Shabby Chic on the Cheap

If you want to create your very own shabby chic kitchen but can’t afford to redesign from scratch, the solution is to update your current look with a few choice shabby chic kitchen accessories.  Here are some ideas of the sorts of items to look out for.

A vintage-style Egg Holder – go for distressed metal effect or ones made in a funky design.  Show off on your counter-top or make it a centre-piece for the breakfast table.

Serviette Holders – you can’t get much more kitsch than this!  Lovely to look at as well as being uber-practical, team with pretty patterned napkins to create a perfect partnership and use either indoors or outdoors.

An ornate Book Stand – just the thing for the enthusiastic cook in the kitchen, a designated space for the latest book of recipes.  Choose a holder made from metal preferably as a wooden one can warp with the heat and humidity of a busy kitchen.  A great idea to give as a gift too.

Decorative Shabby Chic Kitchen Clock – the sky’s the limit here on what you can have.  Pick something pretty to set off your kitchen – again, it’s something which is practical as well as good to look at so it must serve its purpose: too small and you won’t be able to tell the time up on the wall!

There are, of course, many other accessories and the choice of what you can buy is endless.  Photo frames and storage baskets and boxes are always a good idea as the range is vast and you will always find trinkets and photos which will need a place in your kitchen.  Scour car boot sales, flea markets and bargain bins in your favourite home stores.  Don’t be afraid to buy something which is – shall we say – a little more loved than the pristine full-priced items on display as this is all part of the shabby chic look and imperfections should be embraced!

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