Inspiration for the Weekend: 9th May

I really enjoyed doing my last Inspiration for the Weekend post, so I’ve decided to make it a regular feature on my little blog. It’s so inspiring to see other people’s creative upcycling projects and to look at the many fabulous effects that can be achieved with Chalk Paints!

First up I thought I would share one of Annie’s own projects from way back in 1988 when I was just a nipper!

Hand painted birdies by Annie Sloan

Hand painted birdies by Annie Sloan

This beautiful hand painted design features in one of Annie’s first books called Simple Painted Furniture. I just love how unique this design is, and it’s so personal, too – Annie painted this for her mum!

This could definitely be classified as Folk Art, but I find that some Folk Art can look a bit too fussy. I really like the simplicity of this piece, and even though a lot of colours have been used, they’re all complementary colours so they work together perfectly.

You can view Annie’s post about this piece on Facebook, here.


Next up, I have spent a lot of this week drooling over these absolutely exquisite hand-painted chairs by Pauline at Sophie’s Cottage, based over in Northern Ireland.

Sophie's Cottage Chair

As you may have started to notice, I’m a big fan of freehand painting on furniture!   I’m also a little bit in love with this beautiful table which Pauline has painted to perfection:

Sophie's Cottage Table

I think this is fabulous! You can view Pauline’s beautiful creations here.


Last but not least on my list for this week are these oh-so-simple but unbelievably cute creations from Finishing Touches, who are also based in Northern Ireland. I am starting to see a pattern here – does everybody in Northern Ireland have extra artistic flair?

Finishing Touches TO

Hand painted blocks by Helen at Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches TO2

I think it’s a great example of what can be achieved using only a very small number of colours.

You can view these little cuties and Finishing Touches’ other lovely creations here.

Happy Painting, everyone!



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