Sunday, February 17, 2019

Latest pieces

Good morning. We went to Balmoral beach last night for a quick dinner on the beach. It was so peaceful and relaxed. Nice to slow down for a little bit and surround yourself with natural beauty and happiness. What a beautiful evening and a beautiful city we live in.

This morning we went for a quick swim and coffee at Nielsen Park. So many people on the beach and in the park but never that many people swimming in the water. It was very cold and refreshing. I would have liked to stay longer but Jonty has a lot of homework, and Phil needs to go so his mother’s garden. Sasha is out to breakfast with friends so will be home later. I have a few ouecesnid like to prep and start painting this afternoon so it’s all good. 

I  have a few pieces available at the moment. I thought I’d share them here and just drop me a line if anything interests you. 

A French style mantle mirror that also looks great over a piece of furniture. 
61w x 90h cm 

Available: not a piece I am inclined to paint. A stunning vintage claw footed walnut console table imported from Denmark. The carvings and patina on this piece are beautiful. If you wanted to use this as a writing desk you could just raise it by two centimeters with little rubber stoppers under the feet or beautiful as a console table. A few fine scratches that I have waxed and buffed to reduce visibility. 

A rare piece offered at a great price 

95w x 52d x 71h cm


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Available: a sweet vintage console table with single drawer and fluted legs. Painted in FMP Lichen, a soft sage green and a smooth waxed finish. A nice narrow piece. 

68w x 32d x 76h cm


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Available: I absolutely adore this little old cupboard- perfect for a large bedside or lamp table. The shape is really unusual and pretty - there’s even cut glass for the top. Painted in a pale stone chalk paint, gently distressed and a smooth waxed finish. Interior in a stunning duck egg. Removable shelf inside and lovely original hardware.

62w x 45d x 78h cm


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Available: these vintage bow front bedsides are very old and most probably hand made. They are just gorgeous. Painted in a lovely off white (Fusion Champlain) with Putty inside the drawers. Waxed finish and gently distressed. New bronze cup handles complete the look.

47w x 44d x 67h cm

$450 the pair. 

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Have a lovely day: we are about to have a bbq lunch. Always reminds me of my childhood. My dad was epic on the BBQ. He still is :)

Yours in paint


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pine chest of drawers in ASCP Old White

I was really busy with custom painting in January, it’s like everyone decided to start the year off with prettier furniture. On NYE, I kid you not, between 10pm and 9am on New Year’s Day I had 6 requests for quote on custom furniture. Was everyone just sitting around making New Years resolutions to have painted furniture? Ha ha, anyway I always love to quote and hopefully get the job. Jan asked for me to paint her pine chest of drawers. She is moving into a retirement home soon and wants to take the drawers with her but as she will only have a few pieces she wants everything to be pretty and bright. She decided on the old version of ASCP Old White and off white interiors.

Did you know that all the AnnieSloan colours are changing? This version of Old White is no longer available. Her new paint is much thicker and harder to get a smooth finish with. Not that I use ASCP much these days anyway but I don’t like that sound of even thicker paint. I love a smooth finish as you know :) 

The white looks so much fresher. This was a lot of white paint and effort but so worth it for a new clean look. Jan has also asked me to paint her bookcase and I’ll pick that up next week to do. She also bought a beautiful blanket box that I painted a pale stone colour and reupholstered in a stone coloured ticking (fabric from Spotlight). 

I think its all going to look beautiful together and hope Jan enjoys her move to the retirement village. 


Friday, February 1, 2019

My favourite piece this week

Hi everyone, how glad is everyone (in Sydney anyway) for the cool change that came through last night. The world’s weather is mad :)

I wanted to share a lovely antique cedar blanket box I painted and sold this week. My favourite piece of the week. It was made by the Ed Roos Furniture  company of Illinois USA in the 1920s and if it was in good condition these have been valued over $1000 US. However when I bought this piece, someone had already removed much of the peeling veneer. I sanded it all smooth and then gave it a good coat of Zinseer BIN primer. I painted this in a lovely putty chalk paint and then I stenciled a damask pattern on it to replicate old faded wall paper. I sanded it all over and sealed with clear wax. 

I have wanted to do a piece like this since 2017. When we were in Italy a couple of years ago we stopped for lunch at the tiny hill top town of Orvieto, famous for the black and white striped church.

