Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Painted French Oak Sideboard

I'm posting tonight as tomorrow morning I'm jumping on an early plane for a weekend away. I'm heading to Adelaide for a weekend with my friend Janie. I've booked a room over looking the beach and looking for a great weekend and some time swimming in the ocean. It's always good for the soul... and so is my friend Janie. She's one of the happiest people I know. She always a huge smile and is one of those people who always make you feel so special.


Jannie has a styling business (The Style Directive) and is taking me clothes shopping. She's made me take photos of myself and send her - she initially asked for underwear photos but I sent one in gym gear (actually my painting gear) as I didn't want to break her phone:) OMG I don't know if I can cope with this but if anyone can find me clothes to suit then it's Janie. We may just need alcohol also. Wish me luck. Shame I haven't lost 10 more kilos! I've lost 5 kgs so far but have kind of stagnated for a while. Need to step it up again before summer comes.


Anyway before I start to pack tonight (swimmers, tick, sarong, tick, sunglasses tick) I thought I'd share a french oak sideboard that I was commissioned to paint for Samantha. This is going to be one of those pieces that some of you will cry out "Quelle horreur! Why is she's painting French oak!! Sorry but Samantha bought this piece specifically for me to paint. She a lovely Lilyfield Life fan and wanted me to an authentic rustic antique look. She opted for ASCP Coco with ASCP Old White in the recessed areas and antiqued with dark wax. Here are some photos I snapped with my iPhone but when Sam moves into her new house I'll take proper photos. 

This is just when I popped over to show Sam the colour. I actually removed the doors to paint as I didn't want to paint over the hinges. They are so beautiful. We did however decide to paint over the key back plates as they are more brassy. 


Two coats down but it appears very light here but ASCP Coco is actually browner than this. A shade darker than ASCP French Linen.


I then painted the recessed mouldings. It was easier the paint all the edge around the lip then paint the Coco over the white on the very edge.  A hard decision is always working out which bits to highlight and what not to. I think it's a very personal thing and decided to make this sideboard not too fussy - just rustic.


Here it is below all painted but not waxed. I know a lot of people find it useful when I share my process in photos step by step. Hopefully it helps you.

Hand painted vintage french oak sideboard by Lilyfield Life

and finally with the waxes on and all finished.

Hand painted vintage french oak sideboard by Lilyfield Life

Hand painted vintage french oak sideboard by Lilyfield Life ascP COCO

Hand painted vintage french oak sideboard by Lilyfield Life ascp coco

Hand painted vintage french oak sideboard by Lilyfield Life

I'll share better photos when it's in Sam's new house and looking all styled and finished.

Hand painted vintage french oak sideboard by Lilyfield Life

have a great end of the week. I will be :)

Fiona xx



4 comments:

  1. such a pretty piece! enjoy your girls' weekend! you deserve it!

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    1. thanks Cassie! I had so much fun. lovely to get away

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  2. Love the decision to highlight the door insets with Old White. It's gorgeous!

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    1. thanks Robin. i think this piece really needed it.

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