Friday, July 5, 2019

Some recent painted furniture

Hello again, I know it’s been a while but I have been working hard with lots of interesting pieces coming though my studio. I thought it was about time to share some here. I just hope I have a few readers still...

lilyfield life hand painted furniture


I had two of these little Japanese cabinets. They are designed as little benches for near the front door to put shoes etc in. One of my customers bought one as a TV cabinet as they have a marrow lounge room. Both painted in shades of grey. 

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

I also had a pair of vintage Japanese bedsides tables. Over the years I have done several of this style of furniture but never bedsidenso I was thrilled to source these. I painted them in a dark grey chalk paint and they were snapped up immediately with loads of people interested.

lilyfield life hand painted furniture


I love bedside tables with a pull out shelf. So handy. 

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

In the same grey I also painted these vintage English bedside tables. These bedside tables are very similar to several little bookcases I have painted before. Nice and slimlineamd good for a small room.

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

I have two pairs of bedside tables still for sale if you are interested.  A pair of duck egg bow front ones and some taupe serpentine fronted ones. drop me a line if you are interested.

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

And these lovely ones: $600 the pair 
lilyfield life hand painted furniture lilyfield life hand painted furniture

lilyfield life hand painted furniture

I also have a few other pieces for sale that I’ll share tomorrow. Have a lovely day
Fiona xx
















Monday, May 27, 2019

Affordable path update: stenciled tiles

How clever are my customers-turned-friends Kate and Jordan with their DIY makeover. They are recently married and have just bought their first home. Their side path was old terra-cotta tiles that were in good condition, just not the look they were going for.



They got a quote to retile this side area and it was over $10k but with Berger Paints Jet Dry Rapid Tread paint and Cutting Edge Stencils they have transformed this area for under $300. What a saving and how wonderful does it look.


You can buy Berger paints at Bunnings or Paint Inspirations. It’s around $90 for 4 litres and is quick drying for high traffic areas. 


Jordan and Kate selected the Santa Ana tile stencil. You can select different sizes so choose the one that matches your tile dimensions.



 I previously painted my old concrete lounge room floor (before we renovated) with Berger Jet Dry and it lasts forever and feels wonderful) - I just used white but wanted to comment that I had no problems at all with the paint peeling. It lasted years and years and included a high traffic area. 




My white painted floor even made it into a magazine so it much have been good :) 



Well done Kate and Jordan! Your side path looks amazing ❤️


Do you have old tiles that could do with a spruce up?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Latest pieces

Sorry I have been slow on blogging lately. We are now settled down in front of a movie after a long Good Friday lunch with lovely friends. So I thought I’d update you on some recent pieces.


Lunch setting

Kelly bought this long India Hicks style console table (much larger than it looks) from my inventory and asked for it to be painted the same as a chest of drawers she bought a few months ago from me. 
FMP Putty with Heirloom interior
A lovely buffer waxed finish. 

vintage console lilyfield Life

Julia asked me to paint her old pine drawers for her new bedroom. We chose a pale warm grey chalk paint and I gave it a gently distressed finish. I added new handles that Julie bought from Provincial Home Living.

before and after chalk paint pine drawers Lilyfield Life

before and after chalk paint pine drawers Lilyfield Life
And before

before and after chalk paint pine drawers Lilyfield Life
This is a lovely old upholstered bench seat. I initially painted the frame a pale grey but it had such a purple undertone and I kept looking at it and decided I didn’t like it so I repainted it in this lovely deep slate grey that perfectly matches the ticking. Funnily enough it sold immediately repainted so my customers must have preferred it also. 

vintage upholstered bench seat
One of my customers, Nicole, has missed out on several glazed cabinets recently so when I came across this one I offered it to her prior to listing it for sale. She loved it. It’s such an old piece and in gorgeous condition.

vintage glazed cabinet vintage glass cupboard lilyfield life
I loved these vintage French bedsides. They were so nice to paint and turned out so pretty. They got snapped up immediately also. (I’ve got the best customers) 

French bedsides tabled lilyfield life

I have also sold a heap of mirrors and homewares lately but I’ll  share them in the next post. 
Hope you all have enjoyed Good Friday and are set to relax over Easter

Fiona 















Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kitchen island from an old chiffonier

Hi everyone 
Hope you are having a good week. I finished the kitchen island last week and Steve and Cathy love it. Eventually they will get marble cut for the top but in the meantime they will just use it with the painted top.


