A little too shabby for my liking, even if it is chic
By Judy Evans
October 20, 2021 5:35pm CST
We once had a friend who was into all sorts of alternatives – food, furnishings, furniture, fashion. I was reminded of her when I saw this dresser in a shop in York today. It was the rage for a while (and might still be) to ‘distress’ timber furniture and make it look old and battered. Leaving furniture looking like it needs a new coat of paint was also part of the ‘shabby chic’ look. Being who we are, Vin and I would tease our friend about such furniture being ‘shabby sh*t). Do you like furniture looking like this or would you be giving it a few coats of paint?
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It isn't really my aesthetic. There are certain class elements that underpin the trend-- sort of like paying hundreds of dollars for jeans that look ratty. It is offensive that if you can't afford better, you are made fun of; however, if you drop a wad of cash on something that looks rundown, you are lauded.