You CAN use regular paint but it will come off easier than spray paint. Use an acrylic or latex paint in a lighter color and paint two coats. Wait for the paint to dry for one hour per coat. Truly old furniture that has the look of shabby chic often has layers of paint where some of the layers underneath show through.
Yes you can distress furniture paint with regular flat latex paint . It’s a budget friendly alternative. A flat latex paint is easy to sand and you can use my vinegar and water distressing technique . You can layer two colors, and create lots of the looks if you use flat latex paint .
If it’s varnished, use sandpaper or a good quality paint and varnish remover. Apply a coat of water-based acrylic primer – This simply gives your furniture a smoother finish, making it easier to work on. Because it’s a shabby chic project, you don’t need to be neat. Even if you’re rubbish at painting , you’ll be fine.
Prepare Your Space. Start by laying down drop cloths and preparing the area. Sand and Clean the Piece. Sand the surface of the piece. Paint the Piece. Apply Wax and Top Layer of Paint (Optional) Distress the Piece with Sandpaper and Steel Wool. Apply a Stain (Optional) Protect the Finished Piece with Polyurethane.
Usually slip covers, vintage painted furniture pieces, unique lighting and more are the cornerstone of a shabby chic bedroom design. Aged beds, headboards and wardrobes, some ruffled bedding, bedspreads and curtains can create an atmosphere in a bedroom . A “ shabby chic ” bedroom emphasizes the ultimate in comfort.
I used a variety of 100 – 220 grit sandpaper to do my distressing , and it helped to have a hand sander or sanding sponge to wrap the sandpaper around. It gave me a little more to grip. The general rule when distressing is to sand on sections that would naturally receive wear and tear over time: corners.