A signature way to create this look is by using a soft pastel colour palette. Sky blue and pale pink are two of the most popular shades used when creating a vintage feel.

To makeover, the exterior of your shed paint it in one of these shades and easily create a weather-worn look by sanding the paint down to make it look distressed. If you don’t feel brave enough to paint the whole exterior, why not try painting pieces of furniture, such as a table or sideboard to display your vintage-style tea sets.

3. Recycle and Upcycle

Salvaged furniture is at the very heart of the shabby chic look. It’s also an inexpensive way to create a comfy and inviting atmosphere on a small budget. Have a look at some unloved pieces in your home and have a go at upcycling. If you are new to upcycling, start with something simple like repainting some unloved chairs or recovering a seat cushion in new floral fabric.

4. Embrace the Imperfections


Shabby chic is all about mix and matching vintage accessories and furniture. Have a look around local charity shops for pieces that compliment your existing furnishings.

Some accessories that would look great in your shabby chic shed are a rusty lantern, crystal chandelier or a vintage teapot. Add some bunting and you are set. Most things will go with this theme, use your intuition and go for pieces you love.

7. Expect the Unexpected

It’s not just furniture and accessories that get repurposed in shabby chic design. Think outside the box and use something old for a completely new function.

How about an old pedestal sink transformed into a birdbath. Or, use it as a container and fill the sink with potting soil and a plant to make a cool new feature for your shabby chic shed.

Have a look around markets and antique shops for unique pieces that may catch your eye. Transform something old into something new and exciting. 

There are no rules when it comes to shabby chic decorating. If you follow some of these tips, you can transform an ordinary shed into a whimsical retreat you can enjoy in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter!