Shabby chic is the art of converting vintage furniture into something attractive, even elegant, and making disparate styles coordinate into a whole room fusion that radiates comfort. Shabby chic dining chairs can range from old-fashioned wood farm chairs to nicely turned Queen Anne or similar dining room sets. Many homeowners repurpose matched office chairs for their dining area.
To obtain your shabby chic dining chairs you can browse the Internet – Etsy and Pinterest have some wonderful ideas, look through catalogs of unfinished furniture, or take a walking tour through yard sales, flea markets or second-hand stores. The key is to look for pieces that appeal to you or that look like something you can convert to match your current décor.
Ladder back dining chairs with straw seats are ideal for shabby chic. If the straw seat is intact, all you need do is add some planned distressing, and the chair will be ready for use. If the straw seat is beyond repair, it is an easy matter to stitch a cloth support around the edge supports, and to add a quilted cushion, or even an elegant embroidered seat cover. In the case of the office chairs, slightly worn pillow slips created matching backs and seats, hiding the worn covers. Farm chairs can be treated as any hardwood shabby chic furniture. Paint the chair with successive layers of paint of different colors, letting each layer dry between applications. Lightly sand or use a little paint remover to simulate natural wear.
Of course, if your time is at a premium, you can buy your shabby chic dining chairs already prepared for use. No one will be the wiser, and you can keep it your secret. They will think you are the best yard sale shopper or crafter ever and you will have the chairs of your dreams.