Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bedroom suite before and after

white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life

I hope you are enjoying the weekend. We went for a gorgeous bush walk today down at Bundeena (photos below). It was good to put the paint brushes down for a full day to be honest. Such a beautiful family time with my loves. 

I painted these bedsides and chest of drawers in the same colour to unify them for a customer. I’m hoping she loves them. I certainly do. The colour is like a milky latte and very French Provincial. 

white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life drawers

white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life

white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life bedside tables

white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life

white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life

Here is the before photos of them. Doesn’t paint make such a difference. 

Before - white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life

white hand painted vintage bedroom furniture - lilyfield life

Have you done the walk from Bundeena to Wedding cake rock? It’s just beautiful. 

bundeena NSW lilyfield life

We have a long weekend this weekend so tomorrow is another relaxing day. I’m hoping to have a multi drawer chest up for sale on Instagram and Facebook if you follow there.

Hope you’ve also had a good weekend

Saturday, September 29, 2018

French sideboard before and after

Hi everyone, good morning. It’s a long weekend here and I’d love to be sleeping in but it’s too light (so looking forward to say light savings starting next weekend) and I’m awake already. 

I finished that sideboard I posted about last time: It turned out really nicely even though it was nice to start with.  

Do you remember it?

lilyfield life french hand painted vintage sideboard - chalk paint

Vickie bought it for their holiday house and wanted it painted a pale grey. I love how simple and elegant it turned out.

lilyfield life french hand painted vintage sideboard - chalk paint

lilyfield life french hand painted vintage sideboard - chalk paint

lilyfield life french hand painted vintage sideboard - chalk paint
How beautiful is the breakfront? 

This pieces weighs an absolute tonne. I was very relieved when my delivery guy turned up with a helper. 

This is a before and after that I don’t really know which is more beautiful and if the top of this piece hadn’t been beyond saving I would have sold it as is as I did love the timber in the doors. Vickie is placing it in front of a dark grey wall so it will look beautiful. 

What’s your favourite? Before or after?

Enjoy the long weekend xx

Cheers Fiona

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gorgeous sideboard sold for custom painting

Hi everyone, I am just taking 30 mins to sit on the couch and have a glass of wine before dinner. So nice to sit down to be honest as it’s been a super busy couple of weeks. I just listed and sold this beautiful sideboard for custom painting. I would have been happy to sell as is also - a few very minor issues with the varnish - but the buyer wants it painted.

I’m just completely in love with it...even though it weights a tonne and nearly killed me getting it out of the car by myself. :)

Anyway it’s getting painted a beautiful French grey for Vickie. I’m so happy to be working on this gorgeous piece. 

I also just have to share my friend’s front door- omg the beauty doesn’t end at the front door but I don’t want to ruin her privacy. I would DIE for a front door like this. Not sure how she ever leaves her house- although the added bonus is that she gets to come home again through these doors.

Sorry about the angle of the photo- their house is on a steep slope with terraced gardens down to the road. 

Such beautiful things 
Fiona xx

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A couple of cupboards for sale - lovely

Good evening: I won’t have to blog in the morning so thought I’d pop in tonight. Phil’s away and Sasha’s in camp sonits just me and Jonty: which has actually been quite lovely. Very easy just having one kid :). We’ve been going to get a coffee together before school so I haven’t been blogging.

I have a gorgeous Indian cupboard for sale that I’ve painted in a lovely white chalk paint and clear coat sealant, and a lovely old oak gentleman’s press painted in a lovely charcoal. 

Available : a lovely Indian cabinet painted a bright white chalk paint and interior finished in a pale taupe. A lovely size and good storage. Holes drilled in back if you want to store electronics inside. Also perfect for storage in a bathroom and as such I have sealed with a non yellowing water based sealer that won’t matter if it gets wet.
87w x 41d x 118h cm
$500 - NOW SOLD
Pickup Lilyfield or enquire re delivery 

I also have a fantastic old gentleman’s press for sale. I absolutely love this piece: so practical and unique.

Available: a gorgeous old oak cabinet full of drawers and perfect for so many uses. A great size as a change table but works well for clothes, linen, bathroom storage. Also nice for a dining room to storage extra plates, platters and linen. 6 interior small drawers and 2 large drawers underneath. Dovetailed sturdy drawers and all slide perfectly smoothly. Painted in a charcoal hard wearing paint and sealed for a lovely matte finish and durability. The oak interior is absolutely pristine.  On left side a small separation to timber about 1mm wide, not a structural problem. 
78w x 52d x 97h cm
$475 - NOW SOLD
Pickup Lilyfield 

Isn’t it fantastic! 

