My husband is the master when it comes to finding amazing deals on Craigslist. He recently scored this chesterfield sofa for us for only $300!!! It has solid hardwood construction, real leather upholstery, springs inside, and down feather cushions. I can’t even imagine what this thing cost brand new, but I’m sure it was upwards of $2000. It is in great condition too, but it was a bit stinky when we got it.
This sofa had been stored out side for a while. Because of the moisture it had been exposed to a bit of mildew had started to grow on it. I searched the Internet and asked around and found that household rubbing alcohol would solve the problem. I mixed equal parts rubbing alcohol with warm water, dipped a clean rag into the solution, rung it out well and then wiped down the couch with it. The alcho cleaned it right up and got ride of the smell. Before trying this on any of your leather products I would definitely suggest trying out a small test spot first.
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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.