Decoupage is the art of decorating with paper.
The word découpage comes from the French verb découper, 'to cut out'. The découpage technique can be used to personalise almost any item in your home and the great thing is that the designs can be as simple or as complex as you like.
Distressing is the activity of making a piece of furniture or object appear aged and older.
Different grades of sandpaper are used to rough up the furniture's painted surfaces and edges.
You can't have shabby chic without a bit of distressing, and it really is what makes each piece of furniture truly unique.