5 shabby chic furniture pieces
Shopping for furniture with a little bit of personality can end up being quite a difficult task, especially when most furniture sets look as if they’re cut from the same mold. For those that wish to do more than copy and paste the home décor store catalog into their homes, here’s some classic and yet left-of-center furniture pieces to consider, especially when visiting your local antique store or flea market.
Wooden rocking chair – It’s difficult to deny the joy and comfort of the good ol’ rocking chair. Sure, it has a long history with nursing mothers and grandmas, but once you sit yourself down in one of these chairs, you’ll find out that nursing mothers and grandmas have excellent taste. Rocking chairs come in rocking and sliding variations, but I recommend the simpler wooden rocking chair for a little DIY. Repaint your rocking chair in a color you’ll never find anywhere, for a one-of-a-kind hot pink or sky blue furniture item in your reading nook.
Tulip table – A tulip table is a table with a base that flares out at the bottom, rather than 4 legs. They’re sleek and a little Sixties mod, cute for a vintage-inspired dining area. Pick one out in crisp white and add a bouquet of sunflowers for a cheerful look!
Poster bed – For a dramatic flair to your bedroom, look for a poster bed, especially one without canopy options. Pick out a poster bed with a twin bed frame and the four ceiling-height curvy posts will turn a child’s good night’s sleep into an adventure akin to Little Nemo.
Roll top desk – Sturdy and serious, a roll top desk is admittedly mildly entertaining for its roll top feature, but it can do so much more. With some that have many drawers to organize your rubber band ball and home office papers, this desk is great for laptops and even more DIY possibilities. Pick one up at a flea market and consider getting it repainted a light blue or even a bright red for a youthful vibe.
Wing chair – Wing chairs may recall Masterpiece Theatre or its Cookie Monster parody for some, but they’re also pretty spiffy on their own. Comfortable for reading a long engaging Twilight novel for some and some Albert Camus literature for the more serious-minded, wing chairs are great for giving your seat a sense of importance and luxuriousness. Many contemporary ones come in solid colors, but you can also pick one up at an antique fair and get it reupholstered in a bright pattern for a modern take.