Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A few pieces in ASCP Louis Blue

Coincidence always makes me wonder at the world and how it works. I notice it a lot on Instagram when you scroll and tree people in a row have a random photo of almost the exact same thing. Maybe it's just that my IG feed is full of home and furniture photos :) 

French Bed head in ASCP Louis Blue by Lilyfield Life

Recently I had a spat of people asking for pale blue furniture - a colour I have only ever before painted the interior of cupboards with. I used ASCP Louis Blue straight out of the can and Louis Blue mixed of grey and whites to create beautiful blues for these pieces.

French Bed head in ASCP Louis Blue by Lilyfield Life

French Bed head in ASCP Louis Blue by Lilyfield Life

I offered these beautiful French bedheads (king single) for sale available to be custom painted and Kimberley requested that they be painted a lovely pale but bright blue. She has a lot of colour in her house and wanted something bold for her daughters' room.  I painted them in ASCP Louis blue and waxed them. They turned out beautifully and I just love how the blue complements the silk tufted upholstery.  I had them shipped to Canberra for Kimberly and was delighted to hear her feedback when they arrived: "Bedheads just arrived!!! They're lovely!! Thank you!! Can't wait to set them up!!!"
I'm assuming from all those apostrophes that she was really happy with them :)

A few days later I offered up a huge pair of pine bedside tables for sale also with the option of custom painting. Deb from the northern beaches wanted a coastal look in pale blue. She had some cushions on her bed that she sent photos of and I thought a mix of ASCP Louis blue, pale grey and white would be perfect to tie the room together.

Coastal Look Bedside tables in ASCP Louis Blue by Lilyfield Life

and before:


You might notice that I also sprayed the handles gold as they were very dull and gritty. Deb was thrilled with them.

My last ASCP Louis Blue piece that I am sharing is a French Hall table that Mary who runs an event planning company had tried to spray paint. She really struggled as the old timber was bleeding and the spray paint was turning powdery and with each minute her husband was saying "put the spray can down Mary and just call Fiona!" So at 9pm on Friday night she called me in a panic and said Can I drop the table to you at 7am tomorrow morning as I need it for an event on Sunday?" So I agreed, even tough it meant a hectic day and night of work. I had to completely sand back the spray paint as there were paint runs, grit and powdery sections. I then used 2 oats of Zinsser BIN to contain any bleeding from the old varnish and mahogany and then three coats of Louis blue and top coat. I ended up getting up at 4am on Sunday morning to finish it. Talk about customer service ha ha :)

Antique French Hall Table in ASCP Louis Blue

(the photo was taken at 7am under my yellowish lights so the colour is all washed out but it's a lovely soft blue)

...but it looked fantastic at the christening event.

Antique French Hall Table in ASCP Louis Blue

Antique French Hall Table in ASCP Louis Blue

So that's my run on pale blue furniture. I probably won't be asked now for another piece in this colour tone for ages.
Have you used Louis Blue much?
Would you have pale blue furniture in your house? 
and just quietly how over the top is that Christening event:)

Fiona xx

PS Thank you for all your lovely emails and comments on my last post. I'm still replying to each of you but I very much appreciate your beautiful and supportive words xx






5 comments:

  1. I painted my first piece of furniture with chalk paint just a few weeks ago and I am hooked! Someone told me about your website, and I have signed up and had a wonderful time looking through, and gaining some valuable advice from all of your remarkable experience. I am ashamed to say I painted one of those pieces of furniture that you said you would not waste your time on- but I have owned it from new, and it looks lovely now in a soft duck egg blue and some white leaves stencilled onto it. I have always loved the " Shaker " shape of the chest of drawers I will soon learn if it will stand up to its new life in the future. Thankyou so much for giving such amazing inspiration

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    1. hi Gabrielle - I more mean I wouldn't buy that to paint. if you already own then why not! glad you are enjoying the painting. thanks for reading
      Fiona x

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  2. I have just done three small pieces in pale blue (bed tray, spoon rack, and coat rack) and will be doing a lot more, I'm also planning some pieces in dark (Napoleon) blue for my bedroom/master bath, which has pale gray walls and mid-blue curtains that have made the gray walls look totally blue!

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    1. colour is all so relative isn't it. I love the Napoleonic Blue by Annie Sloan!

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  3. Love blues, live by the sea, like all things coastal.
    Mx

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