Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Weekend and Beachy Bedside tables

Hi everyone, thanks for the lovely messages after my break from blogging and painting. For my fellow Australians I hope you enjoyed Australia Day yesterday. We had a lovely lunch at neighbours of Barramundi sliders and a watermelon salad then we took the kids to see a movie (Goosebumps) in the afternoon. We don't often go to the movies so it was a nice relaxing afternoon. We also had the weekend up at Avoca Beach as my dad had the kids for a night while we stayed with friends close by. The kids had a great time with dad and his wife - lighting fires, cooking lamb cutlets over the fire, bushwalking, swimming and long chats. 

Such a lovely time for them, and Phil and I had a lovely time also - it's amazing how one night away can make you very relaxed and happy. My friends' parents have been slowly renovating a lovely old house on the coast and there is also a little cottage (a bedroom and bathroom) on the land which is where we slept. It felt like a proper long holiday! Bliss.

Lots of time to walk, read and catch up with friends.

I brought home these hydrangeas from my friend's garden. Just beautiful.

I've got loads of pieces of painted furniture to share and first up is some beachy bedside tables.  To paint this driftwood effect, similar to you see at shops like Wisteria and Restoration hardware I first paint the piece with two coats of ASCP French Linen (after the required prep work) and then white washed with ASCP Pure White.  I then finished with a liming wax. I love this effect and it really creates an interesting paint finish. 

Lovely tall solid timber bedsides given a washed limed look. 
$380 the pair. 
Glass available for the tops. 
Great storage as the drawers are lovely and deep. Perfect for coastal or rustic decor. 
44w x 33d x 73h cm

Last day of school holidays here which is full of excitement as Sasha starts high school tomorrow. Good luck toy our kids also if they are starting a new school and wishing them all the best for the year ahead.

Fiona xx

PS I recently painted these white bedsides below for a lovely client but when my client got them home she realised they were too big for her space so is selling them and buying other ones. If you are interested in them, drop me a line and I'll put you in touch with her.


  1. Lovely items. I am really taking to painted furniture, tho some of my friends cringe at the idea.

    1. let them cringe - it makes your house nice and bright having your furniture painted :)

  2. thanks for the inspiration.
    I'm typing all the way from british Columbia canada
    May I ask what color you used for the side/edge of the white washed drift wood coffee table with the hydrangea on top? it looks a bit like baby blue?


    1. thanks Julie - its a lightened Paris grey. Hope you are staying warm!

  3. Sounds like you had the perfect night away x


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