Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A beautiful French Armoire

Good morning lovelies. We are gearing up for a hot week here in Sydney. Around 40 degrees for Friday so I'm trying to get a lot of painting done today and tomorrow when the weather is still reasonable. 

home grown roses

Beautiful roses given to me by a customer. 
They smell divine.

hand painted french armoire Lilyfield Life

Paul who came for a furniture class a few weeks ago, has finally finished painting his french armoire. It has come up absolutely beautifully.

hand painted french armoire

Paul followed the process I recommended and even came back for an additional tuition on waxing for aged patina.  He first did two coats of primer to cover the dark mahogany and make sure the tannins didn't bleed into his paint, then two coats of ASCP Old Ochre. Once the Old Ochre was dry the painted the details on with ASCP Old White. The piece has then been waxed with clear wax and dark wax has been used on the crevices and details to add interest and authenticity.

hand painted french armoire Lilyfield Life

and before:

hand painted french armoire Lilyfield Life

I am so happy to be able to share my knowledge and help people gain skills and confidence. It is so good to see someone who has never painted furniture before tackle a huge project such as this and do it so well.

if you want to learn to paint your furniture then why not book into one of my workshops.

have a great day - take time to stop and smell the roses :)
Fiona xx



  1. Wow...what a lovely change in the armoire! You are certainly a wonderful teacher!!

  2. Looks so lovely! I love the dual colored rose the best!!!!


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