Sunday, February 12, 2017

French style drawers

I hope you are surviving this heat wave if you are local. We don't have aircon but our old house is fairly good at keeping cool, although we escaped in the heat of the day to the movies yesterday afternoon . We saw Hidden Numbers which we all enjoyed. I especially loved it and feel grateful for the women who went before me into engineering. Paving the way.  Even so in the late 1980s there were only a few females in the engineering faculty and even less females working as engineers in the Airforce.  Such a male dominated field when it really doesn't need to be. 

Anyway back to my present life to share my painted furniture - a long way from avionics :)

I recently painted these little drawers and they are still available for sale. These are painted in ASCP Old Ochre which is a lovely french style neutral. I have added white trim and then top coated and added patina with clear and dark wax. Original handles which are just lovely. 

Available: lovely dovetailed timber drawers: perfect for a smallish space in your bedroom or lounge room, these are a lovely colour: ASCP Old Ochre, white trim and antiquing wax. 
68w x 47x 89h cm
Pickup Lilyfield

close up detail below 

My dining room is looking a little like a shop - divine french mirror also for sale. 

Enjoy your weekend
Fiona xx

Friday, February 10, 2017

Colour me happy: furniture inspiration: Blues

After all that black furniture I have been painting lately, I thought I would post some inspiration of beautiful bright and bold pieces. I know I am more known for my muted colours - greys, white and taupes, but I do love a pop of colour also. 

When I think of bright furniture, I'm always drawn to blues.

Teal & Turquoise Furniture

Teal and turquoise are easy colours to paint with - amazing coverage with this deep pigment so you will only ever need two coats and you may even get away with one if you like it a bit rustic.

Most of these pieces are all custom mixed but you could find similar at Porter's Paint I am sure or ASCP Florence isn't too dissimilar, maybe play around with mixing it with ASCP Aubusson.  

This piece below that I painted this week is 2 parts Aubusson to one part Florence.

ASCP Provence


Even looking at these two photos below makes me want to paint something in this divine bright colour again. Wow.

This is a very similar mix to above but i do find photographing turquoise and lots of blues can be very difficult to capture the true colour.

I'm going to continue this as an inspiration series on different colours: I may have to use other peoples work when using other colours such as red or orange :)

Hope you find this helpful and perhaps you are now inspired to pick up a bright colour to paint your next piece?

Fiona xx