Before and After ~ A Vintage Coffee Table Makeover :)

Good evening lovely friends,

I picked up this little vintage coffee table a couple of months ago, and I finally got around to finishing it on the weekend.  I tend to get projects to about 80-90% complete and get distracted by the next project or random shiny object!

Here she is before, I was drawn to her lovely turned and carved legs ooh la la baby;

She was quite scratched up and way more shabby than chic….

After much sanding, painting and waxing…

Here she is After… (insert wolf whistle here)…

Love and light… 🙂
Jo xx
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Outing my Urges… furniture urges and a coffee table makeover!

Happy Monday Lovelies…

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Yep it’s true I have urges of the furniture/reno kind, sometimes they are very strong and impulsive…  they compel me to start ripping up lino in our old kitchen, 8 months pregnant on a Sunday evening whilst hubby went out to get milk! 

And other times they grow, I’ll see something and it’ll quietly ‘bug’ me for ages until I give in to the urge!  The coffee table in our family room was just this kind of urge, a grower…. 


Before ~ He didn’t stand a chance 😉

It was one of the first pieces of furniture I purchased myself when I moved out of home, long before kids and before I was married.  I brought it home in the back of my teeny Ford Festiva Trio and it’s lived in 4 houses with us, in two States…  one might say he’s well travelled.  

It’s old now, it’s a tank and boy if he could talk! 

Before Close Up

I guess I’ve kept it around this long in part for sentimental reasons but also it’s very practical for the family room.  This coffee table is super solid and practical; we play games on it, eat off it, craft on it…  I’m not in the least bit precious about it.  I was almost ready to farewell him in favour of a new one, but it’s the perfect size and I haven’t seen one I love enough to replace him.  

So back to my urges, whilst I sat having brekkie on Saturday morning I couldn’t stop looking around our family room….

We have two chocolate brown leather sofas (they are super comfy and again take a beating, but wouldn’t be my first choice…  sometimes you need to let the Mr have a say in things;).  Anyway with the sofas, a dark stained TV console, and coffee table it was a sea of brown… Way.Too.Much.Brown!  Something had to give, I see this as natural progression, my hubby thinks I’m nuts and the kids think I’ll paint anything that doesn’t move!  

So as I downed my cup of tea I decided that the coffee table had finally made its way to the top of my ‘paint hit list’; he didn’t stand a chance….

I dragged the big sucker outside started sanding. 

He previously had a very dark reddy/brown stain.  I primed and painted the base first.

This only made the top stand out more and look well, just wrong.  So I sanded and sanded the top to remove the stain. 

My plan was to sand it back and give it a coat of clear sealer, but I still wasn’t feelin it… 

So I decided to try tone it down by giving the top a wash of light grey, I was aiming for driftwood….   I heart driftwood. 

New crystal cut glass knob completes him

I also changed his hardware, I mean what’s a makeover without some new bling!

He was originally sporting an iron ring pull… but it just didn’t go with his new look.  So I added a crystal cut glass knob ‘to complete him’…

I think he turned out just fine and is ‘kickin it’ back in front of the tellie…

He might just stay with us for a little bit longer… that is until another urge strikes 😉

Jo xx
Do you have urges of the furniture kind?  Love to hear about ’em!

Susan’s Makeover and why she’s not Lazy!

Hello there lovelies!

There’s a definite chill in the air as we close in on Winter here in Sydney…  I’m loving our new heater and a glass of wine on this Friday evening (TGIF!).

I have two boys who love drawing, writing and general list making… this all creates one massive mess, refer to Exhibit A below…

Exhibit A ~ Massive mess

They have a dedicated spot in our ‘library’, which sounds rather posh and like we live in a manor house… but really it’s just the dining room we don’t use, and as there’s no TV in there and it’s where they do their homework.. it got dubbed the library when we first moved in and it kind of stuck. 

Anyway the library was messy, disorganised and generally drove me crazy!!

I recently stumbled across a Lazy Susan in an Op shop…

Before her makeover

I already have one, which I use in the pantry so I was already a fan of Susan, and even though I wasn’t sure exactly where I’d use a second one, I decided she’d come home with me anyway.

