Recently I have had a lot of questions about the spray gun that I use to paint furniture. I use a Husky HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun. I wrote all about it HERE. The manufacturer states that the gun is not compatible with latex paints, and several people have brought that to my attention [...]
I have recently had tons of questions about what size air compressor to use when spraying furniture with a gun. To be honest, I really don’t know much on the subject. The equipment that I use belongs to my grandfather and he knows way more about it than I do. He has a professional compressor [...]
I have been painting furniture for a very long time, close to ten years. In that time I have used a ton of different products. I am constantly learning and improving the quality of my work and as a result have discovered different products. If you have followed this blog for a while, or have [...]
Are you having trouble painting a piece of Mahogany? Does your white paint job keep turning pink? Read on and find out how to solve that problem.
Mahogany is very rich in tannins, which is an acidic substance that seeps from the wood’s pores. Long after the tree has been cut and turned into a piece of furniture these [...]
This QUESTION has been asked of me a time or two, so I thought I’d share the answer with all of my readers:
“I just watched your tutorial video on painting a Formica surface. I have one of those retro Formica and chrome tables and I would like to paint the table top. I see you [...]
I am constantly being asked questions about painting, distressing, and re-finishing furniture. My inbox is full of email inquiries and many of you have the very same questions. I have decided to start a new series on my blog, called Ask Deana, in which I will do my very best to answer all of your most [...]
I constantly get asked if I put a clear coat on my painted furniture. People are always concerned that without a clear coat of some sort the paint job won’t hold up. When asked this question my answer is always no. One of the main reasons why is because all clear coats eventually alter the [...]
If you have been following this blog for a while you know how much I love transforming old furniture. I’m constantly on the look out for pieces to paint and refinish. When looking for pieces of furniture I always look for well built, quality pieces. If I’m going to spend hours working on a piece [...]
When using a spray gun to paint furniture with drawers it can sometimes be a real pain. I typically like to leave the insides of the drawers unpainted, so over spray can be a problem. I have found that painting the drawers can sometimes make the drawers stick. If the drawers are real tight the paint usually [...]
I constantly get people asking me if I recommend water or oil based paint, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the subject. I always use water based paints to re-finish my furniture pieces. Water-based gloss enamels have much less odor than your typical oil-based paints do. (oil based paint stinks!!) [...]
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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.