Saturday, February 11, 2023

Latest vintage furniture from Lilyfield Life

Hope you are all enjoying a relaxing weekend, I have been doing some organising in my studio as well as have had a lot of customers here buying pieces which is wonderful.

One of the pieces that sold today was this beautiful vintage American chest of drawers. Such a lovely piece and so elegant now in white. These are quite big and offer lots of storage.

Also in the same white is this lovely vintage Demi lune console table. Now gone to Terrigal.

I also sold these lovely bow front drawers

I've also had some lovely timber pieces in (and now out). if pieces don't need painting and will sell timber I am always happy to just clean them up and get them to their new homes. Saves me work and saves my customers money.

Which is your favourite?
Fiona xx

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Gorgeous Candle sticks from old lamps

I recently bought a huge box of old brass lamp parts. I decided to turned them into interesting candle holders and paired them up with old wine bottle holders. It was super fiddly to do and took me much longer than I expected but I love the results.

The hardest part was making sure the tops were secure and that it allow straight. I painted them white then glazed them. The first photo are all still available but the other photos are sold.

Let me know if you are interested in any of them. 

(updated - all now sold)

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Happy New Year painted furniture lovers

hello 2023! 
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a relaxing time over new years. We escaped to Avoca beach for a week and then have been at home just going to the beach, seeing friends and pottering around the house. It’s nice to not work and just have time to spend with loved ones. 

Last year was pretty good for my business, I did less furniture than I used to but lots of beautiful antique and vintage homewares. I still love painting furniture but I used to do one piece a day and honestly it was just too much after a few years. It’s good to have a mix and place less stress in my hands and body. 

This coming year I’m going to focus on  painted furniture workshops. I’ll be releasing dates soon but send me an email if you are keen. 

I will also be blogging a little more regularly and sorting out a newsletter and online shop for my paint. Lots of admin to do :)

Wishing you much love and success for the year ahead. 
Fi xx

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Bedside tables with pull out tray

I painted these vintage bedsides years ago and they were very much in demand. I finally found another pair and am going to offer them up for custom painting. They are such useful bedsides and quite large. I love the pull out shelf. Very handy for a cup of tea in bed. 

These in the photo are painted in my Lilyfield Life Pebble but they will look fantastic in any colour from my palette.

Available for custom painting. A pair of large vintage bedside tables that offer fantastic storage with two drawers, a shelf and a pull out shelf at the top. The nicely  trimmed dovetailed drawers are all smooth sliding on runners. The timber has some deep veins in it (like recycled timber) and there are woven cane insets on the sides and back of shelf. 
53w x 46d x 78h cm
 email me on this link to discuss colour and pricing 

Pickup Lilyfield or delivery can be quoted

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Furniture painting basics workshops announced

Hello! I’m excited to announce “Furniture Painting Basics” Workshops are back in action. 
🖤 Lilyfield Life will help you transform your house into a gorgeous home, without breaking the bank or buying poor quality furniture. 

🖤 I am madly passionate about painting and restoring antique and vintage furniture. I have been painting furniture since 2006 and started my vintage furniture business full time in 2009. Painting furniture brings me a huge amount of joy and satisfaction and I love that I can create unique functional beauty that will still be loved in years and years to come. I can’t wait to share my skill with you and teach you all the basics. 

🖤 Lilyfield Life Paint: 
After using most paints on the market, I have launched my own range of paints - a decorative chalk finish and a durable satin finish. They are so beautiful to use. Water based, non toxic, easy to use and stunning coverage and results.

🖤 Furniture Painting Basics Workshop 
This is a hands-on workshop that will teach you all the basics of furniture painting. Learn how to prepare your piece, how to achieve different looks with your choice of chalk paint or satin,  how to distress, antique with waxes and achieve a beautiful finish. Bring a small piece of furniture to work on or I can provide you with sample boards.

The workshop price is $250 per person. This includes all materials that you require in the class as well as morning tea and lunch.  Wear paint clothes. 

Dates for September  2022
Wednesday 14th & Wednesday 21st 

Time: 9:30am - 2pm 
Location: my home studio in Lilyfield (address supplied on booking)

To book: email or call /sms Fiona 0405766445 
Limited places. Booking held by payment - bank transfer or credit card (2.2%card fee). No refunds

Friday, June 3, 2022

Antique pigeon hole cabinet- so beautiful

I am so out of practice blogging and have so much to share including launching my own paint range! I will write a post over the weekend with all the details. 

In the meantime I thought I’d share this gorgeous antique pigeon holencabient I have for sale at the moment. I just love it! 

So useful and attractive. If it doesn’t get snapped up I might use it to store the homewares I have for sale.

It has a few bumps and marks but great condition for its age. (1920s Art Deco piece) 

Available: a fantastic antique oak cabinet with fitted pigeon holes. So much useful storage and the patina on the timber is beautiful. A few marks and bumps but great considering its age. So many uses for this piece. Nice base to it also. 
100w x 40d x 165h cm 
(Now sold) 
Pickup Lilyfield or delivery can be quoted.
(Would love this to be picked up this weekend as I have zero storage at the moment )

Let me know if you are keen
Hope you are going okay and still reading this blog 
Fiona xx

Monday, February 21, 2022

Hand painted vintage furniture

Welcome to Lilyfield Life, my business where I transform vintage furniture with paint and love to help you affordably furnish your home and make it a  beautiful space to be in. 

Here are some pieces I have available currently.

If you have any questions or want to know pricing please email me on
All pieces are pickup from Lilyfield or I can get you a shipping quote for within Australia. 

Thanks Fiona 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Cute little vintage cabinet in pale grey

Hope you are going okay. We are currently in lockdown in Sydney and it’s a bit of a drag isn’t it. I am getting vaccinated next week and very happy about that. We are going well to be fair. My main concern with work is storage for pieces I have sold for people who can’t come pick them up - space is getting tight :)

One piece I sold recently is this cute slimline vintage cabinet. I did a really good sand and clean and then primed and painted in satin enamel - beautiful blue on the interior and pale grey on the exterior.  

With the bifold doors and internal drawers this piece offers good storage for a slim spot. I had to think carefully when deciding colours for this piece as the drawers are lined with a lovely bright blue velvet. I quite often paint inferiors of cabinets in duck egg but felt that would clash with the drawer lining so I used this beautiful blue called “Blowout”. It was the perfect choice. 

This was a piece where there are many ways on finishing it: solid like I did, highlight the mouldings with white paint, distress, glaze, black wax etc? I ended up leaving it solid and plain as I felt there was enough going on with it and less is often more. 

But it’s all personal choice when you are painting a piece - there is no right or wrong and you will usually find a buyer for whatever you choose. 

Here’s the before photo: 

 Anyway I hope you are all going okay. I am staying sane with my bootcamp and lots of walks and a few runs in Callan Park.

What have you been up to? I’d love to hear how you are going? 
Fiona xx

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

A beautiful sideboard in duck egg blue

Hi! It’s been forever since I’ve blogged. Life’s got very busy with the kids growing up fast and my business getting busier and busier. 

I thought I’d share this sideboard I sourced and painted for Elizabeth. 

It looks so beautiful on her serene bedroom.  

How amazing is that mirror above it! The pops of gold really makes the room sparkle. 

I’ll be writing some tutorials and other blogs posts soon. Get back in the habit of things. 
Hope you are still reading
Fiona xx