Friday, January 12, 2018

Inspiration for my next sideboard

Good morning! I hope you are feeling happy and productive this week. I was out with a girlfriend, Sarah, last night and she commented she was starting out the year feeling a bit flat. I said I was similar and she responded that she has a name for it - Miserablergh. Ha! Exactly how I started back at work also. Well I'm not actually miserable but definitely not the energizer bunny I usually am :)
Sarah makes me laugh  - she said "I'm so miserablergh I don't even care that I'm miserablergh". Maybe it's the strange weather we are having or that everyone is still on holidays and not buying much at the moment so work is quiet. I don't know but I'm looking forward to feeling on fire again.

Anyway I've been looking at way to get all inspired again. I've been listening to business podcasts and also have started painting again - slowly:)  I have a beautiful sideboard in my studio that is all sanded and primed and ready for painting and I've been unable to decide how to paint it. Last night I was flicking through some old photos and decided to do a washed grey finish on it. The same as this sideboard I sold to Kim of Kim Gleeson Interiors for her beach house north of Byron Bay.  I realised I never shared photos of this sideboard when I painted which is surprising as it's one of my favourites.

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

I love this finish - so soft and subtle.
This sideboard was very dark timber but I liked the storage options and the carved details. I wanted to really lighted it all up and give it a new life hence this Driftwood Inspired Sideboard: pale grey with layers of white and wax, distressed and sanded for a rustic light finish. Silky smooth and beautiful. 

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

Here's is a photo that Kim took of it all styled up in the hallway of her beach house. Just the look I'm going for the sideboard in my studio. I'll post photos when I'm done. 

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

have a good day. 
Fiona xx


Thursday, January 11, 2018

French Country style painted cabinet

Good morning! This is my 1001st blog post. A milestone I think. When I was assembling my past work for my updates portfolios I came across a photo of a sweet little cabinet I painted years ago. it was just the inspiration I needed for a piece I had in my inventory.

The cupbaord below that was my inspiration is painted in ASCP French linen with clear wax. I painted it before you could get ASCP in Australia. I had gone to America for a holiday and visited Michele of Not Too Shabby in Glendora just out of LA and bought some ASCP to bring back to Australia with me.

french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

For the cabinet below I painted it in a custom mix of chalk paint. This colour is slightly paler thans ASCP French Linen but has a similar green undertone. I colour matched this off my favourite piece of furniture ever - an amazing antique french cabinet.  I am still wishing I'd bought the cabinet.  Is it wrong to be in love with something you saw briefly years and years ago? :)

Anyway below is my finished piece. This little cupboard is from a NSW country homestead. Such an old piece.  White top and trim.

french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

Available: A little antique cupboard painted in a French country style. This is from a beautiful old homestead in country NSW. Such a handy piece for your hallway, tv, dining room or bathroom. Great for a stylish kids room to hide their toys.  One shelf inside painted same as exterior. Waxed finish, gently distressed and added patina. The back of this is unpainted as I wanted to showcase the pit sawn timber. . 
93.5 w x 38d x 79h cm. 
$395
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french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

The pit sawn timber on the back dates this to the 1880's. I left it unpainted to showcase it.

pit sawn timber back


If you are interested in viewing or purchasing please let me know
cheers Fiona xx


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BLUE GREEN - Painted furniture Portfolio

Good morning! hope you are having a good week. We are back from a weekend away and back into work - juggling the kids on school holidays as well, so it means some late nights for me. I have spent some time these holidays working on my business rather than just in my business. Good to start the year feeling motivated and organised. 

One of the things I have finished, that I have wanted to do for a while, is create a better portfolio of my work. I ended up arranging my pieces by colour rather than by style of piece. 

If you want to take a look at the full albums have a look at my facebook page:
Lilyfield Life Portfolio Albums
 but here is a collage of the furniture painted in blue and green. This isn't all my work in blues and greens but it's a good representation. 

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green


here are some larger photos of my favourite pieces:

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Excuse the blurriness of that last photo. I can't find the original image as it's from years ago. I'll have to try my hand at a union jack again sometime soon.

Fiona xx

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Antique Pine cupboard

Good morning and happy new year. Hope you had a brilliant Christmas and NYE.  We are at the beach this morning despite the rain. Fingers crossed it clears up but we decided we would get wet snorkeling anyway and it’s easier to find a park when there are showers :)

The weather has been beautiful in the previous days and we’ve been spending our mornings at Shelly beach and Fairy Bower.  It doesn’t look like that today.
 

