Shabby chic is a term given to furniture, décor items and accessories which have been painted and distressed to look worn, but still retain their original beauty. It’s one of today’s most popular interior design styles and looks equally wonderful in period or contemporary homes.
Much of Your Wonder Emporium’s shabby chic furniture is ‘upcycled’ in Portsmouth, of if you prefer, ‘reloved’. This means it’s old and lovingly restored. However, not all shabby chic furniture is old. New wooden furniture and accessories can be painted and distressed in exactly the same way to give them an antique appearance.
You can see some of the current shabby chic furniture available for sale here. Some larger items of furniture are for collection only from Your Wonder Emporium in Portsmouth. However, smaller items can be sent to mainland UK by carrier. Contact Georgina on 07949 733723 or by email to find out about delivery or collection options.
What is Upcycled Furniture?
Old display cabinet waiting to be upcycled
For years, useful and often very beautiful furniture has been broken up and burnt as firewood, or simply sent to the local tip to go into landfill. That’s not only bad for the environment and incredibly wasteful, it’s also destroying our social history.
Today’s home owners appreciate the appeal of vintage, retro and antique furniture. Upcycling furniture preserves these older pieces of furniture, giving them new life and a whole new purpose.
Upcycled furniture is first restored. Joints might need to be repaired and cracks filled before being painted or polished. The Wonder Emporium specialises in hand-painting upcycled furniture. However upcycling can also refer to stripping the wood, polishing and reupholstering old pieces of furniture.
Old mirror upcycled and decorated with decoupage
It’s not just furniture that can be upcycled. Mirrors and picture frames, for example, can be given a new lease of life and become the perfect accessories for your home when they’re upcycled.