My mom and I just recently painted this gorgeous dresser for a client of ours. She chose a color called Cherry Tomato by Sherwin Williams. It is a vibrant, bright red. After painting the dresser we glazed it using transparent glaze that we purchased at Lowes. We mixed a small amount of black paint with the clear, gel like product and used a brush to cover the piece of furniture with a thin layer of the mixture. Using a slightly damp cloth we wiped off the glaze in some areas where it got kind of heavy. We left it intentionally heavy in some of the recessed areas to draw attention to the details.
In the photograph below the top of the piece has already been glazed, while the bottom has not. You can see the difference in color. The glaze toned down the bright red a bit and added some contrast.
I love the way this dresser turned out! I can’t wait for our client to pick it up. I’m sure she is going to love it too!
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.