To avoid an overly modern look you should always replace any current hardware on kitchen cabinets and door furniture with something more appropriate, such as glass or vintage ceramic knobs; which will indeed look so much more authentic. You can often find just what you need on eBay or you could try scouting round some of the more reputable building reclamation yards. It may even be worth it to buy old cabinets just to remove the hardware that comes with it.
Take a look at your kitchen appliances, if they don’t look shabby or chic, there are companies that can actually paint them to match your other shabby chic decor. You could also just buy vintage appliances from companies that make new appliances in the style of vintage ones.
Don’t forget to give your kitchen a light and airy window treatment. Curtains, rather than blinds, are an excellent way to emphasise the shabby chic look especially dainty floral prints, held in place with antique tie-backs. If you want a different idea, you could also just use lace draped over the window or cotton nets placed over poles.
Be aware that one of the joys of shabby chic style is that it utilises less than perfect pieces, so do check out jumble sales, garage sales and even skips for discarded items. Someone else’s trash can become your treasure. A tart-up with a pretty paint finish or some floral material can give new life to many a neglected treasure.
Accessories will make or break your shabby chic kitchen, so they should be chosen carefully, and placed with great thought. This stage of achieving the shabby chic look is rather like planting a country garden, inasmuch as it should all look entirely natural and as if it has just happened by chance.
However as any skilled gardener will tell you it takes quite a bit of forethought and planning to create just the right uncontrived look. This same forethought will apply to your shabby chic kitchen, but just make sure not to over clutter your kitchen with too many shabby chic knick-knacks that will end up making your kitchen look more like a junkyard instead of shabby chic.
Some really great additions to your kitchen can include distressed corner shelves for old battered recipe books, Victorian chamber pots for plants, early spice racks, embroidered hand-towels and homespun linen on wrought iron hooks, well-worn oven gloves, 1950’s tin canister sets and cookie cutters, granny’s washboard, sepia framed photos, Imperial kitchen scales, a rose patterned china tea service, vintage wooden boxes and serving bowls, old baking trays, copper pans, fish kettles and of course lots and lots of fresh flowers.
Finally do remember that the true shabby chic look is only achieved by being understated, so you don’t need to have every single item in your kitchen distressed, miss-matched or floral. Sometimes less is definitely more and it is also vital that your own personality comes into play to make your dream kitchen particularly special and unique to you.