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 🙂

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 😉  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 😉

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
Linking up here this week 🙂


  1. Courtney

    I too, am a power styling expert 🙂
    Love how the painted hardware on the drawers turned out! I’m about to do this on a client piece (haven’t painted metal hardware before!) so lovely to see how it turned out for you!

  2. Catherine

    It looks beautiful! Love the colour and the distressing.

    I absolutely know what you mean about styling – sometimes getting a piece into the house is impossible, so you make do!

  3. Karyn

    You have done a beautiful job as usual. Yes I have done power styling , if anyone had seen me I would have looked like a crazy woman !! There was chaos all around but the image looked calm & serene.
    Karyn x

  4. Fiona, LilyfieldLife

    hi Jo – it’s really beautiful – i sometimes think my favourite makeovers are orange pine to white as the transformation is so damn amazing!! No wonder your clients were happy. Fiona xx

  5. Alison @ Rubylicious Bespoke

    I wouldn’t have realised it was your garage if you hadn’t said so. I find it hard to get a good spot with good light and surrounds for my pics so they’re pretty bad at the moment. As for power styling, it’s usually with a toddler and preschooler in tow, so if I turn my back for too long, they rearrange it or add their toys to the mix! Looks beautiful x

  6. Cindy

    Fantastic painting! I’m following your site now.. keep up the great creations!
    Cheers! Cindy @ sunsetcoasting.blogspot.com

  7. coastalvintagechic

    All I can say is WOW. I also use Zinser smartprime I love the stuff. I dont experiment with many different types of paints as I kind of shy away from using stuff I dont know incase I get the wrong type and it doesnt work out … and its not cheap stuff. Your blog is giving me some great advice on good paints though, so thanks!


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