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To absolutely hate the totally misused and overused and teeth clenchy phrase.....

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Back2Two Thu 08-Nov-12 17:08:16

"shabby chic"

When on ebay or gumtree or at bootfairs now everything has been listed as "shabby chic". There are whole mass produced departments in shops all "shabby chic"

For the second hand stuff it is fair to say it IS shabby. Shabby and manky. But painting something pretend farrow and ball white or grey doesn't make it chic. Then charging a ridiculous amount of money for it.

For "shabby chic" read "shit furniture painted white or grey in the hope that you are a fool and will buy it"

Same starting to go for "up-cycled"


greeneyed Thu 08-Nov-12 21:00:14

me to Back2 - I'm addicted to furniture, the house is crammed, I have no money and I am on ebay as we speak just searching under used furniture locally. Must sell some of my old crap vintage stuff to make room!

Caladria Thu 08-Nov-12 21:15:12

Curated. As in, 'I love curating my Chanel handbag collection'

OTheHugeManatee Thu 08-Nov-12 21:31:34

I blame Cherry Menlove.

lizziebach Thu 08-Nov-12 21:36:04

and apartment therapy

picnicbasketcase Thu 08-Nov-12 21:37:41

'Shabby chic' is just utter arse. Painting a chest of drawers in shite colours, badly, isn't chic in my opinion.

Ragwort Thu 08-Nov-12 21:41:47

Oh dear - I have just advertised an old piece of furniture that I am trying to get rid of as 'ideal for repainting in the shabby chic style' grin. It's a really nice piece of pine but I haven't got room for it or the inclination to do it up so I put it in my local paper hoping for a few quid - but really so someone just takes it away (will donate the money to charity, if I get any smile).

LittleAbruzzenBear Thu 08-Nov-12 21:41:52

picnic that's my opinion too! All these people on programs like 'May the best house win' are into shabby chic.

SissySparkles Thu 08-Nov-12 23:10:48

I hate "pop-up"

I saw a sign for a "pop-up market" t'other day. Surely all markets by their very nature are "pop-up"?

blondiedollface Thu 08-Nov-12 23:13:41

Take it you don't watch Kirstie's Vintage Home? :p

AgnesBligg Thu 08-Nov-12 23:31:18

VerityClinch I like that link, love 'Fuck your wall manifesto' grin.

WineGoggles Fri 09-Nov-12 10:09:19

I hate 'organic' as applied to a process (not as an adjective to describe certified organic food / produce). Bleugh.
So glad it's not just me. It's marketing BS and I hate it.

Ooh, time for a Not Remotely Steampunk link!
Ah, good old Regretsy, very funny site. Love it almost as much as "I saw you coming" - (..."Is your husband in the city?" "How much does he earn?" LOL).

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Fri 09-Nov-12 11:33:16

"Paint it chalky white
Stick some fairy lights on it
Add some text from a disused printer

Vintage Gold!"

Omg ItsAll you just described what DP's cousins did to their gran's huge long built in dressing table in her (massive) bathroom! So naff!

I mean it was pretty old fashioned before (think avacado coloured bathroom suite) but my god it looks tacky now!

MerylStrop Fri 09-Nov-12 11:39:02

also "curated"

everyone's calling themselves a curator if they have thought about something for more than 5 minutes

I'm going to curate myself a fantastic sandwich for lunch in a bit.

soverylucky Fri 09-Nov-12 12:02:45

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TheShriekingHarpy Fri 09-Nov-12 13:07:25

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MrsHelsBels74 Fri 09-Nov-12 13:08:51

Omg I hate the phrase shabby chic so much...although I did like Ruth Watson saying there's a fine line between shabby chic & shitty chic!

Whatnowffs Fri 09-Nov-12 17:25:07

oh and "sourced" as mentioned earlier, makes my fingernails twitch

Whatnowffs Fri 09-Nov-12 17:28:51

Ive not heard curated before, wtf is that all about?

greeneyed Sun 11-Nov-12 20:49:27

Just come across a great upcycled listing on ebay!

greeneyed Sun 11-Nov-12 21:27:28

And this one is is scary Click Here

Feminine Sun 11-Nov-12 21:41:41

That is beyond disgusting!

cheekydevil Sun 11-Nov-12 23:17:44

Wow, and I thought Halloween was over?

Loveweekends10 Mon 12-Nov-12 01:21:51

Yes agree some of that stuff is so crap. But...dh made a lovely hall bench over summer. We upholstered it and painted it grey! And stuck a basket underneath for shoes and its the dogs bollocks. It's not shabby or chic. I would say French country house!

drizzlecake Mon 12-Nov-12 02:37:56

I have recently been to a 'Remnants of the Past' vintage sale (about 60 stalls selling stuff) in California.

Imo the UK follows US trends so I am writing to tell you THE latest shabby chic type in thing. And it is old paintbrushes and wooden ladders. I kid you not. Wooden ladders, paint splattered, held together with a bit of rusty wire, buyers were actually asking for them. And bowls of old paintbrushes, old worn ones with worn bristles and paint spattered handles. Def the desired object of the moment.

Also I would say the shabby chic old tat painted and distressed is out and genuine quirky old stuff is in (and obviously is a bit harder to find so more in demand).

So now you know, keep your eyes peeled and get those brushes on ebay wink

Rollmops Mon 12-Nov-12 09:11:49

OP, amen to that. The sheer quantity of lovely antique furniture that gets butchered in the name of shabbiness, is heartbreaking.

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