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 [...]
My mom and I love to paint furniture and experimenting with new furniture painting techniques is our passion. We typically spend most of our time painting furniture for clients. People are constantly bringing us furniture of all different shapes and sizes and we transform every piece one coat of paint at a time. We love [...]
Here at Alchemy fine living my mom and I use many different furniture painting techniques to transform old furniture. Not only do we find our own antique and vintage pieces to paint and restore for resale in our boutique, but we also offer the service of furniture painting to clients. We can paint furniture one [...]
In a previous post I mentioned some of the primers I like to use and why. If you are interested in learning about that CLICK HERE for more details. In this post I will discuss a few of the paints that I really like. I used to be a big fan of Valspar [...]
I love to paint furniture and have been doing so for nearly a decade now. I use many different furniture painting techniques, so sometimes I use a paint brush, but most of the time I use a spray gun. Painting furniture with a sprayer takes a lot of practice. A perfect, smooth finish can only [...]
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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.