Thursday, November 20, 2014

TV Cabinet turned French Armoire

Sorry for my absence; does any one even notice?? :) but I've been painting, renovating and recruiting this week and also I started running again so when I normally make time for blogging, I've been sleeping soundly! and relaxing at night in front of a bit of Dexter on Netflix. Bliss. I'm a happy woman, always am, but especially these days. Anyway onto a recent project...

Home decor by Lilyfield Life Sydney

Paint is a pretty incredible thing. One of the main things I love about it is that it takes away a lot of the fuss of a piece and tones it all down. Take for example this TV cabinet. 

How to paint a TV cabinet

When I bought this several people wondered why. I even had one regular customer who I showed it to and she wasn't interested but when she saw it finished she was desperate for it but it was already sold. When you are buying furniture to paint you have to look past all the fuss of the timber and just look at the overall shape. I loved the fat bottom of this piece and thought that it could get past its humble beginnings as a tv cabinet and become something else quite special.

Even with it's first coat it looked better (in my opinion)

painted tv cabinet by Lilyfield Life

Once the first coat was on I moved it inside to be relatively dust free. I can't wait for our renovations to be finished and to not have to paint next to my bed any more.. or perhaps to not have to sleep next to where I paint. Luckily I have a patient husband.


I painted this piece in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) Paris Grey with white highlights.

painted Tv cabinet French provincial style by Lilyfield Life

I used dark wax to antique the piece and lightly distressed it to being out some of the detail. Inside I used a teal for a lovely pop of colour. 

painted Tv cabinet French provincial style by Lilyfield Life

I made shelves out of some left over fascia board from my neighbour's renovations. Nothing like using what you have to keep your costs down.

painted Tv cabinet French provincial style by Lilyfield Life

Here are some details.


painted Tv cabinet French provincial style by Lilyfield Life

painted Tv cabinet French provincial style by Lilyfield Life

painted Tv cabinet French provincial style by Lilyfield Life

On the renovation front, this week the eaves are going in and the downstairs roof struts are going in place. The roof tilers are booked for Monday week and we all can't wait till we can get rid of the tarp.

cheers Fiona xx


20 comments:

  1. how could they not see the potential with those gorgeous lines! i love it! it's gorgeous!

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    1. I know although to be fair it was still in the car when I showed it to her but she should trust me by now!! Oh well, she’ll trust me next time.

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  2. I've noticed but I pop over to FB to see what beautiful creations you are working on. Love it all!

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    1. thanks so much Tina. got to get more organised!

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  3. If I owned that piece (I wish!), I would probably be tempted to leave the doors open. Love that pop of color.

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    1. thanks Teri. it is such a gorgeous colour isn't it. I have a few more pieces to share that i've paint in it.

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  4. Love the colours you chose for it! And that's dedication painting in the bedroom. :)

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    1. thanks Jane and yes i can't wait till our renovations are over and i have my own studio!

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  5. Thanks Fiona, I notice when you are missing (in action) lovely piece and I sooooo agree about paint, it is such a decorators friend and gives so much satisfaction, happy painting.
    Lyn

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    1. thanks Lyn. I'll hopefully be on top of everything soon and more regular posting. I've got lots of tutorials to share soon also.

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  6. Fiona
    Definitely notice when you’re busy and not blogging! But keep up the running, I stopped and it’s hard to get back into it.
    I love the way you transform those pieces with paint, in particular, I love the paris grey with the clever white details. We will be renovating next year, so after that I will be on the lookout for pieces. Can’t wait!
    On another note I had an interstate friend visit recently and she immediately praised the piece you painted for me (praise doesn’t come easily for her!)
    Cheers Geraldine

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    1. Hi Geraldine, lovely to hear from you. Glad you still love the piece. and always happy to do more or help you find specific pieces that you might be looking for. All the best for the renovations. We are in the thick of it but it’s all going very well. Touch wood.
      Cheers Fiona

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  7. Just gorgeous Fiona!
    xox

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  8. I just love this piece too. Very lovely.

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  9. Hi Fiona,

    Beautiful cabinet. You have made it look very French antique. Your renovations are powering along very quickly.

    Regards Robyn

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    1. Thanks. It’s so exciting Robyn The roof is almost finished (tiles on next week ) and windows arrive tomorrow. So much money to be spending though. Freaking us out!

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