At the flea market you can find beautiful old furniture for the kitchen or dining room with a little bit of intuition and luck.
Shabby Chic: Flaking paint, long scratches and deep cracks – what at first looks like some furniture has been exposed to the elements for too long is still a trend. However, Shabby Chic cannot be broken down directly into a particular type of style. Rather, it is a collection of furniture that has long since passed its prime, but that is precisely why it radiates a certain charm. Visibly used furniture that the previous generation would certainly have thrown away without much hesitation finds a new home in the four walls of bloggers, artists and creative minds.
However, the market has long since recognized that money can also be made with the supposedly shabby furniture, so that new furniture trimmed to old can be found in the chic shops. Compulsive individualists will certainly turn up their noses at this, but it also gives them the opportunity to bring style into rooms where it hasn’t found its way before: the kitchen. And because the furniture is tailor-made, the charm of the old can be wonderfully combined with state-of-the-art technology.
What’s Shabby Chic?
The term “Shabby Chic” describes a certain style of furnishing that originated in England in the 1980s and triggered a real hype at the beginning of the 2010s. “Shabby” is English and means “shabby” or “run-down”, while “chic” simply means “chic”. What is meant by this is furniture that, despite its apparently dilapidated condition, has a certain charm – actually a contradiction in terms. What exactly Shabby Chic is, however, cannot be so easily summarised under one definition, since opinions differ and the term leaves a wide range of possibilities for interpretation open.
Either original old from the flea market or new with artificial signs of wear: Shabby style decorations are available for every taste.
A characteristic feature of the style is that the furniture has obvious defects, such as paint damage, chipping or cracks. In addition, the individual pieces of furniture are mixed together in a colourful way, so that a new style mix actually takes place within a style mix. However, in order for the pieces to really look right, they are best combined with furniture in other styles.
In the meantime, however, pieces of furniture are also available ex works in Shabby Chic style. So if you can make friends with them, you no longer have to search for them at flea markets or drag them home from bulky waste. This is similar to the situation with used jeans, which are already delivered with traces of wear from the dealer.
Brand new and yet used
Many instructions, tutorials and guidebooks are circulating on the Internet on how to “refine” new pieces of furniture so that they shine in their used glory. Shabby chic purists certainly lack a certain authenticity, but who can be blamed for wanting new furniture that has exactly the desired Shabby chic features? On the one hand, this is not only less complicated and itself saves stress and work, and on the other hand it can be assumed that the furniture will give pleasure for a long time to come, even if at first glance it looks as if it will fall apart at any moment.
Kitchen builders have also discovered the demand for Shabby Chic kitchens. Of course, kitchen manufacturers don’t drag anything through the streets at night and gather the right parts together. The kitchens are newly manufactured with contemporary and high-quality materials. After all, the customer expects his kitchen to be robust and hard-wearing.
“Shabby” only joins the “chic” in a second step, when a new hand is put on and the traces of use are added afterwards. Country style kitchens are particularly suitable for this.
Old meets new: kitchen in white country house style with Shabby chic decoration and modern kitchen appliances
Country house kitchen today: the most modern technology in a vintage shell
A kitchen individually made in this way offers the buyer the opportunity to equip it with the most modern technology without losing the uniform image. Because the kitchen is built with dimensions that allow the installation of state-of-the-art equipment.
While furniture from bulky waste simply does not allow the installation of a dishwasher in them, for example, the appliances in new kitchens can be ordered directly from the kitchen builder. The same applies to built-in refrigerators: instead of a giant white block, it is elegantly hidden behind a chic Shabby chic cladding.
The bottom line is that old-fashioned Shabby chic-look kitchens are suitable for anyone who likes the look of old furniture but under no circumstances wants to do without the practicality of modern kitchen furnishings. After all, what good is the charm of bygone times if the old sink doesn’t wash the dishes by itself?