Shabby Chic Decor

Shabby Chic Decor

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One of my absolute favorite things about buying a NEW home is the excuse to purchase make NEW décor!  Trends come and go, but the shabby chic look is timeless. There are hundreds of DIY (Do it your Own) projects online to guide you as you strive for this laid back, homey feel. Besides, what is more rewarding than telling company YOU created your adorable house décor rather than buying it overpriced. Here are some easy, inexpensive ideas to give your house that rustic touch.


The Burlap Wreath

Outdoor décor sets the stage for an inviting tone before company walks through the door.  Buy some burlap material and throw a freshly painted, wooden monogram in the center.. reassuring first time visitors they've made it to the correct house ;).

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Mason Jars & Wine Bottles

Mason jars are fun and resourceful. You can add colored stones at the bottom of the jars, burlap and lace around the body, or throw a few fresh flowers in the inside for basic décor. You can even make the mason jars useful and add a pump with liquid dish soap and/or hand soap. Also, you could use them in the bathroom as toothbrush and/or cotton ball holders.  Below is another center piece idea called "twine wine" bottles.

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Refurbished Furniture & Picture Frames

First, find your nearest thrift store. Then, buy old furniture, sand it down, paint it whatever color you like, and replace the knobs/spray paint the handles. I have found so many good finds at thrift stores. Sometimes you will get lucky & find what you are looking for already refurbished! You can do the same with picture frames.

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Old shutters & Doors

What can you make out of an old door or shutters?? A headboard! Sand them, paint, and nail them to the wall behind your bed... annnd you have yourself an inexpensive headboard.

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Tea Kettles & Coffee Trees

Coffee and tea are both delicious & require kitchen wear appealing to the eye. You can display your coffee mugs on a coffee tree like the one shown below or hang them from your cabinets on individual hooks. A cute little tea set placed in the middle of the kitchen table is another fab idea.


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Wooden Ladders & Chalkboards

Grab a tiny, old wooden ladder. These make for a cute blanket rack. Grab a few popcorn blankets or quilts, and drape them over each step. Also, chalkboards tie in with the shabby chic theme. They even have chalkboard paint available at most hardware stores for the walls which serves as a great place for grocery & housework check lists.

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Bright Lights & Spring Flowers

Throw some Christmas lights on top of a dresser or outside in the backyard. Lanterns and candles are a must have as well. Lighting is EVERYTHING. Also, flowers are BIG. Daises and baby's breath are my favorite.

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Stick to lighter paint

You should always stick with light colored walls, and stay far away from dark or bright colors. I recommend white, tans, light blues, greys, and mint green. Pastels work, but don't overwhelm your walls with color. You want a light and airy feel.



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