You can even distress some cheap new furniture, including some of those products you can find in IKEA. Shabby chic is a quite soft style which fits perfectly for cottages but can be used at many other homes too. It easily can add a feminine touch to any interior and make it quite unique. Usually, in such interiors, you can find one or several furniture pieces that are heavily painted through the years and are showing through time-worn areas. The simplest way to imitate aged and distressed look on your furniture is by using faux painting techniques with glaze or by simply painting your furniture piece and sanding this paint away from some of its parts.