White is such a classic color and is still as popular with our clients today as it was nearly ten years ago when we first started painting furniture. We recently painted several different pieces of antique, oak furniture for a client in Long Beach. We used a pure white and lightly distressed the pieces after […]
My mom and I have been painting furniture for over ten years now and white is as popular today as it was when we first started. We’ve painted some furniture bright, fun colors. We’ve painted lots of furniture with aged and distressed patinas. Black has also been a popular color, but it seems that white […]
Since closing our store front a few months back my mom and I have focused our efforts on painting furniture for clients and we have stayed very busy! Furniture painting was always our passion and creative outlet, so it is nice to have more time to focus on what we love most. This dresser is […]
Although my mom and I decided to shut down our retail store in Santa Ana, we have continued to offer our furniture painting services. We paint furniture for people throughout Orange County. We’ve even had clients come as far as from Riverside and Long Beach Counties. We paint furniture large and small.
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This large and very ornate dresser was painted with Milk Paint. We used General Finishes Milk Paint in Linen. This is only the second time I have used milk paint and I love it!
I use a ton of acrylic paint, which is so much more difficult and time consuming, but creates a gorgeous […]
Tricorn Black is a gorgeous color from Sherwin Williams. It is a deep, pure black. It’s really amazing how many “black” paints there are and how different they can be. This one, I think, is just a true black.
We recently painted a set of mahogany side tables in this beautiful color for a […]
This dresser is one of our most recent custom furniture painting projects. It was dropped off at our little store front in Santa Ana a couple weeks ago by a woman who was redecorating her daughters room. She chose the perfect pink for a sweet little girl. The color that we painted this dresser is […]
The last several months have been crazy! My husband and I remolded our home and did a ton of the work ourselves. That explains why I have been totally MIA on this blog for so long. I have really neglected posting any new pictures or stories for way too long, but things have settled down […]
This dresser is a piece that my dad picked up at an estate sale. He recently retired, so now he goes out on the hunt for treasures while my mom and I run the shop. He did good on this one, my mom and I were impressed. It is a gorgeous highboy dresser constructed of […]
This adorable little vanity chair was introduced in a post earlier this month. We finished it up last week and it turned out super cute! We painted it a soft white and then added some very subtle, hand painted accents in the curved lines. The recessed areas were painted with a pale tan […]
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
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 offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.