Inspiration for the Weekend: Going Green

Welcome to this week’s Inspiration for the Weekend. I’ve loved putting this one together! Some readers may have noticed that last week’s was missing – sorry about that – but I do have a good excuse! Last week was an exciting one for me, since I turned 30, and my lovely boyfriend asked me to marry him! (oh… and I said yes!)

Normal service is resumed this week!

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It’s a happy coincidence that all three of the things featured in this week’s ‘Inspiration for the Weekend’ are shades of green. At this time of year, when the sun is shining and the flowers are in full bloom, green seems to be the one colour that compliments all the others and provides a beautiful backdrop to to the garden.

Inside, too, green is a calming and pretty colour. This interesting website¬†explains that green is in the centre of the colour spectrum and is therefore a colour of balance, and is calming to our subconscious minds. So I do have scientific back-up for loving all things green – as well as the fact that they’re so gorgeous!

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First up is this delicate cabinet in shades of Provence, upcycled by the very talented Traci over at Cr8tive Garage Therapy.

Shades of Provence

Traci has added various amounts of white to Provence to create this lovely simple look.

 

Starting off with the pure colour and adding more and more white as you go along is a really effective way to brighten up a piece of furniture. It also means that every drawer will go nicely with the others, avoiding colour clashes!

I think I might take some inspiration from this myself and have a go. Thank you Traci for sharing your creative idea with us on the Before & After group on Facebook!

You can check out Traci’s Facebook page here, showcasing her other upcycled pretties!

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Next, another painted piece which was shared by Michelle in the Before & After group on Facebook. (Honestly, I spend most of my life looking at pics of upcycled furniture on Facebook! It’s a wonder I get any of my day job done at all.)

 

An oh-so pretty green dressing table.

An oh-so pretty green dressing table.

 

Painted in Annie Sloan’s Florence, this little dressing table has been completely revamped and would look perfect in a cool-coloured or beach-themed bedroom. I also think it’d look lovely alongside some pink or lilac colour schemes.

Pretty little handles set off the striking colour perfectly.

Pretty little handles set off the striking colour perfectly.

 

And as you know, I do love a hidden inside… look at the beautiful patterns nestled away inside the drawers!

Inside patterns... a great finishing touch

Inside patterns… a great finishing touch

 

Michelle has a Facebook page called Love & Vintage by MLR, which you can check out here.¬†I noticed that Michelle features a lot of green in her projects, so I’m a big fan!

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Last up is this fairytale-cute chair painted in a brilliant shade of green – a lot brighter than the two above, but equally as impressive. Annie Sloan’s Antibes evokes images of limes and palm trees, and is a perfect colour for using outside. (I don’t think I feature enough outdoor projects in this weekly feature… if anyone has any fab upcycled outdoorsy projects, please send them my way!)

 

A splash of colour to brighten up an outdoor patio!

A splash of colour to brighten up an outdoor patio!

 

I really like the way that this has a yellow-y tint to it as well – it would be so lovely and bright outside. I can just imagine sitting down with a good magazine and a summery cocktail!

 

 

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