This dresser was recently dropped off at the store by an adorable pregnant woman. The dresser belonged to her great grandmother and she plans on using it for her new baby girl. How cool is that?! I think it is so fantastic when people have furniture with that sort of history. Not only is [...]
This coffee table is one of my most recent finds at the local thrift store. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It has such cute, curvy lines. When I saw the $20 price tag I loved it even more!!! I immediately imagined it painted a bright and cheerful green [...]
My mom and I paint all kinds of furniture. We use lots of different colors, finishes and techniques to create different looks, but distressing painted furniture is our favorite thing to do. I just love distressed furniture. Maybe it is because I love old furniture and old furniture is usually dinged up a bit, so [...]
My mom and I had a little lull between custom paint orders and upholstery work, so we had a blast transforming her patio. We made custom throw pillows for her backyard, new cushions for her patio set, and reupholstered the seats of her outdoor dining chairs. We rarely get anything done for our own homes [...]
We have a neighbor who lives right here in Santa Ana just walking distance from our store. His adorable and super sweet little girl has sensitive skin, so we have been making custom slipcovers out of organic cotton for her. First we made slipcovers for both of her car seats. Then we made a slipcover [...]
Furniture painting services- Are you looking for a furniture painter in Orange County, California? You have come to the right place. My mom and I have been in business painting furniture for nearly a decade. We offer many different furniture painting techniques, from a single color with a smooth finish, to a multicolored, distressed patina. [...]
I know I have said this a million times before, but I love to paint furniture. Over the past decade I have painted a ton of furniture and tried countless different products. I really feel like my style has evolved a bunch over the years and the quality of my work is always improving.
My mom and I recently created 32 table numbers for a large outdoor wedding. The mixture of burlap and lace is very popular with brides these days, which happens to be our specialty! Nearly three years ago I had burlap and lace at my very own wedding and my mom and I have been having [...]
My mom and I recently picked up some vintage lace curtains at the Salvation Army. Thrift shops and estate sales are great places to pick up pretty vintage lace. We use the lace for trim on pillows, ruffles on table runners and all sorts of other projects. One of the curtain panels was yellowed and [...]
I am incredibly impatient. When I get an idea in my head I want it done yesterday. Through all my years of furniture painting I have had to learn that patience REALLY is a virtue. If you want a high quality painted finish that will last for years it is incredibly important to read the [...]
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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.