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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
How do you paint furniture using lacquer?? Until just recently I didn’t have the answer to that question. I was asked to paint an antique bed with a black lacquer paint and gold leaf accents. The photograph to the left is the inspiration I was given. My client wanted her bed to look just like the designer bed in this [...]
This simple, Pottery Barn, side table was in excellent condition when our client dropped it off for painting. She had just grown tired of the finish and wanted a bit of a change. We painted them a beautiful brown and lightly distressed the edges. After the paint had cured we waxed the night stand with [...]
Want to learn how to paint your own furniture? I will reveal tons of my furniture painting techniques at this full day workshop!
Join us March 9th from 9 am to 3 pm. Bring your own piece of furniture and get hands on! You will leave at the end [...]
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 recently painted this gorgeous dresser for a client of ours. She chose a color called Cherry Tomato by Sherwin Williams. It is a vibrant, bright red. After painting the dresser we glazed it using transparent glaze that we purchased at Lowes. We mixed a small amount of black paint with [...]
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