My uncle gave me an old oak dining table and it was pretty ugly and outdated (I hope he doesn’t read this). He thought I could paint it and resell it in my store. I love the thoughtfulness, but the table wasn’t really something I could sell. Instead I tore the legs off of it and re-purposed it. Now it is a huge clock!
I started off by stripping the table of it’s old finish and then staining it a super dark brown using Minwax in Dark Walnut. Then I lightly sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper. Before painting it I rubbed a pillar candle on it in totally random spots. I then applied a heavy coat of paint using a paint brush and a pretty sloppy technique.
I wanted the clock to look very old and distressed, so a perfect paint job was not my goal. After the paint was dry I sanded it a ton with 100 grit sandpaper. Using a spatula I scraped the wax off to peel the paint in a the few areas I had rubbed with the candle. Last, but not least, I used a clear glaze that had a bit of black paint stirred in. I applied the glaze with a damp, clean cloth.
I ordered some large clock hands from Ebay and then anxiously awaited their arival in the mail. As soon as they arrived I went straight to my grandpa’s house and he, the expert clock maker, routed out the back and installed the working parts. The cheap parts I ordered from ebay weren’t good enough, but luckingly my gramps had some spare parts laying around and he hooked my up. My grandpa knows how to do just about everything, he helps me with lots of projects.
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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. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
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 Etsy store. 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.