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The huge popularity of oak for building furniture stems from the fact that it is in plentiful supply and therefore much more affordable than other less plentiful woods. It is also durable, hard wearing. a heavy hardwood with a beautiful grain. Furniture made from oak is usually heavy, solid and simplistic in design.
From the mid to late 17th Century oak was mainly used for the frame and drawer linings of furniture. Oak was a popular wood used heavily in the Georgian era and made a comeback of sorts in late Victorian times.
What is shabby chic and why has it become so popular?
Shabby chic is used in interior design to describe furniture and furnishings that have the appearance of aging and the signs of wear and tear or is used to describe newer items or new items of furniture that have been distressed or treated to achieve the appearance of being antique or what has become to be as known as ‘shabby chic’.