Sunday, January 20, 2019

Beautiful “Navy” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers

I have been using Fusion Mineral Paint as well as chalk paints lately. I love the Midnight Blue for a classic navy. I thought I’d show you a few pieces I have done recently in it. Including a chest of drawers that are still for sale if you are interested :)

” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life

Ben who is in his early 20s contacted me last week looking for some furniture. He originally was looking at IKEA but his mum said “go to Lilyfield Life instead”. He looked through my portfolio and fell in love with all the bow front drawers I did last year. I had one remaining unpainted chest so he asked for them in my deep navy blue with gold handles. Didn’t they turn out beautifully? 


” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life

Ben says they look amazing and “wow what a piece, something I will be able to hand down to family in the future”. Old furniture is the best and it’s so good to see young people buying “proper” furniture that’s built to last many lifetimes.


” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life

I also have these tall queen anne drawers for sale. All gorgeous now in FMP Midnight Blue with a pale putty grey interior, sealed with a lovely matte sealer and new gold cup handles. 5 dovetailed drawers offering fantastic storage and looking very stately now.


” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life
” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life

” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life

92w x 45d x 115h cm

$585

Pickup Lilyfield or please ask for a delivery quote


Thought you might to see the before photos. Solid and well built but the varnish was so degraded. I’d say perished but I might get a scathing email from snarky Kate again ;)




Here are some other navy pieces from last year. I just love it.

Hope you do also


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” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue lilyfield life
” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life
” Fusion Mineral Paint Midnight Blue Drawers lilyfield life
Fiona xxx


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Hello again

I’m back for 2019. The year is already well and truly underway for me. I was going to take a longer break but ended up working and things took off with loads of custom jobs and sales. I thought I’d pop in and share a few recent pieces. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years.

I finished this beautiful vintage sideboard last week and it was delivered to my customer on Friday. Painted in a warm pale grey with a white top. 

French style vintage sideboard lilyfield life

French style vintage sideboard lilyfield life white top


French style vintage sideboard lilyfield life

I also have this Art Deco sideboard for sale. Painted in the same pale grey but with a sea foam green interior. 

152w x 53d x 112h cm including backing board and currently on sale for $600.


French style vintage sideboard lilyfield life


French style vintage sideboard lilyfield life




hand painted vintage sideboard lilyfield life

I also have a gorgeous vintage glass topped console table that I have given a Restoration Hardware look with ASCP French Linen and White wax. Such a lovely finish that works with many decors particularly French or coastal. The glass on top had a deep bevel edge and is in good condition. 

Perfect for a hallway, or as a sofa table. A lovely solid piece. 

135w x 46d x 75h cm

$425 now $295. *** now sold ***

Pickup Lilyfield


painted restoration hardware look console table lilyfield life



painted restoration hardware look console table lilyfield life


painted restoration hardware look console table lilyfield life

If there is anything you like the look of please let me know. Enjoy your weekend
Fiona xx


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Wreath

Good morning; the end of year is looming fast. We are typically not yet organized for Christmas: no tree, no presents but we do have a wreath on the door.



Sasha and I went to a wreath making workshop at her school the other night. A nice mother daughter event to do with her.


The base is twigs and we just shoved in flowers and leaves and occasionally used florist wire to secure some pieces. We went with the the theme of less is more and we are really happyof how it turned out.


We will put up the tree next weekend, we were going to do it last weekend but in the end we were too busy, tired and nonchalant about it :)

I have loads of furniture to share with you. I’ll post some pieces tomorrow and update the For Sale page .
Fiona xx

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A few vintage Demi lune consoles

Good morning! Funny how you can not see something for a while and then come across a run of them. Margaret asked me for a demi lune console table and I couldn’t find one for ages but then found several. 

Here’s the one I painted black for her. 

Demi lune console Lilyfield Life Black

I also had this (not strictly a Demi lune) onemwith a black marble top. Absolutely beautiful detail and the marble was in very nice condition. I painted the base is an ASCP Paris grey mix with some dry brushed white.





