Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Leather/Vinyl chair makeover

Good morning! My day started well with a coffee and a morning swim here

Very fresh but what a beautiful way to greet the day.

I also received a message from Hannah who had asked me for help in painting her dining chairs. She’s in lockdown in the UK and needed a project. I sent her this tutorial and within 12 hours she sent me this photo. Talk about speedy.

She still had 5 more to do but she’ll send me a photo once she’s finished them all. 

This is the chair I painted years ago that served as her inspiration. It’s now Sasha’s study chair and is still in fantastic condition if you are worried about how the paint holds up.

And the before...disgusting peach vinyl.

Have you tried this technique? I’d love to hear how you went?
Have a great day
Fiona xx

Monday, January 18, 2021

10 years in business

This little business of mine, Lilyfield Life, is 10 years old!  This last weekend 10 years ago Jonty and I recovered a child’s arm chair for a friend’s daughter’s 5th birthday.  At the party another friend of mine, Serena , said wow you should go into business! Well that random comment sparked an idea and I started my blog the next day and started painting furniture. 10 years later I’m still really loving transforming drab vintage pieces into something special.

And the before (it was quite stained) 

I just used a drop sheet and hand painted the stripe and the fleur de lis: my friend had a French style house and she loved the chair. Her daughter had been using a bright pink Barbie chair that she hated.

And so there you go, just a random comment and then 10 years of follow through :) 
I’d love to hear from you if you also have a painted furniture business and how you got started. 

So many of you have my furniture and homewares in your homes. Thanks so much for all the support and love you send my way. 💙

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Roses from my garden

We have a tiny garden but it’s a good size for the inner west and we have made it an oasis of green. I can’t claim much credit for it, I did do the brickwork for the garden beds and build the bbq table but Phil is the green thumb in the household. I initially just wanted green and white plants in the garden, no other colour at all but I have relented in the last few years and Phil has planted me some David Austen roses.

This one is called Mary Rose and I love it. It’s only a young plant but I have high hopes for it. We also ordered a boscobel rose but it must have died during transport as it never transplanted well. Phil will order me another one next season. Second time lucky perhaps.

I used one of the roses on this cake below for my mother in laws birthday recently. Not the best cake as we were really rushed but at least the rose looks pretty. ❤️ Beth was very happy with the cake and attention so that’s what counts anyway.

The rose below is really special to me, it’s a Pierre du Ronsard that my beautiful dad bought for me for my 50th birthday. The roses are perfection.

Here are some other photos of roses from the garden 

 We also have 3 white icebergs 

Do you have any David Austen roses? Aren’t they gorgeous? 

Have a lovely day
Fiona xx

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Hand twisted candles

Hope you’ve had a brilliant weekend even if you are in lockdown. Today I’m sharing a lovely simple project I did the other day. Super easy twisted candles. Such an impact using cheap candles from the supermarket.

I started with a simple box of white candles I got for a couple of dollars at the supermarket. I warmed them for about 20 mins in a jar of warm/hot water. 

Then when they are flexible I rolled the middles of them with my rolling pin between two pieces of baking paper. You just want to flatten them a bit. 

And then with your hands start twisting until you have the look you want. 

How fantastic so they look! I can’t wait to try it with some coloured ones also. Claire from Found and Favour did it with these pretty pink ones. It looks like she rolled hers thinner than I did. They look amazing don’t they. 

Let me know if you give this a try. 

Fiona xx

Monday, January 4, 2021

My painted furniture from 2020

A little quick round up of most of my painted furniture from last year. While I didn’t blog much I was painting a lot of furniture. Over 300 pieces painted and sold: I was really surprised as I didn’t think I had done that many pieces.   Fantastic support from my lovely customers. Hope you enjoy the video, I know it’s fast, just a glimpse of my work. I’ll post some photos into another post at some stage.

Thank you to all my beautiful customers and to everyone who supports me in the form of commenting, liking a post or sharing my work, or sending furniture my way. I really appreciate you all. 

Happy new year. Hoping 2021 is good to you

Fiona xx 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Vintage file cabinet coffee table

Good morning! Hope you are having a good week. I’m heading off to bootcamp in 10 mins so thought I’d quickly share this little coffee /side table I made from a vintage filing unit. 
I have added castor feet to raise the unit and add to its industrial vibe. I painted the unit in a graphite paint with a lovely satin finish and also added little file cup handles. 


Cheers Fiona 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Custom job in white satin enamel

Here’s a great before and after : the magic of white paint. Jennifer wanted to update her furniture. It was yellow, red, timber and glazed with a diamond pattern. So much going on. She wanted the freshness of white. It’s going to make the room so much fresher also. 

And this cabinet.

So lovely with the duck egg inside. It was makes it pop. 

Here’s The before. It really needed an update.

It’s getting picked up early tomorrow morning and I’m sure Jennifer is going to love it 

Fiona xx

Monday, September 14, 2020

Black painted sideboards and more

Oh my goodness it’s been a while hasn’t it. Hope I still have a few readers out there! Hope you are surviving Covid and the crazy new life we are living. I have been painting away and keeping busy. I seem to have been painting lots of black pieces lately. 

This first sideboard was snapped up by Rochelle and Sean in Canberra. A lovely old oak piece with beautiful old glass in the door. The very old glass with the wavy finish as it’s hand blown.

Jo saw the above sideboard and asked me to paint hers the same. 

And her mirror to match. The mirror was brown and the original finished was flaking off. So much better now 

I also finished these tall slim drawers (now sold). 

I am in the middle of a few custom jobs that I’ll share soon. A huge difference.

Hope you are all well.
Fiona xx

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Gorgeous old cutlery canteen bedside table

Hello again! Oh wow it’s been a while hasn’t it. Hopefully you also follow me on social media as that’s where I have been busy. Anyway I thought I’d share my latest piece. 

 A lovely old timber cutlery canteen that I thought would work so well for a bedside or jewellery storage. There’s a single drawer then a section under the lift up top with a compartment that would be great to hang necklace in. The interior is lined with an embossed leather. I have fully painted this inside and out in stunning French blue grey, with a waxed and distressed finish. Gorgeous details on this piece with fluted edges and hand carved legs . None of the locks work but there is the sweetest little key for the interior panel. 
64w x 45d x 79h cm
Pickup Lilyfield or delivery available

The little down section on the lid is very cute. I thought you could add some hooks and use it to store necklaces.

The colour of this is beautiful, I matched this off an antique French frame years ago and got my chalk paint supplier to mix it for me. They did a wonderful job. 

If you are interested in purchasing please get in touch
Regards Fiona 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Oak bench seat in navy

Good morning, I love this time of year with the sun a little lower in the sky giving us beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Even though we are at home we have Callan Park at our door step to walk in. 

I have been doing lots of work still and yesterday painted a lovely old oak bench seat. 

How cute is Charlie. 

This seat is really similar to one I did about a month ago. And everyone loved it so I decided to paint this one navy as well.

Such great pieces for a hallway with the storage inside. I love the umbrella holders on the sides also. Isn’t it just wonderful that people still want these old pieces and that they get to live on.

Have a lovely day. Hope you get to do something you love.  I am working on a desk today which are also in great demand with so many people working from home at the moment.

Fiona xx