Shabby Chic Kitchen Decorating is a great way to decorate when on a tight budget. Kitchen furniture is easy, if it is old and weathered, it will work, if it isn't quite old enough, paint it and sand it to give it the weathered look. Add mismatched chairs or benches.
One of the least expensive ways to enhance your shabby kitchen decor is to display your treasures. Look for, colorful plates, antique linen tea towels, hanging baskets, porcelain jugs, weathered recipe box, old cookie jars, vintage tea sets, wrought iron plant stands and vintage pottery.
One of my favorite ways to display my collections is by building shelves all around the ceiling wall. It is a little difficult to dust, but a little dust wont hurt anything it just adds to the old look.
In the photo below, you will see the seating area of this shabby kitchen, notice it's exposed ceiling beams, and the distressed wood floors. The wood table and chairs are perfectly complimented with the pale blue walls and chic window treatments.
Shabby Chic Kitchen Fabrics
- Add colors, patterns and texture with the use of Damask, lace and floral fabrics, for window coverings, tablecloths, towels and napkins.
- Look for fabrics that are of good quality, but look worn with age, fabrics with roses and floral chintz, paisley and stripes.
- Window covering can be swags, sheers and valances with crystal beads sewn on the bottom, lace panels with vintage roses, voile lace, mini blinds, balloon shades or shutters. Some gorgeous colors for window treatments are soft pink, white, silver gray, antique rose, ivory, mint, lilac and lavender.
The main rule of thumb for any fabric in the shabby chic kitchen decorating theme is that it appear homespun, this holds true for pot holders, place mats, tablecloths and chair cushions.
Shabby chic lighting is wrought iron chandeliers and pendant lighting in a distressed cream coupled with shabby chic wall sconces, and swirly candleholders.
Add floral throw rugs to the existing floors and you are good to go, but if you are looking to replace your existing floors, natural wood, painted, stained or whitewashed are very popular.
Shabby chic kitchen decorating begs for the use of, soft pastel paint colors, like pale aqua, pale green, sunny yellow, pale yellow, pink, light blue, teal, ivory, antique white and grassy green.
Shabby Chic Kitchen Cabinets
Don't forget your kitchen cabinets when decorating. Pre-existing cabinets can be made to look old, or doors can easily be replaced with glass, or you can even choose to go with no doors at all.
If your current cabinets don't fit the distressed look, there's a quick fix for that problem, simply remove your current cabinet doors and give them a weathered look.
Choose cabinet door pulls to match your style, crystal clear or colored glass, decorative wood, metal and brass knobs are all acceptable in shabby decor.
During your shopping excursions keep your eyes peeled for china cabinets, hutches, buffets and cabinet and drawer pulls.
Shabby chic kitchen tables are easily found at antique stores, thrift stores and estate sales. If it's old and weathered, it will work, if it isn't quite old enough, paint it and sand it to give it the weathered look. Add mismatched chairs or benches.
To easily add visual interest, decorate the table with a solid colors, pretty florals, or stripes. Look for fabrics that are of good quality, but look worn with age. Look for soft pastel colors, like pale aqua, pale green, sunny yellow, pale yellow, pink, light blue, teal, ivory, antique white and grassy green fabrics. Roses and floral chintz, paisley and stripes are patterns that are always welcome on the kitchen table.
Plates and dishes are beautiful in floral designs, such as pansy chintz, vintage roses or cherry blossoms, solid color ceramics, with decorative edging. I just love this Shabby Country Chic Rooster Tin Canister Set
The best thing about shabby chic decorating is the thrill of the hunt along with having loads of fun mixing and matching flea market finds to fit your kitchen.