Here is a close up 



They still need to build the rest of the kitchen but Cathy has some great ideas and I think it will all look pretty fabulous. 

A long way from the dusty old piece when they found it. I originally turned down this woke but so glad I reconsidered. I love painting it!

Fiona xx

Monday, March 25, 2019

What I’m working on this week

Hi everyone, hope you had a lovely weekend. Ours was fun but tiring. Jonty’s party and sleep over Friday night, lunch with Phil’s mum and sisters on Saturday, they arrived literally an hour after the boys left so I t was a quick tirnaround) . And then yesterday up the coast for my dad’s birthday. Plus the kids have a lot of assignments and I had the usual furniture pickups and deliveries and I painted a mirror and we always seem to be doing house work and folding laundry. It never ends :) I was glad to hop into bed last night.

vintage mirror Lilyfield Life

This week I am finishing the kitchen island bench for Cathy. She now wants the top painted so that’s a lot of extra work.
Here’s where I’m at the moment: bases painted, apron primed, top needs sanding right back as it’s damaged.


I also am painting this little bar unit below - already sold to a lovely customer Elle. She’s going to use it to store her router etc in. 


And I also sold the second bookcase I sourced so that needs painting. These are all from the same seller. All English oak but stained so dark.

I also want to start a sideboard that I bought from a beautiful old lady. Maybe that’s all too high hopes :)

I have two pairs of bedsides, a hall table and a glazed cabinet all arriving tomorrow also. I’ll share photos soon. 
I also am planning on swimming my laps everyday. I’m really enjoying it and getting fitter. 

Enjoy your day.
Fiona xx







Saturday, March 23, 2019

Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint

Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life

This beautiful bedroom set came from the Consul General to Finland. It is just so beautifully made and despite being quite old was in pretty good condition. Initially I was thinking of selling it as is but the long low drawers had a few nicks along the trim above the drawers and the tall set had quite a bad mark on the top. The rest were just perfect so it was a shame. 


I ended up painting them the same in a pale grey chalk paint with clear wax. The drawer interiors are a pale sea foam green. I love that combination.

Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life

Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life

Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life

A lovely couple who aren’t on Facebook bought this set. Their friend commented sold for them. When I went to deliver the piece I realized I knew the friend (who was there to help unload) so it was all a very nice transaction. 

Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life

Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life
Bedroom furniture in pale grey chalk paint Lilyfield Life

I really buffed these for a nice shine. I’m just so thrilled the set stayed together. 

I’m so tired tonight, we had 6 boys here for a sleep over last night for Jonty’s birthday. Such nice kids and so funny. And wow big groups of boys eat so much. 

So we are off to bed early (10:30pm which is quite early for me anyway). 

Have a good weekend
Fiona xx











Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Vintage oak bookcase cabinet and I found another one

Last week I bought and painted a little old English oak cabinet. The lead light panels in it were all broken so I pulled them out and inserted wire into the doors. I painted it all a warm pale grey chalk paint with a white (satin enamel) interior. It sold on the weekend and was picked up straight away.

English oak vintage cabinet Lilyfield Life

English oak vintage cabinet Lilyfield Life

English oak vintage cabinet Lilyfield Life

English oak vintage cabinet Lilyfield Life

I could not believe it when yesterday I bought the same piece again but this time with perfect leadlight. The buyer who was Next in line on the last sale was thrilled to snap it up and have it custom painted. She’s deciding colours and will let me know. 


Here’s the one with the broken leadlughts. Same piece!


I also bought a matching little drinks cabinet that will paint up beautifully also.  All lovely old pieces made in England.


Hope you are having a good week 
Fiona xx