Look at the photo below of a pine shelf unit I am going to ‘shabbify’.
I’m going to use a light under coat and dark top coat – grey – and then rub through to the undercoat to reveal a perfect Shabby Chic furniture item! I’ll take photos as I go along to show you how it’ll turn out!
I then rubbed an old candle over the shelf, in areas I felt would naturally show wear. Over the top of this I applied a darker matt emulsion. I used Dulux Potter’s Wheel, which is grey.
I let this dry and using fine sandpaper, rubbed off the top layer, roughly where I had rubbed the wax. I love the effect and it’s so easy to do. I was going to sell this but I like it too much. Maybe I’ll sell the next one!