A few weeks ago the sweetest lady contacted my mom and I through our Etsy store. She happened to live in Long Beach, so she was local, and she requested that we come to her home to help her with some new slipcovers. She sent me pictures of her current slipcovers and explained […]
My mom and I love to make custom slipcovers. Sewing has been a passion of ours for many, many years and slipcovers are one of our favorite things to sew.
We recently helped a client select fabric for a custom slipcover for a vintage glider. She mentioned that she was going to use the […]
Tricorn Black is a gorgeous color from Sherwin Williams. It is a deep, pure black. It’s really amazing how many “black” paints there are and how different they can be. This one, I think, is just a true black.
We recently painted a set of mahogany side tables in this beautiful color for a […]
This dresser is one of our most recent custom furniture painting projects. It was dropped off at our little store front in Santa Ana a couple weeks ago by a woman who was redecorating her daughters room. She chose the perfect pink for a sweet little girl. The color that we painted this dresser is […]
The last several months have been crazy! My husband and I remolded our home and did a ton of the work ourselves. That explains why I have been totally MIA on this blog for so long. I have really neglected posting any new pictures or stories for way too long, but things have settled down […]
This dresser is a piece that my dad picked up at an estate sale. He recently retired, so now he goes out on the hunt for treasures while my mom and I run the shop. He did good on this one, my mom and I were impressed. It is a gorgeous highboy dresser constructed of […]
This adorable little vanity chair was introduced in a post earlier this month. We finished it up last week and it turned out super cute! We painted it a soft white and then added some very subtle, hand painted accents in the curved lines. The recessed areas were painted with a pale tan […]
I love lingerie chests. They are such neat pieces of furniture that you don’t see too often. I recently was asked to paint a vintage lingerie dresser in a gorgeous, vibrant red. My client asked that I recreate a similar look she had seen on Pinterest. The inspiration piece is photographed below. It was a […]
Vinyl isn’t a fabric that my mom and I work with frequently, but that doesn’t mean we wont. We recently had a client ask us to re-upholster three bar stools in a black vinyl. These chairs were pretty beat up when they arrived at our shop. The owner, a mother of young children, admitted that […]
I have been getting a ton of emails lately regarding the gun that I use. I try to answer a lot of the emails that I get, but I am bombarded with so many it is difficult to respond to each one individually. I try to answer the most commonly asked questions on my blog […]
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Santa Ana, CA 92705
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
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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 located in Santa Ana, Ca. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell vintage and antique treasures, as well as hand crafted items that we create. Our store is full of all the things we love!
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 boutique. 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.