Inspiration for the Weekend: Live from London (almost)

This week’s inspiration for the weekend is being put together in the comfort of a virgin trains seat. It may be early but I’ve got a cup of tea and a bacon roll to see me through, plus a weekend in London on the horizon! It’s my birthday this week so we are all off to the big smoke to watch ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at the theatre – I’m so excited – like a kid in a sweet shop! Get it… sweet shop… heehee 🙂

As you’ll know from my last post, this week has been a busy one for me on the painting front. We are continuing apace with painting Mum’s bargain ebay dresser, and breathing a sigh of relief as we wave goodbye to each area of jazzy 80s pine. Those of you who kindly assisted me in the Annie Sloan Before & After group on Facebook will know that we had a ‘minor’ colour disaster, but I’m happy to report that we have resolved the problem now. Hopefully I’ll have some piccies for you next week!

(My brother and I had a whale of a time plonking every possession we could find on the dresser when mum left the room. Still getting up to mischief even with a combined age of 54!)


So let me move on to the most fabulous upcycling pieces of the week. As always I have been spoiled for choice with all the lovely creations I have spied on Twitter, Facebook. Instagram, and Pinterest. (If you would like to follow me on these various sites just click on the relevant link!)

Just two projects this week…

This is one of the most simple but effective uses of chalk paint that I have seen this week. Lindsay has painted three little mason jars in different shades of pink:


I’ve included a picture of some painted jars before, which featured a much bigger range of colours, but I really love the simplicity of these all in rosy pinks. Wouldn’t this be a beautiful addition to a New England style, whitewashed room or even a pale bathroom? A pop of colour definitely brightens up your day. Thank you Lindsay for this easily achievable idea!


Next up is this oh-so-cute chair-turned-plantpot lovingly made by Jackie. I do not know how long it took to transform this from plain old chair to garden feature, but I think it is just incredible!!

What an amazingly creative upcycling project. I bet this was so much fun to do.

That’s enough waffling from me for today: I’m off to wander the gold paved streets of the capital!

Happy creating!

Helen x

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