Here she is when I got her home… crazy fake tan and generally unloved.

As I thought about where I’d best utilise Susan, I began to wonder why / how she got the Lazy tag… who was Susan anyway?  I had to know. 

So it turns out the Lazy Susan was not named after a spectacularly lazy chick at all.  The exact origin is unclear, but one theory is that the name derives from 1700s when servants were referred to as ‘Sussans’.  The round spinning food server as we know it got it’s official name in 1917… so Susie’s almost 100 years old… you go girlfriend!

Organised space = creative boys = happy mummy

I sanded, primed and painted her in two coats of semi gloss white.

Then I sorted out the jumble of pencils, crayons, textas etc etc into some tins and white pots from Ikea.

She works a treat, much better… 


The boys were super excited when they got home from school and without any prompting studied for the entire afternoon! 

The thought crossed my mind to check their temperatures, as I was seriously concerned they might be coming down with something 😉

I reckon every home could use a Susan!
So if you come across one be sure to be nice; she’s friendly, useful and far from lazy!

Have a great weekend lovelies!


Jo xx

Mother’s Day and the Tale of the Little Wicker Side table

Hi there coastal lovelies!

My boys 🙂

I hope everyone had a fab Mother’s Day, and because I’m a mum it’s taken me a few days to get this post out!

I enjoyed pancakes for brekkie, not made by me, received 2 gorgeous cards and a ‘jar of love’ filled with cute little notes and “to be shared” lollies!

We took a leisurely drive down the coast, which was lovely, very windy and a little chilly but lovely.   Stopping at Stanwell Tops, and on to Thirroul for fish n chips and a catch up with some dear friends.  Then Nachos for dinner, again not made by me!

All in all a pretty high calorific day but I figure Mother’s Day is a free pass and any calories consumed don’t count!

Now Sharing the tale of the little wicker side table….
This little guy had seen certainly seen better days, most people would probably pass him by, but I thought I’d try to save him.

Top before

Firstly a good scrubbing was in order, my littlest man helped with this (you can just see him in the background!). Warm soapy water with some disinfectant.

Top After

Then I made a mix of paint with some water and layered on various shades of grey and some white for the final coat

.…and here he is rocking his new ‘weathered coastal’ look 😉

And the little Weathered wicker side table  met some lovely magazines and lived happily ever after… the end.

Enjoy the down hill run to the weekend 😉

Jo xx

Cute little side table in Chalky French Blue

Good evening!

With the school holidays behind us here, I finally got to finish up a project…  I was starting to have painting withdrawals! 

I bought this little side table last week and just knew it had potential to be a little stunner… 

The before photo was taken on location in my workshop (aka the garage, much to my hubs disdain, not sure why he thinks the car should get first dibs on this luxury accommodation!)..

… anyhow moving right along; this little guy sat sad and unloved, missing his original nesting partner.  That is until I rescued him…

I thought he was the perfect candidate for a test run on a new paint.  I’ve been wanting to try chalk paint for ages, this paint is not chalk paint per se, but I think it gives a similar finish.  It’s in the Dulux Limewash range and I chose a French blue colour, so yummy! 

It was a very different painting experience for me;  I learnt two things,  one this paint does not like cold weather!!  It seems to clumpify (yep just made up new word)… ie. it kinda just clumps together and solidifies (which come to think of it is probably a better word than clumpify!)..  anyway this meant I had to sand back a few times in between coats. 

Secondly, it doesn’t like to get wet before sealing,  I’d just finished sanding and was ready to give it a wax, but then the phone rang…. on returning I found a bird had flown under the patio and pooped right on top (cheeky little rascal!).  I’m hoping this is a sign of good luck!  I had to wash off the ahem, poo, which left water marks (arrgghh!)…   back to more sanding and another coat of paint!

I will definitely use this paint again, I love the soft aged finish it produced, it sanded back a treat and the brushed was up super easily.
As for Lil Blue, I think he’s a keeper 😉  For now he’s in the Master bedroom, however, I do tend to rotate furniture around the house on a pretty regular basis, so this little guy may have some more travels in him!  I hope you like him too.
Jo xx