When this sofa came to us it was in very sad shape. The springs were popping out from the bottom and the old silk fabric was torn badly, not to mention extremely dirty and faded. My mom and I could see right past all of that though. We knew this sofa would be a [...]
My mom and I just finished these wing back chairs for a client of ours. First thing we did was tear everything off and to expose the bare bones of these beauties. Wowzers! There was a billion staples in these two chairs. Getting them stripped down was not an easy task.
Welcome to my weekly linky party. I’m so excited to share this weeks transformation with you! This sofa was dropped off for re-upholstery by the sweetest couple about three weeks ago. I had fun searching through our Carole Fabrics sample books and helping them select a fabric. They also sat on several foam samples to select [...]
Here at Alchemy fine living, located in Santa Ana California, my mom and I offer custom sewing and upholstery services. She and I create custom pillows, bedding, window coverings, slipcovers and so much more. After we complete a sewing or upholstery project we are often left with remnants of fabric. We hoard every piece of [...]
This oak table was in really bad condition. The top was beat up! I’m not really into refinishing furniture, instead I love to embrace it’s flaws or disguise them in clever ways (so much easier than the pain staking work involved in restoring abused wood to it’s previously beautiful state). This table was painted, distressed, [...]
I bought a big bag of oranges a while back and a few of them went uneaten. The last stragglers were no longer edible, and I’m embarrassed to admit, they were just hanging out in the fridge drawer. (They weren’t growing mold or anything, I’m not that bad.) What to do with these oranges? I’ll make [...]
I really love painting furniture, but leaving some natural wood, whether it be the top or drawers. The two tone effect is kinda my new favorite thing to do. This desk was purchased at the flea market at Orange County Great Park this past Sunday, great market buy the way, if your local you should [...]
This antique sofa was brought to us by a client a few weeks ago in desperate need of new upholstery. My jaw dropped when I laid my eyes on it. I saw right past the water damage, torn fabric, and busted front leg and knew how stunning this piece once was. This sofa is so unique [...]
Wow! This has been a crazy week. I didn’t want to skip our weekly blog party, so I threw this little post together last minute (disclaimer). This fiddle back chair was in bad condition when I found it. You’ll have to just trust me on this one since I totally forgot to take a before picture. [...]
I had this old lampshade laying around my workshop forever. It wasn’t necessarily in bad condition, just dated and kinda boring. I decided to jazz it up with rows and rows of ruffles!
I cut strip, after strip, after strip of muslin. I surged both edges and then began to glue them to [...]
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: email@example.com
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