Project details - Shabby Chic Furniture Painting Leeds

Shabby Chic Furniture Painting Leeds

This shabby chic furniture painting project was for a couple who live in Leeds. Painting their tallboy furniture was part of a larger project which involved upcycling several pieces of furniture which had been bought from reclamation yards and auction sale rooms. They wanted each piece to be done in a different, complimentary colour and have a shabby chic paint effect. 

The idea behind shabby chic painting is to create a painted effect that makes the furniture look genuinely aged and worn, even though it’s not. Shabby chic furniture can range from very heavily painted and ‘distressed’ to lightly ‘antiqued’ and stylishly subtle. In this case, the clients didn’t want a painted finish that was too shabby chic as it wouldn’t have complimented the feel and decor in their house. Many features in their home were original or reclaimed pine, so a subtle shabby chic finish would work beautifully.

There are quite a few stages required to create a shabby chic paint finish, and it’s all about balance. Just painting it and then sanding it back without any preparation means the furniture won’t have long term durability and will look like its just been sanded back. To achieve a more authentic aged look, I actually apply a wax barrier between the original wood and the new paint. This means that when the distressed effect is created, it looks like the paint has chipped off naturally and not just sanded away. To add further authenticity, I always concentrate on key areas for this distressing, areas that would have been naturally bashed or received more use over the years.

In addition to the distressed paint effect, I also applied a tinted glaze to create an aged patina. This is sometimes called ‘ tea staining’ and makes the paint look like it has discoloured with age. The clients were very pleased with their ‘new look’ furniture and were kind enough to write this testimonial for me;


‘Lee is an outstanding craftsman. The work he has done for us has been brilliant. We have commissioned Lee for further work. We would recommend him without reserve. 10/10’ Jane & Davis Sutton, Leeds

Each piece of furniture I paint is totally unique and can be tailored to compliment the room and the client’s individual taste. Furniture that’s in good repair can be transformed with a hand painted finish and I am happy to offer advice on colours and finishes if you need help. So instead of throwing out that old tallboy, dresser, chest of drawers or wardrobe, why not call me and upcycle rather than throw away.


Member of ‘Traditional Painter’, select specialists for hand painted kitchens and furniture

Member of ‘Traditional Painter’, select specialists for hand painted kitchens and furniture

Lee is a member of Traditional Painter UK and the chosen furniture and kitchen painting specialist for the whole of the Yorkshire region.

Traditional Painter represents a select group of specialist kitchen and furniture painters covering the whole of the UK. With Traditional Painter there is no membership joining fee, it is invitation only, with each member being hand picked for their skill level and commitment to quality. Lee is very proud to be part of this group and follow their strict code of conduct. To see his Traditional Painter profile please click here.

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Lee works as a furniture painter throughout Yorkshire and is within easy reach for specialist furniture painting projects in Leeds, Headingly,  Rawdon, Horsforth, Chapel Allerton, Roundhay, Burley,  Kirkstall, Pudsey, Bramhope, Otley, Pool in Wharfdale and all the surrounding areas.