Friday, September 22, 2017

Timber and ASCP Graphite Sideboard - it's a beauty.

I actually was surprised this sideboard turned out so well. It was in quite rough shape and the top surface needed a lot of work. I have painted the base in ASCP Graphite and sealed with clear wax. The handles, I've cleaned and scrubbed and they are all shiny again. I sanded the top back to bare timber to get as many of the deep scratches out as possible and then I've stained it dark walnut and sealed with 3 coats of a waterbased sealer and then waxed.

lilyfield life ASCP Graphite black and timber sideboard

How good does it look?

lilyfield life ASCP Graphite black and timber sideboard

The interior of the cupboards and drawers had contact paper but luckily it wasn't adhered properly and when I pulled it out there was no gummy residue at all. Thank god for small mercies.

lilyfield life ASCP Graphite black and timber sideboard


The only before photos I have was when it was in my car. Not sure you can see how rough it was but all the varnish was dry and peeling and the timber underneath was so dry it just soaked up the first coat of paint. 



Glad to have this finished as I have two more sideboards to paint in the next week.
What do you think? Do you love this neoclassical style of sideboard? Like the Graphite and timber mix?

Fiona xx


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ramping it up - 3 new pieces

Good morning - I feel like I'm on fire at the moment. Touch wood, things are going well. I am loving the extra storage space and being able to have more pieces on the go. Yesterday I finished 3 new pieces. Two are already sold and are getting picked up today and one is still available. 

lilyfield life french  furniture hall cabinet sideboard

I bought this lovely piece from a guy who was downsizing - he bought it about 30 years ago at a French antiques market in America and shipped it here. The marble on the top is really unusual. I love the parquetry doors also. I only had to clean this up and feed the timber with wax. It is sold already. How cute is Charlie - my perfect sales assistant .

lilyfield life french  furniture hall cabinet sideboard

lilyfield life french  furniture hall cabinet sideboard

lilyfield life french  furniture hall cabinet sideboard

This lovely vintage table is still available. I was mixing a taupe and wasn't really paying attention and picked up a FIFO bottle of ASCP Florence instead of French Linen and didn't realise until I had emptied some in. So I ended up with a soft green instead of taupe. I decide the resulting colour was so pretty - and I hate wasting paint as wow it's so expensive. A lucky accident as the colour is a beautiful match to the glass top.

lilyfield life french style furniture desk table

Lovely little desk or console.
103w x 58d x 73h cm
$285
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lilyfield life french style furniture desk table

The last piece I finished yesterday was this slim-line vintage console with a marble top.  It's unbelievably heavy. The base is actually brass and timber which adds to the weight. I painted the whole base, even the brass with ASCP Graphite and waxed. Over the detail I smeared a little RubnBuff to highlight the details in an aged gold. This piece has already sold.

lilyfield life french style furniture console table

lilyfield life french style furniture console table

lilyfield life french style furniture console table

Today I am hopefully finishing or almost finishing a sideboard that was bought from my inventory and I need to have it ready by Sunday as I'm delivering it to a regular buyer in Bowral. It's such a pretty piece, a bit art deco. I'll have it ready to share here on Friday.

Have a great day - btw if you are interested in the french style table just drop me a line
Fiona xx

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sweetest vintage dressing table

Good morning, I'm catching up with my dad, step mum and sister today, and still have lots of painting and organising to do so I'll just write quickly and share some photos of a gorgeous vintage dressing table I picked up recently. It's getting collected today and will be perfect for my buyer's daughter. 

vintage french style dressing table - lilyfield life

vintage french style dressing table - lilyfield life

vintage french style dressing table - lilyfield life

vintage french style dressing table - lilyfield life

vintage french style dressing table - lilyfield life

vintage french style dressing table - lilyfield life

vintage french style dressing table - lilyfield life

How adorable is that! So much practical storage and you can hide everything away. Sasha is so cross that I've sold it :) She loves everything and wishes we lived in a warehouse and could keep it all.

Have a great day
Fiona xx

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekend, painted mirrors and more gardening

Good morning my friends. I am in such a great mood (almost always but particularly today). I have secured a garage in the units opposite our house (and my home studio) for storage. It is going to make my life so much easier. I will often lie awake at night wondering how i'm going to fit pieces in and where i will put things. Such a load off my mind. And Phil is thrilled because our carport won't be full of random furniture :) What it will also mean is I can buy good pieces when I see them at a good price rather than waiting till I have space.


We spent hours and hours yesterday in the garden, cutting back everything, pulling out an old mandarin tree that I planted years ago and it never fruited and looked terrible. We moved a few roses and planted some flowers. 



Even the wisteria out the kitchen window is going well.


Recently Bob wrote to me about my orchids "I have they same type of Orchid as the one you have on your email. I hate picking them, however when they are just past there best on the plant I pick them and submerse the whole stem in a glass cylinder about the same length as the stem, they will then last up to 6 weeks as beautiful as when you picked them." So Bob thanks for that - look at this beautiful bunch I have in my lounge room. I am just so happy every time I look at them, not only because they are gorgeous in their own right but because they are the work of my grandad and my mum.  Thanks so much Bob for the advice, I really appreciate it. Let me know if I've used enough water?? (probably not)


and they are perfect for styling this little side table I sold last night.


