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 [...]
This mirror was painted for a client. It is one of our most recent projects. It was painted with Solo paint, which is a product by Sherwin Williams (No big surprise if you follow this blog regularly. I’m pretty much obsessed with their paints). Our client chose Pure White in a gloss finish.
Today I’m going to offer up a quick little tip for those of you who want to paint your own furniture. Most of us who paint furniture are bringing new life to old furniture. Old furniture is often purchased at Estate Sales or Thrift shops and can be really grimy. I have encountered pieces that [...]
As I have mentioned countless times before on this very blog, I love distressing furniture. It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do. When this desk was dropped off by a client to be painted and distressed I was super excited. Look at all that fabulous detail!! I knew right away that those [...]
My mom and I paint all kinds of furniture. We use lots of different colors, finishes and techniques to create different looks, but distressing painted furniture is our favorite thing to do. I just love distressed furniture. Maybe it is because I love old furniture and old furniture is usually dinged up a bit, so [...]
I know I have said this a million times before, but I love to paint furniture. Over the past decade I have painted a ton of furniture and tried countless different products. I really feel like my style has evolved a bunch over the years and the quality of my work is always improving.
I am incredibly impatient. When I get an idea in my head I want it done yesterday. Through all my years of furniture painting I have had to learn that patience REALLY is a virtue. If you want a high quality painted finish that will last for years it is incredibly important to read the [...]
If you follow this blog regularly you know that I paint a ton of furniture. I am always trying new furniture painting techniques and learning new tricks. Modern Masters Metallic Paint is a new product that I just used for the first time. Upon initially filling my spray gun with the metallic paint I could [...]
I have written a post on the subject of painting furniture with a spray gun. You can visit is HERE. This short video offers a few tips on the direction of the spray pattern and how to adjust the gun.
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 [...]
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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.