Monday, May 23, 2016

Catching up - latest pieces

Oh it's been so long since I have posted, thanks to those people who have checked in on me. I have grand plans on regularly updating here but I get very busy and other things take priority. Anyway thanks for reading when you do stop by. I always appreciate your comments and thoughts.

I finished this lovely vintage secretaire today. I haven't been painting very much in the last couple of weeks because I've injured my arm and hand and am trying to rest it as much as possible.

Vintage French style secretaire desk painted in my beautiful French sage grey with crisp white interior.
106h x 75w x 46d 
(80cm deep with desk front extended)
Pick up Lilyfield
SMS me on 0405766445 or email me if you are interested.

This is very similar to another one that I painted for a customer recently. I just love this soft grey and have been using it a fair bit on pieces.

This is the interior of one that has already sold

and this little side table

and these gorgeous drawers

I had a full on weekend with just family stuff and am tired still tonight so it might be an early night for me. Sometimes it all just hits you doesn't it. Perhaps I'm coming down with a cold. Feeling flat...

I have a back log of work and a studio full of furniture so I need to get busy tomorrow.
I have loads of finished pieces to share with you though so I'll make sure I blog more regularly.

I'd love to hear from you if you are still reading
Fiona xx


  1. I love seeing your painted pieces Fiona even though I don't always comment. You always do such a lovely job. I am also painting a buffet/hutch at the moment but want to back the hutch in wallpaper and am just waiting on some samples for that. I have never used wall paper before so should be interesting. Keep up the great work and always look forward to your posts. take care, Maryann

  2. Yes, Fiona, still reading. Very sorry to hear of your injuries and illness! Hope both get better very soon.

    I absolutely love the blue drawers. Is that ASCP? They've turned out beautifully, and the black handles always look so good.
    Take care.

    1. Hi Elisabeth the pieces shown are all in the same colour, my custom mixed grey - not Annie Sloan. It's mixed to match an antique piece from france so very authentic. I love it.
      The pieces just look different in different lights.
      Thanks so much

  3. It is beautiful, adn especially love the little decorative piece on front.

  4. Hi Fiona,

    Always love reading your blog, so happy to open my emails to find one here this morning.
    Take care

  5. Hi Fiona

    Sorry to hear about your hand, it must be very frustrating when you just want get on with painting. I feel the same but for me, my day job and family stuff leave very little time.

    I find it so relaxing and therapeutic when I do get a chance to paint and I'm getting more confident, so many things in my house I'd like to paint.

    I've been hearing about a new paint here in the UK. It's a chalk paint with wax in it so you don't have to wax, thinking of trying it but a bit skeptical. I think l'll get a tester pot but it's expensive at £5.95 for 100ml but it's supposed to give good coverage, no priming or sanding, like Annie Sloan.

    Hope you recover soon and get back to painting, you'll feel better because you'll be back to a more normal routine.

    I know what you mean about feeling a bit flat, me too, on a bit of a treadmill. Let's paint our blues away!

    Best wishes
    Maria x

    1. Thanks Maria – I will have to investigate that paint but I’m pretty sure we can’t get it here.
      I am getting back into the swing of things. Funny how even a week can change our attitudes 

  6. That is a lovely grey you are using. Hope your wrist is better and you are able to get back to painting. Regards Robyn

    1. Thanks so much Robyn, I love the soft greys also. Nice and muted
      Have a good week
      Fiona x

  7. Hi Fiona, I'm still reading and enjoying your (sometime) blogs. Take care with your injuries! ��

    1. Thanks Kerry – I think I’m like a 50 year old tradesman – full of aches and pain!!

  8. I wouldn't miss your blog! There is no requirement to post daily!

  9. Hi Fiona.
    I am sure I speak for many women who have come to look forward to receiving an update from Lilyfield Life.
    You are a truly inspirational and generous woman who finds time to share her busy day with us.
    Not only are you generous with your time but you are so very generous with your knowledge In how to make magic with a piece of furniture.
    I just want to thank you but I also would understand that you also need time out from the demands of "us".
    First priority - take care of you and your family. Any time left, I for one will be waiting patiently for any news from Lilyfield Life.
    Have a lovely day Fiona.
    Best regards

    1. Cheryl thank you so much for such a lovely message. I so much appreciate it. Hope you have a great week
      Fiona xx

  10. Dear Fi, I am still reading!!
    Love dad

  11. Hi Fiona, still reading! Hope you get better soon! xx


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