Giving new life to yesterday's treasures

What is Shabby Chic Furniture?

Shabby chic corner unit

Old corner unit painted in a shabby chic style

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?

Vintage display cabinet

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

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.

If you’re looking for shabby chic painted furniture, or decoupage decorated furniture, visit the Emporium’s gallery. If you’re looking for something specific or have a piece of furniture you’d like upcycled, contact Georgina by phone on 07949 733723 or by email about shabby chic commissions.

Client Testimonials

What our customers say about Your Wonder Emporium ...

S, Fareham

“Just getting ready for my sons 1st birthday & decorating with this beautiful bunting! Not its permanent home but it looks great thank you Wonder Emporium!”

D, Yorkshire

“Thank you! My mum loves her fabulous new mirror, will look out for more items”

G, Portsmouth

“Big thanks to Your Wonder Emporium for my lovely new beanbag cover!”

E, Havant

“Thank you for my beautiful drawers! I will post another picture when my sparkly knobs arrive”

J, Oxfordshire

“Just taken ownership of the lovely spoon back chair. Many thanks. Its off to France with us.”

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