I painted and sold a load of mirrors on the weekend. Mirrors are great to practice paint techniques and finishes on. They are small, generally ornate so there is lots of crevices to create patina on and quick to finish so you get satisfaction immediately. I also find mirrors are great sellers if you are in business of selling vintage pieces.  Below are the ones I painted on the weekend. All sold already. Also I painted a huge French leaning mirror that's been in my dining room for months and it sold and was picked up on Friday. Phil says we now need another one as that corner is too empty. I'm up for that challenge :)






Anyway hope you have a lovely Monday! I'm off to pick up a load of furniture to fill my new storage space! I'm beside myself, that empty garage is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen ha ha 

love Fiona




Friday, September 15, 2017

hand painted black bedside tables by Lilyfield Life

Good morning! Hope you all have had a great week. I am in the process of finding a garage to rent. I'm hoping a couple in the apartments opposite us are able to rent me some extra storage. They are just checking with their landlord today in regards to their rental agreement. Keep your fingers crossed for me because gosh do I need the extra space. Any time I have to hold onto a finished piece more than a few days I get stressed about logistics. This will make things much easier for me.

I thought you might like to see some before and after
 shots of some black bedside tables that were shipped to Melbourne. 

hand painted black bedside tables by Lilyfield Life

There are huge big bedside tables with a hidden drawer at the top. They were in great condition when I started but to be honest no one buys timber furniture from me - everyone wants painted so I painted them.

hand painted black bedside tables by Lilyfield Life



hand painted black bedside tables by Lilyfield Life


In progress: drawers lined up everywhere. 

hand painted black bedside tables by Lilyfield Life


hand painted black bedside tables by Lilyfield Life

Aren't they lovely?


I have a lot of pieces I've painted and not shared here so I think I'll do a big before and after post with lots of pieces. I hope you still find my posts useful and good for inspiration. I love getting your emails and messages so thank you.
Love Fiona xx

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Big white bedsides now bound for Perth

Lilyfield Life french white hand painted bedside tables

The other night I had a nice little bit of synchronicity. I had to deliver a sideboard to Killara and just before I was leaving home a friend texted me and said I've seen some lovely bedside tables for sale in Pymble that are very Lilyfield Life. So I called the lady who was selling them and they were still available. I've bought from the lady a few times before - she clears out old houses when people are moving into nursing homes so she often has great pieces. When I arrived to pick the bedsides up, I happened to mention that I had been at a party the weekend before one street away. She had been at the same party! Mutual friends. Small world.  Anyway the bedsides are beautiful. Solid cedar and beautiful carved details.


I have a customer in Perth looking for bedside tables so I sent her the photo above and said what did she think. She said no too heavy and chunky. So I just started painting and listed them for sale on my page. She then saw the post and said "Wow I didn't think they would look like that I love them", so now they are headed for Perth.

Paint makes a world of difference.

Lilyfield Life french white hand painted bedside tables

Lilyfield Life french white hand painted bedside tables

Lilyfield Life french white hand painted bedside tables

I used a very soft French wash on these and love the subtle effect it gives.

I love my customers and that people ship my furniture all over Australia to have it in their homes.

Fiona xx





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

White painted drawers - very practical

white chest of drawers - hand painted Lilyfield Life

I have a lovely white chest of drawers available. These would make a great change table for a nursery. They are solid pine - not something I paint that much as I usually look for vintage pieces but I liked the shape of these, the trim on the drawers and the cup handles.

I have painted them in a beautiful custom mixed white - not too stark but not creamy. Sometimes it's hard to photograph my furniture and really capture the finish. I delivered a sideboard on Sunday morning to a lady and she commented how it's way more beautiful in real life - and she loved the photograph.

Anyway these drawers are available - details below
101w x 55d x 84h cm
$475
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white chest of drawers - hand painted Lilyfield Life

Here is the before photo - well not a full before as I sanded this piece right back. This is mid sanding :)



I'm off for quick coffee with a girl friend, then a delivery, a pickup and back to my studio to finish some vintage bedsides that I'll hopefully be listing for sale tonight
have a great day
Fiona xx

Monday, September 11, 2017

Navy chalk paint and lots of flowers

I hope you all had a good weekend. It seems to fly by so quickly. This last weekend we had no kids sport on so it was a little less busy than normal although I had a lot of furniture pickups and deliveries. Saturday morning Phil and I went for a walk in the park and then breakfast at our local cafe and our weekly shopping at the farmers market. It was nice to not be rushing off to sport. The markets are full of spring produce and the flower stall is, of course, my favourite.




I have been crushing on navy again and painted two chests of drawers last week in a deep navy paint. The bow front drawers sold before I could list it and the other one is sold pending. 

Beautiful cedar bow front drawers.
Lilyfield Life Navy Chalk painted furniture

Lilyfield Life Navy Chalk painted furniture

(I actually had two bow front drawers last week - both sold)


These drawers below are a solid timber with a walnut veneer. The veneer was in perfect condition so I just had to sand and not remove or repair.  I've taken a deposit on these drawers so I'm sure they have sold, but if you are interested in being Next in Line, just message me.

Lilyfield Life Navy Chalk painted furniture

Lilyfield Life Navy Chalk painted furniture

and before - this piece had a broken handle but I had a few spares of the exact same handle in my stash so it was a good buy and an easy fix. Never throw anything away - you never know when it might come in handy :)


Our garden is looking lovely. My grandad's orchids are thriving this year. I re-potted them about a month ago and fertilized them and have been watering them. Ha ha who would have thought that this love and care would work. I've been rewarded with lots of flowers.





This frond broke off so I bought it inside. I don't usually like cutting flowers from the garden but it's also nice to have some in our hallway.




Have a lovely week. I have lots of painting to do as always. Lucky I love it so much
Fiona xx