Thursday, August 30, 2012

White Painted Ornate Bed Head

I'm clearing out my pile of unpainted furniture and am painting a bedroom set I bought a few months ago. This set consists of a queen bed head, two bedside tables, a big mirror and long chest of drawers. It has been quite lovely to paint with it's gorgeous mouldings.

white painted furniture by Lilyfield Life Sydney

I've painted it all in a bright crisp white and distressed it to bring out some of the detail, then waxed it for a silky smooth durable finish. If I was keeping it for me I would not distress the edges as it's possibly too shabby chic for me but this style sells well.  I have two people expressing interest in this set already but that was several weeks ago before Mum got sick and so I'll have to see if they are still in the market.

white painted furniture by Lilyfield Life Sydney

We have a full framed bed so I couldn't photograph this with an ensemble in front of it. I've just propped some cushions in front to mimic pillows but it gives an idea of what it would look like.

white painted furniture by Lilyfield Life Sydney

I love the detail on this bedhead. There's even a little fleur de lis on it (which I have always used as my painted furniture logo).  No wonder I like it.  The bedhead has a padded bar on the back of it so the bar will rest against your wall , but the wood will stand slightly off and not mark your wall.

white painted furniture by Lilyfield Life Sydney

And here is the before photo from the sellers on Ebay.  They had owned the set for over 20 years and have recently updated their bedroom. It's looking a lot different now!  When I turned up just with our car to load the whole set in they were incredulous that I could fit it in but I know my car and it's capacity so well after 2 years of painting furniture and lugging it all around. I did manage to squeeze it all in ! There was no way I was driving back for a second load.


Stay tuned for the rest of the set.

Which do you prefer - distressed or undistressed furniture? Are you a shabby chic fan? 

If you are interested in buying this set, please contact me or leave a message below,

Fiona xx



13 comments:

  1. I love this headboard. It looked so average before and what you have done is just lovely.

    I have a little confession too, I am a bit over shabby chic en masse. I do like white pieces though, but if it is teamed with pink ruffles and cabbage roses, it can be too fluffy and girly for me.

    I like it teamed with natural colours and earthy tones though. :)

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  2. WHat an amazing piece! I love the distressing, though I'm mixed about it. I think it depends on the piece of furniture you'rwe working with

    Hope you're enjoying the sunshine!

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  3. LOVE IT Fiona, especially the distressing. Sandy x

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  4. This is so beautiful Fiona. I love it. I can't wait to see the other pieces!
    Mary Lou x

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  5. I'm with you Fiona, Shabby Chic is great on some pieces and this is one of them. beautiful job. love those cushions also

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  6. What a perfect transformation - just gorgeous!!!

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  7. That is beautiful. Quite a difference.
    Katie
    katietreasures.blogspot.com

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  8. Looks so good in white. Someone is going to be very happy. Fiona

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  9. It's really a wonderful piece! I would love to have more pics of complete bedroom and hope to have soon. I think, this sort of ideas can really make anyone happy to have beautiful dream.

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  10. OMG I love this . it's divine and your distressing of it is beautiful!
    well done xx

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