This chair and rocker are a matching set. The two are one of our most recent upholstery projects. The chairs are over 100 years old and have been in our clients family for years, so she wanted to restore the luster of the wood and update the fabric and [...]
Furniture painting is our passion and our specialty here at Alchemy fine living. We can paint your furniture with a simple coat of paint or create an elaborate faux finish. Below is a side board that was painted white and distressed to give it an aged patina. The paint appears to be chipping in some [...]
Here at Alchemy fine living, located in Santa Ana, California, my mom and I create custom slipcovers that are tailored to fit each individual piece of furniture perfectly. Our clients bring us little foot stools, extra large sectional sofas, and everything in between to be covered in the fabric of their choice. Slipcovers can be super simple [...]
This adorable little night stand is one of our most recent projects. It was given new life with a fresh coat of white paint, Kestrel White from Sherwin Williams to be exact. The hardware was left unpainted. I love the contrast of the vintage metal pull against the pretty, soft white.
If you frequent this blog you have probably noticed that I have been MIA for a while. I have totally neglected this blog due to the fact that my hubby and I were enjoying ourselves in Costa Rica for about 10 days. It felt sooooo good to take a vacation! While I was away my [...]
REMOVE THE OLD FINISH-
The old finish needs to be completely removed. To do this I use Citristrip. It comes in a spray can and it smells like oranges. I love it. I’ve used other strippers that had to be brushed on and that goop was hard to work worth, not Citristrip, it’s easy!
I love this gorgeous antique buffet. It is part of a large dining set that my mom and I just recently painted. It was in excellent condition so it was easy to get a very smooth, beautiful finish.
The labor charges to paint a piece of furniture like this start at $285. If you have [...]
I have painted a ton of furniture over the years and I have learned a lot through trial and error. Mahogany is always one of those woods that has given me a hard time. The first time I painted a mahogany dresser the white paint I applied immediately turned bright pink. After several layers of [...]
I use so many different furniture painting techniques and finishes. Lately I have been painting a rainbow of colors too, but black and white are still so classic. A simple black or white paint job with light distressing is still probably the most common request that I get. These antique farm style chairs were the [...]
This deep purple bench is made of metal. It is a garden bench that is used outdoors, so it took a little different prep work than most of my usual projects, which tend to be wood furniture for indoor use. Because it is made of metal I used a special primer that sticks to metal, [...]
Alchemy fine living is an antiques & home furnishings business located in Santa Ana, Ca. Alchemy can be defined as an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting power or process; transforming something common into something special.
ABOUT MEAlchemy fine living is my antiques & home furnishings business. I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom Connie & I followed our dreams & opened our store in 2008. It's a collection of all the things she & I truly love. We combine antiques with new treasures, as well as, a selection of handcrafted items created by the two of us. We also offer custom sewing, re-upholstery, & furniture painting services.
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
CONTACT MEEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Store Phone: 877.250.3674
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
Furniture drop off and pick up by appointment:
Tues. through Fri. 10 to 6 and Sat. 10 to 3