Our client asked that the unsightly hinges be removed and replaced with something smaller and less noticeable, so that’s exactly what we did. We [...]
Here is what this dresser looked like a little less than two weeks ago when it was dropped off at my shop. You may remember it from an earlier post titled, Vintage Dresser.
This dresser has now been painted and lightly distressed. I shot a quick little video while I was distressing it, [...]
A little while back I shared this beautifulVintage Dresser. My mom and I painted it a shinny, bright white for a client of ours. She planned on using it as a changing table in her future baby’s room. The dresser belonged to her grandmother and we gave it a whole new look, [...]
Yesterday I shared several of the techniques that I use to distress painted furniture. I was painting furniture today, like I do almost every Saturday, and I realized that I left out the dry brush technique. This distressing technique uses very little paint and is really easy to do.
I just quickly brush [...]
I love distressed furniture. Over the years of painting I have figured out how to distress furniture in many different ways, but I’m always learning something new. I just discovered a new distressing trick that I am excited to try out.
One of my favorite blogs to look at for inspiration is Finding [...]
This dresser was dropped off last week by a client. I shared some pictures about this project in an earlier post. You can Click Here if your interested in that. I thought I’d give you all a little update as to how things are coming along.
This beautiful old dresser now has a fresh [...]
I finally did my first piece of furniture with milk paint and I have to say it wasn’t as exciting as I had thought it would be. About a week and a half ago I mentioned that I had never tried Milk Paint before. After seeing so many absolutely gorgeous pieces of furniture painted [...]
I recently wrote an article on how to prepare furniture before painting it. I cannot stress enough how important it is to properly prepare the surface. If the surface isn’t cleaned well and sanded enough, paint will not adhere well. For maximum durability and longevity of a painted finish the prep work is [...]
This adorable dresser was dropped off at our workshop yesterday by a very sweet woman. She found us on youtube while searching for instructional videos on how to paint furniture. She decided she didn’t want to tackle this job herself, so she brought it to us.
I love the cute little detail on the [...]
My mom and I have painted a ton of furniture over the past several years. We love transforming pieces for our clients and for our own homes too. I was recently looking back through our portfolio and realizing how many different styles and colors we have painted over the years. We’ve also painted a lot [...]
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
Furniture drop off and pick up by appointment:
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business located in Santa Ana, Ca. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell vintage and antique treasures, as well as hand crafted items that we create. Our store is full of all the things we love!
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our boutique. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.