have noticed "shabby chic" home decor is a big trend right now, and with
pintrest full of inspiring images and how to's, tons of people are turning to
this DYI trend! Now, I'm no expert in this field that's for sure but feel like I
have done enough of these projects to at least give a simple how to on a
project! So if I can do it, ANYONE can!! I have zero fixing, painting, redoing
skills. Just a creative eye and some old wood pieces that needed re funked a bit
or needed to be replaced so I thought why not? My first project was my table
and chairs. It was a light wood basic table that was in good shape still but the
top was scratched and colored on from my children. I was going to go buy a new
set but was having trouble finding what I wanted. So I thought well in the
meantime I'll just re stain it and see what happens, what do I have to loose
seeing I'm getting rid of this table anyways! I love the antiqued distressed
look so that for sure is how I always redo pieces. So after watching a how to
video on Youtub off I went! I love my table and have kept it 2 years later and
saved 1,000+ with not needing to go buy a new set! I have done the same to my
kitchen cabinets, my counter tops, my bathroom cabinets, my closet shelves, my
bedroom wood, pretty much all the wood in my house I have re funked somehow! So
when my parents brought over my childhood piano for me to have, my first
question was can I re stain it? My mother said," It's yours to do as you want
with" So naturally I looked on pintrest and found a bright distressed
turquoise piano that inspired me! So with this project I thought ahead to take
step by step pictures and show you how easy, fun, and fabulous it is to do a
Shabby Chic project! No way your picking up a paint brush? I have a couple
friends that do shabby chic projects for you! They take custom orders, find what
your looking for (or if you have the item better yet!) then re funk it for you!
Or there are several thrift/consignment like stores around where I live that
have re funked shabby chic furniture for you to purchase! If you google it, I'm
sure your town or surrounding towns in your area would have some too. So either
way you can hop on this home decor trend!
How to Refunk
- paint stripper or de glosser
- sanding block
-paint or stain all over color of
-distressed accent color (redwood
-paint brush paint sponge
Not used but pictured
-spray paint texture
I ended up not spraying the
textured spray because I didn't want to change the color of the piano I loved it
so much. I usually do spray most of my distress pieces with this. It comes in a
greenish, brown, black, tan. It's very cool and gives a old rustic feel to the
wood. Then I liked it without a shinny gloss over the top. It looks older
without the shine. There is probably a matte sealant finish? Maybe a wax I could
use? Not for sure but I have had a few pieces that I didn't use a sealant and it
was fine. But if it's like a table or highly used and beat on on piece I would
for sure put a gloss/finish on it.
will tell you what to get! It's super strong so open a window or do it outside!
Then put a little of the stripper on an old rag and start wiping down the piece just like you are cleaning it off. Add more stripper as needed. Note: Do not
directly pour stripper onto the wood. You will get a big circle of color demarcation that is hard to fix! You will see the stain start to come off as
well. Now if you are going darker or using a full coverage paint it is not necessary to remove the actual stain color, you just need to remove the gloss.
If your going lighter with a light coverage stain you will needs to remove all the color and i highly recommend then either getting an electric sander or some young pup to help you or your arms will fall off! I did my bedroom wood white
but got a full coverage white stain so i didn't need to remove all the stain
color. Moving along! I didn't take a picture of the piano after I used the
stripper but it really looks the same only not glossy and some of the color was
coming off. Then take out your sanding block and just sand over areas that have
a thicker gloss or if you see any thick areas anywhere, sand them a little.
Sometimes when your wiping with the rag, stain gets built up in areas so sand
them away. Then take a clean slightly damp rag and wipe away the sand residue.
Some strippers say wait 15 min some don't. Read the directions. Most say paint
within 2 hours. So don't sand/ strip the night before and then paint in the
Take your paint brush and paint
on your color! Make sure your strokes are smooth and in one direction. The more
coverage you want the thicker you want to apply and more coats you would. I like
to see some of the old color or natural color and the wood grains threw the
paint so I apply a very little amount of paint and really spread it thin. Then
once that coat sort of dries (does not need to be completely) I apply a little
more in places that look weird. If you want full coverage you will need to apply
probably a few coats.
still be tacky feeling just not wet. Then I start back at the section where I
started so it had a little more time to dry. Take your sanding block and
distress as little or as much as you want it to look. Distress the corners and
sides, the more sharper areas where it would naturally get distressed over time.
Blow off the sanded wood. Its hard to do on the top of the surface so if it's
like a table top you should wait until it's completely dry. Start slow until
you see how it looks then you will get more comfortable and really start to get
As always, I hope I helped! Happy re funking!!