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.


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


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)!


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!


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!


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!


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?!

Linking up to:

Elizabeth and Co.
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!


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!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Modern China Cabinet Update

China cabinets are always such rewarding pieces to work on.  They start out looking dated and all "orangey" wood overload but look so beautiful once redone.  Think of all the storage these pieces provide- especially for my client who is a mom of 4 boys!  We did a dining set a few months back and have been looking for the perfect china cabinet to go in the dining room.  She was so patient while we waited for the perfect piece.


We went classic black and the outcome is so sophisticated.  The hardware makes it pop and gives it the modern edge I knew was hidden in this piece!  What do you think?