Maybe it's just me but I don't get shabby chic. I get loving something that you have used through the years and it has become a bit worn around the edges, as we all have become, but I don't understand making something look worn or rusty. I don't paint furniture and then sand it down so it will look worn. I do buy vintage and antique but I want their worn look to come about through years of usage and loving handling.
I don't understand buying things that look rusty. Maybe I have irrational fear of tetanus but I don't want to own rusty things. If something of mine that I care about rusts, I sand it down, actually I have Mac sand it down, and I repaint it or coat it in something to protect it against rust. I hate getting tetanus shots and so I avoid things that might make me have to renew mine.
I love the cottage look and soft pastel colors and quite frankly rust is not a pastel color. And the shovel on the left looks like a tetanus shot waiting to happen.