And today (that’s our kids entering the water)



How good is it to be able to blog from the beach :) (I use BlogTouch Pro and love it)

I am easing myself slowly back into work. I have a gorgeous antique pine cupboard available. It has been hand painted in a limed white chalk paint and waxed. With two handcut dovetail drawers and cupboard below it offers practical storage for any room in your house: for your hallway for keys and bags, a dining room sideboard, the bathroom for fluffy white towels or your lounge room for the kids toys. Beautiful condition.

 one shelf inside, unpainted but clean. 

85w x 39d x 95h cm

$400

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If you are interested in the cupboard let me know. I have loads of gorgeous pieces coming up when I’m back into work full time. I’m still on holidays mainly though, fitting in some small pieces in between days at the beach.

Love Fiona xx



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Some small pieces - stools /single bedsides / pot cupboards

Good afternoon, hope you had a wonderful Christmas and lots of lovely time with your family and friends. We're back home and taking it slowly today - reading books, jigsaws and chatting. I;m going to have to do a mad run around in about an hour or so as we've got friends coming over for dinner. It'll be nice and low key but house looking messy from the mad rush before Christmas so I'll at least tidy up :) 

We had a beautiful Christmas up the coast, with Christmas lunch at Putty beach with my side of the family. An overcast day but so relaxed and lovely. Just how I like it.

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Image may contain: one or more people, ocean, sky, outdoor, water and nature

I'm holding off doing any work for a few more days to give my back a rest as I've been having trouble with it for about 6 months now. To be honest I'm feeling REALLY lazy :) I do have a big sideboard all primed and ready to paint and a few small pieces to do also. Soon....

While I mainly paint larger pieces, I also love doing some small projects that I can store easily and fit in between the big drawers and sideboards.  Here are some little cute pieces that I've done recently and a few pieces at the bottom of this piece that are still available.

hand painted book stand

How lovely is this old fashioned book stand above - I painted this in a tiny sample tin I was sent of an English paint - Vintro. It's absolutely lovely chalk paint with fantastic coverage and this colour (French Navy) is the most beautiful teal.

Below is a little stool that is painted in ASCP Antibes - I'm sure you'll recognize this beautiful green.

ASCP Antibes green

ASCP Antibes green

How cute are these small side tables that all sold before Christmas.

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

I really love vintage sets of nests of tables - actually I don't really like painting them as they are fiddly but I love the finished look of them. Love both these sets below that I painted and sold recently.

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

A lovely customer gave me a few small tins of paint that she had left over after deciding furniture painting isn't for her. One of the tins was Porters' paint China Rose. I used it on this little vintage bedside table and finished the piece off with porters liming Wax. Such a pretty piece for a girl's room.

42w x 42d x68h plus 3cm backing board
$195
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vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life

I also have a lovely vintage pot cupboard for sale. This is a limed white with a white fleur de lis on the door. such a cute little piece and one that can be useful in any room.

50w x 41d x 79h plus 5cm backing board 
$245 

vintage hand painted furniture by Lilyfield Life


I had better get moving and tidy the house and perhaps have some lunch (it's now 2:30pm...day slipping away)

Enjoy your afternoon
Fiona xx

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Before and After - hand painted bookcase/drawers

Just a little inspiration for you if you have some old timber furniture hanging around and you are thinking of freshening them. Really there is nothing as good as paint to make things look amazing.

Am ASCP Paris Grey/white mix on the exterior and Dulux aqua enamel inside on this pine bookcase.

hand painted bookcase by Lilyfield Life

and before - my clients' photo :)


While I was painting the book case my client also asked me to paint these old hand made drawers. so much fresher now and ready for their baby's room.


hand painted drawers by Lilyfield Life

If you are interested in having your furniture painted by my then I'm taking bookings for 2018. Please email me photos, dimensions and a rough idea of colour. Any inspiration photos you have are also welcome.

cheers Fiona xx

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Beautiful old Indian linen press cupboard

beautiful vintage Indian linen press lilyfield life

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend. Phil and Sasha went camping on a dad&daughter weekend at the Basin with 6 girls and 5 dads. What fun they had. Jonty and I stayed home and gave his bedroom a makeover - just cleaning, culling and rearranging. No money spent but it looks so good. I'll share photos soon. 

