https://www.arayofsunlight.com/2018/11/how-to-paint-furniture.html

    If you want it chippy, its easiest to use the powdered form of milk paint. Here is a great tutorial on milk paint https://www.arayofsunlight.com/2019/02/the-chippy-gray-milk-paint-dresser.html



  • Natalie Natalie on Apr 24, 2019

    Also, from the picture it looks like the top isn't real wood, so you'll most likely need to prime with a bonding type of primer before using chalk paint.

  • Donna Kitchen Donna Kitchen on Apr 25, 2019

    ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT. No sanding! Just paint. I have a China cabinet very much like yours. I did mine more “chunky” as it fit with a look I was going for. Here’s a pic. Good luck and happy painting.

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    • Donna Kitchen Donna Kitchen on Jul 10, 2019

      Sorry. The 500 ml is the white chalk paint WAX

  • Sherry Wright Mahana Sherry Wright Mahana on Apr 25, 2019

    Heirloom Traditions Paint www.heirloomtraditionspaint.com

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Apr 25, 2019

    You can make your own chalk paint by adding plaster of paris with regular wall paint. Once applied to your furniture piece, let it dry, lightly sand off corners and edges to give it the shabby look. Or, just prime, paint, then sand off corners and edges. Choose off white, or pale colors. I would apply wipe on (for ease of application) polyurethane in a satin finish for protection when finished. Enjoy your new piece. Best of luck.

  • Judith Watson Judith Watson on Apr 26, 2019

    I would clean it very well and lightly sand it with a super fine sand paper and clean it with a tac cloth. I would prime it with a white primer so that your paint will stick and also cover the wood well. Traditional white or an off white will never go out of style, where gray or any other color is trendy and will go out of style. Also white or off white will mix with any other color of furniture, even with woods. I decorate with what is called Industrial/Farmhouse/Country and I have a mixture of Dark Walnut, Off white and white furniture pieces and the trim in my house is white. It all looks great together. Think of Joanna Gaines decorating and that is similar to the style of my home. Everyone who comes into my home raves about it. It has a timeless comfortable style.

  • Shelia East Duffey Shelia East Duffey on Jun 22, 2019

    Would u do chicken wire in doors

  • Shelia East Duffey Shelia East Duffey on Sep 24, 2019

    I finally finshed the redo on my china cabinet!! Haven't got new hardware yet but here it is!! What do you all think?