Friday, May 16, 2014

Art Deco Duck Egg Blue

Good morning! and it looks like it's going to be another gorgeous day here in Sydney. I am hoping to get a few pieces finished today. I've got a few too many pieces on the go at the moment. The custom furniture painting side of my business has been booming and while it means less freedom of creativity for me and I find it a little stressful making the piece exactly how the client wants it, there is the plus side of not having to sell the piece at the end.

Art Deco sideboard hand painted by Lilyfield Life Sydney

Yesterday after a morning of interviewing medical secretaries for one of my business consulting clients I had time to finish this art deco sideboard I painted this week for Kathy. Talk about a diverse day but I love my good working life. I'm never bored anyway :)




The sideboard is very old, made from plywood and was pretty grubby with stains and paper glued in the base of the drawers and cupboards. Old plywood can be difficult to paint as it will bleed. I used two/3 coats of Zinsser on this before painting in ASCP Duck Egg Blue.  The inside is painted in Porters Chalk Emulsion Standard base White. The ply was in pretty rough shape and i spent a lot of time sanding before I started painting in between coats and then before waxing. The surface is now very smooth and lovely. There are a couple of cracked bubbled places on the front of both doors where the plywood has split. I didn't want to start sanding this and possibly split the ply even more so Kathy and I agreed to leave the issue alone and just appreciate the imperfections of age.


Art Deco sideboard hand painted by Lilyfield Life Sydney


Art Deco sideboard hand painted by Lilyfield Life Sydney
mid way waxing and buffing

Art Deco sideboard hand painted by Lilyfield Life Sydney

The paper was going to be very difficult to remove so we decided to wall paper over it. I have started cutting the lovely wallpaper given to me by the charming Arif at Shady Designs. Kathy will glue it in.


Art Deco sideboard hand painted by Lilyfield Life Sydney



I replaced the old wooden handles with pretty cut crystal ones.  If you wish to purchase these handles please send me a message. $8 each plus postage.

Art Deco sideboard hand painted by Lilyfield Life Sydney

Look how they sparkle in the sunlight.


sparkly crystal handles available from Lilyfield Life

Do you like it? 
Can you imagine it in a coastal inspired bedroom?

I always worry a little about huge pieces painted in Duck Egg Blue and if it's going to look "too much" but I always end up loving them.

It's a new life for this piece anyway.

Fiona xx




6 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I had an old sideboard very similar to this (darker and cupboards weren't curved). Sold it about 4 years ago but would have loved it looking like this.

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    1. what a shame Becci! hope you've had a good weekend and thanks for stopping by
      Fiona x

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  2. Just beautiful. One of my favorite colors too. Always fun to see what you've been up too. Enjoy the weekend

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    1. thanks so much Sylvia. hope you had a good weekend also

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  3. Oh so jealous! What a beautiful piece!

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