Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ottoman and Bench - IKEA fabric black and white stripes

A while ago I bought a little french style ottoman - it was brown timber with yellow floral fabric - not a good mix in my opinion and definitely worse for wear but the shape was gorgeous and I love having a few ottomans in the lounge room for extra seating. 

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. I stripped off the old fabric -always the hardest part of any upholstery. I have a great little staple remover I bought in the US a few years ago. My friend who I stayed with in LA just laughed when she asked me what shops did I want to go to and I said take me to a hardware shop! The range of products in the US is just so much greater than we have here. 

Once the old fabric was stripped, I vacuumed the foam (it was in perfect condition still) and painted the timber in a ASCP Paris Grey mix that I had on hand and then white washed with Pure White over the top. This really gave a nice soft finish and brought out the details of the carvings. I then gave the piece a good distressing and sealed the paint with wax. 

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

I also used this fabric to cover an upholstered bench seat. How beautiful is this piece. It is so heavy and beautifully made. (already sold) Sasha really wanted to keep this piece and I was tempted but you know there's bills to be paid ;)

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

The fabric is from IKEA - Sofia fabric - a lovely thick cotton that's good for home furnishings and upholstery.  I have used this fabric before for a few projects and always love it.  I used it as a backdrop when I had my antiques booth. it was really effective and i just stapled it to the plywood walls. quick and easy. Looking at these photos makes me really miss having a booth.  These pieces are from when I first started doing up furniture and I am still really proud of them. I really do love painting furniture and making old things pretty again. 

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

I also have used this fabric to make a table runner for my friend. It's a really affordable, easy project.

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

I have another ottoman to do up for our lounge room but the upholstery is a way more difficult job so i will have to muster up some courage (piping and lots of sewing involved). I'll share it when I have finished.

yours faithfully in french furniture and stripes
Fiona xx

using the IKEA Sofia fabric for upholstery Lilyfield Life.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Perfect for a bathroom or nursery

Hope you've had a lovely weekend. We had a houseful of boys on Saturday night for Jonty's birthday party. He has gorgeous friends and it was just  lovely evening. The boys really make me laugh. It makes me really look forward to teenage years.

How good was the sunshine yesterday? We had almost forgotten what it's like to not have rain. We washed all the sheets and towels, went for a run and went to Parsley Bay for a walk and a swim. So beautiful and sparkly sunshine on the water.

The piece of furniture I'm sharing this morning is a quirky number. Handmade and lovely. Beautiful old timber and hand carved dovetailed drawers - I love pieces steeped in history like this.

Two very deep drawers and a cute little cupboard. Hand painted design on the door and all silky smooth and a little distressed. Interior of cupboard painted off white, drawer interiors are clean unpainted timber. 
76w x 43d x 110h cm
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hand painted - not stenciled - so not quite perfect. 

let me know if you are interested in this piece - I think it's such a unique piece and quite useful!
Fiona xx

Friday, March 24, 2017

Snaps from around our home

We had a birthday celebration in the house this week so I took a break from painting furniture for a day and just slowed down and pottered around the house and got things ready for a dinner celebration (and I also picked up some lovely pieces of furniture locally which is always a bonus). I snapped some photos from around the house.

 A clean laundry - unfortunately a rarity. Nice to get a photo of it when it's looking so good without clothes waiting to be washed or put away.

I recently painted and upholstered this little ottoman for our lounge room. Originally it was varnished timber with a yellow floral fabric. I had the navy and white striped fabric on hand (IKEA if you are interested) and it's a good heavyweight upholstery fabric so I thought would be nice to use against the grey paint. To get the paint effect, I first painted with ASCP Paris Grey and then white washed with watered down ASCP Pure White. Sealed with wax. I love how it turned out and it was very quick and easy.

This doggy is loving the new sofas :)
Makes me want to just lie down and cuddle him.

I also wanted to share this amazing sunrise from our bedroom window. How beautiful. The photo is untouched and the whole sky was just so magnificent. Did you see this sunrise also - I think it was late last week?

My friend Sandy who owns Paint Me White came to stay with us recently and she arrived laden with presents - for me was the grainsack cushion at the back - to match the others I have previously bought from her. She knows what I like :) Always lovely to spend time with her.

I actually bought some vintage grainsacks from France recently - mainly to make some cushions and to use in upholstery projects but I can't bring myself to cut them up so I am just enjoying the fabric to look at the moment. Probably a waste of money to some people - but such beauty to me.

Have a lovely day
Fiona xx

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vintage treasure hunting

I have such a passion for old things. And who doesn't love fossicking around second hand shops and markets for a few vintage treasures.

