Shabby chic has become a very popular style of decorating in recent years. The mix of old world class and sophistication with the softness of ruffles and lace make it a favorite.  Often used interchangeably with French Country or Cottage Style, Shabby Chic incorporates pieces with an antique or aged look, white and off white color bases, cotton and linen fabrics, soft floral prints, and feminine touches. Furniture with the Shabby Chic look can be incorporated into other décor styles to add a vintage touch. In fact, shabby chic furniture pieces are some of the most easily identified pieces in the shabby chic style.

White shabby chic furniture is the most common, however off-white and occasionally light pastel colors can be found.  Pieces that are not truly vintage or antique can be made to look this way through a number of distressing techniques and there are a number of tutorials on how to paint shabby chic furniture online. If you do not have the space or budget for a new piece of furniture, this is an easy way to create your own by take an existing piece of furniture and painting and distressing it.

These dressers are great examples of reviving an old piece to a new shabby chic life. Check out our post on furniture makeovers for more examples and links to tutorials.

vintage dresser

shabby chic dresser








When it comes to incorporating shabby chic furniture pieces into your current style, the bedroom is often one of the best and easiest places to start.  Shabby chic bedroom furniture is very common.  Night stands, such as these from Amazon make a great, but small, entry in the shabby chic style.

shabby chic furniture

Vintage vanities with a matching vanity mirror can provide both function and style, particularly if you have a small bathroom or share one sink with a significant other, children or roommate.

Another way to begin to incorporate the style, if you have the room, would be a chaise lounge at the foot of your bed. This invokes old world royalty, when the ladies would lounge in their rooms on plush velvety sofas.  Chaise lounge sofas also make great additions to libraries, offices, and reading nooks, providing both style and comfortable spots for relaxing and reading.

Other bedroom pieces that fit well with the shabby chic style include large, ornate armoires and decorative jewelry armoires. In the dining room sideboard buffets are very popular.  Distressed furniture and unfinished furniture are also incorporated into shabby chic decorating.  Ornate, white mirrors can be an excellent way to incorporate the style if you do not currently have room for additional furniture pieces.  This type of ornate detail is classic for shabby chic pieces.

armoire detail

For those willing to spend time searching, local vintage and antique stores can be excellent sources of cheap shabby chic furniture. Estate sales are also great places to look. Often the hunt for the perfect piece to fit within your existing décor is as exciting as getting the new piece in place. Search for local estate sales online to find companies that regularly manage these events and get on their mailing lists.  For most sales, they send out advance notice, including pictures of many of the available items.  It is important to get to estate sales early if you see a piece that you are interested in, as the best items always go quick.

Online sites such as eBay and Craigslist can also provide excellent deals on furniture, but the search can be more complicated.  Often posts on these sites will not specifically describe the piece as shabby chic, French style or cottage style, so looking at lots of pictures will be necessary to find a diamond in the rough.  On eBay, make sure to select local pickup only, as shipping is almost always impossible or impractical for furniture pieces.

shabby chic mini desk

There are many ways to incorporate the shabby chic style into your existing home and existing décor.  Stay tuned for more specific posts on white bedroom furniture and shabby chic bedrooms.


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