A Vintage Table Makeover in Coastal Blue!

Hello Friends

I’m back to share a makeover I finished a couple of weeks ago.  Two posts in as many days… unheard of from me!  I guess that what happens when the weather is wild and wintery and you’re housebound ๐Ÿ™‚

This gorgeous half-moon table belongs to a lovely client who asked me to give it a much needed makeover.  Her hubby couldnโ€™t quite see the potential and why she loves it… but hopefully after a makeover heโ€™ll โ€œget itโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‰  

I absolutely love the shape of this old piece, it has buckets of character and as soon as I saw it I knew it would come up a treat.

He was in pretty bad shape, the top had two large holes all the way through and many layers of peeling paint.

As soon as he was dropped off I got started stripping the top back and repairing the holes.  

Old pieces like this one have the potential to be amazing with some time, patience and a whole lot of TLC.  If you happen to find a hidden gem at the back of Mum and Dadโ€™s shed please note, more often than not, the paint probably contains lead.  Lead is very nasty and can be very dangerous so please, please use precautions.

Once he was all prepped, a horrid messy job, I gave him a good sand all over and undercoated him.  Then he was ready for some colour… going for a fresh Coastal look, I mixed up a beautiful shade of pale blue and gave him two coats.  Then took to him with some fine and medium grade sandpaper.  I finished him off with some gorgeous Annie Sloan clear wax.



I love how this piece turned out, the toughest part of my job here was handing him back!  

Hopefully my client’s hubby changed his mind and now loves him as much as she does  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by 
Jo xx
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Power Styling and a Coastal Sideboard Makeover!

Good Evening Lovelies,

Sharing this piece I just finished for a lovely client.  I made over her TV cabinet last year, so when she emailed me about doing her sideboard to match I was very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a before pic, orangey finish, but a well made quality piece.

I gave the piece a sand and good clean.  Then two coats of Zinsser and two coats of Dulux Lime Wash paint in white.  It’s a thin yet chalky style paint, which sands beautifully but coverage is not fantastic hence four coats to achieve the look I was after…
I worked on this piece in the garage, aka my studio ๐Ÿ˜‰  Due to its size and weight I decided against hauling it up to the house to take photos. 
I had limited time too, so a quick garage ‘power styling’ session was called for…

{*Power Styling… kind of like power walking or power shopping; only imagine a paint covered woman running around the house grabbing random objects and throwing it quickly together for the purpose of snapping some photos!}

Hubby and the kids didn’t even bat an eyelid on seeing this set up in the garage…  I think they’ve become accustomed to my crazy antics ๐Ÿ˜‰

I refinished the original drawer hardware and added some new crystal cut glass knobs to the cupboard doors for a touch of bling!

Who would of thought garage styling would be so much fun!   I wonder how many calories are burned Power Styling?  Have you had to style on the hop?

The sideboard was picked up this afternoon and my client loves it, which makes me very happy!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Jo xx
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Hello Annie! I get a tad excited about painted furniture :) Coastal Home Love meets Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

Hello Gorgeous Coasties!

I get excited about holidays, Christmas, my boy’s soccer games, shopping and lots of other wonderful things.  But don’t get me started on painted furniture… let’s just say the word obsession may or may not be an appropriate term to describe my relationship with it!  Love. 

So you can imagine my delight and happy dance worthy sheer joy over receiving some gorgeous new paint to test!  Now not just any ordinary run of the mill paint, but Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!!  Excited much, pick me up off the floor… hardly covers it ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had many projects lined up in my studio aka garage awaiting a makeover but I decided to dive in feet first and tackle quiet a large piece.  Allow me to introduce Big Bessy…..

Bessy came to live with us almost two years ago, she serves as a sideboard in our dining area and deserved a special make over.  In comes Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg.  Delicious.

I decided to prime her all over, even though I know this step was not necessary, but I wanted some of the white to peek through after distressing.  I applied two coats of Duck Egg, the first coat went on like a dream.  I followed up with a second coat to ensure beautiful coverage.  I painted the back boards white to add some more definition and contrast to her.

