French Provincial Furniture

Swedish Furniture

Ankasa-New-YorkWhiteShabby chic and Swedish looks are quite different, yet many people consider them to be in one category. Shabby Chic was a popular style that came about in the last 20 or so years, while Swedish style took place in the 18th century. One easy way of telling the difference is to look at the style of furniture. Shabby Chic painted furniture works really well with the french furniture of the 50’s while Swedish styles are common with the neoclassical furniture looks.

Another really easy distinction is the greater depth of paint in the Swedish furniture, while shabby chic usually has one solid finish, often times seen with glaze, but it doesn’t have the layers of colors that the Swedish paint finishes do.   It often bugs me when people compain about the piece of furniture needing a new paint job, but again, they do not know about the swedish finishes compared to the white glossy look of shabby chic. 

Swedish Sofas, chairs, tables, and cabinets were styled after Stockholm fashions and painted. Colors such as red were used to produce faux mahogany), marbled black on red, grey and white, blue or yellow (to simulate marble). Also paint colors of a mid-blue, apple green, straw yellow, cream and pearl grey varied throughout the country.  Most of the gray looks are a greenish gray.  There was only so many pigments of paint that was used compared to the paint color choices we have today. 

If you are considering creating your own Swedish piece, consider using the older grays, and beige paints, the trick is to use several layers of lighter colors to create the look.  My suggestion is to use oil paint over your base color, and layer on the paint colors with oil paint.  You can move the oil around compared to the latex.  Swedish finishes do take a lot of practice.  I have found sucess using the darker gray-green colors in my base coat, and then using a whiter oil paint for the top layers.  I usally painting it on, and quickly wipe the paint off with paper towel. Oil also gives you the movement if you want to dab and wipe giving you a different look.   I usually let the oil dry, and then again doing that same process over again with multiple different color steps, layering on the whites.  The steps of paint, somewhat replicates the linseed oil used in the past.  You will also want to distress it in the right places. Your pieces should be distressed where there is naturally wear and tear. Another consideration is applying a glaze to areas which would naturally collect dirt,or be worn out. Using a light brown glaze usually works very well. Of course look at lots of pictures and pick out a look that suits your style.


Ankasa New York

David Iatesa

Clock Traditional Home

 Faux Paint Inspiration – Chest from -Mexox Gardens

Faux Paint Inspiration – Chest from -Alhambra Antiques-Alhambra Antiques
2850 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Faux Paint Inspiration – Nicholson’s Antiques- Nicholson’s Antiques
362 North Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

I appologize, this dresser I had saved the picture because it was so beautiful, but I had forgotten to write down the name……



Faux Paint Inspiration – Chest Face.  I cannot remember where this chest was orginally fount.  I think it is one of the nicest paint finishes I have seen. 

Classic Gray- Look at the layers of colors!  Stunning 

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