If you are interested in either of these pieces, let me know.
Fiona xx

Friday, September 7, 2018

The prettiest bedsides for sale

Good morning! I’ve been burning the candle at both (feels like more than 2!!) ends this week. Phil’s away and I’ve had a lot of work on as well as few issues in the home front - nothing major , just inconvenient. I have had a few days of business consulting to do and then lots of furniture painting. One of those weeks where I’ve actually been super productive but felt all week I was slipping further behind. 

gorgeous painted french vintage bedside tables Lilyfield Life chalk paint

I did finish these stunning Old French Provincial bedside tables. These are large and heavy, solid timber and beautifully crafted. I have painted these in a gorgeous greige chalk paint, white in the details and through out the interior. Waxed finish with a gentle patina. I love the wire doors. These are really special.
50w x 42d x77h cm
$650  - NOW SOLD
Pickup Lilyfield or please ask for a delivery quote

gorgeous painted french vintage bedside tables Lilyfield Life chalk paint
gorgeous painted french vintage bedside tables Lilyfield Life chalk paint
gorgeous painted french vintage bedside tables Lilyfield Life chalk paint
Today I have to finish a set of dining chairs and some drawers. Both jobs almost there but not quite. 
Hoping to finish the week on a good note.

How your week has gone well also.
Fiona xx

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A few little things to keep

I am usually happy to sell pieces; it’s enough that these beautiful things have just passed through my hands and I have had a chance to work on them. Only a very few things I like to keep. I recently painted a pair of little French side tables and listed them and they didn’t sell immediately and then a lady wanted to buy just one. I had placed one of the side tables on a little wall near our downstairs bathroom to photograph it and loved it there so decided to keep the remaining one.

The other day as I was returning home from some meetings I realized I had to drive past one of my favorite vintage shops so I popped in and found a gorgeous blue and white willow pattern trinket box. It’s quite large and so gorgeous and was only $40 so I decided to splurge - good for styling projects is what I justify it as :)

I also have been keeping a few crystal, brass and marble pieces. It’s funny that when you notice something and fall in love with it, you keep finding them. I have kept one set of candlesticks and the lamp.

I had so many people wanting to buy them that I have keep my eyes peeled for more and been lucky enough to find a few more (all sold now)

And how lovely are these scales? 

And this beautiful crystal lamp below ended up going to the Gold Coast with the huge white sideboard I posted about yesterday.

What sort of pieces can you not pass up?
I’d love to hear
Fiona xx

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Enormous French sideboard in white

I have a series of meeting this morning for a consulting client so I thought I’d share a beautiful sideboard I painted a few months ago that was shipped to the Gold Coast to a lovely buyer Cathy.

I shared this sideboard before I painted it and offered it up for custom painted. Cathy contacted me and asked for it in white. A stunning choice for this piece. I used Porters Paint Chalk Emulsion and clear wax.

vintage french sideboard painted in white chalk paint Lilyfield Life

I must have forgotten to take more photos of the finished piece as they aren’t in my phone but I do have a before photo.

vintage french sideboard painted in white chalk paint Lilyfield Life

It is really big; bigger than it looks as it was high as well as long. I’ll have to ask Cathy for a photo of it in her house and share it with you.

I have another French sideboard coming up soon, not quite as big and with central drawers. I really love painting sideboards as they are such statement pieces.

Have a great day
Fiona xx

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Vintage drinks cabinet and photos at home

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and grandads. We are in the car driving to see my Dad and step Mum who now have retired to the Central Coast. Just a last minute trip and we will pick up lunch on the way but we thought why not. Everyone is getting older and who knows how long we will have with these precious people. 

Here’s a few photos from around home. My friend, Jayne, gave me the beautiful lavender.  I just love it , such pretty colours.

Goes perfectly with my fake lavender in the dining room:)

The garden is slowing coming alive again after winter. The roses are going well and I think I’m going to have a bumper crop of orchids this year: so many buds. 

I wanted to share a gorgeous drinks cabinet I have available. While it’s originally for drinks I think it’s such a practical piece and could be used anywhere in your house.

Available:  A gorgeous vintage drinks cabinet with two cupboards and a drawer below. The top cupboard has a mirror interior: back and base and two adjustable slimline glass shelves. mirrored interior and glass shelves. 

This elegant piece has been painted in a warm pale grey chalk paint, white in the details, a smooth waxed finish and a little black wax for added patina. The interior of all areas has been painted in a beautiful sea foam green paint that is spray and wipeable for easy clean up. 

I painted one of these years ago and my buyer uses it in her bedroom to store makeup and perfume and clothes in the drawer and cupboard below. This would also work beautifully in a bathroom.

81w x 43d x 143h cm


Pickup Lilyfield or enquire about delivery 

Let me know if you are interested.
We are now home and I’m almost ready for bed. 
Hope you have had a lovely father’a day 

And more lavender in my parents’ garden. Gran sent the kids home each with a posy for their rooms. Aren’t grandparents the best?

Fiona xxx