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 πŸ˜‰

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 crΓ¨me de la crΓ¨me 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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Vintage Ladder Love Affair

Hello lovelies

I have a thing for many things… one of those things is vintage ladders.  I heart them.

I’ve made over a few of them and can’t resist picking them up when I see them.  I was driving by my local Salvos store after my son’s cricket game on the weekend… and I thought I’d pop in for a quick look see.  I ended up walking out with these two beauties…  and a few other goodies!  Gotta heart thrifty shopping!

Here’s the only before shot of my ladder…  in my outdoor studio πŸ˜‰


I gave him a good scrubbing, and white washing. 

I didn’t want to cover the original stencilling on the sides or the splatters and splobs of paint which he’d gained over the years.  White washing gave me that shabby beachy look whilst still allowing his character to shine through!

 He’s quite a handy fella…. he had me hooked at first sight πŸ™‚ I really love his hooks! 

I added some numbers to the steps, sanded a little and waxed.


My plan was to sell him at my next market stall…  but I’m growing quite fond of him and his hooks πŸ˜‰

Now just between you and I, he’s not my one and only…  I have another handy fella stashed in our ensuite…. he’s on towel duties.  There’s also one in the corner of our family room, casually taking care of throw rug business.

…..and then there’s the other little one I bought with this one…  thinking she’d be nice to hold scarves in my wardrobe…  mmm thinking I may have a problem ;D

Thanks for stopping in, have a great weekend

Jo xx
 Linking up to these fab parties….


Some New Vintage Art and Some Random Disorganised Thoughts :)

Hello lovelies

Keeping up with kids, home, work and this blogging caper is tough. Well for this chick it is. I really admire so many women who blog daily… or even regularly, you guys are amazing and inspire me to do better.  I’m yet to balance it all and find blogging is the thing that gets bumped off the ‘To Do/Wish List’ {sometimes it’s sorting the washing or ironing… actually it’s always the ironing!}.

I’ve been finishing lots of projects and fun stuff, but haven’t gotten around to blogging about it. I write the posts in my head, often in the middle of the night!  They just haven’t materialised into posts as yet…. surely someone is close the inventing an App for that?  It’s not only writing posts, it’s keeping up to date with all my fave blogs too…  I’m so far behind in my reading!

Anyhow I’m working on getting more organised, I think that’s the key. I know it is. In a previous life (before kids) I was organised, mostly on time and not a crazed lunatic every morning trying to get out of the house!  My other “issue” is procrastination. Add that to disorganisation and it’s amazing that I make it out of the bathroom in the morning, let alone the house πŸ˜‰

That said, I’m not beating myself up about it, I love writing this little blog and connecting with so many truly gorgeous people.  My blog is a new born, she and I (always wanted a girl), will take one day at a time, or one post at a time. Baby steps πŸ™‚

Well that turned into a different post entirely!  {Is that normal?}  I had set out to just share a recent Vintage Art find!  So moving right along, here she is….  

I found her at Vinnies, I had to pop on my potential glasses to get past her most-unattractive-gold-framers-special frame! 

After a moment of focusing I was taken by her beautiful colours and she was coming home with me.

After a few coats of white paint, I think she scrubbed up not too shabby!  Amazing what a lick of paint will do… a fresh new look just in time for Spring πŸ™‚


How do you balance work, love and blogging?  ~  Any tips for this newbie would be greatly appreciated! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by… have a great week lovelies πŸ™‚

Jo xx

Linking up here πŸ™‚

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

Little Piano bench gets a Coastal makeover!


Sharing my little bench seat makeover…. 

I bought this little piano stool a few weeks ago.  I found him sitting sad and abandoned in an op shop, but after popping on my ‘potential glasses’ (I carry them everywhere πŸ˜‰  I could see that this little fella would look fab with a little TLC.

Orange lacquer just had to go and stat!

Sanding, priming and some stripey details were on my to do list for this little project;

and here he is after some Coastal lovin….

So that’s it… my little coastal bench make over and no more orange lacquer in sight!

Not much else happening around here at the moment… we’re caught up in Olympic fever!!  Have you been watching? 

Jo xx
Linking up to these fun parties….

Vintage Doily Transformer Cushion Bag!


Is it a bird is it a plane… no it’s a Vintage Doily Transformer Cushion Bag! (huh?)…

It all started with a burlap bag, to which I added a vintage doily I recently picked up at a fab little vintage fabric store.  I wish I could take credit for the crochet but my crochet skills are basic at best.  I imagine this one was made with love by someones Nana πŸ™‚

I decided to snap an Instagram pic of my new tote (I’m a massive fan of bags, totes and baskets of all kinds).  When I looked at the pic of my new tote, propped on a chair it looked like a pretty cute lil cushion (I’m a massive fan of cushions too!). 

It was instant love, but I was torn…  bag verses cushion?? 

Arrghhh I’m not so good in the decisions department.  Then I started to think why can’t I have my cake and eat it too… or as the case may be, have my cushion and tote it too πŸ˜‰ 

I have boys, they have a tonne of boys stuff including Transformers; so it was high time for this mummy have her own Transformer!  and so became…   my Vintage Doily Transformer Cushion Bag!


Handles tucked in = instant cushion

It’s a super simple to make basic tote bag, you could use canvas, calico or any fabric you like… then add a doily or other embellishments and hey presto! Cushion/Bag love.ο»Ώο»Ώ

I’m busy working towards going to market in a few months time, bags and cushions are on my ‘to make list’.
Hope you’re having a Happy Tuesday lovelies!
Jo xx
What do you think, are you a bag or cushion girl?

And for some fun I’m linking up to these fab parties… πŸ™‚