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5 Shabby Chic Kitchens You’d Surely Love

Salvaged wood, rustic pieces, and vintage touches shine in these spaces


For days when we need a pick-me-up treat or a delicious reward after a tough week, we simply proceed to the kitchen to whip up mouthwatering dishes. Aside from being a functional nook where we get things done, it’s also a special place where many of us can feel at ease and truly at home.

To make this part of your space even more bright and inviting, others work on the layout while a few turn the kitchen cabinets into focal pieces. If you’ve been thinking about a new look for this area, you may want to consider the Shabby chic style. It perfectly captures what homey is all about and shines the spotlight on pieces that you can easily score from thrift stores or items that you may already have at home. Here are five pegs to kick-start your makeover journey:

Main photo from: Decoist.

The charm of this style can be attributed to the vintage touches that you can add without making the overall look dull and boring. Take your cue from this kitchen by decorating the space with pieces that you can find in garage sales and thrift stores. An old wooden sign can give it a throwback or 80s diner feel. Pair it with distressed white cabinets and an open shelving where you can display your decor.

Photo from DigsDigs.

Touches of pastels and light, sweet hues are perfect to give your kitchen a bright and welcoming look. Use these colors to paint an accent wall, the back of shelves, and even as the color of your backsplash. Pair it with white cabinets and ceramics to achieve just the right balance.

Photo from Cottage Fence.

This style can work in tiny spaces, too! Start by painting your cabinets and tables in shades of light blue and pink to serve as base. Slowly decorate your kitchen with wooden crates to hold jars of ingredients and bottles. Complete the space with kitchen towels and linen with florals and vintage prints.

Photo from The Shabby Chic Guru.

Sometimes, you don't have to paint an old kitchen cabinet to give it a new life. Keep distressed cabinets as is and decorate the rest of your space around it. Salvaged wood can be turned into hanging shelves for plates, mugs, and teacups. You can also install a plank of wood by the counter to hold potted greens and some of your cooking utensils! Simply add hooks where you can hang these essentials.

RL Tip: Got budget to spare? You may want to invest in a porcelain sink to give your kitchen a total makeover.

Photo from Country Living.

This kitchen is the ultimate Shabby chic dream with hints of country and vintage touches, don't you agree? It has lovely curtains that highlight prints with an old world appeal, open shelves that showcase plates and mugs, and even a rustic-inspired table and kitchen island, to boot! If you love this space as much as we do, get started by visiting flea markets for decor pieces that you can add to your space. Install shelves where you can display your collection of dinnerware, and ask a carpenter if he can add a wooden beam where you can hang pots and utensils.

RL Tip: Aside from pastels and light hues, you may also want to consider going for off-white or light beige walls for a vintage touch that packs a punch.

Photo from Decoist.

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