My husband and I scored this buffet at the Rose Bowl flea market for only $40. It had a price tag of $50 on it and when I saw it I tried not to act totally stoked, but I was! As soon as we walked over the person selling it said he’d take $40 for it. Sold! I thought $50 was a killer deal, but $40?!? I can’t even try and haggle with that. It was in perfect condition too; made of solid hardwood with dove tail joints.
Of course I had to paint it. I can never leave anything as is, what’s the fun in that? I painted most of it with a soft white paint and added a few accents of deep umber. Then I heavily distressed it with 100 grit sandpaper. It still wasn’t roughed up enough, so I took a chain to it too. To finish it off I stained the whole piece with Dark Walnut Minwax.
I got the knobs at the new Hobby Lobby that just opened near my house. This store is so totally awesome! I had only read about it on other peoples blogs and dreamed about goingI took my grams with me and she loved it. She keeps talking about wanting to go back.
Orange County, CA
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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.