Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vintage French Dresser turned TV Cabinet

This is a beautiful antique French low dresser that had lost it's mirror by the time it came to me. That's okay as I'm not really a fan of dressing tales with matching mirrors. I think this dresser would make a fantastic TV stand as at 63cm high it is a perfect height.

hand painted furniture Sydney by Lilyfield life antique french tv cabinet

hand painted furniture Sydney by Lilyfield life antique french tv cabinet

The curves on this piece just make my heart sing. When I first saw this dresser it was much worse for wear but I fell in love with it straight away. I was out shopping with a couple of friends and we all thought it was sold and I was lamenting missing out on it. A  few days later I got separate messages from both of my friends that the sale must have fallen though as it was back for sale. I literally raced to buy it. I knew I wanted it for Lilyfield Life. A perfect fit for my brand if there ever was one.

I painted it in a very similar style to my coffee table that I made/painted

hand painted furniture Sydney by Lilyfield life coffee table

ASCP Paris Grey with White trim and I used ASCP Dark wax for the antiquing in the details.

hand painted furniture Sydney by Lilyfield life antique french tv cabinet

hand painted furniture Sydney by Lilyfield life antique french tv cabinet

hand painted furniture Sydney by Lilyfield life antique french tv cabinet

I distressed this piece well as I wanted the beautiful walnut to show through. It really suited this old piece.  I also added a few of the porcelain crackle handles that are made in Limoges, France. I have had such good use from these. I bought them from a lady who removed them from her beautiful French style kitchen. They are stamped with the place of manufacture on the base. She was changing over to a modern style kitchen. Lucky for me I say.


Here is the before photo: Gorgeous but needing work.


antique french dresser

Today I'm hoping to finish a big cupboard painted in a Restoration Hardware technique and a white painted bathroom vanity. The rain has slowed me down somewhat this week. Tomorrow I need to start a beautiful old sideboard for a client and then Thursday is another painting class. Friday I would like a day off painting but I don't think it's going to happen...

I hope you are having a good week
Fiona xx

8 comments:

  1. WOW- this is breathtaking!!!! gorgeous, my friend!

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    1. thanks I just love this one Cassie. Sasha was heartbroken that I sold it

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  2. Love it and the colors work well with MY stuff!!!

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  3. Oh a real heart throb. I love the finished product. I've redone my kitchen in deep grays and little by little more tones will be added to my decor. This is a perfect piece. All I can do is dream !!! Collecting ideas for a total redo in our master bath. Your posts are always lush.

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  4. Fiona, I have never seen a piece of this style with such a horizontal profile! I am so happy you got to give it a new life, and it is beautiful! Sorry I don't have my own jet to fly to Auz and buy all your wonderful furnishings!

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