A Shabby Chic kitchen can be a simple, budget friendly creation that completes the look of your simply shabby style home!
If you adore the shabby style home, creating a kitchen that complements this simple, casual decor just makes sense, doesn’t it?
Easy on the budget if needed, with the opportunity to use flea market finds and consignment bargains, your chic kitchen design can come together quickly!
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Simplicity is the key to this Shabby Style Kitchen design, but the distinctive details of this beloved decorating philosophy are evident.
The touches of soft pink and blue in the decorative accents, teacups and dainty pitchers hanging from small white hooks in the kitchen window, elegant trays and displays as well as the ever present flowers give this humble space a Shabby Style elegance.
Let’s visualize a kitchen that is just waiting to become a chic little jewel. Here is what we have to work with as we look at our project:
So that sets the stage for our kitchen design, shabby style!
Shabby chic colors are typically soft shades of rose, blue, green, yellow and cream. Our little kitchen will look great and blend well with the rest of our home’s decor if we find a beautiful shade of rose.
You'll find beautiful shades of paint exclusively for Shabby Chic from the creator of the style, Rachel Ashwell:
I think we'll use the shade Pink Petals shown above for the walls of our Kitchen project :)
A Shabby chic kitchen can work well with either wood finish or painted cabinets; it depends on the type of cabinet you have and what condition they are in.
The cabinets in our imaginary kitchen are in decent condition, so we’re going to leave them in their light oak finish.
But we are going to make two changes to them:
First, we’re going to remove the doors from two sets of the cabinets and leave the shelving exposed to create a small area to display our tea cup collection.
The cabinets we selected are uppers and they are at the end of the line of cabinets, furthest away from the ‘task area’ of the kitchen (sink, stove, frig).
After we remove the doors, we’re going to:
1) place a simple wood trim around the cabinet openings to finish them off
2) paint the backs of the exposed cabinets in a color that is about two shades darker than the walls.
We'll use London Light, shown above. That will be a beautiful combination of color.
3) glue lace trim to the edges of the shelves to create a shabby style look
Then, we are going to find a darling little cabinet pull that fits with our style and use those pulls on the remaining cabinets; they still have their doors on :)
Let’s work with the window over the kitchen sink first.
We are going to use some re-purposed materials for this window in our shabby chic kitchen.
Here is what we’ll need:
1) a tension rod that fits the inside of the window (ours is about 30” wide)
2) three or four vintage hankies that we found at a flea market.
They are similar in size, with various soft colors and patterns,
nothing bold or bright for this shabby window treatment! We’ll make sure
they are clean and pressed.
We will fold each hankie in half to form a triangle, then hang the hankies over the tension rod, overlapping them slightly, points hanging down. The sizes will be off slightly, but that’s okay. It is all part of the charm of the window treatment.
The tension rod will be placed on the inside of the window at the top.
Now we’ll put a lovely shabby style treatment on the nook window.
Plain colors, prints, natural cotton weaves...those are the types of rugs to look for.
I think it would be fun to mix and match these rugs, as it’s consistent with the style we are working with, so we're going to find several different rugs for our kitchen and nook that complement our decor style, and each other, but do not match.
Okay, how is our shabby chic kitchen shaping up?
We have put a beautiful, soft shade of pink on the walls, created window treatments, found interesting area rugs and turned ho-hum cabinets into an eye catching display of shabby chic decor.
Shabby style decor includes vintage, distressed, re-purposed and reproduction furniture, so your budget will dictate what you do here to some extent.
Here are some things to remember when searching for a table and chairs for the space.
1) You do not need a matching set.
Actually, don't do that. Find a cool table, then look for chairs that will make it look great, in a shabby sort of way.
2) Painted furniture is good. You might need to put a coat of paint on the table and/or chairs...and the paint does not have to match. Complement the decor and your color palette, yes.
Notice the photo from Coastal Living at the top of the page.
You'll see a distressed, vintage kitchen table combined with a chair and a bench (not matching!) to create the Shabby Chic kitchen look that is really rustic yet elegant.
There is a pillow on the bench to add a bit of softness to the area.
Is your kitchen area large enough to accommodate an island of some type?
You could find a vintage dresser/table/sofa table...whatever size and shape fits your space, and utilize it as an island in your shabby style kitchen.
A top can be made for the piece to allow for 'kitchen type' duties, and the possibilities allow for budget friendly (laminate) to higher end tops such as granite. The choice is yours. Leave the table as is if you wish - it's up to you.
Think of soft, pretty, crystals, beading, lace...put those descriptive words together and find the lighting that fits your budget and the space.
Okay, we have created the foundation of a beautiful Shabby Chic kitchen, but now it is time to really make it our own with the accessories and finishing touches.
Everyone has a unique way of expressing themselves through decorating and design...we collect different types of things...so YOU will shine through here.
First, decide how your shabby style will look. Elegant? Distressed, as in the photo at the top of the page? Simple? A little on the sophisticated shabby side? Think about the interpretation and then you can finish the space.
I purchased a four piece set of hand painted Victorian tea cup prints in delicate gold frames - each print is about 6" x 8". They would look perfect in the shabby chic kitchen we've been creating.
This duo of tea cups offers a slightly different take on the theme...can you picture these in your shabby chic kitchen?
Touches of gold accents are always appropriate in Shabby decor, so we'll make sure to add a little elegance to our space when making selections.
Finally, close your eyes and visualize the beautiful Shabby Chic Kitchen we've created.
Guess what? You can do this, too, for real, in your own home!
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