This is one of two chairs that was dropped off by a client. We made new cushions for it out of a black and white fabric. I love the fun geometric print our client picked out, so cute! The white cording really makes these cushions look great, the perfect finishing touch! The chairs themselves were a bit dingy. The wood was dried out and because of years of use there was a layer of build up on the arms. It took some serious elbow grease, but we brought back the original luster and beauty.
After the chairs where finished I set one of them out in front of the store. I couldn’t believe how many people came in to ask me how much I wanted for the chair. I guess I should start looking for mid century pieces of furniture for re-sale in our boutique, apparently that look is pretty hot right now.
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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.