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French brocantes are full of treasures if you look

carefully and Madeleine Lee of Swedish Interior

Design shares her latest shabby chic project

M

y advice to you,

if you are moving

to France, is to

take your time

when buying

furniture. Trawl

around at the markets to see what's

about. You will see amazing pieces

at various prices, depending on

whether the seller is a professional

or just clearing their attic.

So if you are not in a hurry, keep

looking, and over a few months,

you will generally fi nd what you

want at the price that works for

you.

If you are prepared to do a bit

of restoration or repainting, then

you can get some real bargains. All

it takes is a little imagination and a

touch of paint to make something

exceptional.

Here is a perfect example. I

wanted to create a unique bed for

my master bedroom. My original

antique bed was beautiful but

quite simple, so I planned to add

more detail so it would fi t my

Swedish style interior. In the end, it

cost very little and just took a few

Fit for a

Princess

visits to the local brocante to fi nd

what I needed.

First, I found a variety of

antique carvings with a lovely

patina, which I added to the

bed to give it more grandeur.

Next, I decided to create a grand

enclosure. I looked around markets

and, over a couple of months,

found several old cabinet doors

and antique shutters to create the

carved back of the bed.

I used four beautiful detailed

carved doors from a buff et for the

centre and added old shutters on

either side. Drawers from the buff et

were turned upside down and used

as shelves.

The sides were made using two

armoire doors to give it a cosy feel.

Finally, the top was built from pine

planking with a large fronton on the

front for visual impact.

We added hidden dimmer lights

beneath the top for reading, and

painted the whole enclosure with

white chalk paint, hand distressing

it to give an antique feel and to

bring out the detail in the carvings.

To complete the look, an

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antique Madonna is placed on the

middle shelf to watch over us at

night.

Distressing the wood is an

essential part of the process when

creating this look.Too often, you

see shabby chic pieces ruined from

over use of thick sandpaper or wire

wool, making circular movements

evident in the paint.

The idea is actually to replicate

the distressing from use that old

pieces acquire across their life.

So think about where pieces

are going to get the most marking

or wear - along the edges where

they get knocked when moved or

around the keyholes and handles,

for example.

Use a combination of 80 - 320

grit sandpaper as required to create

the right eff ects and take it slowly

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