Sweet Vintage Table in Annie Sloan Duck Egg

Hello lovely friends!

Blustery and cold in Sydney, which is enabling me to catch up on jobs around here and settle in our new baby.  Meet Miss Paisley Puppy!

Paisley is a Flat Coated Retriever and she’s just divine.  She’s totally stolen our hearts already.  I’d forgotten what it was like to have a new baby in the house… Crying in the night, accidents on the floor and so on!

Now onto a little project I finished a few weeks ago.  I love this little vintage table, it has great character and had been ever so patient biding its time in my garage, awaiting a makeover.

After completing BIG Bessy here one could say I’m hooked on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Love. 

So I was walking around the house looking for my next victim something to paint, which happens often and frequently sees our cat ducking for cover whenever she sees me with paint brush in hand!  I kid you not πŸ˜‰ 

Then I remembered this little table hiding in the garage.  I almost skipped to the garage to grab it and within minutes I was painting my little heart out πŸ™‚


I painted the side skirt detail in white for some contrast.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jo xx

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Aqualicious Hall Table and Mirror Makeover!

Hello lovely friends

I realised this is my 50th blog post, a milestone for my little blog!  Thank you so much for following along and for all your lovely comments, they warm my heart!  I feel so lucky to have had a few projects featured, including three in the last couple of weeks…  this is crazy exciting for my teeny blog.  You can check out my featured projects here :).

Now onto a Before and After Quickie!

I’m always on a mission to ban fake tan furniture… so when I came across this guy I knew I had to help him!  I fell in love with the shape and details of this piece..  and I knew he was destined for Aqua greatness!


The chair is part of a set of four which I refinished earlier this year.

Here’s the before…  well made, nice shape, bad fake tan finish πŸ˜‰

I also refinished this lovely mirror in the same aqualicious colour.  I find it tricky to photograph mirrors, I usually end up with a foot or an arm in shot…  not this time but I do have the ‘leaning tower’ of cushies in the background πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by lovelies,

Jo xx

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A Mid Century Coffee Table Refresh!

Hello Lovely Friends,

Long weekend here in NSW, after a morning of kids sports I delivered this coffee table back to its owner…. Jo from Poppy Handmade Designs, she’s just gorgeous and one of my favourite clients.  She asked me to update her coffee table.  It belonged to her Grandparents so she wanted to keep it but tie it in with her decor. 

Here’s a before pic….  Classic Mid Century design, again with that dreaded fake tan orange!! πŸ˜‰ 
It also had some water damage to the top.  Where liquid had penetrated the veneer and the particle board beneath had expanded πŸ™

So here’s how it transformed…

I stripped back the top and re-stained it.  The colour is called Brazilian Roast, it’s lovely and rich (pic to the left shows the first coat going on).  When I took the tint base stain up to the paint counter and asked for Brazilian Roast, the cheeky guy asked if I’d like sugar with that! πŸ˜‰ 

I ended up doing four coats on the top, probably could of gotten away with 3 but I wanted to build up a deep rich colour and ensure it was well sealed.

I also stained the rattan shelf to tie in with the table top.

The frame received three coats of Annie Sloan Old White and some distressing per my client’s wishes.

Here’s how it came together in the end….

I also finished the little Coffee Table Caddy this week…  if you missed the post… click here to see πŸ™‚


I couldn’t do much about the water damage, but it’s much less noticeable now.  The darker top really helps with that.  Anyway, hopefully it’s now ready to face many more years!

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Jo xx

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A Vintage Table Makeover in Coastal Blue!

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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 πŸ™‚

This gorgeous half-moon table belongs to a lovely client who asked me to give it a much needed makeover.  Her hubby couldn’t quite see the potential and why she loves it… but hopefully after a makeover he’ll β€œget it” πŸ˜‰  

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 Dad’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  πŸ˜‰

Thanks 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 πŸ˜‰


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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50 Shades of Turquoise ~ A Coffee Table Makeover

Hello there Coastal friends πŸ™‚

Lovely painting weather in Sydney at the moment.  Spring has finally sprung and I’ve managed to finish up a couple of projects recently.  This one, a rather lovely coffee table with curvy legs and a curvy glass top.  Quite the hour-glass figure has this lovely lady πŸ˜‰ 

I bought her earlier this year, she’s sat precariously balanced on top of bikes, lawn mower and other garage paraphernalia for a few months now.  I decided her time had come. 

I had only one colour on my mind for this lovely lady;  Turquoise… they were destined for each other πŸ˜‰


I heart turquoise!  I mean what’s not to love… It’s so fun and fresh, and lends itself so well to so many styles of decorating.  The shade I chose is called Magnetic Magic by Dulux.

Here she is before with a bad orange lacquer finish… Fake tan on furniture is never ever a good look!  Bye bye orange…

After… Hello lovely 

I love glass tops like this… not only does it protect the painted top, it allows for display of precious photos, or kids art and you can change it up whenever the urge strikes!

This piece is available, if you’re interested there are some more details on my Facebook page πŸ™‚

How do you like to add pops of colour? What’s your fave decorating colour at the moment? 

Hope you’re enjoying sun in your part of the world!


Jo xx