That one sold right away so when I came across the next Demi lune I decided to paint it similarly but sell it more cheaply as it wasn’t marble ... and it’s still available:)


Available: a vintage Demi lune console table. Perfect for a hallway or lounge room. With ball and claw feet, a pie crust edge and carved leg detail, this lovely piece exudes elegance. 

Painted in ASCP Paris Grey with a Graphite top. 

91w x 45d x 75h cm

Now sold 

Pickup Lilyfield or delivery


Let me know if you are interested in this one.

I have a busy painting day today as I’m finishing up an order of 6 pieces heading to Belligen near Coffs Harbour this week.very grateful for lovely customers.

Fiona  


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bright white paint for Laura

One of my customers Laura asked me to paint a pine desk for her and an antique chair. She wanted the desk to be a bright white and the chair a jet black. They look so good together now and all ready for her kids to do their home work.



I used chalk paint (a beautiful local brand) but I didn’t want to wax the desk as I wanted a surface that Laura could spray and wipe if her kids spill glitter or make a mess. So I us
ed a matte water based sealer. 

Laura also mentioned if I had a narrow chest of drawers available and I had actually picked one up last week so I painted it in the same white chalk paint and gently distressed it and gave it a smooth wax finish.




They are all getting delivered to Laura tomorrow so I hope she loves them

Fiona xx

Monday, November 12, 2018

Before and After: ASCP Country Grey

A lovely new customer found me via a google search and asked me to paint her bedside tables. To be honest the photos she sent me didn’t really show the poor condition of the previous finish. She had bought these over 40 years ago and they had been painted in milk paint. They are actual French oak side tables and in lovely condition under all that trashed paint.



I spent ages sanding them down as the milk paint was chipping off even in places that weren’t looking disgusting.  I then primed with zinsser BIN shellac and painted with 2-3 coats of ASCP Country Grey. I waxed the bases but as my customer uses these to rest her coffee on I decided that she needed the extra protection of a clear coat sealer on the tops. I then gave them a glazed finish. 





My customer was so excited when she picked them up. She said “aren’t you clever!” And then she added “aren’t I clever to find you!” 😊


Monday, October 15, 2018

A few days of relaxing

Good morning my lovelies, with the school holidays drawing to a close I’ve enjoyed a few days off work. It’s been really nice to unwind and spend time with my family and friends and not have a paint brush in my hands. 


Although don’t get me wrong I absolutely love painting but I’m finding that my shoulders and biceps are aching a lot lately. Last year it was my hips from sitting weirdly when I painted so I changed that and now my biceps are aching so I must be doing something differently that’s causing that pain. I need to stretch more I think ... and probably paint less. And walk more and lose weight...don’t get me started.


But today when I had some quite time instead of painting I sat and read a magazine and gazed at my wall of greenery in the garden. How beautiful has the rain made everything look. 

In the late afternoon Phil and I were kid free and we walked up to Rozelle and we found a wine bar serving last drinks so we had a glass of rosé and sat and talked. Very nice to relax and enjoy each other’s company. 


I did have a few customers come to pick up pieces including these lovely large bedsides. Lisa has been a customer for years and so it was nice to see her again and know that she is still loving my furniture.

graphite ash bedside tables lilyfield life

graphite ash bedside tables lilyfield life

graphite ash bedside tables lilyfield life

I’ll be back into work today . Lots of new pieces to pick up including some lovely French pieces. Exciting to start the new week off with some great pieces

Enjoy your day.
Fiona xx


Friday, October 12, 2018

Black and beautiful

Fusion Mineral paint coal black
I had the pleasure in painting gorgeous timber American drawers recently. My customer had brought these from the US, they were the first piece of furniture she ever bought but the dark timber wasn’t doing it for her anymore. We decided on Coal Black by Fusion Mineral Paint. How gorgeous are they now. 





For the hardware I have polished with Bar Keepers Friend and an old toothbrush. They originally were quite black with age. So shiny now. 


Doesn’t paint make a huge difference! 
Get in contact if you have a piece that needs paint. 
Happy to provide a quote
Fiona xx