Thursday, August 28, 2014

Antique Buffet Redo with Country Chic Paints

Originally posted over on Country Chic Paints blog!

When this buffet didn't sell right away I knew it would be a good one for me to customize with my own color/style choices.  The doors were so badly damaged that I decided to just take them off and leave the sides exposed for storage.  After filling the old hardware holes and fixing some damaged veneer she was all ready to be fixed up!

BEFORE



I decided to go sophisticated with a classy black for this piece.  This was my first time trying out Country Chic Paints and I have to say I am seriously in love! I used the color Liquorice and am so happy with the way it turned out.  It's hard sometimes to find a true deep black (especially with a chalk paint) and Country Chic Paint has nailed it with this color!



I've had this gorgeous Rifle Paper in my arsenal for awhile now and thought this was the perfect piece to use it on.  Instead of modge podge like I would normally do I decided to make this less permanent.  I covered the paper with contact paper and then used double sided tape to adhere it to the buffet.  This is a nice option if you think you might want to change out the paper with seasons or if you are like me and just change your mind a lot! (My husband is totally nodding his head as he read that!)

 (via Rifle Paper Co.)
  (via Rifle Paper Co.)

Once the buffet was all painted I used Country Chic Paints Tough Coat to finish it off and add an extra layer of protection. I'm so happy with the way it turned out and can't wait to try out some of the other fun colors I have!



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Monday, August 4, 2014

French Desk Before & After

It's August guys!!!!  I can't believe it.  In honor of back to school month here is a quick back to school desk before & after for you on this lovely Monday.

BEFORE:



I love this particular client so much because she knows what she wants!  She sent me this outfit pic as inspiration for the color scheme of the desk.

via Pinterest

AFTER:


This beauty is enjoying an awesome view out of a downtown Chicago apartment and hopefully bringing happiness with that pop of color inside!

Enjoy today XOXO

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Retro Side Table Make Over

Happy Wednesday! Just a small Before & After for you today but this one sure makes a difference!

My friend brought this table home from a consignment store for me because she loved the shape of it and thought I could fix it up.  She was hoping to have it in her house but her husband nixed that idea right away (she may or may not have a LOT of tables in her home already)!

BEFORE:



This piece was a laminate finish and that can sometimes be a challenge to work with.  Just make sure you sand very well in this case and use a good strong primer.  My client picked a great orange color and I'm loving the update!

AFTER:


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Antique Cabinet Before & After

I knew as soon as I saw this little cabinet/secretary that it would make for one great redo.  It is such a great size and has some great detailing but needed some serious love!

BEFORE



A new client of mine picked it out and wanted me to do a green color.  That's about the only instruction she gave me! She was so trusting and basically just told me to "do what you do"!

With a piece of this age I knew I didn't want the typical latex paint and so I mixed up some OFMP in Tavern Green.  I did some prep work to the piece first fixing up the broken veneer and using a seal coat so that the old stain wouldn't bleed through.  This piece took 4 coats of paint and then was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I'm loving the way it turned out- perfectly chippy but not too chippy!

AFTER


Love how you can see the details so much better now once it was painted!

Here's a side by side for you to really see the change.  What do you think?!




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Embracing Change

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Business Rebranding Materials

Most of you know that my family and I moved from our home in Wisconsin back to Illinois a few months ago.  With that move I made the decision to update and re brand the Lily Field blog to more reflect my own personal style.  I wanted a fresh start with our new location. My friend Amanda at Manda Julaine Designs did an amazing job taking the few ideas I gave her and making it exactly what I had in my mind! See her post about our work process here.

Along with a new blog look I knew I needed new business cards.  I had Amanda design a really beautiful card along with my blog package. Long story short- I ended up having 3 different companies print her design and still they didn't get it right.  It was a long frustrating process of cheap looking, poor quality printing and paper and not the end result I would expect.

I was searching different sites when I realized that tinyprints offered business materials. I have used tinyprints in the past for invites and announcements but it had never dawned on me that they had business cards! The process was so much fun and a great customer experience.  I had several things I needed help with and the "live chat" feature is extremely time efficient and helpful. 

Since the proof is in the pudding I was SO happy when the cards arrived and lived up to every expectation I had!  




I had tinyprints add the Pearl Shimmer so you get a fun detail when you move the card!  The design I ordered was the Dainty Greeting card.

I also ordered a notebook for keeping track of my notes and color sample ratios.  I love the cheeky quote on the cover "Today is going to be AMAZING, said me, Lily Field Furniture"



I'm excited to finally have the blog and business materials reflect more of my style and who we are as a business!  I highly recommend Amanda for any design needs you have as well as tinyprints for your printing and business needs.  They even have an awesome new home decor line with pillows and metal prints that I may have also ordered ;)

Monday, July 7, 2014

French Provincial Bedroom Set Before & After

I tend to see a lot of this 60's Henry Link furniture in my workshop.  It's the perfect style for little girls rooms and makes such a huge difference once painted!  I don't have the exact before pic but it looked similar to this set below.



My client just settled into a new home and wanted the set painted in a mint shade for her little daughter's room.  We took the old hardware off and replaced it with some new/old hardware ordered from etsy.  I'm just obsessed with the finished set!

AFTER:






Here are some other after's on this same style that I've done over the years.








Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Complete Guide to Modern Chairs

Most of you know that we recently just moved from Wisconsin back home to Illinois.  We close on our new home very soon and I thought that I might start chronicling the updates we do around the house as well as the normal furniture before & after's!  I'm so excited to get going on things- we've been renting our current house and once we decided to buy it's been so hard not to just start tearing things apart. Closing can't come soon enough!

In the meantime, I thought I'd do a fun post on chairs.  Yep, chairs!  I found this great resource from One Kings Lane and thought it might be helpful to any of you that are looking at chairs in your new space (or old!).  


Look how cool this resource is!  It explains all of the different modern chairs you could possibly ever need to know.  I'm particularly drawn to the egg chair and would love to find it in a great leather for our Master bedroom.

Also in search of a form of Louis Ghost chairs for our dining room.  What are some of your favorites?


Speaking of chairs, I just recently parted with one of my all time favorite chairs.  This is the problem with me and chairs- I change my mind too often!  This particular chair will always be one of my fav's though- it just won't go in the new home decor wise.  Thankfully it found a great home in a studio and will be enjoyed for a long time to come!



 What's your favorite chair in your home?  Make sure you check out One Kings Lane and their great chair resource!