This is another very old Indian cupboard I sourced recently. It wasn't in as bad a shape as the one I painted the interior green. I have painted this one in a lovely greyish white and added patina to using black and brown antiquing waxes.

beautiful vintage Indian linen press lilyfield life

beautiful vintage Indian linen press lilyfield life

beautiful vintage Indian linen press lilyfield life

beautiful vintage Indian linen press lilyfield life

I absolutely love the scalloped carved base. Such a nice detail.

This piece has sold and is heading to the most divine Moroccan style bathroom in Byron Bay. Perfect spot for it.


Fiona xx

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Lots of painted furniture for Diane on the Gold Coast

Once again I've let things slip here so thank you so much if you are still reading. I've updated the "for sale" page with pieces that are still available.  Its been busy (like everybody else I'm sure) and I have a few large shipments to a lovely buyer on the Gold Coast. 12 pieces so far and a few more to go in January. Diane is updating her house and has fallen in love with my furniture. Luckily I have a great guy who does a transport from Sydney to the Gold Coast and always take great care with my pieces.

Here's some of the pieces that Diane bought.

The large pretty white sideboard.

french style sideboard Lilyfield Life

the white antiqued console table

french style console table :Lilyfield Life

A very old Indian cabinet - I had so much work to do on this piece. I got some new shelves to cute. Had to nail and glue the base back on. Add a new hinge and hammer the top back on. The day I did all that I was more carpenter than painter but on a rustic old piece like this I didn't have to do 100% percent precise so my skills were good enough.

vintage indian cabinet - green white Lilyfield Life

I painted the interior in a mix of ASCP Antibes and Pure White. Isn't that pop of colour gorgeous!

vintage indian cabinet - green white Lilyfield Life

A lot of these old Indian cupboards have a secret compartment at the base. I don't know what was kept inside. Anyway it's less secret now as I've replaced the screw to lift out the base with a little handle to make it easier.

progress photo Indian cabinet - getting painted

progress photo Indian cabinet - getting painted

In progress. My studio packed tight these days -lots of work going on.

progress photo Indian cabinet - getting painted

and the before photo. This photo doesn't actually show how bad it was. This is probably the dirtiest piece of furniture I have ever dealt with. I had to scrub and scrub it clean.


Diane also bought a long low chest of 9 drawers for her bedroom - also in white and distressed. These drawers are so beautiful. Solid timber and such a nice shape. The only before photo I have in when they were still in the car :)

hand painted white chalk paint french style drawers Lilyfield Life

hand painted white chalk paint french style drawers Lilyfield Life


And these bow front drawers also for the other side of her bedroom.

hand painted bow front drawers Lilyfield Life

Th order also included a few mirrors and other pieces.

vintage gilt bow mirror Lilyfield Life

painted ASCP  mirror Lilyfield Life

If you sell mirrors and want a tutorial on how to edit yourself out of the photo let me know and I'll write one. I will often take photos from an angle for mirrors but it doesn't work on oval mirrors as the mirror taken on an angle looks all wonky.

This vintage chair also went to the Gold Coast. I painted the leather which was in perfect condition but a hideous mustard yellow. This colour is a mix of ASCP French Linen, Paris Grey, Olive and Florence. Such a lovely sage colour. if you want a tutorial on how to paint a vinyl or leather chair with chalk paint then here;s is one I wrote a few years ago. The paint holds up amazingly well on the chair and the leather feels perfectly normal after you sand and wax it. A great method for refreshing these beautiful old chairs.


painted ASCP vintage vinyl chair Lilyfield Life

painted ASCP vintage vinyl chair Lilyfield Life

painted ASCP vintage vinyl chair Lilyfield Life

Diane also bought this beautiful French style desk. I am so thrilled with how this desk turned out. I have been really working on my ability to add subtle patina. This desk will be part of my next shipment to her including a coffee table and bedside tables as well. She's redecorating her whole house and keeping me busy. 

french style painted desk Lilyfield Life

french style painted desk Lilyfield Life

french style painted desk Lilyfield Life

french style painted desk Lilyfield Life

I can't wait to see photos of Diane's house with all these lovely pieces in place. I'll ask her if it's okay to share photos with you. 

I'm off to scour some antique shops for inspiration. Then tonight we're going to Christmas carols. Hopefully the rain holds off.

Fiona xx