If you frequent this blog you have probably noticed that I have been MIA for a while. I have totally neglected this blog due to the fact that my hubby and I were enjoying ourselves in Costa Rica for about 10 days. It felt sooooo good to take a vacation! While I was away my [...]
REMOVE THE OLD FINISH-
The old finish needs to be completely removed. To do this I use Citristrip. It comes in a spray can and it smells like oranges. I love it. I’ve used other strippers that had to be brushed on and that goop was hard to work worth, not Citristrip, it’s easy!
I love this gorgeous antique buffet. It is part of a large dining set that my mom and I just recently painted. It was in excellent condition so it was easy to get a very smooth, beautiful finish.
The labor charges to paint a piece of furniture like this start at $285. If you have [...]
I have painted a ton of furniture over the years and I have learned a lot through trial and error. Mahogany is always one of those woods that has given me a hard time. The first time I painted a mahogany dresser the white paint I applied immediately turned bright pink. After several layers of [...]
I use so many different furniture painting techniques and finishes. Lately I have been painting a rainbow of colors too, but black and white are still so classic. A simple black or white paint job with light distressing is still probably the most common request that I get. These antique farm style chairs were the [...]
This deep purple bench is made of metal. It is a garden bench that is used outdoors, so it took a little different prep work than most of my usual projects, which tend to be wood furniture for indoor use. Because it is made of metal I used a special primer that sticks to metal, [...]
I adore the color of this night stand!! This night stand is part of a bedroom set that I just recently painted for a client. The set is probably about 100 years old (that would be my best guess based on the style and construction of it). It was pretty beat up over all those [...]
This super cute little chair came out of a local Starbucks. Our client used to work there and he scored this freebie when the Starbucks decided to remodel. As you can imagine it was worn out, but not anymore! The chair has brand new upholstery in a bright, fun fabric. Our client chose this great [...]
These two vintage cane chairs were recently painted and upholstered. Our client chose a fun mix of fabrics and I really love the way they turned out! For your upholstery needs stop by our boutique! We are located in Santa Ana. We have tons of fabrics to choose from or you can bring your own. We [...]
These barstools were a bear! The old upholstery was incredibly hard to get off. The staples, there was a million of them, were brittle and driven deep down into a tiny crevice. The whole family took turns working on these babies- mom, dad, grandma, grandpa…. we all took turns.
Once all those [...]
Alchemy fine living is an antiques & home furnishings business located in Santa Ana, Ca. Alchemy can be defined as an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting power or process; transforming something common into something special.
ABOUT MEAlchemy fine living is my antiques & home furnishings business. I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom Connie & I followed our dreams & opened our store in 2008. It's a collection of all the things she & I truly love. We combine antiques with new treasures, as well as, a selection of handcrafted items created by the two of us. We also offer custom sewing, re-upholstery, & furniture painting services.
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
CONTACT MEEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Store Phone: 877.250.3674
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
Furniture drop off and pick up by appointment:
Tues. through Fri. 10 to 6 and Sat. 10 to 3