While we wandered through the cobbled streets trying to find some shade from the searing heat,  I saw a blanket box in a (unfortunately closed for summer) furniture shop that I loved and used it as my inspiration. I managed to snap this photo through the window. 

I also finished a few other pieces this week. A vintage oak filing cabinet that had seen better days, now deep navy with antique gold hardware. 

And a vintage bow front chest of drawers now cloaked with peacock chalk paint - I’m delivering this to my customer Simon this morning and hope he loves it.

I also sold this very old and very beautiful chiffonier as is which is always great when it happens. I was thrilled not to paint this piece as the patina on it is charming. A lovely narrow piece that would be great storage in a hallway. 

I have a few more pieces I am hoping to share today. Thank goodness it’s a bit cooler to work.
Have a lovely day
Fiona XX 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Small pieces and Australia Day weekend

What a beautiful weekend in this beautiful city. Jonty went to one of his friend’s party at Luna Park on Sunday and took this photo from the Ferris wheel. So lovely. What a view.

We had a lovely weekend, relaxed afternoons, swims, dinner with friends, drinks with school mums at a local
pub, a morning at Curl Curl beach, some baking, sorted out
my pantry and all my Tupperware :) oh and I steam cleaned the carpets. 

I finished a few small pieces at the end of last week. 

This lovely vintage bedside table in the peacock blue with gold handles. A lot of people are requesting this gorgeous colour so you’ll be seeing a lot of it.

This nest of tables painted an off white chalk paint and sealed with a matte sealer for Wendy. She was just so thrilled with them. It made me really happy. 

I also have this French provincial lamp table for sale. It’s so lovely and perfect for an entrance hall or corner for a lamp. 

70dia x 70h cm


I also have this French style console table available.  

If it doesn’t sell as is I will end up painting it but it’s a shame as the timber and bronze/gold is lovely. 

114w x 45 x 77h cm 


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Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend also.
If there is anything I have for sale that catches your eye let me know

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Rustic Charcoal Console table

Martina and Paul have loads of my furniture bought over the last 8 years. Absolutely lovely customers. Martina recently snapped up a large rustic console I had available for custom painting. 

Fusion Mineral paint ash console

She asked for it to be painted in charcoal and distressed. It looks so good and is going in their lounge roomthat has concrete bench tops for the tv cabinet so I think I t’s going to be so good there.

Fusion Mineral paint ash console lilyfield life

 This was sanded smooth, some cracks filled, sanded again, cleaned with TSP and painted in 3 coats of Fusion ASH, then distressed and sealed with Artisan Hemp Oil. Once the oil had settled, I buffed it dry.

And before; to be honest the photo makes it look much better than it was. 

I love the planked lower shelf on this piece. A nice storage shelf for baskets of cushions.

It’s so intensely hot right across Australia at the moment - I really hope everyone is safe and bush fire free. Tomorrow is meant to be a dangerous day so fingers crossed for a break in the heat. 

Stay safe 
Fiona xx


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A few in Peacock blue chalk paint: so lovely

Good morning: it’s so hot and humid here that I’m (for once) not looking forward to a day of painting and sanding. It’s grueling working with no air con. Yesterday morning I was up super early to work in the cool of the day and I finished these drawers in beautiful peacock blue chalk paint . 

peacock blue chalk paint lilyfield life

It’s so hard to capture the colour correctly - especially when I’m just snapping it on my iPhone. 

peacock blue chalk paint Lilyfield Life

I painted the interior of these with a pale putty satin waterborne enamel. The handles were given a fresh coat of antique gold Rub n Buff. This piece is quite unusual, it was originally a dressing table and I love the slim felt lined jewellery drawer at the top. So unusual.

peacock blue chalk paint Lilyfield Life

peacock blue chalk paint Lilyfield Life

And before....

I sourced and painted this piece for a lady Margo who had missed out on a previous piece I did with the same peacock blue and gold. The previous drawers were in a terrible state when I got them and needed a lot of sanding but gosh they turned out well.

peacock blue chalk paint Lilyfield Life

peacock blue chalk paint Lilyfield Life

peacock blue chalk paint Lilyfield Life

You can see how I struggle to capture the colour: it’s so vibrant and lush. Sasha and I were laughing yesterday as it’s the same colour as my coffee keep cup :) 

You’ll be seeing more of this colour for sure. 
Have a great day
Fiona xx

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


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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

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