After a little distressing I finished her off with the crรจme de la crรจme of waxes!  Annie’s Soft Wax is amazing…  I could eat it on toast for brekkie with a nice English Breakfast tea and be in heaven!  {don’t try this at home ;)}.

And without further ado, I think I’ll have to call her Beautiful Bessy now….




I’m so happy with how she turned out and I’m more than a bit in love with Annie’s paint.  So happy we can get it in Australia finally! :))  Find more information on Annie Sloan products here.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Jo xx

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Little Vintage Desk Gets a Funky Retro Makeover!

Hi Gorgeous Peeps!

Yep so I’m not so good with the whole regular blog posting thing… another long break between posts!  Rest assured I’ve finished several makeovers and been up to some fun furniture and thrifting capers!

Thought I’d pop in to share one of my latest furniture makeovers.  This little desk has been residing in our garage for quite some time now…  biding his time…  finally he caught my eye and received a funky lil retro makeover ๐Ÿ˜‰


I started by painting him all white, it was at this point my boys chimed in with retorts of how totes boring all white was!  I was outnumbered so we needed to break open some colour! 
Green it ’twas….
Well I think he has quite the personality now! 
What do you think, like the green?
Love n light
Jo xx
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Back with a Tiffany Box Blue Mirror Makeover!

Hello luvlies,

Wondering if any of you are still with me?  Boy have I been a slack blogger!  At first I told myself I’d wait until the kiddies went back to school… well ahem… that was a month ago now.  Time just slips by.  Whilst I have been neglecting my blog… I do have to fess up about something.  I kind of feel like I’ve been having a sultry affair…. ;o  …that is cheating on my blog.  The object of my recent affection and attention is Instagram.  It’s so quick and easy to check in and post pics… I love how I can keep up to date with people and chat too.  I’ve made many lovely cyber friends… do pop over and say hi!  I’m @coastalhomelove ๐Ÿ™‚

So whilst I love hanging out on Instagram… there’s no place like home, and this little blog feels like my virtual home.  So I’m back to remove the drop cloths and dust off the cobwebs.   I thought I’d start by sharing a recent makeover.  I do love a good before and after story, especially one with a happy aqua ending ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here’s a before pic of a large mirror I purchased recently…  the usual fake tan orange pine, but with a gorgeous shape;

And after….  in her glorious Tiffany Box Blue colour.  I used a colour called Pacific Lagoon and added white until I got the perfect shade of aqua ๐Ÿ™‚

So after having most of the Summer off from blogging…  I’m back, on this wildly Wintery first day of Autumn… I even got to wear boots today!  Here’s to the change of season!

Do you love Instagram too?  Do you look forward to the change of Seasons?


Jo xx
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Decking the Coastal Christmas Halls…. Tra la la la la

Hello lovelies!

Tis the season to be Merry and Bright… and deck the halls with shiny gorgeousness!  I love Christmas decorations a lot. Sparkly, glittery goodness. 

I look forward to decorating every year…  and can’t wait for the 1st of December to come around to get my Christmas on! 

That said with so much going on with work, kids sports and events… Christmas decorating and planning for that matter, is a slow process in this coastal home ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m feeling quite disorganised, with only a few presents shopped for, none wrapped and no plan for a Christmas menu!  Best be giving myself a shift kick in the Christmas behind me thinks ๐Ÿ˜‰

We have the tree up and decorated, I just love seeing it twinkling in the back ground as we watch tellie at night!

I’ve had fun making some Christmas bunting to hang about the place…  here’s a little Joy work in progress!   I also made Noel for my mantel and some Merry Christmas ones which I sold at Market.

Still on my Christmas To Do list is a skirt for our tree… she’s a modest old girl and think a lovely ruffly number would suit her to a tee! 

Finally, I added some fairy lights and the Noel bunting to complete our Coastal Christmasy mantel..  which is not so much a mantel as an Ikea floating shelf above our TV…  but it’s as close as I get to having a mantel so it gets treated as such ๐Ÿ™‚

This weekend hubby will channel Clark W Griswold… and hang the outside lighting!  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…  I think we watch it every year…  and still laugh out loud ;O

What’s on your menu for Christmas lunch?  Desperately seeking inspiration!

Hope you’re enjoying this crazy beautiful time…

Jo xx