Wednesday, June 13, 2012

White Painted Bedside Tables

I finally got around to painting our bedside tables - white of course! I had bought them with this in mind but it's taken me a year to get around to it. Next time I buy furniture for our house I'm going to paint it before I start using it and loading it full of our stuff. It would have been much easier to paint these without having to empty them and deal with piles of mess in the bedroom.


I'm getting through my to-do list!  I have purposely been avoiding the furniture auctions so as to not buy anything new to paint.  This strategy is working very well on helping my get to some long overdue projects.


The ceiling in our bedroom is very beautiful. I'm not really sure if you can make out the ornate detail in the photo below but I love lying in bed and looking at the ceiling and our light.


When we bought our house this room was disgusting. The previous owners were very heavy smokers and obviously smoked in bed - behind where the bed was were two dark plumes of smoke stain.  The house was a deceased estate and guess what the old lady had died of - yep, emphysema. It took us weeks to prepare and paint this room. The colour is Taubman's Northern Star. It's a very pretty blue with a hint of lavender. The wood work is white.


This little figurine is one of my favourites. My sister, Rachael, gave it to us to celebrate the birth of our first child, our beautiful Sasha. It's such a thoughtful beautiful present for people having a baby. Something to treasure.  I like how simple it is with not much detail on the peoples faces - which I think would make it look tacky. 



The painting above the bed is one I painted many years ago of the wonderful buildings in Prague. I first went to Prague in 1994 and loved the architecture. All the spires and turrets. I've been back since and it's now a bit over run by tourists but in 1994 there weren't many travellers there and it was an amazing experience.


This is the view from the bedroom door.


The chair in the corner is a reproduction French chair that my aunt bought and didn't want any more so she gave it to me. It's very lovely and I generally manage to not use it as a clothes dumping ground!



I have distressed the edges of the paintwork as some of the drawers are a bit tight and there was no way the paint wouldn't chip so I may as well make it look intentional.  It actually looks better distressed as the handles stood out too much when the paint work was stark white. They blend in better now the dark wood is peaking through.


On a non painting front, I spent yesterday morning giving some career coaching (part of my business consultancy work) to an old friend from my Vodafone project management days.  We had some good laughs over the crazy times we had working all night getting multimillion projects to go live. High pressure times can bring out the best in good people.  They sure were the days. It was good to have a laugh but also give him some assistance.  

cheers
Fiona

Sharing at

15 comments:

  1. they are gorgeous and the room is so light and fresh and bright! nice work!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Cassie - this room gets good light all of the day which is lovely.

      Delete
  2. I love them! They look so pretty in white. And I really like their shape. Nice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks Jenny - i searched for ages for something this shape. found them on eBay!

      Delete
  3. They're lovely Fiona! I've been looking everywhere for those curved dressers, but not having much luck. Your room looks very tranquil and pretty too :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hi Meg, thanks, the uy i bought them from (eBay) had bought them in the States. Made in New York. Its pretty unusual to find this shape i think. they hold so much stuff which is great.
      I am tempted to paint our room white but Northern Star is so tranquil that I think i'll leave it.
      cheers Fiona

      Delete
  4. That looks lovely, what a nice retreat for you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks! except when the kids and dog jump in!

      Delete
  5. Replies
    1. hi Nat, thanks. how are you going? i just blogged about Rozelle today and the development at Tigers. Writing my submission today....
      hope all is well
      cheers Fiona

      Delete
  6. They are absolutely beautiful. The room is light and bring. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love the shape and the colour is so nice and fresh. A pretty room.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Elizabeth! You can't go wrong with white can you!

      Delete
  8. Your room looks great and I love your side tables! I also love the light over your bed...it looks so vintage. Good job! Btw, I'm your newest follower : )

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to comment! (Sorry if you have trouble commenting, I'm trying to sort it out)