I've found some lovely pieces recently that I thought I'd share them with you. Some I have sold on and a few I am keeping.

lilyfield life second hand treasures

How beautiful is this lovely old basket (sold). It was in beautiful condition and so clean. I painted the little stool in a limed white (sold) and I am keeping the lovely bird cloche. Great for styling on my painted furniture. The timber dog is a present from a friend of mine. He hangs out by our front door so needs to be oiled from time to time. Looks like he needs to be oiled now - I'll get one of the kids to do it on the weekend :)

lilyfield life second hand treasures

I ended up selling this beautiful metal trinket container below. It went to the perfect person. The lady who bought it told me that her dad died a few years ago and he had been a keen fisherman. She and her siblings scattered his ashes into the river where he loved to go fishing. At the time she picked up some pebbles from the riverbed and has been looking for a container to keep them in. This pretty little silver box with the fish on top was the perfect storage for them. 

lilyfield life second hand treasures

I also found this little cheese container. Love it - it can join all my other blue and white pieces :)

lilyfield life second hand treasures

I also picked up some great mirrors recently. I sold this black and gold one but ended up keeping the French gold one below.

lilyfield life vintage mirror

I was going to sell this one below but then I popped it on our tv cabinet and just love the reflection of the chandeliers you get when sitting on the lounge. So this one is a keeper for now. 

lilyfield life french mirror

and I've kept the best for last: I just love this terracotta artichoke ornament. It is massive and heavy. It's meant for the garden but I LOVE it on my coffee table. Always love bringing the outside in. The patina on this piece is really beautiful. 

lilyfield life second hand treasures

Have you found anything cool lately. 
Don't you just love finding treasure?
We should be pirates. 

Fiona xx

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I love this vintage oak cupboard

This was one of those pieces that I just knew exactly how I wanted to finish it. The timber on the top has a lot of character and deep rich colour and so I decided to just sand it very smooth and reseal with wax. The base I painted in white. It just had to be.

Lilyfield Life vintage oak cabinet

To paint the base I first gave it a light sand to smooth out the rough varnish and get rid of any splinters. Because I knew that the oak would probably bleed I first primed it in Zinsser BIN Shellac which is great to block stains and also provides additional coverage / opaqueness. I almost always do two coats of primer. This really helps with stain blocking. I always sand after I have primed because I use cheap synthetic brushes for priming with shellac (turps based wash up) and they create brush marks which I don't want in my final work.  After the primer is very dry, I will then do around 4 coats of ASCP Pure White as it's coverage is pretty average to be honest as there's no pigment/tinting in pure white paints. It's the same with any brand of very bright white paint so it's not a slur against ASCP, just what you have to do to paint with lovely bright white paint. I then gave the piece a good sand, knocking the edges with my sandpaper and then sealed the chalk paint with ASCP Clear Wax. Hasn't it come up a treat? 
It's for sale and details are below.

Lilyfield Life vintage oak cabinet

Lilyfield Life vintage oak cabinet

Sale details:
What a cutie! Gorgeous old oak cabinet. Would be lovely in a hallway or kitchen or even use as a small tv cabinet. A few signs of age in the beautiful timber top but freshly sanded to extremely smooth finish and resealed. ASCP Pure White with a waxed distressed finish. The metal basket and fruit bowl are also available. Several in stock so just ask for details. 
105w x 48d x 84h cm
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We have a birthday celebration in the house today so I'm off to organise some surprises.
Have a lovely day

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Some pieces don't need painting

Good morning! I am settling back in a normal working routine after the Coastrek walk last Friday. I'll keep up the walking but won't have to fit in a twice weekly 15-22 km walk. The actual walk last Friday was 30km (we weren't up for the 60km event) and it was such a brilliant day. We walked from Kirribilli to Bondi all around the Harbour and South Head. Sydney is so beautiful.  

The photo below was taken at 17.5km (crossing the footbridge at Parsley Bay) and we were still smiling. 

The weather was a bit rough but it made for spectacular scenery and at least we weren't hot walking.

This was at the start line but we were looking pretty much the same at the end.  but we did head straight across the road to the pub for a drink - medicinal you know:)

I will keep up the training as I am loving feeling fitter again and am slowly losing the weight I've gained over the last 6 years. So much weight to lose but at least it's a start. argghhh...I get so cross at myself that I gained so much weight and haven't been disciplined. I'll let you know how I go.

I know you are here for the furniture and usually painted furniture at that but today I've got some pieces that really didn't need painting. While they would look amazing in a pale aged grey, I decided to see if I could sell them with just cleaning them up. They sold immediately with a long line of interested parties so it seems a lot of people felt they didn't need painting.

