Inspiration for the Weekend: It’s All About the Prettiness

What a lovely fresh summer morning it is here, and I for one am in a super-happy mood because today I am off to the first ever Ideal Home Show in Manchester! I am not sure how much upcycling there will be, but I am really looking forward to seeing the interiors section which promises to have some great ideas.

Without further ado, I’ll get on with this week’s Inspiration for the Weekend. When I first started this feature, I started writing the post and then tootled off to many different social media sites to search for the perfect pieces to feature. I wanted to find things that really stood out – the most fabulous and inspiring upcycled creations, as well as the best uses of chalk paint, of course. But the past few weeks, I’ve been finding more and more (and more!) items throughout the week – so much so that it’s getting harder and harder to choose the perfect ones to go into the blog post. I’ve just spent half an hour trying to choose between all the pieces I’ve scribbled down in the past week! I don’t know if this is because more people are hopping merrily onto the upcycling bandwagon (I hope this is the case!) or whether more people are sharing their projects on social media.

(Maybe I will have to start making my blog posts really… really… long so I can feature them all!)

Anyway, I digress. Let’s have a look at some piccies (everybody’s favourite bit about blogs!)


First up is this oh-so-cute nest of tables, which has been upcycled by Amanda.

Look at the beautiful trees!

Look at the beautiful trees!


Amanda posted this project into the Annie Sloan Before & After group on Facebook – (please join if you haven’t already so we can see your projects!). Amanda has decoupaged some wallpaper onto the tables and I think it works really, really well.

Amanda's decoupaged tables

As you have all probably noticed by now, I just love upcycling projects which have an added splash of colour or an unexpected pretty feature. So you can imagine my delight when I saw this nest of tables featuring pretty pastel trees. I just think these little extras cheer up your day every time you see them! Decoupaging is a fab way of brightening up your upcycled furniture and it’s easier than you’d think. If you need some tips please check out my step-by-step guide to decoupaging!


I also can’t wait to show you this beeee-utiful little side table which Lucy has revamped using Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey and a little bit of Old White to emphasise the details.

Pretty features on the original stand out so much more with a lick of chalk paint

Pretty features on the original stand out so much more with a lick of chalk paint


I am always drawn to pieces where the natural wood is still showing – especially when it’s complemented by a gorgeous pastel shade.

Lucy's Paris Grey table2


Paris Grey is such a delicate shade – I can’t imagine that there are many colour schemes where this wouldn’t go. I love the way that Lucy has used some watered-down Old White to highlight the original pretty features in the wood. This is the before picture – (as if we needed any convincing of the benefits of chalk paint!)



(And the best news is that Lucy’s lovely little table is available for purchase… here!)


Last but by no means least is this absolutely take-your-breath-away gorgeous revamped Chest of Drawers by Danielle over at Finding Silver Pennies.

There aren't enough words!

There aren’t enough words!


Danielle has used Duck Egg Blue with Old White in the stencilling. The stencil is an all-over Brocade stencil, available from Royal Design Studio Stencils, and this is definitely something I can’t live without!

Head on over to Danielle’s blog if you fancy reading more about this transformation.


Happy Upcycling!

Helen x


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