Monday, 31 March 2014

Vintage Roll Top Desk Gets a Coastal Home Love Makeover!


Hello!

Is it really the end of March already?  How did that happen? 
Lots of exciting things coming up this year, more on that later.  For now I thought I'd check back in and share a recent makeover.....



As soon as I saw this desk I knew it had so much potential,  it had unfortunately been chewed pretty thoroughly by a cheeky Labrador and it's owner (the desk not the Lab), asked if I could help save it.  Um yep!!  Here's a before pic, note the chewed features on all of the handles, legs and corners!



I loved transforming this old piece which was destined for the scrap heap before it was rescued by my client from a garage sale for the princely sum of $40!  A girl after my own vintage loving heart obviously saw the potential too!  .....And after much sanding, repairs, paint and love....  the afters!  

 
My client couldn't decided which knobs to use so we ended up deciding on an eclectic mix which I think really suits and adds even more character to this piece.  I have lots of gorgeous knobs available my website soon.

 
 
 

 
 
 
I really love all the storage in this old piece and kinda wished I could of kept this one...  of well hopefully I'll stumble across one sometime!
 
Thanks for stopping by! :)
 
Jo xx
 


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

A Pretty Mirror, Lilies and a sheepish return from renovation exile! ;)

Hello!

Is anybody still here?  It's been a little while, we have been renovating and for most bloggers this would be gold...  lots of progress photos, planning and reveals.  For me though it was all I could do to keep my head above water and keep on swimming through each day! 

I fully plan to share with you the reno details and a bunch of photos, but today, inspired by these beautiful Lilies I thought I'd dip my toe back into blogging with a mirror makeover...


I was drawn to the lovely curvy shape, the carved details at the top and the gorgeous bevelled mirror which follows the frame shape.  I didn't even remember to snap a before pic (I'm really out of touch with it I know!).

 





 
Mirror is available for sale, pop me an email if you are interested! 
 

Thanks so much for stopping by, it's lovely to be back! :)

Jo xox

 

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ikea Hack - "Rast" Drawers Makeover!

Hello!

Gosh where has the last month gone?  Time flies when you're having fun.  We are in the middle of planning our kitchen renovation.  In addition to the new kitchen we are replacing the entire floor in the back of the house and the back windows for French doors.  I'll post some pictures of our kitchen reno when we finally start!

I've also been quite busy working away on a few projects.  This one was too much fun...  my first Ikea Hack!  A lovely client asked if I could give these little Rast Drawers a personality makeover ;)

Here's the before, the Rast Drawers retail for $49.95.  It's a super basic little piece...  which comes in the raw ;) 















I started by adding some sweet moulding detail to the draw edges to add some much needed character.  This was sold in a 2 metre length and just fit in the car! 

I stained the piece in a colour called Brazilian Roast, which I think gives it a nice depth and is a lovely contrast to the ASCP Old White on the drawer fronts.  After some distressing and waxing I added some gorgeous glass knobs to complete the makeover.




I really enjoyed this little makeover and my client has a one of a kind set of drawers that's a little bit familiar! ;)

Happy Week!


Jo xx



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Friday, 19 July 2013

Little Boy Blue.... A Cute Coastal Cupboard Makeover!

Hello lovely friends!

Gosh where have the last few weeks gone?  We've just finished school holidays here in Sydney, the kids returned on Tuesday.  It was nice to get some paint on my brush this week after a little break,  I've started a few new projects which I hope to share soon!  In the meantime I thought I'd share this cute little coastal blue utility cupboard that I finished just before the holidays.

 
 

We nicknamed him Little Boy Blue ;)  ...the name popped into my head whilst I was painting and kind of stuck, the kids even asked where I was taking Little Boy Blue when I was loading him into the car for delivery!  He sold really quickly, he's a versatile little chap and I can see him being quite handy in almost any room.



 

 
Thanks so much for stopping by... have a beautiful weekend!
 
Love,
 
Jo xx
 
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Thursday, 27 June 2013

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 ;) 

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 :)


After:


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






Addicted. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Jo xx



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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

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 ;)

 
 
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 ;)
 
 

Thanks for stopping by lovelies,


Jo xx


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Monday, 10 June 2013

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!! ;) 
It also had some water damage to the top.  Where liquid had penetrated the veneer and the particle board beneath had expanded :(


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! ;) 

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 :)

 



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!

Thanks for checking in!

Jo xx




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