Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sweet depression era cabinet in Porters Paint

The other night I got a text from a friend if I wanted a cabinet. Of course I said yes :). It was her grandparents and needed about of love and the glass needed lots of scrubbing. I painted it in Waterford one of Porters Paints beautiful greens.  My aunt recently painted her dining room in this colour and I just love it. So sophisticated. The interior has been painted in a bright white satin enamel. 

The back is made from an old tea chest and still has the original stamps. I have left them unpainted inside and out as couldn’t bring myself to paint over this piece of history. This piece is very versatile. It would be gorgeous in a bathroom, kitchen, lounge room or large hallway. 

How cool is the SYDNEY on the back. So special.

This is Waterford below. Such a gorgeous colour.

This sold immediately on my Facebook page with several people interested so I think people love it as much as I do.

Fiona xx

Monday, May 7, 2018

Console tables available

Thanks so much for the lovely emails and messages about yesterday’s blog post. You guys are the best. Thank you.  I feel as though I have loads and loads of friends online and I really appreciate the community here.
Today I didn’t get much painting done. I’m priming a few pieces but nothing finished today. I do have a few console tables available so I thought I’d share them here for those of you who don’t follow me on social media. 

This black beauty is a very old English mahogany table imported by a gorgeous elderly couple who are now downsizing. I’ve painted it jet black and given it a matte clear coat. The pie crust edge and ball and claw feet are stunning.

109w x 41d x 73h cm


Available below : I always love painting these French style console tables. They really are a perfect way to add some elegance to your home. This one has been painted in a pale putty colour (beautiful hardwearing paint), white highlights and antiqued for a sublime aged patina. 
88w x 34d x 72h
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I also have a few of the gorgeous bowls also available. These can be posted. $70 each.

Available: Sweet little vintage console with rattan shelf. Nice shape and painted a pale ASCP Paris grey mix with a Graphite top. Classic combination for an elegant French look. Nice slimline piece for a narrow spot. 
77w x 36d x 71h cm
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And last but not least the white console table I blogged about a couple of weeks ago is still available. Just beautifully I don’t know why it’s still unsold. Someone needs to fall in love with it:)

Available: a lovely solid timber French style console table. Also would work beautifully behind a sofa. Painted in white chalk paint and with a silky smooth waxed finish. Three deep drawers with rustic iron handles, (if you prefer I have cup handles that fit perfectly). The drawers’ interior have been painted a gorgeous bright green for a pop of freshness. 
So many uses for this piece. 
145w x 50d  x 76h cm
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If anything catches your eye please let me know
Fiona XX 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Local Business Award and a vintage French sideboard

Hello from Lilyfield on a lovely autumnal evening. We have had a relaxed weekend and are all refreshed for the week ahead. Some good news is that I am a finalist in the Local Business awards. Thank you everyone for your votes, it really meant a lot. I’m not sure if I’ll go much further as the competition criteria really favours shops. I needed to submit a photo of myself with my products and so Phil snapped this photo of me yesterday morning just before this sideboard was shipped to Brisbane.

Fiona Gaven Lilyfield Life

The sideboard is a lovely one. A beautiful serpentine front vintage French piece. It was a horrible yellow when I got it with green details so I couldn’t wait to get the primer on it.  I love this two tone grey finish. 

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

This sideboard is off to Queensland to a lovely customer whose been wanting a sideboard from me for ages. So pleased she fell in love with this one.

I also wanted to share a couple of photos from the weekend. Jonty sewed a cute little seal toy that he designed himself. He googled an image and then made a design from it. It’s for a big project he has been doing on the effects of plastics on marine life.

wool seal toy Lilyfield Life

wool seal toy Lilyfield Life

wool seal toy Lilyfield Life

And some photos of my gorgeous girl this afternoon at Barangaroo. Such a lovely afternoon to get out and about.

Have a great Sunday evening. I’m off to do the ironing :)
Fiona xx

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Another painted vintage secretaire

I had such a fantastic response to the vintage secretaire I recently painted so when I came across this vintage one made in Italy I decided to buy it. I took a bit of a chance on this as it came locked and without keys. I was lucky that I had a lovely vintage key at home that fit it. Phew.

vintage Secretaire Lilyfield life

This piece was made in Italy. It’s so tall and narrow so I think would be a great piece for a little corner of a lounge room or even kitchen nook. I painted it all in a beautiful taupe grey and the interior in a sea foam green. 

vintage Secretaire Lilyfield life

vintage Secretaire Lilyfield life

I’m really happy with how this turned out and it was snapped up right away with lots of interested parties. Lauren sent her helpful friend to pick it up within 3 hours of commenting sold, love a quick turnaround. She was absolutely thrilled with it and loved all the care I’d taken painting and restoring this piece.

vintage Secretaire Lilyfield life

It seems that these are really popular pieces. So I’ll definitely be doing more of them. Lots of work but don’t they look fantastic

Fiona xx

vintage Secretaire Lilyfield life

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fleur de Lis cabinet

Good morning! You’re enjoying my more regular postings. I have lots of lovely pieces to share. When I saw this piece I knew I wanted it to paint and had the exact look planned out in my head before I even brought the piece home. I love the carved fleur de lis patterns on it, I’ve never seen anything like it before. 

fleur de lis cabinet Lilyfield Life

Half way through painting the details white, I was wondering why I ever thought that was a good idea . So tedious but I do love the finish. It’s very similar to the cabinet in my lounge room. A very French look with lots of patina.
fleur de lis cabinet Lilyfield Life

fleur de lis cabinet Lilyfield Life

This cabinet is very handy as it was only 30 cm deep so works fantastically for a narrow hall. One of my regular customers bought it and has it in her bedroom with a TV on top. I drilled some holes in the back for cables etc. 

fleur de lis cabinet Lilyfield Life

fleur de lis cabinet Lilyfield Life
I forgot to take a before photo but it was very dark timber with lots of scratches and dings. I had to use a dark grey primer as it bled a lot even under the darkish paint, but I got it sorted after a couple of coats of the Zinsser Bin shellac. My favourite primer. 

Here it is in Ivana’s house. (With a few other pieces from me also)

Lilyfield life

Love seeing how people decorate and use my furniture 
Fiona xx

Sunday, April 8, 2018

How beautiful

I’ve taken a couple of weeks off as we are headed to the Commonwealth Games but I’m driving up to the Gold Coast by myself stopping to see friends and family on the way. Phil and the kids will fly up and meet me there. A friend has moved into our house to take care of Charlie. Good to have a break and get refreshed and re-inspired.

Yesterday morning I woke to see this sunrise from my brother’s house at Lake Cathie. How divine. 

Then last night I arrived at My friends house at Byron Bay. Tired but happy. 

Have a great day xx