I bought this set from a lovely European couple who have downsized from a large traditional house to a very modern home in Hunters Hill. They are changing all their decor which to be honest I couldn't even contemplate doing at 87 but all the best to them and good fortune to Lilyfield Life buyers as they are just beautiful.

This morning I'm finishing up a gorgeous little piece, timber and white which I always love. Keep an eye for it on social media as I'll be listing it for sale sometime today. Progress pic below.

have a good day 
Fiona xx

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How to use Annie Sloan Gilding Wax

My friend Sandy who owns Paint Me White in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast recently came to stay and brought me some of the recently released Annie Sloan Gilding Wax.

 Gilding waxes are the closest thing to the look of real gold leaf but are so much easier to apply.

How to use Annie Sloan Gilding Wax

Annie's Gilding Wax is very similar to RubnBuff gilding wax. I have used RubnBuff for many years for changing the colour of handles or adding gilt details.  I had some bedsides that I thought were the perfect project piece for testing Annie Sloan's Gilding Wax. 

Gold Dipped Bedside Tables

How to use Annie Sloan Gilding Wax Gold dipped bedside tables

Using Gilding Wax is super easy. Be mindful that a little goes a long way.  Once you have finished painting, distressing and waxing your piece you are all set to use the gilding wax. It should be the last step in the process. As Gilding wax is a wax you don't need to put anything over the top to protect it. If you wax over the top you will dull the shine.

You can just spread it on with your finger or you can use a brush. I taped the legs of my bedside tables with blue tape first then just smeared on the wax with my index finger. I found the ASCP Gilding Wax to be slightly grainier than RubnBuff but it gave a nice hand rubbed finish. Once the wax has had about 20 minutes to harden you can buff it to a shine with a microfibre cloth.  If you are using this on hardware just brush the gilding wax on the same as you would on your furniture. No preparation is needed on metal.

If you make a mistake and get the gilding wax on an area where you don't want it, just use a little of the clear wax on a rag and wipe off the extra gilding.

How to use Annie Sloan Gilding Wax

The gilding wax comes in a range of metallic colours. I am looking forward to trying out a few more. 

How to use Annie Sloan Gilding Wax

Have you used it yet?


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ASCP Pure White Cabinet

Hello strangers, gosh time slips away fast. We've had a few difficulties lately, caring for aging parents, stressful times and it's meant I've neglected my blog but I'm back and hope you are too.  I'm so grateful to be able to work from home with such flexibility so I have still been painting and have quite a few pieces for sale at the moment.

White painted cabinet ASCP Pure White LilyfieldLife

Last night I finished this gorgeous cabinet in ASCP Pure White. I bought this from a customer who has many pieces of my furniture so it was nice to buy something from her for a change.

White painted cabinet ASCP Pure White LilyfieldLife

I think this piece has so many uses. I have painted this piece before (last time i did it in a beautiful french grey and the lady uses it to display her tea cups in the lounge room. I can also see this in a beautiful bathroom with white towels and pretty bottles inside it. Or a baby's room.

This beautiful timber cabinet has been refreshed with ASCP Pure White and clear wax. Gently distressed. Gorgeous storage for anywhere in your home. Blue ikat heart included in sale if you want. 
76w x 40d x 162h cm
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White painted cabinet ASCP Pure White LilyfieldLife

White painted cabinet ASCP Pure White LilyfieldLife

White painted cabinet ASCP Pure White LilyfieldLife

I am off to my uncle's funeral today. Very sad especially for his beautiful daughters. It will be bittersweet to celebrate his fun and full life with my family. RIP Neil.

Fiona xx

Sunday, February 12, 2017

French style drawers

I hope you are surviving this heat wave if you are local. We don't have aircon but our old house is fairly good at keeping cool, although we escaped in the heat of the day to the movies yesterday afternoon . We saw Hidden Numbers which we all enjoyed. I especially loved it and feel grateful for the women who went before me into engineering. Paving the way.  Even so in the late 1980s there were only a few females in the engineering faculty and even less females working as engineers in the Airforce.  Such a male dominated field when it really doesn't need to be. 

Anyway back to my present life to share my painted furniture - a long way from avionics :)

I recently painted these little drawers and they are still available for sale. These are painted in ASCP Old Ochre which is a lovely french style neutral. I have added white trim and then top coated and added patina with clear and dark wax. Original handles which are just lovely. 

Available: lovely dovetailed timber drawers: perfect for a smallish space in your bedroom or lounge room, these are a lovely colour: ASCP Old Ochre, white trim and antiquing wax. 
68w x 47x 89h cm
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close up detail below 

My dining room is looking a little like a shop - divine french mirror also for sale. 

Enjoy your weekend
Fiona xx