I painted this bamboo mirror for a client not to long ago and while painting it I decided to film a little bit of the process. Painting frames or object that have spindles can be tricky sometimes. Laying an item like this flat to paint it requires waiting for the paint to dry really, [...]
A little while back I shared this beautifulVintage Dresser. My mom and I painted it a shinny, bright white for a client of ours. She planned on using it as a changing table in her future baby’s room. The dresser belonged to her grandmother and we gave it a whole new look, [...]
Yesterday I shared several of the techniques that I use to distress painted furniture. I was painting furniture today, like I do almost every Saturday, and I realized that I left out the dry brush technique. This distressing technique uses very little paint and is really easy to do.
I just quickly brush [...]
I love distressed furniture. Over the years of painting I have figured out how to distress furniture in many different ways, but I’m always learning something new. I just discovered a new distressing trick that I am excited to try out.
One of my favorite blogs to look at for inspiration is Finding [...]
I recently wrote an article on how to prepare furniture before painting it. I cannot stress enough how important it is to properly prepare the surface. If the surface isn’t cleaned well and sanded enough, paint will not adhere well. For maximum durability and longevity of a painted finish the prep work is [...]
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 [...]
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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.